Coconut Caramel Pecan Bars

Pecan bars with a hint of cinnamon topped with a tender coconut caramel.

Coconut Caramel Pecan Bars Gourmande in the Kitchen1 Coconut Caramel Pecan Bars

This is one of those kinds of treats that I like to have up my sleeve around this time of year.

You can throw them together in an instant and they keep for days in the fridge.  Plus, because these are entirely raw, there’s no baking involved.  And besides, caramel and pecans just go so well together. … 

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Delicata Squash Salad with Persimmons and Pomegranate Dijon Vinaigrette

A cool-weather salad filled with roasted delicata squash, persimmons and pomegranate that’s brimming with bright  flavors and colors.

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While this time of the year warm soups and hearty casseroles often steal the spotlight, I think that a substantial salad brimming with seasonal favorites like squash and hearty greens has its place at the dinner table as well.  One with body and heft, that’s loaded with colors and big, bright flavors ranging from sweet to tart, especially when a nice, zippy vinaigrette is involved.

Of course the possible variations are countless but I’m quite partial to this delicata squash salad loaded with persimmons and pomegranate seeds.  It‘s a wonderful mix of sweet, tart, crunchy and creamy all in beautiful shades of gold, red and green.


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Dark Chocolate Mousse Truffle Squares

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These dark chocolate truffle squares are smooth and intensely chocolatey. Pure deliciousness, that’s what these little squares are. Now if you’ve been reading this blog… 

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Roasted Acorn Squash with Chermoula Sauce

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Thick wedges of roasted acorn squash tossed with Chermoula sauce makes a simple but flavorful side. It’s hard to miss the piles of squash filling… 

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Vanilla Bean Chia Porridge with Sautéed Caramel Pears

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Take a little time in the morning to sit down to a nice warming bowl of vanilla bean chia porridge with caramelized pears.  I just… 

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Spinach and Eggplant Noodle Miso Soup

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A quick and easy miso soup that both soothes and invigorates, filled with eggplant noodles, baby spinach and shiitake mushrooms. This is one of those… 

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Sweet Blueberry Lemon Puffed Omelette

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A light and lemony puffed omelette studded with juicy blueberries makes an excellent change of pace for breakfast. Whether it’s for breakfast, brunch, lunch or… 

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Swiss Almond Ice Cream from Dairy-Free Ice Cream | Interview with the Author and Giveaway

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A recipe for Dairy-Free Swiss Almond Ice Cream and an interview with the author of Dairy-Free Ice Cream, Kelly V. Brozyna You may already know… 

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Concord Grape Sorbet With Rosemary and Black Pepper from The Nourished Kitchen | Interview with the Author and Giveaway

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A recipe for Concord Grape Sorbet with Rosemary and Black Pepper and an interview with the author of The Nourished Kitchen: Farm-to-Table Recipes for the… 

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Travel Snack Ideas | Plus a $200.00 Giveaway to Abe’s Market

Healthy Travel Snacks

Snack ideas for traveling and a chance to win $100.00 worth of travel snacks AND a $100.00 gift certificate. I love to travel.  Scratch that…. 

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Couples Cooking | Calphalon Contemporary Stainless 8-piece Cookware Set Giveaway

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Five good reasons to cook together as a couple and a chance to win an 8 piece contemporary stainless cookware set from Calphalon to get… 

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Chocolate Dip Ice Pops from Purely Pops | Q&A with the Author and Giveaway

Chocolate Dipped Ice Pop Recipe

A recipe for chocolate dipped popsicles and an interview with the author of Purely Pops Leanne Vogel. (Today kicks off 4 weeks of great giveaways… 

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