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Ultimate Quinoa Veggie Burgers | Fork Knife Swoon @forkknifeswoon

Ultimate Quinoa Veggie Cheeseburgers

We lugged our massive BBQ grill out of the storage shed a few weeks ago, and we’ve been grilling just about everything in sight since, from sticky, sweet BBQ chicken, to local salmon filets, fresh veggies, the first stone fruit to pop up in the market, and of course tons of burgers. I love nothing more than cooking and eating outside, especially on long, warm summer days, when the sun doesn’t begin to set until nine or later this far north. Lately, we’ve made an almost daily habit of spending our evenings out on the back patio, enjoying a cocktail…

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Mini Individual Strawberry Crumbles | Fork Knife Swoon @forkknifeswoon

Individual Strawberry Crumbles

The first local strawberries arrived in the farmers market (!!!) and I can’t buy them fast enough. In less than a week we’ve devoured two big flats of the juiciest, stain-your-fingers, ruby red berry beauties. Waiting for the season to kick off has been tortuous. In North Carolina last year – when I was also feeding my berry addiction with weekly flats of fresh-picked strawberries at the farm stand down the road – strawberry season was already coming to an end by June. The girls behind the counter would often ask me if I was making jam. Nope. Well, a…

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Quick Roasted Tomato Caprese Pasta Salad | Fork Knife Swoon @forkknifeswoon

Quick Roasted Tomato Caprese Pasta Salad

Yesterday we got a little heavy, so let’s lighten things up today with a quick and easy Summer-in-a-bowl recipe: this roasted cherry tomato caprese pasta salad. I started tackling some overdue garden projects over the weekend, the pup by my side, sweeping up pine needles, pulling weeds, and planting pots of cheery petunias and violas. Generally sprucing things up now that all things green are exploding in our backyard with abandon. Basically trying not to be the worst house on our manicured, garden-centric block. I also planted our first tomatoes – a couple of cherries that I can’t wait to…

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Remembering the Fallen on Memorial Day | Fork Knife Swoon

Remembering the Fallen

Memorial Day weekend is shaping up to be fairly gloomy around here this year, the sky monotonously grey and dreary, which feels strangely appropriate. The hubs is currently deployed, and all the military tribute videos and photo montages floating around the web this weekend have dredged up many of the feelings I push aside most of the year, because thinking about those painful possibilities on any sort of regular basis will drive you crazy with fear and anxiety. There’s a part of me – the chronic worrier – that sees myself in every wife who has lost her husband in…

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Baked Blueberry Bagel French Toast Casserole | Fork Knife Swoon @forkknifeswoon

Baked Blueberry Bagel French Toast Casserole

Lately, I’ve been making an effort to create some make-ahead breakfasts that are easy to grab on the go or heat up in the morning, because early weekday mornings can be… challenging. Especially Mondays. I’ve made a few batches of homemade granola bars, stocked the fridge with individual servings of chia pudding, and filled our freezer with single-smoothie bags of healthy ingredients, all super easy to assemble or take with me on busy mornings. But none of those compare to this baked blueberry bagel French toast casserole – yep, it’s a mouthful. This French toast is everything I want in…

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Vegan Chocolate Coffee Ice Cream! SO creamy and so delicious! | Fork Knife Swoon @forkknifeswoon

Vegan Chocolate-Coffee Ice Cream

See that creamy, dreamy, chocolate-y ice cream up there? That would be 100% dairy free, frozen vegan bliss and my current obsession. I’ve been a fan of coconut milk ice cream for a long time, but recently started experimenting with cashew-based ice cream. Soaked, raw cashews blend up to create an unbelievably, super smooth cream, with a neutral taste that’s prime for any number of flavorings, mimics dairy milk and is perfect for vegan sauces and desserts. The combination of cashew cream and coconut milk (along with lots of coffee and dark chocolate) in this recipe results in a thick,…

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Roasted Strawberries and Cream Popsicles - Naturally gluten free and vegan optional | Fork Knife Swoon @forkknifeswoon

Roasted Strawberries and Cream Popsicles

I made these roasted strawberry pops a few mornings ago with the windows open for the first time in what feels like forever. Despite a fairly mild Winter, it felt good to finally fling back the draperies and let some fresh air inside. Abundant sunshine and an invigorating breeze whisping through the house inspired some Spring cleaning, and I was suddenly tearing my way through a to-do list, armed with the vacuum, scrubbers and dust cloths, purging closets and decluttering, and had loaded up four boxes of giveaway items in no time. Somewhere in the midst of my crazy cleaning…

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Brown Sugar Raspberry Jam Crumble Bars (Vegan Optional/Gluten Free Optional) | Fork Knife Swoon @forkknifeswoon

Brown Sugar Raspberry Jam Crumble Bars

When spring came, even the false spring, there were no problems except where to be happiest. – Ernest Hemingway, A Moveable Feast I still get weather alerts for our small town in North Carolina, my phone lighting up every time a tornado or severe rain or snowstorm makes its way towards Hoke County. The semi-frequent pings are a sort of tormenting nostalgia, a reminder of the Southern home, set between corn fields, cow pastures, and wooded pines, that I didn’t think I would miss. Last Winter, I stood in my pajamas in the icy air of the front stoop and…

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