Penne alla Emiliana – Dinner at Indy’s Sangiovese Ristorante

Penne alla Emiliana - Chew Nibble Nosh

I’m tough to please when it comes to Italian food.  My dad’s side of the family is Italian, so I was lucky to grow up in a kitchen where tomatoes, basil, and garlic were a way of life.  I often find that Italian restaurants don’t exactly live up to my expectations.

So, imagine how excited I was when I found, and devoured, one of the best Italian meals I’ve ever had right here in Indy!  I was so eager to try out Sangiovese Ristorante’s new location.  I’d heard that they’d moved from their former location into the beautiful, new Ironworks building on 86th street.

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.

Easy Overnight Breakfast Enchiladas

Easy Overnight Breakfast Enchiladas - Chew Nibble Nosh In my humble opinion, one of the greatest food inventions of all time has to be the overnight breakfast casserole.  When company comes to stay and you want to treat them to something special, it’s so nice just to be able to pop something into the oven that’s ready to go, rather than bustling around the kitchen before your first cup of coffee.

I’m always looking for delicious, new, simple breakfast ideas and this one was a lot of fun.  I ran across the recipe a while ago, as I was putzing around on Pinterest, and it came from a blog called Inspired Taste.  It’s been sitting there, on my Food board, just waiting for guests to arrive.  Last weekend, my mother and father-in-law came to visit, so I finally had my perfect testing opportunity.

Slow Cooker Tortellini and Sausage Soup

Slow Cooker Tortellini and Sausage Soup

 Continuing with this week’s theme of “I Just Don’t Have Enough Time in the Day, so Let’s Make Something Easy”, I offer you this crazy good, super simple Crock Pot meal.  It’s another Pinterest find, and the original recipe is over at the blog Little Fellows.  I’ve tweaked the recipe just a bit, but didn’t touch how simple it is.  My family loved it, and I hope yours does too.

I started by browning up a pound of Italian turkey sausage.  You could use whatever sausage sounds good to you.  I went with turkey to try and lighten things up a bit.

Parmesan Polenta with Spicy Sausage Sauce

We’ve lived in the South for the entirety of our marriage (15 years), and we’re still not “grits people”.  We’ll eat shrimp and grits, but only if the grits are so thick, creamy and cheesy that we’d be out of our minds not to.  Grits for breakfast just isn’t our thing.

I do like polenta, however.  Polenta, I guess, could be considered an Italian version of grits.  It’s heartier though, in my Yankee opinion, and usually used in more savory dishes, as a pasta alternative for rich sauces or it can be cooled, sliced up and pan-fried, grilled or baked.

Baked Pumpkin and Sausage Rigatoni

We’ve lived in the South for a while now, and one thing I’ve learned is that it’s really hard to gauge exactly when fall begins down here.  The air doesn’t really crisp up down here like it does in the Midwest, where I grew up.  We’re still in t-shirts and shorts!  That said, the humidity down here has finally reached the “It’s not too oppressive anymore” state and the calendar told me that autumn has officially started.  So, I’m going with it.

“Thanksgiving in a Dish” Sausage Maple Bread Stuffing

DISCLAIMER:  I love to tell you about quick, easy recipes.  You know I do.  This recipe is far from quick.  It is THE most time-consuming part of my Thanksgiving repertoire.  That said, it’s something I’ve been asked by my family to make every year since I found the recipe 4 years ago.  Plus, you can make it up to two days ahead of time, so it ends up actually saving you time on Thanksgiving day.  It’s not difficult, at all, but you have to be patient with it.  That said, here we go!