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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Rejuvenating Root Juice | Carrot, Beet, Blood Orange, Ginger, Turmeric Juice

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This zippy juice with the power of carrots, beets, oranges, lemons, ginger and turmeric will put a little pep in your step. You know that… 

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Frozen Lemon Kefir (Yogurt) with Blackberry Coulis

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With its distinctive zippy tang and multitude of beneficial active cultures, this lemony frozen kefir with blackberry coulis is a fresh take on frozen yogurt…. 

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Chia Seed Pudding Breakfast Pots with Raspberry Rosewater Sauce

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A creamy almost instant pudding made from chia seeds is swirled with a bright and tangy raspberry rosewater sauce and topped with fresh raspberries in this easy… 

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Hibiscus Strawberry Rhubarb Iced Tea

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The light floral notes of hibiscus and the sweet/tart combination of strawberries and rhubarb make a cooling and lively iced tea that’s naturally caffeine-free. If… 

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10 Ways to Use a Tea Towel and a Giveaway

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10 ways to use a tea towel and a chance to win 4 hand silkscreened organic cotton tea towels for your own kitchen. Sharp knives, a sturdy cutting… 

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30 + Fresh Ways to Enjoy Spring Produce | A Recipe Collection

30 Recipes for Spring Vegetables and Fruits

Fresh and easy meals that feature the best of spring’s bounty. (Click on the arrows to scroll through the slideshow and click through to see… 

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Garlic Dijon Spinach With Pine Nuts from The Slim Palate Paleo Cookbook and an Interview with the Author and Giveaway

Dijon Spinach with Toasted Pine Nuts from the Slim Palate Cookbook

Before the age of 18 he lost 100 pounds, taught himself to cook, started a successful food blog and if that wasn’t impressive enough, just published his… 

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An Earth Day Pledge and A Re-Usable Drink Container Giveaway from Mighty Nest

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The next time you grab a cup of coffee or a bottle of water before you head out, consider what those drinks are in.  Whatever… 

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Grain-Free Fair-Trade Chocolate Chip Cookies from One Simple Change and a Giveaway and Q&A with the Author

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A recipe for grain-free, fair-trade chocolate chip cookies and an interview with the author of One Simple Change: Surprisingly Easy Ways to Transform Your Life… 

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Daikon Rolls with Cilantro Pumpkin Seed Pesto (Raw, Vegan, Paleo)

Daikon Rolls with Cilantro Pumpkin Seed Pesto gourmandeinthekitchen.com

Wafer thin slices of daikon are spread with a fresh cilantro pesto, layered with cucumber, avocado and sprouts and then rolled up tight in these… 

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