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

Vegan Chocolate-Coffee Ice Cream + A Nespresso Giveaway!

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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Creamy Vegan Vanilla Chia Pudding with Raspberry Rhubarb Compote | Fork Knife Swoon @forkknifeswoon

Dreamy Vanilla Chia Pudding with A Raspberry Rhubarb Compote

Before my husband and I starting dating, the ‘first’ single Valentine’s Day after the wrenching breakup of a serious, five year long relationship came around. It was not a pretty time, and I was more than happy to celebrate Anna Howard Shaw day instead. I worked at a big design firm at the time, and dreaded the approaching holiday parade of flower deliveries, chocolates, and oversized teddy bears, sure to be descending on our office, acutely reminding me of my confirmed singleness. V-day came and was… uneventful. A few girls in the office received bouquets, but for the most part…

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Berry Swirled Maple Oatmeal Breakfast Bowl | Fork Knife Swoon @forkknifeswoon

Berry Swirled Maple Oatmeal Breakfast Bowls

It started with one drawer, the deepest of the stack, beneath the tea boxes and cooking utensils. A place to collect specialty ingredients. At first it was filled mostly with baking things, a mishmash of extracts and leavening agents, meringue powder, paper baking cups and decorative nonpariels. When the brimming drawer began to sag under its own heft, I expanded, adding a big, woven basket to the cabinet next door, to catch the excess bags of baking chocolate and nuts. …And agave and brown rice syrup. Three types of yeast. Then, a motley of superfoods crept in – goji berries,…

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Sunday Swoon Citrus | Fork Knife Swoon @forkknifeswoon

Sunday Swoon

This week, my winter soup addiction continued with this tomato, white bean and kale soup. I made a version of this pasta (with kalamata olives) and these brownies (with coconut oil), and recipe tested several batches of chocolate chip cookies for Valentine’s Day. Obviously, it was a tough week. There’s a bevy of brown butter and dark chocolate in your near future.

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

Tomato, White Bean and Kale Soup

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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Sunday Swoon Tangerines | Fork Knife Swoon @forkknifeswoon

Sunday Swoon

This week has been… sort of a slog, adjusting to new schedules and getting back into the swing of (non-holiday) things. I made some healing ginger miso soba soup, and loads of fresh, healthy salads, but it took until the weekend hit to really feel reset, both physically and emotionally/creatively-speaking. I’m resolute to be more present in this space in the coming year, and have a whole long list of things I can’t wait to cook with/for you. Meanwhile… A bit of what I’ve been reading/links I’m loving this week:

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Ginger Miso Soba Soup | Fork Knife Swoon @forkknifeswoon

Ginger Miso Soba Soup

This has been a week made up entirely of Mondays. After the holiday deluge of over-eating, over-drinking, under-exercising and just generally not being the kindest to my body, this first week of January has been about recovery and hitting the reset button, and I know I’m not alone. We’re all in the midst of some sort of holiday detox, whether that means big kale salads and green smoothies, or simply paring back a bit from all the excesses of the season. It’s still very much winter here – albeit a coastal winter, gentler than those of you in the midwest…

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Sunday Swoon | Fork Knife Swoon @forkknifeswoon

Sunday Swoon

Happy New Year! After a jam-packed holiday – visiting family in Santa Barbara, Bend and Palm Desert, eating way too much, driving through a snowstorm, and hosting college friends for New Years – we are back home in Washington. I’m inspired by the start of a new season and excited for some serious down-time with nothing planned for a while. That being said, I think Monday will be a struggle. Until then… A few of the links/things I’m loving from around the web this week:

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