Roasted Vegetable Sauce – Celebrate the Sauce Giveaway with Tuttorosso!

Roasted Vegetable Sauce - Chew Nibble Nosh

I was so excited when my friends at Tuttorosso got in touch with me about their holiday promotion this year.  In the spirit of the season, they are “Celebrating the Sauce”, with amazing Sunday-dinner-type special recipes, as well as the most important ingredient needed for dinner…YOU!

Tuttorosso has recently launched a beautiful new website, full of ideas and recipes to inspire all of us year round, not just during the holiday season.  As a special gift to their Facebook fans, they are hosting a month-long Facebook promotion called “Celebrate the Sauce”.  Everyone who enters will have a chance to win one of 1,000 Tuttorosso aprons, heirloom wooden spoons and one fabulous grand prize, a Martha Stewart Cookware set!  Just head over to Tuttorosso’s contest page to check out the details.

Slow Cooker Italian Style Pot Roast

Slow Cooker Italian Style Pot Roast - Chew Nibble Nosh

Yep.  We have officially reached what I like to refer to as the “Pot Roast Weather” time of year.  When there’s a chill in the air, and my toes are cold, there’s nothing better than a cozy, warm plate of comfort food to make the world right again.

This is an Italian inspired spin on traditional pot roast that my family really enjoyed, and the fact that it is a simple slow cooker meal helped me to enjoy it even more.

Spring Minestrone with Chicken Meatballs

Spring Minestrone with Chicken Meatballs - Chew Nibble Nosh

Ooooh, I loved this soup.

This is one of those recipes that I really enjoyed while we were eating it for dinner, but I’ve kept thinking about it since we had it.  It’s stuck with me.  Actually, what’s stuck with me more than anything are the wonderful little garlic-chicken meatballs that float around this perfectly Springy soup.  Just knowing that I get to write about them today is making me wish I had some leftovers to munch on.

With that, let’s get this Spring soup party started!

Rustic Italian Braised Boneless Short Ribs

Rustic Italian Braised Boneless Short Ribs - Chew Nibble Nosh

One of the interesting perks of being a blogger, is having access to your blog’s statistics.  If you know a blogger, they’re lying if they say they don’t check their stats.  I check it daily, at least once, to see which posts are getting hits, where the hits are coming from (I’m amazed on a daily basis how far the internet reaches.), and how many times people have taken time out of their days to hang out at Chew Nibble Nosh.  It’s just good blogging practice to keep track of trends, and know what your readers are looking for.

Easy Slow Cooker Pesto Meatballs

Easy Slow Cooker Pesto Meatballs - Chew Nibble Nosh

The name doesn’t lie.  This may be the easiest meatball recipe I’ve ever tried, and it’s also one of the tastiest!

I was honestly shocked at how tasty these little guys were.  It’s so nice when simple preparation works out to be delicious too.

I started by mixing up my meatball mixture.  Go for whichever type of ground meat you like.  The recipe called for ground beef or turkey.  I looked for turkey, but my grocery store only had ground chicken, so I used that instead.

Chocolate Italian Love Cake

Chocolate Italian Love Cake - Chew Nibble Nosh I love this cake. My husband loves this cake.  My children love this cake.

I’m guessing a lot of other people do too, and that’s how it got its name.  It certainly is yummy, and it’s a pretty impressive dessert for being so simple to put together.  It’s a great dessert for a crowd, or pot luck, because you can make it ahead of time and it actually tastes better the longer you let it hang out in the fridge!

Italian Sweet and Sour Chicken

Italian Sweet and Sour Chicken - Chew Nibble Nosh

 Have you ever had a meal that has impressed you so much, its deliciousness pops into your head for days and you find yourself talking about it?  This is one of those meals.  We had this for dinner a little over a week ago and ever since, my husband will still look at me, at the most random times, and say, “That chicken was really, really good.”  In fact, I don’t even think he realizes how much he’s said it to me.  This, my friends, is the power of a great meal.

Rigatoni Bolognese

Rigatoni Bolognese - Chew Nibble Nosh


OK, are you ready?  You are about to meet my all time favorite pasta sauce.  This sauce blew my mind the first time I made it, and has continued to, every time I’ve made it since.  In fact, I usually write notes next to the recipes I try in my cookbooks, so that when I look back on them later on, I know what I need to tweak or whether or not I need to even make it again.  What did I write next to this one?  “The Best”.  I am in love with this sauce, and I hope you’ll enjoy it too.

Parmesan Polenta with Spicy Sausage Sauce

We’ve lived in the South for the entirety of our marriage (15 years), and we’re still not “grits people”.  We’ll eat shrimp and grits, but only if the grits are so thick, creamy and cheesy that we’d be out of our minds not to.  Grits for breakfast just isn’t our thing.

I do like polenta, however.  Polenta, I guess, could be considered an Italian version of grits.  It’s heartier though, in my Yankee opinion, and usually used in more savory dishes, as a pasta alternative for rich sauces or it can be cooled, sliced up and pan-fried, grilled or baked.

Three Cheese Artichoke Bites

 It’s always nice to have a few recipes in your back pocket when you’re asked to bring a dish to share.  It’s even better when the dish is something a little out of the norm, so there won’t be twenty of them on the pot luck table.

This is one of those recipes.  These little savory artichoke bites are really easy to put together and they bake up beautifully.  I would compare them to a really hearty little crustless Quiche.  They are really tasty, and even better, super simple to whip up for a crowd.