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.

Lentil Soup with Balsamic Roasted Winter Vegetables

Lentil Soup with Balsamic Roasted Winter Vegetables - Chew Nibble Nosh

This, my friends, is EXACTLY the recipe we need for today.  This morning, at 5:00 AM, my phone pinged, telling me that my kids officially had their first two-hour weather delay of the season.  We only got a couple of inches of snow overnight, but it came down at just the right time to throw a kink in the bus schedule.  The kids were thrilled, I was excited to set my alarm for a little bit later, all was well with the world.  My husband texted me a while later and suggested I stay at home, if possible, because the road conditions stunk. OK, sounds good to me.

Lasagna Soup

Lasagna Soup - Chew Nibble Nosh .

This winter has been so weird.  Balmy on Christmas, then a three-day monsoon and flooded roads, and now we’ve finally reached “kind of chilly”.  This soup is the perfect thing for those crummy days when all you want to do is snuggle under a blanket, read a good book, and watch the weather do strange things.  It takes all of the flavors I love from my favorite lasagna recipe and puts them right into the middle of a creamy, cozy, bowl of soup.

Pasta e Fagioli

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IT’S COLD!

Thanks for the obvious, right?

I really can’t complain this winter.  We’ve had it pretty easy, especially compared to the East Coast. (Sorry, guys.)  We have, however, had some crazy cold snaps, in between the warm snaps, and we’re currently in the middle of one of them.  I’m wishing I’d saved this recipe to make for tonight, instead of last week when it was warmer.  However, if I can help warm you up with this, then it all worked out.

Hot Cocoa Cookies with Marshmallows

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Oooooh, these cookies.

Chocolate and marshmallow is one of my favorite combinations, but I fully underestimated how delicious these cookies would be.  I saw them on Pinterest, thought they were clever and fun, and then I took a bite, and fell in love.

These cookies are fudgy, and chewy, rich, and delicious.  Warm, out of the oven, they are melty and gooey, like a molten lava cake.  As we ate them over the next few days, they were still chewy, and decadent…and the marshmallow stays puffy and light.  That was, honestly, my biggest worry.  I wondered if the marshmallow would dry out and lose its bounce.  Nope.  Still amazingly puffy a few days out.

Lightened Up Stuffed Cabbage Rolls

Lightened Up Stuffed Cabbage Rolls - Chew Nibble Nosh

Out of nowhere the other day, I was suddenly craving stuffed cabbage.  I don’t know why.  Nobody had mentioned it, I hadn’t seen it anywhere, it had been completely and totally off my radar so far this winter.   That said, I was just about to go to the grocery store, when inspiration struck, and I had to change up my list to accommodate my craving.

Lentils with Smoked Sausage and Carrots

Lentils with Smoked Sausage and Carrots  - Chew Nibble Nosh

Picture it:  “Sicily, 1922…”  I’m kidding.  I couldn’t resist.

Let’s start again.  Picture it:  It’s a cold, dreary day.  That icky, gross, rainy, cold, mucky, windy, ick kind of day that we all hate going out in.  That was my yesterday.  When a truly gross day rolls around, I usually want comfort food for dinner.  Preferably, something warm and cozy.  This dinner was exactly that.  It’s not the prettiest meal to look at, I fully recognize that, but it sure was tasty.  Simple, homey, good for you…and both of my kids gobbled it up. (Which, if you’re a parent, you know is a miracle in itself.)

Brunswick Stew

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I’d never had Brunswick Stew until we’d moved down South, so I’m assuming that a lot of you haven’t heard of it either.  I’m here to enlighten you! I noticed it on menus in a few places when we lived in Virginia, and then saw it more often when we lived in Georgia.  As I was looking at the history of Brunswick Stew when I was prepping for this post, I realized that I am absolutely no help in solving the mystery of where exactly Brunswick Stew began.  You see, Brunswick County, Virginia AND Brunswick, Georgia both claim to have originated the amazing concoction we now know as Brunswick Stew.  My confusion lies in that I first ate Brunswick Stew in Virginia, but at that time, it was cooked for me by someone who was originally from Georgia.

Slow Cooker Black Bean & Pumpkin Chili and a Red Gold Giveaway!

Black Bean & Pumpkin Chili - Chew Nibble Nosh

While I use my slow cooker all year long, it seems like I manage to bring it out more often in the fall and winter months.  On a day when the air is crisp, and my day is busy, there’s nothing more comforting than something cozy from the slow cooker.  My friends at Red Gold agree, and they are launching an amazing giveaway on their Facebook page.  From September 17th to October 8th, they’ll be giving away 2 Crock-Pots a day!  That’s 44 Crock Pots!  They are going to make a lot of homes and bellies very happy in the coming months!  Make sure you check it out, and enter often!

Pork and Mushroom Stew with Apple-Potato Mash

Pork and Mushroom Stew with Apple-Potato Mash - Chew Nibble Nosh

When my mom came to me about this recipe, and told me how good it was, I was a little bit skeptical.  I’m not a huge mushroom fan, but I’m learning to accept them and, even better, eat them without gagging.  So, when she told me about this amazing, and different, pork and mushroom stew, I was a little leery.

But, as usual…she was right.

Always listen to your Mama.

This dish is actually quite simple to throw together, and the result is pretty spectacular.  It’s not your everyday meat and potatoes dish, and is the perfect thing to warm you up when the Winter wind is (still…) howling.