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Thai-Spiced Chicken Meatballs with Roasted Red Pepper Curry Sauce | Fork Knife Swoon

Thai-Spiced Chicken Meatballs with Red Pepper Curry Sauce

The Honey and I make time every week for date night; one night a week carved out for just the two of us to explore new local restaurants. The tradition started when I first moved to the South and has become our weekly ritual – even when things get busy or stressful with work, it’s our night to decompress and spend quality time together. We’ve discovered some gems along the way, and keep a running list of new places to try. One of the restaurants that has been on the list for months is a little – and highly elusive…

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Grilled Chicken with Mango Salsa | Fork Knife Swoon

Grilled Chicken with Mango Salsa

Every year since we first moved into my childhood home, my parents have hosted a pot-luck barbecue over Memorial Day weekend for friends and neighbors. When we were little, the neighborhood was bustling with dozens of other kids around the same age, and we spent the afternoon running around the yard and munching on classic burgers and hot dogs. Now, with most of us well out of college, it remains an annual tradition. This year however, for the first time since it began, the festivities are being postponed. My cousin is getting married, and the family is converging on my…

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Chile Lime Shrimp Skewers | Fork Knife Swoon

Chile Lime Shrimp Skewers

These juicy, flavorful Chili Lime Shrimp Skewers are delicious in a lick-your-fingers-clean sort of way, and equally simple to pull together. A quick marinade of fresh lime juice, spicy chilies and fragrant herbs, then a brief stint under the broiler, and these succulent coral beauties are ready to be devoured. If you have more self-control than we do, these would make a fantastic appetizer. However, if you too can’t help having just one more spicy-sweet little shrimp, a couple of these skewers make a great dinner paired with a salad or grain.

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Goat Cheese Stuffed Cherry Peppers | Fork Knife Swoon

Goat Cheese Stuffed Cherry Peppers

I have a fondness for goat cheese. That’s a polite way of saying I have an obsession that borders on madness. We always have goat cheese on hand, often more than one variety, and I start to get nervous when my supply runs low. I toss it in salads, top burgers and sandwiches with it, and often sneak it into pasta dishes. My orders at restaurants are entirely predictable if goat cheese is featured prominently on the menu. As I began planning some south-of-the-border-inspired dishes for Cinco de Mayo, I had in mind a quick, flavorful little stuffed pepper appetizer…

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Chile Spiced Sweet Potato and Black Bean Tostadas | Fork Knife Swoon

Chile Spiced Sweet Potato and Black Bean Tostadas

Do you have plans for Cinco de Mayo? With the Honey still out of town, it’s looking like a fiesta for one at the Swoon homestead this year. Perhaps I’ll dress the pup in a sombrero and make it a date! As a native of Southern California, I grew up eating a lot of authentic Mexican food. Those dishes remain a big inspiration in the Swoon Kitchen, and I almost never need an excuse to whip up a spicy south-of-the-border-inspired recipe. I kicked off the Cinco de Mayo festivities early with these little veggie tostadas. Smokey, chile-spiced sweet potatoes combine…

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Lighter Slow Cooker Tukey Chili

Slow Cooker Turkey Chili

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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Simple Chicken Enchiladas

Weeknight Swoon :: Simple Chicken Enchiladas

We make these simple, lighter chicken enchiladas fairly often; they come to together quickly for a flavorful dinner, and the honey loves them for leftovers the day – or two – after. I’ve hesitated to write about this dish for Swoon, only because I don’t particularly follow a strict recipe and the ingredients tend to change slightly each time, depending on what we have in the pantry. I’ve experimented with homemade and store-bought enchilada sauce. Corn and flour tortillas. If we have green chilis on hand, I add those for some extra heat. Or sauteed red peppers and onions, which…

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Grilled Steak with Spicy Chimichurri Sauce

Grilled Steak with Spicy Chimichurri Sauce

We don’t eat a lot of steak – and you won’t find much red meat on this blog – but when we do grill steaks I look for the best-quality meat I can find; preferably grass-fed, which along with being more sustainable than conventional beef, has a richer, gamier flavor. My method is simple; a quick marinade of good olive oil and aged balsamic vinegar with a sprinkling of salt and pepper lets the natural flavor of the meat shine. Adding spicy chimichurri – a traditional Argentinian sauce made with fresh parsley, garlic and olive oil – adds fresh, bold…

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