Instant Pot Loaded Potato-Cauliflower Soup

So, I am not a big Black Friday shopper.  I have never been out to the stores to grab a deal early in the morning.  I’m usually kitchen-hungover the day after Thanksgiving and enjoy every last-minute of staying cuddled and warm under the duvet when Friday rolls around. The idea of storming my local mall with millions of other shoppers the day after Thanksgiving, and battling other bleary eyed moms for the last Hatchimal is my personal version of hell.  And for that reason, it just doesn’t happen.

Rice Cooker Cajun Shrimp and Grits AND a Hamilton Beach Giveaway!

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I know what you’re thinking.  Shrimp and Grits in a rice cooker?  I thought exactly the same thing.  But, when my friends at Hamilton Beach offered me their spectacular, multi-functioning 4-20 Cup Rice and Hot Cereal Cooker to try, and then suggested this recipe for Rice Cooker Cajun Shrimp and Grits, I thought, why not!  After all, this rice cooker isn’t your average rice cooker.  Sure, it cooks rice. Every size and variety. But it also cooks oatmeal, quinoa, cream of wheat, Farro, and other whole grains and dried beans. It has a simmer function for pastas and soups! And it has a steamer basket that loads in the top, so you can cook veggies, meats and fish right along with your rice and grains. It’s a one stop meal maker!

Cheesy Southwestern Spaghetti Squash Bake

Cheesy Southwestern Spaghetti Squash Bake - Chew Nibble Nosh

Every time I have spaghetti squash, I say to myself, “Self, we need to have spaghetti squash more often.” It’s such a great, healthy vehicle for so many things, and this latest creation, a deliciously cheesy southwestern inspired cozy casserole of sorts, was a dinner highlight last week. It was fresh and good for us, and surprisingly filling.  A little went a long way, and after a summer of indulgences, I need a few more meals like this one.

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.

Chili Mac and Cheese

Chili Mac and Cheese - Chew Nibble Nosh

I really don’t know what to call this.  It’s not quite a soup, isn’t really a chili, not exactly a stew.  What I do know is, it’s really tasty and a great way to warm up on a crazy windy day like today.  (I sent my dog outside a little while ago, and I was unsure if I’d get him back.  It’s that windy.)

This one pot meal is super simple to throw together, and my entire family really enjoyed it.  It’s definitely a great one to keep pantry staples on hand for, to throw together on a busy night when you’ve, quite honestly, forgotten about feeding anyone dinner until it’s…ahem…time for dinner.

Irish Colcannon Mac & Cheese

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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.

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.

Pasta Jambalaya

Pasta Jambalaya - Chew Nibble Nosh

While I consider myself lucky to have kids that aren’t as picky as some other kids I know, my kids still have their own issues.  Emily is an adventurous eater.  She’ll try anything, and when she likes something, she really likes it.  For as long as I can remember, her favorite foods have been artichokes, feta cheese, beans, and capers.  (Despite my many attempts to convince the child that capers are a garnish or an add on, she doesn’t believe me.)  Not exactly what you hear most kids asking for at the dinner table, right? The problem lies in that she likes very specific flavors, and if the flavors we’re having for dinner don’t mesh with her taste buds, we get a lot of pouts and whines.