Irresistible Coconut Caramel Chocolate Bars

Coconut caramel chocolate bars | jessicagavin.com #dessertrecipe

They say that we eat with our eyes first, if that’s true then I just demolished this irresistible gooey stack of coconut caramel chocolate bars, drool. I’m going to warn you now, the recipe I’m going to tempt you with is for the true chocolate and caramel lovers. If you’re also a fan of coconut then you are really in for a treat!

Have you noticed it’s already the season where those sweet and savvy girl scouts are working outside the grocery stores selling those yummy green boxes of goodies. I finally caved and bought a box or two, haha who’s counting anyway. I was inspired by one cookie flavor in particular and wanted to experiment with it as a cookie bar version. These oatmeal cookie bars are like those awesome Girl Scout toasted coconut and chocolate drizzled Samoa cookies that have jumped in a pool of rich golden caramel, oh yes I did go there…. 

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Chicken Ragu Pasta with Mushrooms and Bacon

Chicken ragu paparadelle pasta with bacon and mushrooms | jessicagavin.com #italianrecipe

I’m savoring every warm and hearty last bite of comfort food that I can, why you ask? Because I’m not quite ready to trade in my cozy winter soups, stews and pastas recipes. I also know it’s still chilly in other parts of the world outside sunny California where I live, so this ones for you guys!

I usually look forward to the weekends because it gives me a chance to take my time in the kitchen, but not so much nowadays as I get quite distracted with James beggining to crawl and chasing after him, haha. If you’re like me, you really don’t have a lot of time to watch your pot simmer all day. This calls for a rapid recipe for chicken ragu pasta with mushrooms and bacon. My mouth is watering just thinking about the delicious taste. Now grab your biggest pot and let’s get going!… 

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Luscious Dark Chocolate Salted Caramel Tart

Dark chocolate salted caramel peanut tart dessert

It’s dangerous keeping any kind of chocolate in my house. If it’s a chip, kiss or truffle, I will seek and destroy (eat quickly and hope no one is watching). Sometimes you just have to have it, so I wanted to treat my friends at work (and me too) for a decadent chocolate indulgence. When I opened the box to reveal my sinful creation, I got a resounding “ooohhhhh ahhhhh”. I knew I had hit the wow factor jackpot and I knew they would love the taste of this luscious dark chocolate salted caramel tart even more…. 

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White Chocolate Snickerdoodle Cookies

White Chocolate Snickerdoodle Cookies | jessicagavin.com #cookierecipe

I am a grown up cookie monster! There is something so irresistible about those simple, yet enticing rounds of happiness. I swear I can spot a cookie from a mile away, especially if someone leaves them out at work to “share” aka bring them in to the office so they don’t devour all of them at home. I am certainly guilty of being that person, spread the love right?

And how about those sneaky Girl Scout cookies that pop up around this time, thin mints are my soft spot. But of all the cookies out there in the sweet delicious world, there is something about the ones rolled in cinnamon and sparkly sugar… like a mini churro bite. Have you tried white chocolate snickerdoodle cookies? If not, the time is now my friend!… 

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Individual Beef Wellington with Mushroom Sauce

Individual Beef Wellington with Mushroom Sauce | jessicagavin.com

Whenever I think of a fancy “let’s go out” date night restaurant meal, beef wellington is an old school classic that is on top of my list. Everything about this dish screams indulgence; tender and juicy pan seared filet mignon topped with a savory mushroom duxelle, wrapped in proscuitto, and then wrapped again in a blanket of golden brown crispy puff pastry, drool!

After watching one too many episodes of Hell’s Kitchen when every cook finds a way to ruin those beautiful pastry packages of meat, I knew I had to get off of my couch and get in the kitchen. I needed to make this delicacy at home for me and the hubby since going out for an expensive meal is not on the radar anytime soon. Life choices… day care or fancy restaurant..hmm. I decided to take some time to make us some delicious individual beef wellington with mushroom sauce right in our own home! Thank goodness I didn’t have Gordon Ramsey peaking over my shoulder, just baby James!… 

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Baked Zucchini Parmesan Fries with Mustard Basil Dip

Delicious serving of healthy baked zucchini parmesan fries with dipping sauce | jessicagavin.com

Aren’t french fries one of the most awesome foods created by man? I was just having a convo with my husband Jason about how happy I am when I eat those tantalizing spuds, but also how guilty and oily I feel after consuming one too many. It was time for a solution. Of course nothing can really trump a crispy golden potato, but I have an alternative that I think you will enjoy and feel much better woofing down!

