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.

Chilled Strawberry Soup

Chilled Strawberry Soup - Chew Nibble Nosh

My goodness, this Easter has come up quickly.  If you’re feeling as holiday crunched as I am, and you’re hosting dinner, then this is the perfect speedy quick, yet impressive, dish to serve your guests.  It’s embarrassingly easy…but nobody needs to know.  For some reason, chilled soups seem extra special, and this one was always a favorite of ours when we’d visit Disney World, of all places.

Skillet Chicken Pot Pie with Butternut Squash

Skillet Chicken Pot Pie with Butternut Squash - Chew Nibble Nosh

Seriously, Winter.  Make up your mind.

Sunny and 65 one day, snowy the next.  We’re in that weird part of the season where Winter just can’t decide if she wants to hang out at the party longer.  She’s lingering in the doorway on her way out, coat in hand, but still chatting up the host.

Thankfully, there are recipes like this that help bridge the gap.  This chicken pot pie is cozy and warm, but filled with bright fresh spring flavor, with a boost from fresh garlic, kale, pearl onions, butternut squash, and shredded rotisserie chicken.  It’s lighter than a traditional pot pie, but still warms your soul when winter hangs on for dear life.

Greek Wheat Berry & Veggie Salad

Greek Wheatberry and Veggie Salad - Chew Nibble Nosh.

Spring is in the air!  Well, kind of.  I mean, we’ve had a couple of really warm days lately and the trees are getting confused, but I think we’re still supposed to get more snow later this week.  I’m just going to ignore it.  Snow or no snow, it doesn’t really matter because the warm days we’ve been blessed with have gotten my taste buds ready for all of the fresh and light that spring and summer have to offer.

Raspberry Charlotte Russe – #RaspberryDessert with Driscoll’s

Raspberry Charlotte Russe - Chew Nibble Nosh

It’s that time of year again!  Berry season!  My fridge is consistently stocked with fresh berries this time of year.  So, when The Daily Meal asked me if I’d like to enter their Driscoll’s Berries #RaspberryDessert recipe contest, I figured there couldn’t be a better time!  Last year, they had a Strawberry Shortcake contest, and my entry was this delectable Lemon Poppyseed Strawberry Shortcake with Lemon Devonshire Cream.  This year, we’re talking raspberries, my all time favorite berry, and it didn’t take long for me to figure out the dessert I was going to try.

Chicken & Gnocchi Dumplings

Chicken & Gnocchi Dumplings - Chew Nibble Nosh

Sometimes, even though the sun is shining, the birds are singing, and you break a sweat when you walk outside, you just need some good, old-fashioned comfort food.  This was the case for me this past week, as my allergies have been giving me a serious run for my money.  I heard on the news that they are calling this year’s pollen forecast a “POLLEN TSUNAMI”.  It’s official, everything is way too dramatic.

That said, I have been awfully sniffly lately, and feeling kind of crummy, so when I ran across this recipe from Eating Well, I knew it would hit the spot.

Rainbow Slaw with Sesame Honey Lime Dressing – #PlateProud Contest with Green BEAN Delivery

Rainbow Slaw with Sesame Honey Lime Dressing - Chew Nibble Nosh.

This is my favorite time of year.  The trees are blooming, the grass is green, the sun is shining, and we all would rather spend time outside than in.  Springtime always seems like a wonderful gift, after a long, chilly winter, and this beautiful weather we’re having is no exception.

And, like clockwork, the warmer weather gets my husband’s grill-sense going.  I had a funny feeling when I saw the weekend’s forecast that he’d want to kick his grill into gear for the season.  I was right!

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!

Orange Glazed Bunny Buns

Orange Glazed Bunny Buns - Chew Nibble Nosh

Seriously, aren’t these little guys just too cute?

They are the perfect addition to your Easter table, be it brunch or dinner.  They are deliciously tender, and flavored with just a hint of warm spices and orange zest, and then glazed with a simple, sweet orange glaze to finish them off.

And…they are super cute.

They really aren’t difficult to put together, but as with any yeast bread, they do take a little bit of time.

I started by mixing together some flour, yeast, and allspice in my mixing bowl.

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Banana Pudding Dip with Vanilla Wafers

Banana Pudding Dip with Vanilla Wafers - Chew Nibble Nosh

Years of living down south taught me a lot of things.  One of those lessons learned was that there’s something special about a really good banana pudding.  When I came across this recipe, I knew I had to give it a try.  It seemed like a fun, simple twist on one of my favorites, and it’s the perfect thing to serve up to friends and family during the spring holiday season!