Almond Joy Cookies

Almond Joy Cookies - Chew Nibble Nosh

***Feel like you’re seeing double?  Yes, this is a repost of a previous recipe. I’m reposting it for the holidays, as it’s become quite popular, and I’m adding in a couple of hints that might help you along come baking time….

 It seems that a lot of people are having a rough time with the cookies spreading.  My guess is that they haven’t used the correct amount of coconut.  Make sure that you grab a 14 oz. bag of coconut.  There are 10 oz. and 14 oz. bags available at my grocery store.  Go big!

Everything Spice Coated Cheddar Cheese Ball

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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.

Thanksgiving Recipe Roundup: Top Ten Recipes for a Delicious Thanksgiving

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Tis the season to start stuffing ourselves, and our turkeys.  Are you hosting Thanksgiving this year?  I am.  And you know what?  I love cooking Thanksgiving dinner.  Sure, it’s stressful and there’s a lot going on, but it’s absolutely my favorite meal of the year.  I’ve tried a lot of Thanksgiving recipes in my day, and there are a few favorites I always return to.  The Herb Buttered and Brined Turkey recipe featured in this roundup is always my go-to Thanksgiving turkey, and my husband’s favorite “Thanksgiving in a Dish” dressing will make an appearance again this year as well…because if I didn’t make it, husband would be sad, and nobody wants a pouty husband at the Thanksgiving table.

Old Fashioned Slow Cooker Chicken Stew

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Is anyone else out there having a rough time getting into fall this year?  Fall is my favorite season, and I’m just not feeling it yet.  I’m usually one of those stereotypical Pumpkin Spice loving, boot wearing, sweater snugly people, and I’m just having the toughest time getting in the fall mood.  It could be that it’s still pretty warm and the trees haven’t really started changing yet. I don’t know.  I just know I’m not feeling it, and my not feeling it is annoying me.

*Insert Grumpy Cat picture here.*

Rice Cooker Cajun Shrimp and Grits AND a Hamilton Beach Giveaway!

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I know what you’re thinking.  Shrimp and Grits in a rice cooker?  I thought exactly the same thing.  But, when my friends at Hamilton Beach offered me their spectacular, multi-functioning 4-20 Cup Rice and Hot Cereal Cooker to try, and then suggested this recipe for Rice Cooker Cajun Shrimp and Grits, I thought, why not!  After all, this rice cooker isn’t your average rice cooker.  Sure, it cooks rice. Every size and variety. But it also cooks oatmeal, quinoa, cream of wheat, Farro, and other whole grains and dried beans. It has a simmer function for pastas and soups! And it has a steamer basket that loads in the top, so you can cook veggies, meats and fish right along with your rice and grains. It’s a one stop meal maker!

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.

Italian Deli Pinwheels

 

Italian Deli Pinwheels - Chew Nibble Nosh

Remember that outdoor concert I went to?  The one I where I brought those sweet little blueberry cheesecakes?  Well, I brought these fabulous little pinwheels there too.  My friend Lynda was generous enough to share the recipe with me after we enjoyed them immensely at our Indy 500 picnic back in May, and I’ve been looking for a reason to make them ever since.  Thankfully, this concert popped up, and it was the perfect reason to break out Lynda’s recipe.

Mini No-Bake Blueberry Cheesecakes

Mini No-Bake Blueberry Cheesecakes - Chew Nibble Nosh

Outdoor concerts are one of my favorite ways to spend an evening in the summer. We’re very lucky to be surrounded by many different opportunities for musical evenings where we live, and we were excited when some friends of ours asked if we’d like to join them for a night with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra under the stars last week.

Just a few short days ago, the weather was brutally hot around these parts, as it was in most of the country. So, trying to figure out what to bring for our symphony picnic proved tricky.  I wanted food that would keep us cool, that wouldn’t weigh us down in the heat. I also needed food that wouldn’t melt, and that was easily transportable in a small rolling cooler.

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.

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.