Thai Chicken Pizza

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The Honey and I have a Sunday night tradition which involves two staples: homemade pizza and dvr catch up. It’s our favorite way to cap off the weekend and wind down before the Monday morning alarm goes off.

We generally opt for fresh veggie toppings from our little garden – tomato slices, spring onions, peppers and fresh herbs – but lately we’ve been experimenting with some new flavors, like this Thai chicken pizza topped with grilled chicken, peanut sauce, and lots of fresh veggies.

This one was such a hit, it was the Honey who actually suggested I make it for Swoon – I’m sure in the interest of sharing it with you lovelies, and not just so that I would make it again this week to shoot for the site!

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Grilled Chicken with Mango Salsa

Grilled Chicken with Mango Salsa | Fork Knife Swoon

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 Aunt and Uncle’s lovely home in Santa Rosa for the wedding this weekend.

Grilled Chicken with Mango Salsa | Fork Knife Swoon

I’ll be flying back to California tomorrow for a few days of R&R before the family celebrations begin, and soaking up some sun in my old coastal stomping grounds. It just wouldn’t be Memorial Day weekend without some great barbecue dishes though, so while I’m gone I’m leaving you with some easy and delicious grilling ideas and recipes for outdoor gatherings.

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Crispy Baked Chicken Tenders with Rosemary and Parmesan

Crisypy Baked Chicken Tenders with Rosemary and Parmesan | Fork Knife Swoon

These next words may get us in trouble given that we are based in the South, where golden brown, crispy fried chicken is a culinary staple, but these oven-baked chicken tenders are just as tasty, flavorful and texturally-fantastic as their fried counterparts.

The trick is the light coating of herbs, Parmesan and panko – or Japanese-style bread crumbs – which creates the required crunch (without the fat and grease of oil and chicken skin) and helps keep the chicken moist and juicy while it cooks. The result is an out-of-this-world little chicken nibble, that’s healthier and actually easier to make. Try them alongside our classic buttermilk blue cheese dressing, or pair them with your other favorite dips or sauces.

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Chicken with a Quick Mustard Cream Sauce

Chicken with a Mustard Cream Sauce | Fork Knife Swoon

As if on cue, the arrival of Daylight Saving Time this weekend ushered in not only an extra hour of evening light, but the lovely, unexpected surprise of warm, sunny weather. After weeks of cold, dreary days, it suddenly feels as if Spring is here. While I know we may very well have snow again in the near future, for the moment I am focusing on this warm bliss.

Simply-seasoned chicken breasts drizzled with a creamy mustard pan-sauce pair nicely with grilled veggies and a glass of white wine for a delicious Spring supper. The recipe comes together quickly, leaving plenty of time to spend outside in the beautiful weather.

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Slow Cooker Turkey Chili

Lighter Slow Cooker Tukey 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 in the Slow Cooker, awaiting our return from a late-afternoon walk in the fields.

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Chicken with Cannellini Beans and Fresh Herbs

Braised Chicken with Cannellini Beans and Fresh Herbs

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 the guilt.

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