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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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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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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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Top Ten Reader Favorites of 2014 | Fork Knife Swoon @forkknifeswoon

Top 10 Reader Favorites of 2014 + THANK YOU

Happy New Year! As we’re getting ready to ring in 2015 in a few hours, I’ve been reflecting on the past year, and thought it would be fun to recount the top ten most popular recipes of 2014. But FIRST, I’d like to thank each and every one of you for reading and sharing this space with me. Thank you for allowing me to create and have my best job ever as a full-time blogger (!). This site could not exist without you and (three-ish years later) I am still constantly pinching myself. So here’s wishing you all a very…

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#AbsolutWarhol Holiday Pop Cocktail | Fork Knife Swoon @forkknifeswoon

Rosemary Infused Citrus and Cranberry Holiday Pop Cocktail

With less than a week left before Christmas, I think we could all use a cocktail. Are you all ready? Most years, I’m annoyingly prepared, with all my presents purchased and wrapped practically before the Thanksgiving dinner plates are cleared. As soon as December hits, every nook and cranny of the house is decorated in glittery shades of red, green, silver and gold, mixed with lots of fresh greenery, and by the time Christmas rolls around, I’m generally pretty relaxed. This year, the holidays haven’t been so picture perfect. There are still presents to buy, absolutely nothing is wrapped, and…

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One Bowl Spiced Gingerbread Muffins | Fork Knife Swoon @forkknifeswoon

One Bowl Spiced Gingerbread Muffins

This past week or so has been a whirlwind, and though I’ve baked all sorts of delicious goodies (sooo many cookies!), I’ve neglected to provide you with any evidence. I turned twenty eight years old at the beginning of the week, and we celebrated with a fancy dinner out, and a surprise ice skating date. Watching my big, tall husband, who had never ice skated before, slowly and awkwardly making his way around the rink, gripping the rail with every step as elementary school kids lapped him, and falling more than once in front of the crowd, cemented all the…

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