Everything Spice Coated Cheddar Cheese Ball

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Party season is upon us, and that means that party food is upon us as well.  Is there anything better than a fabulous spread of munchies?  I don’t think so.

 I’ve made this cheese ball for two parties in the past few weeks, and if you’re attending a party that I’m attending in the coming weeks, you’ll likely bump into this cheese ball as well!  It’s that good, and I’m mildly obsessed.  It’s creamy, and spicy, and cheesy, and crunchy, and garlicky, and just so many good things wrapped up in a perfectly spreadable little party package.

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.

Copycat P.F. Chang’s Chicken Lettuce Wraps

Copycat P.F. Chang's Chicken Lettuce Wraps - Chew Nibble Nosh.

I’m not usually a big preparer of “copycat” meals, because in my experience, they’re never quite as good as the original.  That said, I’ve had this one in my files for a while now, and I figured that I should give it a try.  Why this one?  Well, there was nothing scary involved (Why do so many copycat recipes include canned “cream of somethings” soups?), it’s ridiculously simple, and the Number One reason:  I was pretty sure that even if it didn’t taste like the original, it would be tasty enough because I liked everything involved.

Sweet and Spicy Raspberry Chicken Wings

Sweet and Spicy Raspberry Chicken Wings - Chew Nibble Nosh

March Madness kicks into gear this week, and it’s extra exciting around here because my hometown of Indianapolis is home to this year’s Final Four!  When many people think of Indiana, basketball comes to mind.  (Well, that and corn, if we’re being honest.)  But, basketball is a way of life for Hoosiers across the state, and nothing gets this place pumped up like a few weeks of nail-biter games which culminate in a giant party in our hometown.

Hot Ham & Cheese Party Roll Ups

Hot Ham & Cheese Party Roll Ups - Chew Nibble Nosh

Oh, boy…these are good.

Melty, toasty, cheesy, sweet, salty, tangy, chewy, bready (I’m not so sure that’s a word.), and just plain good.  Plus, they can be whipped up ahead of time and baked later for whatever possible reason you could need to make them.  They’d be wonderful paired with a salad for dinner, or delicious as a pot luck contribution, or, in my case, the perfect thing to bring to a friend’s house for us to nibble on as we watched the game on TV.  They are just…so…good.

Thyme and Gruyère Gougères – Cooking with McCormick

Thyme Gruyère Gougères - Chew Nibble Nosh

When you think of the holidays, and this time of year in general, what flavors come to mind?  You might instantly be drawn to thoughts of crisp cool peppermint, or spicy gingerbread, sweet sugar cookies heaped with sprinkles, and cocoa and marshmallows by the fire.  Sweets often take the lead during the holidays, but there’s still a lot of room for the savory.

Neiman Marcus Dip

Neiman Marcus Dip - Chew Nibble Nosh

Football season has started!  Football parties mean munchies, and this one is super quick and easy to throw together whether you’re attending a big viewing party, or just hanging out on your own couch with the family.  It’s salty, and cheesy, and creamy, and bacony, and crunchy, and just plain good.

I’m not sure why it’s called Neiman Marcus Dip.  My guess is that they served it in their cafes at some point.  It’s one of those recipes that popped up in my Pinterest feed ages ago, and I finally got around to trying it.  There are a gazillion different recipes for it online, so it makes sense to add another one, right?  Oh well…I thought it was worth sharing, so hopefully you’ll see my recipe as something new and exciting, and give it a try.

Baked Honey Lime Chicken Taquitos with Cilantro Lime Cream

Baked Honey Lime Chicken Taquitos with Cilantro Lime Cream - Chew Nibble Nosh

In my few short years as a food blogger, it’s become commonplace to discuss the “Blogability” of the recipes I make for my family.  I’ve had plenty of people over the years ask me how I manage to pick out so many great recipes to make.  Well, the fact of the matter is, I don’t always pick great recipes.  Sometimes, I screw up.  Big time.  There have been plenty of nights where we take a bite, make icky faces, and I swear never to make that meal again.  I just don’t share those with you. (You’re welcome.)

Artichoke & Lemon Hummus – Cooking with The Pompeian Varietals Collection

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Pompeian.

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I’m a bit of an olive oil junkie.  I think it would be a pretty safe bet to assume that the vast majority of the recipes on Chew Nibble Nosh use olive oil in some capacity.  It’s my go-to cooking-drizzling-finishing oil in most cases.  Olive oils, like wines, can taste vastly different depending on how the olives were pressed, which kinds of olives were used, and when they were harvested.  So, when Pompeian asked me to check out their new Varietals Collection of specialty olive oils, I jumped at the chance!

Tomato Basil Bruschetta

Tomato Basil Bruschetta - Chew Nibble Nosh

When Winter comes along, there are some sacrifices we all must make.  One of these sacrifices is often a decent tomato.  We’ve all had that crummy tomato.  Whether it’s the pale, pithy, icky tomato thrown on a restaurant sandwich in January, or the tomato that looks like it might just be OK, but has absolutely no flavor.

Winter tomatoes are often the pits.

Sometimes, however, amazing tomatoes sneak their way into the winter tomato bin at the grocery store, and that’s exactly how it came to be that I made this appetizer for a book club meeting I went to last week.