Tomato and White Bean Stew with Ditalini

Tomato and White Bean Stew with Ditalini | Fork Knife Swoon

I’m ready for Winter to be over. Or at least ready for North Carolina’s weather system to make up its mind about which season we’re in. It’s currently a day by day decision.

Over the course of the last two weeks, we’ve experienced snowstorms, freezing ice rain, wind storms, vaguely-named “wintery mixes,” and a torrential thunder and lightning storm that included a tornado watch. Smack dab in the middle of all that, we had a handful of perfectly-clear, sunny days with temperatures in the high-seventies. Maybe even eighty. Like it was nothing.

Not that I’m complaining about those gorgeous, warm and breezy, summer-like days, but come on. We had back-to-back days with temperature swings of close to forty degrees. Ridiculous.

My sense of eating seasonally is now completely thrown off. I’m suddenly craving all kinds of warm weather produce. Berries. Tomatoes. Corn. I’m about five seconds away from buying a pack of Chilean strawberries and declaring it Spring. Officially.

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Creamy Coconut and Blood Orange Popsicles

Creamy Coconut and Blood Orange Popsicles | Fork Knife Swoon

We’ve been snowed in for three days, cooped up, with nothing but ice and snow outside, and here I am, sharing a popsicle recipe. I know.

But look at that color! It is Valentine’s Day after all…

More importantly, we’re also in the midst of Winter citrus season and I just can’t get enough. I’m buying citrus like it’s going out of style. Lovely Meyer lemons, tart tangerines and dark-fleshed moro oranges are taking over our kitchen counters.

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Dark Chocolate Banana Muffins | Fork Knife Swoon

One Bowl Dark Chocolate Banana Muffins

I can be a bit of a tornado in the kitchen. Okay, almost always. I have a habit of using every spoon in the drawer. Every spatula and whisk. Teetering piles of dirty dishes and measuring cups sit, precariously stacked, in the sink and on counter edges, left in my wake as I cook and… 

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Garlic, Sage & Brown Butter Pasta | Fork Knife Swoon

30 Minute Garlic, Sage and Brown Butter Pasta

I woke up this morning with a serious hankering for pasta. Something simple and flavorful. Before my first sips of coffee, I set a big pot on the stove to boil. The kitchen windows steamed against the grey, rainy mist outside. The pup scampered about as I looked through the pantry. Linguine. Garlic. Maybe some… 

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Whole-Grain Triple Dark Chocolate Brownies | Fork Knife Swoon

Triple Dark Chocolate Whole Grain Brownies

You guys, I’ve done it. I’ve just checked off a maaaajor item from my baking to-do list. Chewy, fudgy, box-like, dark chocolate whole grain brownies are finally a reality in the Swoon kitchen. Triple dark chocolate whole grain brownies to be exact. And they are so. unbelievably. good. Let me back up. I’ve been working… 

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Kale, Spinach and Goat Cheese Pasta | Fork Knife Swoon

Weeknight Kale, Spinach and Goat Cheese Pasta

Okay, real talk. As much as I love the idea of starting out the new year as a clean-eating goddess of healthy salads, superfood smoothies and raw, vegan goodness, let’s be honest: it’s the middle of Winter. Winter with the occasional Polar Vortex, and whatever unusually-cold, unnamed weather system this latest snow storm is part… 

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Homemade Maple Cinnamon Granola | Fork Knife Swoon

Homemade Maple Cinnamon Granola

Happy 2014! Have you recovered from the holidays? I hope your new year is off to a good start. It’s been nice to have a few weeks of normal around here. No travel. No big plans. Just the Honey and the pup. Time for long field walks in the fleeting light of late afternoon. Winter… 

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Chewy Ginger Cookies | Fork Knife Swoon

Soft and Chewy Ginger Cookies

I’m sure you’re all well on your way through Christmas baking, with the big day just two days away (!), but I thought I’d pop in with one last holiday cookie recipe: these soft and chewy ginger cookies, one of my all time seasonal favorites. This recipe is an offshoot of one I shared last… 

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