Summer Gazpacho

Summer Gazpacho - Chew Nibble Nosh

I love gazpacho in the summertime.  And every year, I don’t make it nearly often enough.  This year, I somehow made it all the way to August before diving in to a big bowl of it, and I’m already kicking myself.

I ran across this recipe online. In fact, it popped up in my Facebook feed, screaming “Make me!”. Never one to argue with a recipe, I figured I better get on it quickly. It’s different from a traditional, chunky gazpacho, but I loved its creaminess and delicious fresh flavor.  It’s creamy without a drop of cream, and so refreshing. I will say that the recipe serves four exactly.  So, if you’re hankering for leftovers, or a second bowl, and you’re serving your family, you might want to double up on things.  That’s not hard, though, because it’s, by far, the simplest gazpacho I’ve ever made.

Italian Deli Pinwheels

 

Italian Deli Pinwheels - Chew Nibble Nosh

Remember that outdoor concert I went to?  The one I where I brought those sweet little blueberry cheesecakes?  Well, I brought these fabulous little pinwheels there too.  My friend Lynda was generous enough to share the recipe with me after we enjoyed them immensely at our Indy 500 picnic back in May, and I’ve been looking for a reason to make them ever since.  Thankfully, this concert popped up, and it was the perfect reason to break out Lynda’s recipe.

Mini No-Bake Blueberry Cheesecakes

Mini No-Bake Blueberry Cheesecakes - Chew Nibble Nosh

Outdoor concerts are one of my favorite ways to spend an evening in the summer. We’re very lucky to be surrounded by many different opportunities for musical evenings where we live, and we were excited when some friends of ours asked if we’d like to join them for a night with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra under the stars last week.

Just a few short days ago, the weather was brutally hot around these parts, as it was in most of the country. So, trying to figure out what to bring for our symphony picnic proved tricky.  I wanted food that would keep us cool, that wouldn’t weigh us down in the heat. I also needed food that wouldn’t melt, and that was easily transportable in a small rolling cooler.

Sweet Corn, Tomato & Pesto Pizza

Sweet Corn, Tomato and Pesto Pizza - Chew Nibble Nosh

You guys.  This pizza…

Wow.

This Sweet Corn, Tomato & Pesto pizza is everything wonderful about summer…on a crust.
It’s crisp, fresh sweet corn and bright summer tomatoes, viibrant fresh basil, and zesty garden fresh pesto.  It’s packed with flavor, ridiculously easy to throw together, and on the dinner table (…lunch table, snack table, coffee table. The pizza’s not picky.) in virtually no time at all. It’s just perfect.

I could eat it every day and probably be pretty happy.

Have I pumped it up enough?

Ready to give it a try?

Sugared Lemon-Rosemary Scones

Sugared Lemon & Rosemary Scones - Chew Nibble Nosh

For a while now, I’ve been wanting to recreate a scone I found at my favorite local coffee spot.  I stumbled across it quite by chance one day when I stopped in to grab a quick cup to go and my stomach happened to grumble at just the right time during the ordering process.  I looked to my left and saw a plate of beautiful, fresh, speckled scones, asked the barista what kind they were, and she replied “Lemon-Rosemary”.  And from there, a love affair was born.

Pork Chops with Balsamic Roasted Vegetables and Gorgonzola

Pork Chops with Balsamic Roasted Vegetables and Gorgonzola - Chew Nibble Nosh

After being married for close to nineteen years (next week!) to my husband, I’ve gotten to know him and his tastes pretty well.  I have to admit, he’s very polite when it comes to dinner time.  He never complains, even if what I’m serving for dinner isn’t exactly what he was in the mood for. It doesn’t matter if we’re having cereal or a four course meal, he’ll eat it with a smile on his face.  Although, with the cereal, he probably sneaks back into the pantry after dinner. And he’s very patient as I snap picture after picture of dinner, trying to get the right shot, before serving it up.  I know that’s not a common problem in most households, but in our house, it’s a “thing”. He’s a trooper, and always has been, even before I started this blogging gig.

Choco-Nana Bread

Choco-Nana Bread - Chew Nibble Nosh

I have notoriously bad luck with banana bread.  Every time I try to bake a loaf, it’s either overbaked or raw in the middle.  Despite that, I haven’t given up trying to make a decent loaf, and when I realized the bananas on our counter were brown and spotty, and wouldn’t be going anywhere, I decided I should give a new recipe a try.

Mujaddara: Rice and Lentils with Crispy Onions

Mujaddara Rice and Lentils with Crispy Onions - Chew Nibble Nosh

This is one of those meals that, ever since I made it, I’ve wished I hadn’t run out of leftovers.  It’s that good.  I first tried Mujaddara, basically the Middle Eastern version of beans and rice, when I was visiting family in Michigan.  Friends owned a wonderful little Lebanese restaurant, and we made sure to grab a meal there every time we were in town.  I remember my sister-in-law ordering Mujaddara, and telling me it was her favorite.  I thought, “Lentils and rice?  OK…” and I ordered some other delicious, meaty, item off the menu.  My dinner was perfect, but Kelly offered me a bite of hers, and I realized I should never doubt the power of a simple beans and rice dish.

Spring Pea Soup

Spring Pea Soup - Chew Nibble Nosh

I think it’s here, folks. For real this time.  I think we can (finally) safely say that Spring has arrived and won’t take off again.  I know it’s a risky statement, given the crazy weather we’ve had, but I feel good about saying that this time.  I really do.

(Fingers crossed.)

A couple of days ago, I met my beautiful sister-in-law, Karin, for lunch at one of my favorite local spots.  The restaurant changes their menu monthly based on what’s seasonally available.  It’s very much farm-to-table, homegrown, and delicious.  They were featuring a spring pea and mint soup that day, and as the sun was shining (finally!) and the birds chirping, I figured I had to give it a try.

Slow Cooker Honey-Balsamic Pulled Pork with Avocado Relish

Slow Cooker Honey-Balsamic Pulled Pork with Avocado Relish - Chew Nibble Nosh

I’m pretty sure that when people come into my kitchen, they might look in one corner of it and think I have a problem with hoarding.  You see, in one corner of my kitchen, there’s a stack of cooking magazines. It’s a pretty large stack, if I’m being completely honest. Magazines I can’t quite bear to part with yet, but that I also haven’t had the time to dig through.  So they sit, in the corner, next to my cookbook cabinet (that hopefully makes my cookbook addiction look less hoarder-esque.)