Eggs in Purgatory

Eggs in Purgatory - Chew Nibble Nosh

So, you know my picky eater, Avery?  Well, Avery has recently developed an obsession with competition cooking shows.  Her favorite being Worst Cooks in America on Food Network.  (If you haven’t watched it, you should check it out.  It’s really kind of fantastic.)  The whole premise of the show is celebrity chefs coach horrible cooks from around the country, and turn them into REAL, honest to goodness chefs.  It’s a pretty incredible transformation, and actually a pretty funny ride along the way.  One, of many reasons, why a lot of the people involved in the show don’t know how to cook, is because they are honestly afraid of trying new things. (Sound familiar?)

Slow Roasted Tomato BLTs with Basil Mayo

Slow Roasted Tomato BLTs with Basil Mayo - Chew Nibble Nosh

Well, that’s it.

The holidays are over.  The kids head back to school today and life as we previously knew it will ease back into view.  I’m currently in that “I can’t believe I ate so much cheese/I am just not into cooking anything right now because I’ve been cooking for a month” frame of mind.  Don’t get me wrong.  I love to cook (obviously).  But the fact is, I’m totally over it right now.  Give me a few days to de-bloat and green smoothie my way back into normalcy and I’ll be right back in the swing of things.

Chicken Sausage with Roasted Butternut Squash and Orzo

Chicken Sausage with Roasted Butternut Squash and Orzo - Chew Nibble Nosh.

You know it’s officially fall when I go and break out the butternut squash.  There’s just something innately autumn about it, and I don’t touch it until the time is right.  Well, the air is crisping up, the leaves are starting to change all around me, Christmas decorations are arriving prematurely in the stores, and the beauty of fall is here and now, so here you go.  One butternut squash dish coming right up!

Pork Chops with Fresh Tomatoes, Onion, Garlic, and Feta

Pork Chops with Fresh Tomato, Onion, Garlic, and Feta - Chew Nibble Nosh

 Before I get into the heart of this recipe, let me just state that this tomato-onion-garlic-basil concoction is delicious on pork chops.  It would be delicious over chicken, or delicious over fish.  It would be delicious served over sliced baguette as an appetizer, spread on a pizza, or delicious simply eaten out of the pan with a spoon (I’m guilty).  If you haven’t guessed yet, it’s really good stuff.

And it is so simple and fresh, and perfect for a busy back to school weeknight.

Chicken Cutlets with Strawberry, Avocado, and Basil Salsa

Chicken Cutlets with Strawberry, Avocado, and Basil Salsa - Chew Nibble Nosh

The Dog Days of Summer have finally hit us in Indiana.  After a pretty cool and soggy start, now that it’s just about time to go back to school, the heat has finally kicked in. Not that I’m complaining.  At all.  I’m still in my “At one point, we lived in Louisiana and Georgia, this is nothing.” frame of mind.  It’s just that finally, after almost three months of weather weirdness, it feels like summer.

Chicken Paillards with Tomato, Basil and Roasted Corn Relish

Chicken Paillards with Tomato, Basil and Roasted Corn Relish - Chew Nibble Nosh

Labor Day weekend is over, so everyone is moaning today about how summer is over.  It’s not over, in my opinion, until the fat lady sings about all things pumpkin spiced and I have to put on a sweatshirt!  There is still a lot of summer goodness to be found, and this is a great meal you can make that helps take advantage of amazing summer produce.

I love how colorful this dish is, and the fact that it tastes as good as it looks just makes me love it even more.

Kalamata-Balsamic Chicken with Feta and Orzo

Kalamata-Balsamic Chicken with Feta and Orzo - Chew Nibble Nosh

What is it with the end of the school year?

It seems that every year, the end of the school calendar gets busier and busier.  This year is no exception.  We are scheduled to the max, every single one of us.  Between school projects, recitals, concerts, field trips, assignments, after-school activities, and deadlines, this Mama needs a glass of wine and a day by the pool.

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.

Rustic Italian Braised Boneless Short Ribs

Rustic Italian Braised Boneless Short Ribs - Chew Nibble Nosh

One of the interesting perks of being a blogger, is having access to your blog’s statistics.  If you know a blogger, they’re lying if they say they don’t check their stats.  I check it daily, at least once, to see which posts are getting hits, where the hits are coming from (I’m amazed on a daily basis how far the internet reaches.), and how many times people have taken time out of their days to hang out at Chew Nibble Nosh.  It’s just good blogging practice to keep track of trends, and know what your readers are looking for.

Parchment Baked Salmon with Lemon and Basil

Parchment Baked Salmon with Lemon and Basil - Chew Nibble Nosh

If you’re an avid reader of this blog, you know that I get really excited when something amazing can come from just a few simple ingredients.  I’m a busy girl, and even though there are days when I love to putter away in the kitchen for hours, most weeknights aren’t like that.  I don’t want to sacrifice good food in the name of time, though, so I really like when I run across something that’s beautifully simplistic, but delicious too.

This recipe is exactly that, and it’s good for you too!.