Enter, the super zucchini! Baked zucchini Parmesan fries are crunchy and ready to be dipped and devoured in a mustard basil sauce. These oven baked zucchini fries are a healthy, family friendly alternative for a delicious appetizer or side dish, so crank those temperatures up to 425°F so we can pop them in the oven! I’m hungry now, whose ready to dig in?… 

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Hearty Chicken Ale Stew with Vegetables

Hearty Chicken Ale Stew with Vegetables | jessicagavin.com

Brrrr, oh it’s definitely time to make some stew to take the chill out of your bones! I may be experiencing “Cali winter”, aka I still occasionally wear shorts and flip flops on the weekend, but I still crave warm winter foods. To get started we are going to need some chicken (check!), vegetables (double check!), and some beer (check! Wait, whut?!?!).

Oh yes, some BEER. If you haven’t tried adding a little bit of bubbly fermented goodness to your soups and stews yet, then you have been missing out. Not to fret, I have a hot and delicious, bowl scraping, ask for seconds recipe for a hearty chicken ale soup with vegetables coming your way! Don’t worry, you don’t have to be born before 1993 to enjoy this savory dish (gosh I feel old!)…. 

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Delicious Harvest Apple Cookies Recipe

Delicious Harvest Apple Cookies Recipe | jessicagavin.com

I am not quite willing to quit the December cookie season yet, so what’s a girl to do? I saw this amazing peanut butter apple oatmeal cookie recipe from Two Peas & Their Pod one morning as I was sifting through my emails. Needless to say I could not stop drooling!

I was literally so inspired to the point that I had to make the cookies that same day, immediately, like right now (thanks Maria!). I also had a long night of wake up calls from my boss – baby James, so I needed a little sugar in my life.

Luckily I had all the ingredients in my pantry and then some, whoot! So I was on my way to make some glorious fresh baked harvest apple cookies… oh yeah!… 

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Vanilla Shortbread Cookies

Vanilla shortbread cookies with a hot cup of tea | jessicagavin.com

Once the tryptophan induced coma from turkey day subsides, December seems to be a month long celebration to honor the endless possibilities of the cookie. Pinwheels, snickerdoodles, peanut butter kisses, gingerbread… Oh my! I’m not complaining, quite the opposite, I’m embracing and indulging. Even though there are so many great cookie options out there, I’m a big fan of simplicity.

One of my favorite cookies to make during the holidays are vanilla shortbread cookies. Some years ago, after an incredible experience dining at the French Laundry, they sent us home with a small silver box filled with perfect rectangular shaped shortbread cookies dusted with just a hint of sugar. They crumble delicately while melting in your mouth with each bite, and they have just the right hint of sweetness. I was searching through my Ad Hoc at Home cookbook and found the recipe for those very same shortbread cookies, whoot! You bet I immediately scavenged through my fridge and pantry to see if I could quickly make a batch. With only 4 ingredients, these are the easiest and tastiest vanilla shortbread cookies you will ever find!… 

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Mini Salted Caramel Apple Pie Jars

Mini Salted Caramel Apple Pie Jars | jessicagavin.com

Good things come in small packages right? Especially the yummy ones! I’m a sucker for all things mini, especially if it’s individual servings of dessert so I don’t have to share, muahaha. Apple pie is such a classic treat that you can really enjoy it all year round. It’s just that in the fall you have more choices on the varieties. I like the idea of making little servings of apple pie so that it’s faster to bake and enjoy! Sweet crisp apples, luscious salted caramel sauce and flaky tender pie crust makes for the ultimate dessert, mini salted caramel apple pie jars. Ooohh you are going to be HAPPY to have one of these warm out of the oven!… 

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