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.*

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.

Steak Tips with Feta Roasted Potatoes

Steak Tips with Feta Roasted Potatoes - Chew Nibble Nosh

My two daughters have played the texture card at dinner since the dawn of (their) time.  I can’t tell you how many times they’ve put a bite of something perfectly wonderful in their mouths, not even given it the slightest chew, and instantly spit it out because they “don’t like the texture”.  In some respects, I get it.  There are some foods that I’m not into strictly due to their mouthfeel.  There are certain foods that feel funny, take a bit longer to chew, or are just plain weird.  I am not a big fan of cooked mushrooms (I think they’re slimy), oysters (Again, slimy), or softshell crab (Not slimy, but weirdly crunchy).  I get the texture issue.

Herb Roasted Pork Primavera

Herb Roasted Pork Primavera - Chew Nibble Nosh

It seemed to take a while, but spring has officially sprung here in Indianapolis.  We returned home from our Spring Break vacation to find that the grass was a whole lot greener, the birds were a whole lot chirpier, and the trees were starting to bud.  Aaaaahhhhh…it feels good!

This delicious spring dish may rank as the tastiest pork roast I’ve ever made, and with all of the vegetables and potatoes roasted in the same pan, it also ranks as super simple and a new go-to meal for our busy family.  Plus, it’s Weight Watchers-friendly!  Bonus!

Chicken with Potatoes, Peas & Coconut Curry Sauce

Chicken with Potatoes, Peas & Coconut Curry Sauce - Chew Nibble Nosh

This is a great recipe to have on hand when you really want to go out to your favorite Indian restaurant for dinner, or grab carry-out from them, but it’s too darn cold to go and you’d rather just stay home, put on your pajamas and slippers, and stay warm.

It’s really a simple dish to throw together, and for you curry naysayers out there…my kids even liked this.  It is warm and cozy, with just enough heat to put us in a warmer frame of mind on a cold, winter night.

Overnight Artichoke and Ham Breakfast Bake

Overnight Artichoke and Ham Breakfast Bake - Chew Nibble Nosh

 In our house, special holidays deserve a special breakfast, and Easter is one of those days.  I don’t like to spend my Easter morning running around the kitchen, though.  I’d rather spend that special time soaking in the memories with my family (and quite possibly, swiping chocolate eggs out of my daughters’ Easter baskets…but you didn’t hear that from me.)

Make ahead breakfasts make my holidays a lot less stressful, and this latest one I’ve concocted is perfect for springtime.  Speckled with spring colors, and light, fresh flavors, this breakfast turned out to be just what the Easter Bunny ordered.

Potato and Boursin Frittata

Christmas morning is magical, and breakfast on Christmas should be equally as special.  I usually try to do something a little out of the norm for Christmas morning, but I’ve had years when it seems that I’ve spent most of the early hours of the day in the kitchen cooking, instead of enjoying the morning with my family.  It’s always nice when breakfast can be made up the night before, and just popped in the oven, like with the Overnight Blueberry Stuffed French Toast that I posted last year.

Garlic Hasselback Potatoes with Basil Sour Cream

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I don’t eat a whole lot of red meat, but every once in a while, I can’t help myself.  Tonight was one of those nights.  Tonight called for steak.   I knew that I couldn’t go all caveman on my family and just serve up a hunk of meat come dinner time.  What goes better with steak than a baked potato?  I ran across this recipe over the summer and have made it many times since.  The entire family loves it, even though one very young member swears she can’t stand potatoes. Go figure.