Quinoa Black Bean Burger with Red Pepper Spread

Quinoa Black Bean Burger with Red Pepper Spread | jessicagavin.com #vegetarian #burgers

I’ve been searching for a good vegetarian burger recipe, just to switch things up a little bit and because it’s almost labor day which means summer is drawing close to an end, waaaahhhh. We’ve come a long way from the sawdust, hockey puck, loveless veggie burger, that’s for sure. If I had to dream up a delicious and satisfying meatless burger, I would still want protein, and the combination of quinoa and black beans are two fantastic choices. So off I went, crafting a quinoa black bean burger that would put a smile on anyone’s face, something meat eaters and vegetarians could both enjoy!… 

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Citrus Polenta Cake with Fig Caramel Sauce

Citrus Polenta Cake with Fig Caramel Sauce | jessicagavin.com

When I visit my favorite local farmer’s market in Orange, I always leave feeling inspired to create recipes with seasonal ingredients. This recent trip was especially memorable because I took baby James with me. I could tell he was in awe of all of the different fruits and vegetables, colors, shapes and buzz around the market, having a shopping buddy there was a special treat.

I almost always want to take a  little of everything home, but I particularly had my eye on snagging some gorgeous figs. I already had a vision of baking the jewel-shaped fruit into a fragrant citrus polenta cake with a rich fig caramel sauce to drizzle on top. The perfect combination of sweet, savory and fresh into one golden brown dessert…. 

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Shrimp Fried Cauliflower Rice Bowl


Growing up in a big Chinese family you know I had my fair share of fried rice. If it was made at home, there was ALWAYS leftover rice for the next day. Day old rice has a chance to harden a bit in the fridge, and the grains tend to separate and are perfect for stir-frying in a big wok with other veggies, meats, and seasonings.

If my family ever reads this post, they would probably think I am insane suggesting to substitute cauliflower for actual rice. I apologize, but I’m a very curious cook and wanted to see if a healthier version indeed does exist. In my mission from a grain free solution, I cooked up a big pot of shrimp fried cauliflower rice with all the same ingredients I normally would use in a traditional version at the Yee household, just with cauliflower as my “rice”.

The results will amaze even the skeptics, check it out!… 

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Classic Pineapple Upside-Down Cake

Delicious classic pineapple upside down cake recipe | jessicagavin.com

There’s a wave of innovative and ultra modern desserts out there nowadays, but I found myself in the mood for some  nostalgic baked treats that make people reminisce of the good ol’ days. That’s why this recipe calls for a delicious classic pineapple upside-down cake, yum! This is one of the timeless dessert creations that make me think of the days of Julia Child, white lace aprons, and dad carving the turkey.

I make this recipe because my hubby LOVES it. Jason grew up very lucky as his mom and grandma would create elegant homemade feasts. This particular dessert is a special treat that his grandma Rose whips together and he always is so happy when he gets a warm slice. I remember the first  time I ever tried her version fresh from the oven, I was shocked how amazing it was. I had been missing out all of this time!… 

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Browned Butter Chocolate Chip Pecan Cookies

Browned butter chocolate chip pecan cookies | jessicagavin.com

Me like COOKIES! I sure do, always have, and always will. My fondest memories as a kiddo were making some Nestle Toll House cookies. You know the ones where you slice them from the tube and pop them in the oven? They were gone in an instant. I’ve been searching for a really long time for a go-to classic chocolate chip recipe, however, I seem to keep coming up short in the flavor and texture department.

My sister-in-law, Svetlana makes the most incredible cookies so I knew she would have the answer to my cookie conundrum and boy was it fun testing each batch! I’ll tell you right now, these browned butter chocolate chip pecan cookies have the most incredible flavor I’ve ever tasted from a homemade cookie, read more to find out why…. 

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Summer Peach and Blueberry Bread Pudding

Summer Peach and Blueberry Bread Pudding | jessicagavin.com

There are two things that I love most about summer, the sunshine, and the stone fruit! I just can’t resist a super ripe juicy peach. I made this peach and blueberry bread pudding recipe, but I couldn’t decide if this was a breakfast or a dessert, so I’ve been enjoying it for both meals! yum

I was also inspired to make this irresistible bread pudding because I received a gorgeous loaf of cinnamon brioche bread baked by the OC Baking Company. My sweet friend and neighbor Erica made a trip to our local Old Towne Orange Farmer’s Market to pick up some goodies. Jason and I couldn’t possibly eat the whole loaf in a day or two, so I knew that I needed to make the leftovers into something really special. This recipe seriously blew my mind, keep reading to find out why and be ready to make some at home!… 

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Simply The Best Almond Croissant Recipe

Simply The Best Almond Croissant Recipe - inspired by Chef Thomas Keller | jessicagavin.com #thomaskeller #buchonbakery

Hello! You have just stumbled upon one of my all time favorite recipes, flaky, nutty, creamy almond croissants. These beautiful crescents are first made with lots of TLC to create all of the incredible laminated layers, and then filled with the most luscious almond cream. Indeed they are undeniable my culinary cryptonite. So where do all the poor croissant orphans go when no one wants them? Not to fear, they get a makeover and become even more awesome as tasty almond croissants!


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Beer Battered Shrimp Tacos with Mango Salsa and Sriracha Sauce

Beer Battered Shrimp Tacos with Mango Salsa and Sriracha Sauce | jessicagavin.com #tacotuesday

Well hello there super crispy shrimpies, you look so irresistible! Okay, so I’m a big fan of tempura anything but these big prawns dipped in a fizzy flour and cornstarch batter, oh baby! Now combine these irresistible golden fried shrimps in a warm tortilla and make it a taco party! These beer battered shrimp tacos with mango salsa are going to make you smile, especially when you drizzle tons of spicy Asian chile sauce on top with each bite!… 

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Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Coconut Lactation Cookies

Whole grain oatmeal chocolate chip coconut lactation cookies | jessicagavin.com

Hey all of you incredible breastfeeding momma’s out there, this post is especially for you! Since it’s almost Mother’s Day, I thought this would be an awesome time to share with you a recipe for lactation cookies, what?!? Yep! Cookies especially made for mom’s who are still breastfeeding their little ones.

Last year was undeniably all about babies with many of our close friends growing their families, super fun! I’ve been so blessed to have the most amazing women in my life. My dear friend Tekoah had her gorgeous daughter Siaana just a few weeks before James. We definitely shared experiences and tips throughout our mommy journey together. Tekoah is a culinary and fitness guru (check out her website) and has given me great advice on homeopathic ways to increase milk production.

She recommended trying fenugreek supplements (which totally worked for me) and also baking some lactation cookies which had helped other moms. Each month I’ve been noticing my milk production decreasing since I started working full time again. Now that James is eating more solids, its honestly been really hard for me to see my supply drop with each passing month. When I found out there was a chocolate cookie with added milk-producing benefits, I was determined to do what I could to keep things flowing!


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Crispy Vegetable Fritters with Avocado Yogurt Sauce

Crispy Vegetable Fritters with Avocado Yogurt Sauce | jessicagavin.com

I feel like vegetables never get enough praise, so today I’m going to let them shine! As a food scientist it still amazes me how healthy and wholesome food can nourish our bodies. You know I love my sweet desserts, but today its all about carrots, broccoli and zucchini.We’re going to combine them for crispy, golden brown, and super delicious vegetable fritters!

When these little guys are hot right out of the pan, you’re going to be tempted to eat them immediately. Before you eat all of these crunchy vegetable fritters straight out of the pan, I recommend whipping up a super creamy avocado yogurt sauce so you can dip and bite, then dip and bite again and again…… 

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