Easy Chicken Tacos with Fresh Watermelon Salsa

Easy Chicken Tacos with Fresh Watermelon Salsa - Chew Nibble Nosh

Ah, well.  Vacation is over.  I’m back from the beach.  This was the first time I’ve left on vacation since I started this blog and I didn’t bring my computer along with me.  As any blogger knows, staying in touch is a key to successful blogging, but I needed to check out for a bit.  So, I did.  And now, I’m refreshed and revived, and back.  Thanks for sticking around!

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.

Chicken-Avocado Salad Sandwiches

Chicken-Avocado Salad Sandwiches - Chew Nibble Nosh.

Today is the last day of school.  HOW?   I know the teachers may not be in agreement with me, but this year simply flew by.  It seems like every year moves faster and faster, and my mommy heart is on the verge of a breakdown.  Make it stop!  At the end of the day, I’ll have a 7th grader and a 4th grader.

I can’t handle it.

~sigh~

Baked Honey Lime Chicken Taquitos with Cilantro Lime Cream

Baked Honey Lime Chicken Taquitos with Cilantro Lime Cream - Chew Nibble Nosh

In my few short years as a food blogger, it’s become commonplace to discuss the “Blogability” of the recipes I make for my family.  I’ve had plenty of people over the years ask me how I manage to pick out so many great recipes to make.  Well, the fact of the matter is, I don’t always pick great recipes.  Sometimes, I screw up.  Big time.  There have been plenty of nights where we take a bite, make icky faces, and I swear never to make that meal again.  I just don’t share those with you. (You’re welcome.)

Salmon with Cantaloupe and Fried Shallots

Salmon with Cantaloupe and Fried Shallots - Chew Nibble Nosh

A girl should always listen to her Mama.

My mom has been telling me about this recipe for years now, about how amazing it is, and how it’s her and my father’s favorite salmon dish EVER.  I’ve heard nothing but glowing reviews for this recipe.  Last week, a wonderful, dear friend of mine from Seattle decided to grace my doorstep with a beautiful side of salmon straight from Pike Place Market.  When I told my mom that I had this amazing piece of fish on my hands, she copied the recipe (along with a couple more) and sent my father over to my house to hand deliver them.  No joke.  This recipe is serious business.

Creamy Roasted Red Pepper and Black Bean Dip

Creamy Roasted Red Pepper and Black Bean Dip - Chew Nibble Nosh

Right now, as you’re reading this, (unless you’ve run across this months from now on Pinterest or Google…), I have my toes in the sand and a book in my hand on one of the loveliest beaches in South Carolina.  It’s vacation time…finally.

This summer has been a busy one!  We’ve relocated our family to a new house ten hours away from the last one, we’ve settled into said house and gotten into our new Indy groove.  The girls have gone to camps, and lessons, and made loads of friends along the way.  We’ve hosted guests from near and far and before we know it, school will be starting again in just one more week.

White Chicken Chili

Last week, a friend of mine asked me if I took requests for Chew Nibble Nosh.  My response, “ABSOLUTELY!”  I love to search out excellent recipes that are actually useful to people, so by all means, throw your requests my way!!

Megan asked for a white chicken chili recipe, so I immediately set to work.  I hadn’t made chicken chili in quite a long time, and I used to make a version that my husband absolutely loved.  When it came down to sharing that recipe with Megan, and all of you, I couldn’t find the recipe!  It’s hidden, somewhere, in the abyss that is my recipe collection. *sigh*  So, I did some online research and found a recipe that sounded like it had a lot of the same components.  And the things it didn’t have, I tweaked and made sure were in there.  All in all, we were very happy with the result!

Tortilla Chip Chicken with Savory Slaw and Avocado Dipping Sauce

I don’t know about you, but one of my downfalls when we go out to a Mexican restaurant is that freebie basket of chips and salsa they plop down on the table as soon as we arrive.  Pair that with some guacamole and a margarita, and I could easily down my week’s worth of calories in one sitting.  Those chips are dangerous…dangerously addictive.  There’s just something about munchies.  I’ve learned that when the basket hits the table, I’m better off just not touching it.  That way, I’m actually still hungry when dinner arrives.  Not grabbing a chip (or fifty) is kind of a bummer, but I usually feel better about my choices by the end of the meal.

Citrus Basil Shortbread Cookies

There is really nothing better than homegrown produce, fresh from the garden in the summertime.  Beautiful tomatoes, bushels of zucchini, peapods straight from the vine…I love it all.  The problem lies in that I have the worst luck EVER when it comes to gardening.   I’ve tried, and failed, more times than I can count.  This is the first year that I don’t have tomato plants going.  I finally gave up.  Every year, Aaron shakes his head at me as I plant a couple of tomato plants, knowing full well that nothing will become of them.  He’s right.  Nothing ever does.  The one year I thought I’d actually get something edible from my tomato plants, it turned out that I had some sort of bug living  on the plants that leaves the shell of the tomato, but eats the insides completely clean.  Imagine my dismay when I went to pick, what looked like, a perfect tomato from my vine and it popped in my hand like a balloon.