Pork Chops with Balsamic Roasted Vegetables and Gorgonzola

Pork Chops with Balsamic Roasted Vegetables and Gorgonzola - Chew Nibble Nosh

After being married for close to nineteen years (next week!) to my husband, I’ve gotten to know him and his tastes pretty well.  I have to admit, he’s very polite when it comes to dinner time.  He never complains, even if what I’m serving for dinner isn’t exactly what he was in the mood for. It doesn’t matter if we’re having cereal or a four course meal, he’ll eat it with a smile on his face.  Although, with the cereal, he probably sneaks back into the pantry after dinner. And he’s very patient as I snap picture after picture of dinner, trying to get the right shot, before serving it up.  I know that’s not a common problem in most households, but in our house, it’s a “thing”. He’s a trooper, and always has been, even before I started this blogging gig.

Easy Slow Cooker Chicken Fajitas

Easy Slow Cooker Chicken Fajitas - Chew Nibble Nosh

We’re in the home stretch!  At the close of the school day tomorrow, it’s officially summer here in the Carlisle household.  Every school year seems to fly by faster than the last, and this year, even the kids have noticed.  It’s been a great year, and I’m having one of those Mommy moments as we finish things up.  After tomorrow, my girls will officially be fifth and eighth graders.  One will be on her way to her last year in elementary school, while the other will be moving into her last year of middle school. What was I thinking when I spaced my children out this way?  This is too much parental emotion to take on in one year.  I don’t feel fully prepared to have a high schooler yet.  After all, I was changing her diapers and feeding her smashed peas just yesterday, it seems.  And the youngest moving out of elementary school?  Ugh…I’m not ready to throw my baby to the wolves quite yet.

Chicken Fajita Pasta – Cooking with McCormick Perfect Pinch Blends

Chicken Fajita Pasta - Chew Nibble Nosh

 If my kids ask what’s for dinner, and I say “Chicken and pasta”, I’m usually safe from the “Uuuuuuugh!  Noooooo!  WHAT?  Eeeeeew!” that would have accompanied scarier responses for them like “We’re having fish” or “I’ve decided to experiment with tofu today”.  I can mix other things in with the chicken and pasta, things that they don’t usually like, and they won’t complain a whole lot because they just focus on the chicken and pasta.  Those are their comfort foods…their no complaint foods.  So, I’m always looking for new ways to jazz up the ordinary and introduce them to new and exciting flavors and variations on their favorites.

Quick Curried Chicken with Cashews

Curried Chicken with Cashews - Chew Nibble Nosh

Christmas vacation is over.  What a bummer!  It was a fantastic, much needed break for all of us in the Chew Nibble Nosh house. Tomorrow marks the beginning of a new semester of school, after-school activities, and our usual craziness. Plus, sadly, it also marks the start of when I need to start setting my alarm clock again.  That’s always a rough one for me.

Oh, well.  Let the busy begin!

Roasted Cauliflower Soup with Aged Cheddar and Bacon

I have a lot of friends who think it’s pretty funny that I’ve held down more odd jobs than I can count.  You name it, and I probably dabbled in it at one point in my life.  When I was in high school, I worked in a local bakery.  Besides the amazing cakes, breads, pastries and desserts we whipped up, we had a pretty mean lunch menu.  That bakery was where I was first introduced to cauliflower soup.  Up until that point in my life, cauliflower was just…cauliflower.  Nothing spectacular.  It was usually the last to go on a veggie tray and we had it with dinner a lot, but it was just cauliflower.

Caramelized Pear, Prosciutto & Gorgonzola Pizza with Arugula Salad

My husband wasn’t home for dinner one night last week, so I took it upon myself to declare it a Girls’ Night In and invited a friend of mine over to hang out, laugh a lot, and have some dinner.  Because that’s what girls like to do, right?  Talking, laughing, eating…we like that.   Plus, my little girls were there with us, so it was a multi-generational girls’ night, which made it extra special.

Zucchini and Summer Squash Gratin with Parmesan and Fresh Thyme

I always find it amazing when I talk to people about cooking and find out that they’ve never cooked up a fresh vegetable in their life.  I’ve run across more people than I can count who only rely on frozen veggies or canned.  I’ve found that, with most of these people, it’s not a dislike of vegetables holding them back, it’s that they are intimidated by the work involved in cooking up something fresh.

Braised Pork Shoulder with Warm Spices

I love my slow cooker and I use it every chance I get, but when I have a little more time to mess around in the kitchen and I don’t need to prepare dinner 8 hours in advance, I often turn to braising when I want that slow cooked taste.  When you braise meat or veggies, you’re essentially turning a pot on the stove or the pot in your oven into a slow cooker.  Braising involves browning the meat quickly with some oil, adding some liquid and then simmering the mixture over low heat.  Braising can turn more economical, tough cuts of meat into tender, luscious morsels and the slow cook time helps flavor the meat through and through.

Game Day Week Recipe #1: Real French Onion Dip

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I love college football.  I can take or leave most NFL games, but there’s something really special about college football season for me.  I was lucky enough to experience a great college football tradition when I attended Michigan State University.  Thanks to my time there, I’m a die-hard Spartan fan and I’m proud to be one.  (No comments from the Wolverine peanut gallery, please.)