Caramelized Scallops with Roasted Red Pepper Coulis

Caramelized Scallops with Roasted Red Pepper Coulis | jessicagavin.com

My husband and I are big Hell’s Kitchen fans, especially since it reminds me of working the grill station during culinary school which I often miss, pure adrenaline rush! I feel like every season, the cooks are bringing up raw or rubbery scallops to the pass for Chef Ramsey, resulting in lots of profanity and plate slamming. Needless to say, I wanted to see for myself just how difficult it was to make beautiful caramelized scallops.

I used Thomas Keller’s simple and essential technique to accomplish perfectly cooked scallops. I swear, it really is simple, it just requires you to keep an eye on the cooking as scallops are done within minutes. I served these caramelized scallops with a curried roasted red pepper coulis, and my husband had a huge grin on his faced with each bite, and I hope you will too!… 

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Chinese Five Spice Beef Soup with Bok Choy

A hearty recipe for Chinese Five Spice Beef Soup with Bok Choy | jessicagavin.com

It finally got me, and got me good! You know that pesky, sneaky, winner takes all cold. Yep! My mommy immune strength has served me well as I was able to dodge the holiday cold and flu season. I even made it a fair amount into James going to daycare with all those kid germs. That poor little guy hasn’t gotten a break since he started, he’s been sick three times already! I’m not surprised it finally caught up with me, I’m thinking those long sleepless midnight feedings, with the blue nose sucker in hand and humidifier blasting to help with babies congestion didn’t help.

Now mama needs some TLC and nothing sounds better than some hot and savory soup! But not the old standby chicken noodle version, I need the big guns to get through this cold. I’m loading up on a beefy and more spicetastic (I think I made up a new word) recipe from the Far East. That’s right, I’m talking about Chinese five spice beef soup with bok choy and other healthy vegetables to save the day!… 

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Pork Stir-Fry with Sugar Snap Peas and Cashews

Easy pork stir-fry with sugar snap peas and cashews | jessicagavin.com #chineserecipes

There are some nights that I just really don’t want to cook, but I reluctantly peak into the fridge and realize that I have everything I need for an easy Asian inspired stir-fry, yes! I forgot how totally awesome stir-frys are because they are great when you’re pinched for time, but still want a protein and veggie packed meal. There is really no measuring needed except for the sauce, just a few chop! chop! chops! on your cutting board and your ready to go. I like to make a seriously easy pork stir-fry with sugar snap peas and cashews. One wok, minimal mess, and dinner is ready to be inhaled quicker than you can finish catching up on the days Facebook happenings, umm hmm…. 

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Moroccan Lamb Stew with Couscous

Moroccan lamb stew recipe with couscous | jessicagavin.com

I’m a huge SPICE girl fan, and I don’t mean the ones from Britain! I mean the savory, sweet, spicy, earthy, pungent Kung pow kick spices that take your taste buds for a roller coaster ride. That’s why it’s hard not to crave a flavorful and hearty Moroccan lamb stew, especially as the weather starts to cool down and I can finally wear my boots and scarves without looking too silly in California. Stews are pretty awesome because you can use more affordable and less tender cuts of meat and transform them into a glorious, tender and rich meaty feast all in one pot. Cha Ching!… 

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Classic Pumpkin Pie Recipe

The Best Classic Pumpkin Pie Recipe | jessicagavin.com #food #pumpkinpie

To kick off the month of November right and get us excited for thanksgiving, nothing screams holidays like a freshly baked pie. My house has been completely scented with the smell of sweet spices, bubbling sugars and baked butter crusts, and I’m not complaining (well maybe just my waistline). I really wanted to find a rock star classic pumpkin pie recipe so that I could always have an ace in my pocket for holiday gatherings. Pumpkin pies are one of the staple items people have come to expect on the dessert table. Without it you feel like something’s just not right. It’s a tall order because if you are making the pie, there are expectations, so you gotta nail the recipe. Wanna learn how?… 

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Homemade Pumpkin Granola Mix

Homemade Pumpkin Granola Mix | jessicagavin.com #recipe #foodblog

So I was feeling a little breakfast boredom, especially since I’m a habitual oatmeal gal. You know I got to get in that heart healthy fiber! With Starbucks launching the pumpkin spice latte aka PSL (now trademarked, jeez) at the tail end of summer, I was mentally ready for some more spice and excitement in my mornings. The answer to my sunrise slump was a freshly baked tray of homemade pumpkin granola mix loaded with all of the pumpkin spices your heart desires, plus some whole roasted almonds, sweet dried cranberries and pepitas, oh my!… 

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No Bake Pumpkin Cheesecake Cups

No Bake Pumpkin Cheesecake Cups | jessicagavin.com #recipe #cheesecake

Warning! This recipe is extremely easy to make which means you can satisfy your cheesecake craving at any moment, and may become highly addictive… Whew, glad I got that out of the way! Sometimes when I think about making cheesecake, I cringe. To make a cheesecake just right, it takes a lot of time and proper technique to nail the super decadent creamy texture. Not to mention you’ve got to fire up the oven, make a water bath, hope the top of your cheesecake doesn’t crack…urgh, the stress is unbearable at the moment. I have been seeing a lot of great no bake dessert recipe ideas, so I thought I would give these no bake pumpkin cheesecake cups a try! This is an especially clever dessert to make when you have run out of oven space during your holiday cooking marathon…. 

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Pumpkin Cream Cookie Sandwiches

Stack of Pumpkin Cream Cookie Sandwiches | jessicagavin.com #cookies #recipe

Dunk…wait for it…nom nom nom! Oh boy do I love Oreo cookies with an ice cold glass of milk so I can dip each bite, so yummy! I don’t know how it started but I remember playing a game of who would get the cream filled center with my friends, anxiously holding one side of the cookie, pulling the sandwich apart like it was some magical wish bone. The crumbly chocolate wafer cookies are filled with just the right amount of vanilla cream and is one of my favorite childhood favorite treats, darn you Nabisco! Now these cookies are my adult guilty pleasure, and no better time to indulge than during the holiday season…. 

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Apricot Almond Granola Bars

delicious apricot almond granola bars | jessicagavin.comDo you ever feel like apricot season is over in a flash? I love summer stone fruit, especially when apricots are super sweet and tender, yum! Just because summer has come to an end, doesn’t mean you can’t still enjoy some delicious snacks that have summer flavors. Luckily most seasonal fruits can be found in their dried versions, making the flavors even more concentrated and naturally sweet…. 

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Chocolate Pumpkin Pecan Scones

Amazing pumpkin pecan scones with maple glaze | jessicagavin.com

Fall is finally here! This marks the beginning of my baking extravaganza. The first fall sightings were the giant bags of miniature Halloween candies exploding from the aisles in the grocery store. I also can’t forget those adorable mini pumpkins and sticky caramel apples. I try not to go to the market hungry because there are too many temptations right now. But boy, was I craving something pumpkin flavored, so I purchased my first can of Libby’s pumpkin puree. I couldn’t wait to think of a sweet treat to bake! So I decided to go all out and pack these buttery little pastries with my fall flavor arsenal, creating chocolate pumpkin pecan scones with maple glaze, boom!… 

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