Shrimp Arrabbiata Pasta

Shrimp Arrabbiata - Chew Nibble Nosh

Gosh, I love shrimp.  You know that scene in Forrest Gump, where Bubba goes on and on, and on, about everything you can do with shrimp?

I never saw anything wrong with Bubba’s passion.  If anything, it made me hungry.

Having lived in the South for a good number of years, I was used to being able to get fresh, wonderful, reasonably priced shrimp at every restaurant, and every market.  Heck, sometimes the shrimp even came to me.  When we lived in New Orleans, the wonderfully sweet man who was the custodian at the school I taught in would go out on his shrimp boat on the weekends and bring his delicious haul back in for me on Monday!  Talk about spoiled!  Being back in the landlocked Midwest has stifled our constant shrimpiness a bit, but I still try to cook it up often.

Irish Colcannon Mac & Cheese

Irish Colcannon Mac & Cheese - Chew Nibble Nosh 6With Saint Patrick’s Day right around the corner, it seemed like as good a time as any to pull out this recipe that I found awhile back.  I’ve needed an excuse to make this, and pretending that I’m Irish for a day seemed like the perfect excuse. Have you ever tried Colcannon?   If you haven’t, you’ve missed out a warm, cozy, traditional Irish dish of mashed potatoes and cabbage, or kale. Seasoned with scallions or leeks, butter, salt and pepper, it’s a simple, soul-warming, comfort food, you-eat-it-at-your-mother’s-table type dish.

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.

Bucatini with Butter-Roasted Tomato Sauce

Bucatini with Butter-Roasted Tomato Sauce  - Chew Nibble Nosh

I love it when I run across a meal that my whole family enjoys, is easily adaptable, AND I can throw together at a moment’s notice with stuff you can always find in my pantry and fridge.  This is one of those meals.  This sauce is incredible, so deliciously tasty that you’d think someone had spent hours on it.  In reality, it takes just a few minutes of prep time, and a little bit of slow cooking in the oven.

Roasted Butternut Squash and Bacon Pasta

Roasted Butternut Squash and Bacon Pasta 6 - Chew Nibble Nosh

Happy Fall!  It’s official…we’ve moved on.  Summer is over, leaves are changing, the air is crisp, everything is covered in pumpkin spice…I love it.  Fall is my favorite time of year.

As the temperature starts to dip, it’s nice to have some cozy, comfy, family pleasing meals in your back pocket. This one is delicious, and my family loved ringing in the new season with a new fall favorite.

I started by cutting up a butternut squash into one-inch chunks and getting them ready to roast.  I lined a cookie sheet with foil, sprayed it with nonstick spray, laid out the squash, gave them a quick spray, and sprinkled them with a mixture of dried rosemary, salt, and pepper.

Greek Pasta Salad with Shrimp, Tomatoes, Zucchini, Peppers and Feta

Green Pasta Salad with Shrimp Tomatoes Zucchini Peppers and Feta - Chew Nibble Nosh

It’s hard to believe that summer is already winding down.  My girls start school a week from now, but I know a lot of kids that have already started…and a few that don’t start until after Labor Day, so those of you in that category can just ignore my end of summer talk for a while.  What a summer we’ve had.  I fully intended on this summer being a little less busy than last summer, when I felt like I was constantly going, going, going.  Well…it didn’t happen.  We had a busy, but wonderful, summer and it’s flown by in the blink of an eye.

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.

Chicken Primavera

Chicken Primavera - Chew Nibble Nosh

I made this Primavera dish to usher in the springtime.  After all, the birds were tweeting, the sun was shining on my girls as they laughed and played outside with their friends, and all was right with the springtime world as I threw together this dinner last week.  It was the perfect spring afternoon.

Fast forward to today, and I’d love a little of that sunshine.  What a crummy day! It’s pouring here.  Not just a picturesque spring rain shower, either.  We’re talking downright miserable, muddy puddles, road flooding, lightning strikes, gloomy-gray pouring here.  All day.  My backyard is a swamp, and I’m pretty sure I just saw an ark float down my street.

Creamy Orecchiette with Chicken and Artichokes

Creamy Orecchiette with Chicken and Artichokes - Chew Nibble Nosh

I put this together for dinner last night fully expecting Avery to throw a fit over it.  Avery, as you know if you’re a regular reader of this blog, is a bit of a picky eater.  She’ll try everything, but many times we don’t get past the try.  If she had her druthers, she’d consume nothing but kid food, and ketchup would be the only sauce ever mentioned in this house.

I knew that Emily would love this, though, because she loves anything with artichokes, and I figured Aaron would like it because…well, Aaron will eat anything.  Avery was my sticking point, once again.

Pasta Jambalaya

Pasta Jambalaya - Chew Nibble Nosh

While I consider myself lucky to have kids that aren’t as picky as some other kids I know, my kids still have their own issues.  Emily is an adventurous eater.  She’ll try anything, and when she likes something, she really likes it.  For as long as I can remember, her favorite foods have been artichokes, feta cheese, beans, and capers.  (Despite my many attempts to convince the child that capers are a garnish or an add on, she doesn’t believe me.)  Not exactly what you hear most kids asking for at the dinner table, right? The problem lies in that she likes very specific flavors, and if the flavors we’re having for dinner don’t mesh with her taste buds, we get a lot of pouts and whines.