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Tomato, White Bean and Kale Soup | Fork Knife Swoon @forkknifeswoon

Tomato, White Bean and Kale Soup

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Last night, I had a horrifyingly realistic dream that began with getting arranged-marriage-promised to a stranger, followed with a multi-day wedding/traveling circus performance, and finally devolved into me trying to dissolve the marriage contract while vying for the affections of my true love (and actual, real-life husband) as a woman named Sharmula attempted to seduce him away. She did a dance in the middle of the ocean and everything. Are people actually named Sharmula? I believe it’s also some kind of Middle Eastern fish marinade… I woke up panicked and slightly sweaty with all of the covers wrapped tightly around…

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Spring Vegetable Salad with White Beans and Parmesan | Fork Knife Swoon

Spring Vegetable Salad with White Beans and Parmesan

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It’s just about that time of year when fresh, bright green vegetables begin popping up in the market, cheerfully ushering in the start of Spring. We love the combination of asparagus, English peas and snow peas in this salad, which celebrates the verdant arrivals of the season with a quick sauté and a simple dressing of lemon and Parmesan that lets the vegetables shine. Perfect as an easy Spring side dish, the addition of protein-packed white beans also makes this salad satisfying enough for a light lunch.

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Lighter Slow Cooker Tukey Chili

Slow Cooker Turkey Chili

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We live a bit outside of town, where farmland regularly intersects with a scattering of houses and small neighborhoods. It’s peaceful here. Open. Quiet. Plenty of land to meander through with the pup. This winter, it’s been especially still, with occasional falling snow and misty, foggy days. When the weather grows chilly, I turn to a handful of my favorite comfort recipes; tried-and-true soups and stews, warming roasts and a few other cozy dishes, including this hearty Turkey Chili. Not only is this flavorful chili a perfect cold-weather antidote, I love that it mostly cooks itself, simmering away all day…

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Braised Chicken with Cannellini Beans and Fresh Herbs

Chicken with Cannellini Beans and Fresh Herbs

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Phew! Did you survive the holidays? Did your waistline? I certainly overindulged in the seemingly endless supply of holiday baked goods, Christmas cookies and other festive treats. I made four batches of these cookies alone. But as the new year begins, I’m craving fresher, healthier meals packed with lots of seasonal fruits and veggies. Simple dishes that are flavorful and nutritious yet satisfying in our still frosty, winter weather. This roasted Chicken with Cannellini Beans and Fresh Herbs is just that; perfectly juicy chicken and lemony white beans with aromatic garlic and fresh herbs. A delicious winter comfort meal without…

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