Lemon Garlic Chicken Pasta with Broccoli

Garlic Lemon Chicken Pasta with Broccoli - Chew Nibble Nosh

Some of the best recipes don’t come from cookbooks, or generation after generation of family, time-tested tweaks.  Sometimes, the recipes on the back of a grocery store package are pretty darn good.  (Toll House cookies, anyone?)  This recipe, for our family, quickly became one of those back-of-the-box favorites after I found it on a box of pasta that I’d grabbed at Publix when we lived in Georgia.  I’ve tweaked it a bit from the original, but the ease, simplicity and taste of the one I found on the back of the box are still front and center.  It’s an easy weeknight meal, and perfect for those first few days back at school when everyone is trying to get back in the swing of a routine.

Sugared Lemon-Rosemary Scones

Sugared Lemon & Rosemary Scones - Chew Nibble Nosh

For a while now, I’ve been wanting to recreate a scone I found at my favorite local coffee spot.  I stumbled across it quite by chance one day when I stopped in to grab a quick cup to go and my stomach happened to grumble at just the right time during the ordering process.  I looked to my left and saw a plate of beautiful, fresh, speckled scones, asked the barista what kind they were, and she replied “Lemon-Rosemary”.  And from there, a love affair was born.

Easy Lemon Crinkle Cookies

Easy Lemon Crinkle Cookies - Chew Nibble Nosh

 Sometimes, you just need a little something sweet, and baking up a little something sweet doesn’t get much easier than these little lemon cookies.

One of my favorite simple cookie recipes is the one for Butter Pecan Toffee Cookies that I shared a long while back.  This recipe is quite similar, in that they both use a boxed cake mix as a base.  There’s something special about these cake mix cookies! I love how ridiculously easy they are, how deliciously chewy they are, and even better for me, each batch only makes a couple dozen cookies, so I get my fix but we aren’t eating them for days on end. (Or, let’s be honest, I’m not eating them for days on end.  I’d be lying if I failed to mention that I had one with my coffee this morning.  It’s clearly not a green smoothie kind of day.)

Candy Corn Coolers

Candy Corn Coolers - Chew Nibble Nosh

Halloween is creeping up, and before you know it, little ghosts and goblins will be running up and down the streets showing off their costumes and filling their trick-or-treat bags to the brim.  What happens when they get home?  Well, the annual “Candy Sort”, of course.  Halloween isn’t Halloween without taking careful inventory of every last bit of sugar in your bag.  Everything has a pile, from the prized and elusive full-sized candy bars, right down to those weird little peanut butter taffies in the black and orange wax paper wrappers.

Garlic Confit Toast

Garlic Confit Toast - Chew Nibble Nosh

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.

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.

Quinoa Tabbouleh

Quinoa Tabbouleh - Chew Nibble Nosh.I think I found my new favorite salad for spring and summer.  I’ve always been a fan of classic, light, Middle-Eastern flavors like lemon, olive oil, garlic, and herbs.  So, keeping that in mind, I’ve always loved Tabbouleh.  The salad is traditionally made with bulger, tomatoes, olive oil, lemon, mint, and lots of parsley.  I’ve even had it with couscous before, but I loved the idea of mixing it with protein packed quinoa and crisp, cool, cucumbers.

Easy Stuffed Chicken Roulades

Easy Stuffed Chicken Roulades - Chew Nibble Nosh

A couple of weeks ago, as I was trying to jam yet another something into my already full freezer,  I realized that said full freezer was borderline ridiculous.  I had frozen half pounds of ground beef, turkey, sausage, and chicken coming out my ears, two small pork roasts that I’d trimmed off of larger roasts from other meals, a pot roast, frozen leftovers that I’d saved for a rainy day (Apparently, snow doesn’t count, so we hadn’t touched them.) and that huge bag of chicken breasts that I always keep on hand from Costco.  And that’s just the meat department!  There were frozen veggies, sauces, breads, appetizers, pizzas, and some mystery items thrown in there too.

Roasted Chicken with Artichoke Hearts and Pancetta

Roasted Chicken with Artichoke Hearts and Pancetta - Chew Nibble Nosh

Roasted chicken is quintessential comfort food on a chilly night, and it also happens to be something my kids will eat without complaining.  So, it’s a win-win.  Usually, though, roasting a chicken takes a little more time than I usually have to spend on dinner during the week, so we don’t have it as often as my kids would like.

I was so excited when I ran across this recipe.  Not only did it involve a quick-roast method that I was interested in trying, it also features a delicious, quick side dish of sautéed artichoke hearts and pancetta, mixed with fresh thyme, garlic and lemon.  How could that possibly be bad, right?

Easy Chicken Cordon Bleu with Lemon Zucchini Rice

Easy Chicken Cordon Bleu with Zucchini Lemon Rice  - Chew Nibble Nosh

This is one of those meals that I’ve made often over the years, but whenever I make it, I wonder why I don’t make it more often.  It’s an oldie, but a goodie, coming from a cookbook I’ve had since I got married.  My mom had the cookbook, made this meal and many others from it, and then got the cookbook for me before we moved into our first apartment.  I just looked at the copyright date and it came out the year after I graduated from high school.

Yikes.