Citrus Green Beans with Almonds

A healthy serving of Citrus Green Beans with crunchy almonds | jessicgavin.com #greenbeans #recipe

Have you ever had really mushy and overlooked green beans that seem more like a punishment than a delight to eat? I’ve never had a bad relationship with green beans unless you try and give them to me from a can, yuck! I wanted to keep this citrus green bean with almonds recipe really easy and flavorful. It will take under 20 minutes to prepare, no lie! This is the perfect holiday or weekday side because it can be the last thing you cook before serving, and it’s so simple! No need to make meal time any more difficult, this dish is operator friendly…. 

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Summer Succotash Salad

summer succotash salad with dressing | jessicagavin.com

It’s officially summer and with the warm weather brings more time outdoors, especially picnics and barbecues. Strolling the aisles of grocery stores and farmer’s markets, the produce sections are showing much more vibrant colors as the summer fruits and vegetables are ripe and ready to eat. Whenever I see sweet white corn appear that’s when I know it’s time to fire up the grill! To take advantage of the beautiful produce now available, I wanted to create a more hearty yet healthy salad that would be perfect to serve on those warmer days with those savory barbecue feasts. My summer succotash salad features all of these yummy vegetables in one bowl!… 

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Chicken Marsala with Mushrooms

chicken marsala with mushrooms recipe | jessicagavin.com

You can find chicken Marsala with mushrooms on most Italian restaurant menus and for good reason, it’s simple to make and delicious. I typically order handmade ravioli when I’m having Italian food, however I recently wanted to try something new. I was pleasantly surprised to see how quick and easy it is to make this timeless chicken Marsala dish. Not to mention, the sweet and savory Marsala mushroom sauce is simply addicting!… 

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Delicious Surf and Turf Recipe

Delicious Surf and Turf recipe

I wanted to start off 2014 with an amazing meal that would set the tone for recipes to come in 2014. There is no better way to celebrate and indulge than with a homemade steak and lobster tail dinner. This Surf and Turf recipe is the ultimate elegant meal featuring the king and queen of proteins. Beautiful tender and juicy filet mignon and succulent fresh lobster tail. Cheers to a good year!

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Stir-fried Bitter Melon Recipe

stir-fried bitter melon recipe with Black Bean Sauce

If there is one taste I have a challenge enjoying, its bitter. Growing up in a Chinese family, I could not avoid the occasional super healthy bitter melon soup my grandparents would make, or a saucy bitter melon dish that I would let pass me on the lazy susan at Chinese restaurants. On the flip side, we all know that typically a vegetable that doesn’t taste great, is usually good for you…. 

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Fried Squash Blossoms Stuffed with Ricotta

Fresh summer squash blossoms

The summer season yields not only delicious summer squash, but mother nature produces wonderful bright orange edible blossoms. You can typically find these eye catching blossoms at your local farmers market, I purchased mine at a recent visit to Orange Home Grown Farmers & Artisans Market…. 

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Grandma’s Italian Meatball Recipe

Italian Meatball Recipe | jessicagavin.com

On our wedding day, I made a very special vow to my husband…

“I promise to always nurture, listen, comfort, and feed you, making sure to cook your grandmother’s famous meatballs at least once a month.”

It may seem like a silly promise, however my husband Jason’s love for his Grandma’s Italian meatball recipe always brings him a sense of comfort and happiness. For me to be able to recreate a dish that he loves is really important to me. When he walks through the door at the end of a long day and smells fresh tomato sauce and meatballs broiling in the oven, his big smile is priceless!… 

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Butternut Squash Soup Recipe

butternut squash soup recipe

In the fall of 2007 after I had graduated from my master’s degree at Cal Poly, I packed up my bags and headed to Italy. I absolutely love Italian food and the culture, so I decided to go on my first international trip solo. I was a little nervous going alone but I experienced one of the most exciting and memorable culinary adventures of my life. When I think about all of the sights, smells and tastes of Italy, I still get goosebumps and cannot wait until I return. One of my stops in Italy was in Tuscany, in a small wine and olive region called Foiano della Chiana. I stayed at a beautiful farm house “argritourismo” called Fattoria Santa Vittoria. Tuscany became my home for a few days and I truly fell in love with Italy, it taught me how to enjoy and live in the moment. I recently found a butternut squash soup recipe from my journal and wanted to share it with you…. 

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Roasted Lemon and Herb Chicken

Roasted Lemon and Herb Chicken

Nothing is better than a home filled with the smell of fresh herbs and roasted chicken; it is intoxicating. I was in the mood for a little comfort food, so I gathered some of my favorite root vegetables like sweet potatoes, fennel, onions, celery, carrots, and some summer ingredients like sweet white corn and heirloom tomatoes. These vegetables would be the “nest” for the roasted lemon and herb chicken…. 

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