Chew Out Loud

I am an avid admirer of all foods sweet and savory.  The kitchen is my happy space, where I create deliciousness for family and friends every day.  I'm also a runner,  a somewhat retired teacher, and a mama of 3 amazing little monkeys.  I'm married to a passionate foodie who takes his job as recipe taste-tester very seriously.  Come join us in our kitchen.

3-Ingredient Cocoa Almonds

Perfectly crunchy, healthy, and cocoa-chocolatey almonds can be yours with just a few ingredients and 10 minutes. It’s WAY healthier and cheaper than the store-bought stuff. Go ahead…get nutty....more

Boston Cream Cupcakes

If you like Boston Cream Pie, you’ll flip over these yummy Boston Cream Cupcakes! Tender, moist, and filled with golden custard. While standing idly in long checkout lines of grocery stores, I’m usually torn between thumbing through either the Food Network glossy or People mag ....more

5-Minute Avocado Bean Dip

This 5-Minute Avocado Bean Dip is chock full of goodness, full of protein, and superbly delicious! No blender needed. Yummy and guiltless party app and snack! ...more

Easy Rice Pilaf with Mushrooms

This Easy Rice Pilaf with Mushrooms is tender, fluffy, and flavorful. It’s the perfect side dish to accompany any meal, anytime. Our little break in between winter and spring sports is officially over ....more

Strawberry Asparagus Farro Salad

This Strawberry Asparagus Farro Salad will instantly brighten your day…or at least your lunch hour. Hearty, healthy, and completely delicious. Spring is in the air, and the air is ripe for spring salads ....more

Tender Braised Beef Brisket (+Giveaway)

This Tender Braised Beef Brisket is richly flavorful, succulent, and ultra tender. It can be made ahead of time and tastes even better the next day. Among my favorite eats to make for family and friends are braised beef dishes ....more

Zebra Caramel Popcorn

With a name like Zebra Caramel Popcorn, you know it’s gotta be something special. Crunchy, buttery caramel popcorn is coated with double layers of chocolate for the ultimate treat. Despite the hectic life, we still aim for Friday Family Night whenever we can swing it ....more

Strawberry Chocolate Baked Oatmeal

This Strawberry Chocolate Baked Oatmeal is your one-stop shop for a hearty, healthy, and yummy breakfast any day of the week! I’m not sure how or when it happened, but our Biggest Little just got a bike that’s taller than mine. I couldn’t ride a mile on his bike if I wanted to (I don’t.) It baffles me that he’s outgrown his sneakers seemingly overnight ....more

Lentil Hummus

Give your hummus a twist with this delicious Lentil Hummus. It’s healthy, packed with nutrition, and ultra satisfying to your taste buds. The perfect snack attack solution ....more

Chocolate Peanut Butter Crispy Bars

Chocolate Peanut Butter Crispy Bars. The name says it all. Bite into a chewy, crispy bar that’s loaded with peanut butter and nestled under a dreamy layer of chocolate ....more