Old Fashioned Slow Cooker Chicken Stew

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Is anyone else out there having a rough time getting into fall this year?  Fall is my favorite season, and I’m just not feeling it yet.  I’m usually one of those stereotypical Pumpkin Spice loving, boot wearing, sweater snugly people, and I’m just having the toughest time getting in the fall mood.  It could be that it’s still pretty warm and the trees haven’t really started changing yet. I don’t know.  I just know I’m not feeling it, and my not feeling it is annoying me.

*Insert Grumpy Cat picture here.*

Stuffed Caramel Apple Cupcakes

Stuffed Caramel Apple Cupcakes - Chew Nibble Nosh

I know, I know.  Thanksgiving is on Thursday and this isn’t a recipe for pie.  I hope you’ll forgive my holiday faux pas once we get going.  In all honesty, I made these amazing little gems for a Halloween party, and I’ve had so many requests for the recipe, that I thought I’d present them to you as a possible addition to your Thanksgiving dessert table.  They are deliciously sweet, sticky, and gooey, just the way a caramel apple should be. And, even though they aren’t pie, you’ll find they’re perfect for any fall celebration.  It’s not often that adults go nuts over cupcakes, but that was certainly the case when I made these the first time.

Skillet Pork Chops with Apples and Maple-Sage Butter

Skillet Pork Chops with Apples and Maple-Sage Butter - Chew Nibble Nosh

This, my friends, is a really, really tasty meal.

And the beauty of it is, it’s so simple to throw together for a quick weeknight meal, but definitely impressive enough to serve to guests.  The flavors are spectacular, it’s beautiful on the plate, and that maple-sage butter melting over the pork and apples?  Holy smokes.

I started by making that very special butter.  I combined some softened butter with some chopped, fresh sage, salt, pepper, and a good drizzle of maple syrup.

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That’s it. Simple, and fresh.

Slow Cooker Kielbasa with Sauerkraut & Apples AND a Hamilton Beach Stay-or-Go Slow Cooker Giveaway!

Slow Cooker Kielbasa with Sauerkraut and Apples - Chew Nibble Nosh

If you’re an avid reader of this blog, you know that I love a good meal that I can make in my slow cooker.  In fact, Fall is my favorite time of year to put one to good use.  Days are shorter, kids are busier, and the convenience of having dinner ready to go when we walk in the door after all of our running around makes life just a little bit easier. So, when Hamilton Beach contacted me and asked if I’d like to try their new Programmable Stay or Go 6 Quart Slow Cooker, of course I said yes!

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!

Acorn Squash Stuffed with Turkey, Quinoa, Cranberries and Feta

Acorn Squash Stuffed with Turkey, Quinoa, Cranberries and Feta - Chew Nibble Nosh

Alrighty then.  Thanksgiving’s over, so what do we have?  Leftover turkey!!  I think many would argue that Thanksgiving leftovers may be the best part about the Thanksgiving feast.  So, when you’re finally hungry again after the gorge-fest that was Thursday, here’s a deliciously different, and healthy way to take care of some of those leftovers.

I love acorn squash, and stuffing it like this with a savory mixture of healthy quinoa, leftover turkey, cranberries, and some feta cheese (along with some other goodies) makes for a deliciously simple dinner.  Pair it with a salad, and you’re good to go.

Sour Cream Pumpkin Pie – Cooking with McCormick

Sour Cream Pumpkin Pie - Chew Nibble Nosh

Thanksgiving is all about tradition.  From the turkey to the cranberries, the menu for the holiday is usually as set in stone as you can get.  Every year, though, I like to try to change up (at least) one little thing about my Thanksgiving dinner. And although people are often skeptical, me changing things up a bit has led to some new family favorites, that step in year after year as new traditions. This time around, I decided to try a new pumpkin pie recipe.

Pork Cutlets with Butternut Squash, Apple, and Cranberry Sauté

Pork Cutlets with Butternut Squash, Apple, and Cranberry Sauté - Chew Nibble Nosh

 You’ve got to love a meal that can help turn the “picky kid” tide.  Avery, my youngest daughter, claims that she hates pork.  That’s really a bummer, because the rest of us enjoy it, so when I have pork of any sort for dinner, she’s usually a little (or sometimes a lot) pouty.  She’s starting to step out of her comfort zone lately at dinner, and I couldn’t be happier!  If you have ever parented a picky eater, you know EXACTLY the happiness I’m talking about.  It really is one of the greatest parenting triumphs EVER.

Roasted Acorn Squash with Amaretto Brown Sugar Butter

Roasted Acorn Squash with Amaretto Brown Sugar Butter  - Chew Nibble Nosh

I love acorn squash.  I’m pretty partial to any squash in general, but I love to indulge in butternut and acorn squash in the fall, when the color or the squash matches the color of the leaves outside my window.  I have fond memories of my mom roasting some up with our dinner, and it always involved brown sugar and butter, which made it seem like a dessert vegetable when I was growing up.  She’d cut the squash in half, scoop out the seeds, and then fill the middles with brown sugar and butter, which would just sizzle and caramelize and sweeten up the squash as it baked.  Good stuff. It’s like comfort food to me.

Brunswick Stew

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I’d never had Brunswick Stew until we’d moved down South, so I’m assuming that a lot of you haven’t heard of it either.  I’m here to enlighten you! I noticed it on menus in a few places when we lived in Virginia, and then saw it more often when we lived in Georgia.  As I was looking at the history of Brunswick Stew when I was prepping for this post, I realized that I am absolutely no help in solving the mystery of where exactly Brunswick Stew began.  You see, Brunswick County, Virginia AND Brunswick, Georgia both claim to have originated the amazing concoction we now know as Brunswick Stew.  My confusion lies in that I first ate Brunswick Stew in Virginia, but at that time, it was cooked for me by someone who was originally from Georgia.