Summer Gazpacho

Summer Gazpacho - Chew Nibble Nosh

I love gazpacho in the summertime.  And every year, I don’t make it nearly often enough.  This year, I somehow made it all the way to August before diving in to a big bowl of it, and I’m already kicking myself.

I ran across this recipe online. In fact, it popped up in my Facebook feed, screaming “Make me!”. Never one to argue with a recipe, I figured I better get on it quickly. It’s different from a traditional, chunky gazpacho, but I loved its creaminess and delicious fresh flavor.  It’s creamy without a drop of cream, and so refreshing. I will say that the recipe serves four exactly.  So, if you’re hankering for leftovers, or a second bowl, and you’re serving your family, you might want to double up on things.  That’s not hard, though, because it’s, by far, the simplest gazpacho I’ve ever made.

Mediterranean Chicken Skillet with Zucchini, Chickpeas, Olives and Tomatoes

Mediterranean Chicken Skillet with Zucchini, Chickpeas, Olives and Tomatoes - Chew Nibble Nosh

Fast, fresh, and healthy.

That’s exactly what this meal is, and I love that something so colorful and fresh can come together this quickly and taste so darn good.

I’d made this meal before, and we’d really enjoyed it, so I decided to make it again and actually remember to take pictures (#foodbloggerproblems) so that I could share it with you.  As I was getting my ingredients together, I quickly realised that I was in a bit of a pickle.

Spring Pea Soup

Spring Pea Soup - Chew Nibble Nosh

I think it’s here, folks. For real this time.  I think we can (finally) safely say that Spring has arrived and won’t take off again.  I know it’s a risky statement, given the crazy weather we’ve had, but I feel good about saying that this time.  I really do.

(Fingers crossed.)

A couple of days ago, I met my beautiful sister-in-law, Karin, for lunch at one of my favorite local spots.  The restaurant changes their menu monthly based on what’s seasonally available.  It’s very much farm-to-table, homegrown, and delicious.  They were featuring a spring pea and mint soup that day, and as the sun was shining (finally!) and the birds chirping, I figured I had to give it a try.

Greek Wheat Berry & Veggie Salad

Greek Wheatberry and Veggie Salad - Chew Nibble Nosh.

Spring is in the air!  Well, kind of.  I mean, we’ve had a couple of really warm days lately and the trees are getting confused, but I think we’re still supposed to get more snow later this week.  I’m just going to ignore it.  Snow or no snow, it doesn’t really matter because the warm days we’ve been blessed with have gotten my taste buds ready for all of the fresh and light that spring and summer have to offer.

Slow Cooker Jerk Chicken Tacos with Caribbean Salsa

Slow Cooker Jerk Chicken Tacos with Caribbean Salsa - Chew Nibble Nosh

Sometimes, a recipe comes along and stops us all in our tracks.  This is one of those recipes.  I grabbed this recipe from my Skinnytaste cookbook, whipped it up for dinner, and my husband couldn’t stop talking about it.  There are a lot of slow-cooker-taco-filling recipes out there, but this one holds a special place in our hearts, and now, our recipe box.  It’s really, really tasty, and when you feel like you need to lighten up, and freshen up, your fall meal routine, this is a great place to start.

Greek Roasted Shrimp with Tomatoes & Feta: The Market District Carmel Experience

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Greek Roasted Shrimp with Tomatoes and Feta - Chew Nibble Nosh

I am in love with the new store in town.

 If you live in the Indianapolis area, you’ve probably heard the buzz about the new Market District store that has opened up in Carmel at 11505 N. Illinois Street.  It’s really spectacular and, if I’m being completely honest, I’m a bit of an addict.  It’s only a few minutes from our house and I find myself there a lot lately.  (In fact, I’ve been there twice since Sunday.)  I was lucky enough be able to attend media events and tours on opening day, and with the behind-the-scenes knowledge I gained, I assure you that it really is a special place, full of amazing people who honestly, truly love their jobs.

Middle Eastern Chickpea Burgers

Middle Eastern Chickpea Burgers - Chew Nibble Nosh

My husband is not a veggie burger guy…at all.  I can’t keep track of how many times he’s given me that “Why would you do that?” look in a restaurant as I order a veggie burger over something else, anything else, on the menu.  I love a good veggie burger, but have found that really good veggie burgers are like finding a needle in a haystack. The restaurant burgers I’ve tried run the gamut from delicious and hearty to mushy and meh.  It’s hard to find a really, really good one.   I’ve tried a few different versions at home, and I’m pleased to announce that this is the first one we all went nuts over, my husband included.

Chilled Summer Veggie Salad

Chilled Summer Veggie Salad - Chew Nibble Nosh 4

When it comes to summer food, what do you look for?

I look for light, crisp, clean, fresh, and flavorful.  In the sticky summer heat, I don’t want food that will weigh me down.  I crave tastes that will refresh me, enlighten me, and that take advantage of the bounty that summer markets have to offer.

This salad is EXACTLY what I look for.

This quick and easy summer salad is the perfect summer picnic recipe go-to.  You can make it up ahead of time, and the longer it rests, the more the flavors mingle.  It was terrific the night we had it, alongside grilled steak, but even better the next day when I grabbed a bowlful for lunch.

Grilled Steak with Chimichurri Sauce – Red Gold Summer Grilling Giveaway

Grilled Steak with Chimichurri Sauce - Chew Nibble Nosh.

Summertime means grilling time, and my friends at Red Gold Tomatoes have come up with a giveaway that I’m sure will make many grilling aficionados pretty darn excited.  From now until July 22, Red Gold will be giving away a large Big Green Egg each week!  A Big Green Egg!

That’s huge!

I can’t begin to tell you how an Egg will change the way you grill.  We’ve had one for the past couple of years, and trust me when I say that it does some pretty spectacular things for grilled food.  My husband’s eyes light up every time I ask him to grill something, and our eyes light up every time he brings in dinner!

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.