Farfalle with Crispy Prosciutto and Peas

I was, admittedly, overwhelmed by December.  I was so overwhelmed by the enormity of it that…get this…I often cooked dinner and didn’t take pictures.  What?!?!  I know.  The first time I made this, in December, my family went nuts over it.  They enjoyed it so much that I immediately regretted my laziness and wished I’d taken out my camera.  When my family found out that I didn’t take pictures of the process to share with you, they were all pretty excited…because it meant they got to have it again in the very near future.

Simple Skillet Lasagna

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I love lasagna, but it’s not something I make often.  It can be time consuming, depending on the recipe, and unless I have a large chunk of time to play around with in the kitchen (which doesn’t happen often), it’s just not on my recipe radar.

This version, however, changed all of that.

This Skillet Lasagna is so good that two days later, I’m still thinking about how good it was.  The more I ate, the more I enjoyed it, and I can safely say that THIS lasagna will be making multiple appearances at our dinner table.  It’s simple, perfect, delicious comfort food, and just the right thing as the air starts to crisp up and the leaves begin to turn.

One Pot Italian Chicken & Orzo Stew

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I know what you’re thinking.  Stew in July?  Stew is a misleading name for this.  It’s light and summery, and chock full of crisp summer veggies, but consistency wise…yes, it’s right up there with a stew.  It’s a really tasty way to bring dinner to the table any night of the week, and it all comes together in one pan, so clean up is a breeze.  Pair it with a loaf of good, crusty bread and you have an easy, delicious meal in no time.

Ready to give it a try yet?

Orecchiette Carbonara with Brussels Sprouts

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This is my new favorite comfort food meal for 2016.

It combines one of my favorite cozy Italian dishes, creamy Carbonara pasta, with my favorite winter veggie.  It comes together quickly, and simply, and just a few fresh, honest ingredients pack a whole lot of flavor.  In fact, the first time I made it, Avery (my youngest, and not my most adventurous eater…but she’s trying) commented that “Wow, the noodles give the brussels sprouts such great flavor!”  Ha!  Well, no, probably the other way around, but whatever works in her little head to get her to eat her veggies is fine by me.  That’s something she wouldn’t have done last winter.  My family enjoyed it so much that I’ve made it twice in the past few weeks, and we can’t get enough of it!

Top Ten Labor Day Cookout Recipes

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Ah, Labor Day weekend…summer’s last hurrah.  A time to gather together, slap on some sunscreen, hang out at the pool one last time, and have a cookout.  In honor of that last hurrah cookout, I’ve put together a list of some of my favorite summer recipes from past posts to ease your menu planning along.  And, now that I’ve had a good look at some of these again, they may be making an appearance at my own house this weekend. Bonus!

In the Munchies for the Pool category, we have this super simple Black Bean, Corn and Avocado Salsa

Spiralized Italian Pasta Salad

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Zucchini noodles seem to be all the rage right now and spiralizers are moving from a fancy garnish tool to an everyday kitchen gadget. My friends at OXO asked me to try out their new Hand Held Spiralizer, and of course, I told them I’d love to give it a try!

What to make, though?  As I was trying to figure out what to tackle first with my new gadget, I ran across an old recipe, written on a postcard, from my mother.  I have no idea where this recipe came from.  Probably from the pages of an old, yellowed cooking magazine or from one of her gazillion cookbooks (I come by my book hoarding tendencies honestly).  It’s simply written on a notecard, and this delicious, blast-from-the-past spaghetti salad struck me as the perfect thing to modernize with a little spiralize.

Penne alla Emiliana – Dinner at Indy’s Sangiovese Ristorante

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I’m tough to please when it comes to Italian food.  My dad’s side of the family is Italian, so I was lucky to grow up in a kitchen where tomatoes, basil, and garlic were a way of life.  I often find that Italian restaurants don’t exactly live up to my expectations.

So, imagine how excited I was when I found, and devoured, one of the best Italian meals I’ve ever had right here in Indy!  I was so eager to try out Sangiovese Ristorante’s new location.  I’d heard that they’d moved from their former location into the beautiful, new Ironworks building on 86th street.

BLT Macaroni Salad

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With the 4th of July right around the corner, I’m pretty sure a lot of you are in BBQ menu planning mode. If you’re thinking of throwing a macaroni salad into the mix, this is your guy.  This salad is delicious, and fresh, and so easy to throw together.  There’s something about a good BLT that just makes people’s hearts sing.  So, turn that sandwich favorite into a scoopable summer salad, and you’ve got a winner!

First, I cooked a pound of macaroni noodles in a big pot of salted water.

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Shrimp Arrabbiata Pasta

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Gosh, I love shrimp.  You know that scene in Forrest Gump, where Bubba goes on and on, and on, about everything you can do with shrimp?

I never saw anything wrong with Bubba’s passion.  If anything, it made me hungry.

Having lived in the South for a good number of years, I was used to being able to get fresh, wonderful, reasonably priced shrimp at every restaurant, and every market.  Heck, sometimes the shrimp even came to me.  When we lived in New Orleans, the wonderfully sweet man who was the custodian at the school I taught in would go out on his shrimp boat on the weekends and bring his delicious haul back in for me on Monday!  Talk about spoiled!  Being back in the landlocked Midwest has stifled our constant shrimpiness a bit, but I still try to cook it up often.

Irish Colcannon Mac & Cheese

Irish Colcannon Mac & Cheese - Chew Nibble Nosh 6With Saint Patrick’s Day right around the corner, it seemed like as good a time as any to pull out this recipe that I found awhile back.  I’ve needed an excuse to make this, and pretending that I’m Irish for a day seemed like the perfect excuse. Have you ever tried Colcannon?   If you haven’t, you’ve missed out a warm, cozy, traditional Irish dish of mashed potatoes and cabbage, or kale. Seasoned with scallions or leeks, butter, salt and pepper, it’s a simple, soul-warming, comfort food, you-eat-it-at-your-mother’s-table type dish.