Almond Joy Cookies

Almond Joy Cookies - Chew Nibble Nosh

***Feel like you’re seeing double?  Yes, this is a repost of a previous recipe. I’m reposting it for the holidays, as it’s become quite popular, and I’m adding in a couple of hints that might help you along come baking time….

 It seems that a lot of people are having a rough time with the cookies spreading.  My guess is that they haven’t used the correct amount of coconut.  Make sure that you grab a 14 oz. bag of coconut.  There are 10 oz. and 14 oz. bags available at my grocery store.  Go big!

Oatmeal Coconut Raspberry Bars

Oatmeal Coconut Raspberry Bars - Chew Nibble Nosh

A couple of weeks ago, I got to cross off something on my bucket list.  My dear friend Kristin told us earlier in the summer that she had two extra tickets to see Harry Connick Jr. at The Ravinia Festival in Chicago, and she asked if we’d like to join her and her husband.  You may be thinking that seeing Harry live would be the bucket list item.  Nope.  I’ve seen Harry perform a few other times, and he’s wonderful, he really is. If you ever have the chance to see him, go.  He’s ridiculously talented, funny, and charming.  Every show of his is different, and he is so personable he can make a large venue seem like a small, intimate jazz club.  I had the opportunity to meet him when we lived in New Orleans, and he is refreshingly genuine.  I could go on and on about how much I love Harry…and I think I have.

Chicken with Potatoes, Peas & Coconut Curry Sauce

Chicken with Potatoes, Peas & Coconut Curry Sauce - Chew Nibble Nosh

This is a great recipe to have on hand when you really want to go out to your favorite Indian restaurant for dinner, or grab carry-out from them, but it’s too darn cold to go and you’d rather just stay home, put on your pajamas and slippers, and stay warm.

It’s really a simple dish to throw together, and for you curry naysayers out there…my kids even liked this.  It is warm and cozy, with just enough heat to put us in a warmer frame of mind on a cold, winter night.

Pork Chops and Apple Compote: Cooking with Coconut Oil by Elizabeth Nyland

Pork Chops and Apple Compote - Chew Nibble NoshI’m always up for trying something new, and always up for trying something new that might just be good for me too.  I was recently asked by a colleague of mine at The Daily Meal’s Culinary Content Network if I might be interested in checking out her new cookbook, called Cooking with Coconut Oil:  Gluten Free, Grain Free Recipes for Good Living.  Elizabeth Nyland, the author, is also a blogger over at guiltykitchen.com, where she writes about her (delicious) paleo lifestyle.  If you’re an avid reader of this blog, it’s pretty obvious that I don’t follow a paleo diet.  That said, I like to keep things healthy, with the occasional splurge, and I’m always looking for new ways to do that.  When Elizabeth asked me if I’d like to check out her book, I jumped right on board.

Thai Coconut Chicken Soup

Thai Coconut Chicken Soup - Chew Nibble NoshThis was one of those recipes that I was fully prepared to serve up to my family at dinner time, and then hear moans and groans from the kids.  I knew Aaron would like it, but was sure that the kids would be begging for another option.  Imagine my surprise when everyone loved it!!

This soup is so simple, different, and really tasty.  And even though we were all perfectly healthy, we all agreed that if we happened to have a cold, it would be the perfect remedy.

Before I started cooking, I gathered all of my ingredients.

Tropical Dump Cake

One of my all time favorite chick flicks is Steel Magnolias.  So many quotes, so little time.

Shelby – “Pink is my signature color.”

Clairee – “Ouiser, I’d recognize this penmanship anywhere.  You have the handwritin’ of a serial killer.”

Shelby  “Truvy, you know what you need in here? You need a radio, takes the pressure off of everyone feeling they have to talk so much.” 
Truvy   “I had one once, but I threw it up against the wall when I couldn’t figure out where the batteries went. I know now, I was suffering from pre-menstrual syndrome.”

Lightened Up Piña Coladas

When it’s hot and summer-steamy out, we love to break out the blender and whip up delicious frozen drinks when we entertain.  One of my favorite “sit by the pool and relax” drinks is a cool, frosty Piña Colada.  The tropical pineapple-coconut combo always tastes so fresh and light to me.  The problem lies in that Piña Coladas usually aren’t really all that fresh.  Most rely on premixed, heavy on the calories drink mixes, which means they aren’t all that light either.  They taste great, but did you know that a typical restaurant/bar Piña Colada can pack up to 650 calories and close to 20 grams of fat?  That’s more than a Big Mac!  UGH!

Chocolate Brownie Macaroons

In the cookie baking world, fads seem to come and go.  Recently, I’ve seen a lot of fuss made over wonderful, little French Macaron cookies.  Quite honestly, they are worth all the fuss!  Last year, while we were in Charleston, we ran across the cutest little French bakery and indulged in some of their amazing little Macarons.  They are beautiful, delicate little jam, chocolate, or cream filled wonders.  I fell in love with them and swore I’d bake some up ASAP.  Well, I still haven’t, and this recipe isn’t for that type of Macaron. ( I promise you, I’ll get to that soon.  A friend of mine just lent me her wonderful Macaron cookbook and I can’t wait to dive in!)

Game Day Week Recipe #5: Caramel-Coconut-Pecan Cheesecake Bars

As I was trying to come up with my Game Day menu for this week, I found myself flipping through one of my favorite cookbooks.  I was looking for an appetizer, but flipped to the wrong part of the book and landed in the dessert section.  There is was, staring right at me…Caramel-Coconut-Pecan Cheesecake Bars.  I looked at the recipe, it looked at me.  It said, “Christine, I think you should make me.”  Never one to argue with a talking recipe, I replied, “Yes.  I think I should.”

And so I did.