Hi there! I’m Kate, and this is my blog Nibble and Dine, where you’ll find quick and easy recipes perfect for weeknights, with a pinch of decadent and creative recipes thrown in for fun! Whether you need to get dinner on the table in under 30 minutes, or want a unique and fun dessert for a potluck, I’ve got you covered!
I grew up in a family that loves to cook, and I’ve been creating my own recipes (with mixed results I admit!) since childhood. My most infamous creation had to be the Shake n’ Bake casserole. I was about 10, and I got it into my head that the Shake n’ Bake crumbs would add a perfect crunch to a casserole. Not a bad idea in theory I guess?
So I added two layers of crumbs between pieces of chicken and baked it; I don’t remember what else I added, but it was probably just as ill-advised as the Shake n’ Bake. I made my poor mother try it, and, well, the crumbs were so dry and crunchy, it was like chomping on tiny pebbles. This was about 25 years ago, and my recipes have improved by leaps and bounds (I promise!) but at least once every few years my mom finds a reason to tease me about the Shake n’ Bake disaster of 1993.
Since then I had a few other misses growing up: adding ¼ CUP of cinnamon to a muffin recipe rather than ¼ teaspoon, trying to make pie dough with tub margarine instead of butter (not the same at all!), and attempting to make meringues but only stirring the egg whites instead of whipping; you can immediately see the problem there.
But that whole time, I was learning more about cooking techniques and the art of perfecting a recipe. I kept cooking and experimenting with recipes in my adult life, and now with Nibble and Dine, I have a place to share my love of food with all of you.
I’m so glad you stopped by Nibble and Dine; please feel free to contact me if you have any feedback on the site or just want to share one of your childhood cooking disasters, I would sure love to hear about it!