I’m just going to say this up front. This is an awesome opportunity, so keep reading!
My friends at Hamilton Beach sent me one of their new Professional Series 14 cup Dicing Food Processors and asked me to give it a try, and they were kind enough to offer one to a lucky Chew Nibble Nosh reader as well (keep reading to see how you can enter to win!). My first thought was, “Sure, thanks. That’s so nice of you. But, wait. It dices?” Read more...(1218 words, 11 images, estimated 4:52 mins reading time)
Party season is upon us, and that means that party food is upon us as well. Is there anything better than a fabulous spread of munchies? I don’t think so.
I’ve made this cheese ball for two parties in the past few weeks, and if you’re attending a party that I’m attending in the coming weeks, you’ll likely bump into this cheese ball as well! It’s that good, and I’m mildly obsessed. It’s creamy, and spicy, and cheesy, and crunchy, and garlicky, and just so many good things wrapped up in a perfectly spreadable little party package. Read more...(1033 words, 12 images, estimated 4:08 mins reading time)
I know, I know. My Korean friends are probably rolling their eyes and looking at this like I’m crazy. But, hear me out.
May is what’s CRAZY. I have yet to talk to one parent of school aged children this month who isn’t completely bogged down with school projects, after school activities, end of the year recitals and concerts, class trips, sporting events, etc. etc. etc. May is just nuts. Read more...(597 words, 9 images, estimated 2:23 mins reading time)
This is one of those meals that, ever since I made it, I’ve wished I hadn’t run out of leftovers. It’s that good. I first tried Mujaddara, basically the Middle Eastern version of beans and rice, when I was visiting family in Michigan. Friends owned a wonderful little Lebanese restaurant, and we made sure to grab a meal there every time we were in town. I remember my sister-in-law ordering Mujaddara, and telling me it was her favorite. I thought, “Lentils and rice? OK…” and I ordered some other delicious, meaty, item off the menu. My dinner was perfect, but Kelly offered me a bite of hers, and I realized I should never doubt the power of a simple beans and rice dish. Read more...(1482 words, 14 images, estimated 5:56 mins reading time)
Thursday nights have become increasingly busy around here, so I’ve now dubbed them Slow Cooker Thursdays. There’s no way I’m going to be able to cook a dinner in between shuttle stops, so I’m thankful I have a good number of tasty slow cooker meals in my back pocket. This one can now be added to the list.
I honestly can’t remember a time where I’ve cooked whole, bone-in pork chops in the slow cooker, and I was pretty happy with how they turned out. The pork was fall-off-the-bone tender, and had a ton of flavor from a delicious herb-garlic rub. It was topped with tomatoes, zucchini, and a speedy quick gravy that I made from the leftover juices after cooking. Read more...(729 words, 9 images, estimated 2:55 mins reading time)
In this house, the side dishes generally play second fiddle to the entrée. I’m usually spending so much time with the main part of the meal that the side dishes are pretty simple, or sometimes, even an afterthought. THIS side dish, however, takes center stage, and it was absolutely the most exciting thing we had at dinner that night. Read more...(855 words, 10 images, estimated 3:25 mins reading time)
Yep. This was good. A little too good, but that isn’t surprising when you see what goes into it. If you’re looking for a way to use up some more of the summer zucchini from your garden, this recipe is for you. Or, if you’re like me and don’t have a summer garden, but you have a grocery store or farmers market that sells zucchini grown by people who are much better gardeners than you are, well…then it’s for you too. Read more...(769 words, 12 images, estimated 3:05 mins reading time)
People ask me all the time why I started writing a blog. It’s probably a question I get at least once a week. Blogging, though increasingly common, still has this kind of weird aura around it. People don’t get it, and I have to admit, sometimes I don’t get it either. It blows my mind that there’s this little space on the internet with my name on it, that I’m in charge of. There’s also this weird ego-thing around blogging in general. Like, why on earth would I think that anyone would ever want to read anything I’ve actually written…about my dinner, no less? It’s a battle I’m constantly struggling with. I am notoriously bad at self-promoting my blog. It’s only been quite recently that I even tell people that I write a food blog when they ask me what I do. My go-to answer for a long time was just “I do a little work from home.” Anyway, my point is, I often feel like my job is pretty weird. Read more...(1103 words, 11 images, estimated 4:25 mins reading time)
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. Read more...(637 words, 9 images, estimated 2:33 mins reading time)