Organic Girl Baby Kale Giveaway and Recipes – Snacks


I have to admit, 10 years or so ago I had probably never even tasted Kale.  Now, it’s one of the most talked about leafy greens out there.  I find myself eating some practically every day lately.

The fact that the lovely people over at Organic Girl sent me a bunch of their newest product, 100% Baby Kale to experiment with, probably has something to do with it!  While trying to come up with new inventive recipes, incorporating Baby Kale in things I hadn’t before, I also found that I used it in a bunch of ways the past few weeks.  I put it in my homemade Mac & Cheese, scrambled eggs, juiced it you name it. While I was working with it I would just snack on it raw, it really is sweet and tasty all on it’s own!… 

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Why is it called Chicken Pot Pie?


Just one of those culinary questions I have.  I mean why is it called POT pie?  It’s a “pie”.  Is it because it is made IN a pot? In that case shouldn’t most things have the term “pot” in the description? It confounds me.  These are the things that keep me up at night.

I know I know….I need a life.

But if I had a social life and other things to occupy my brain other than food and cooking, my family wouldn’t be eating half as well.  That and Mama Sis wouldn’t be complaining she has put on weight – like 2 or 3 pounds – get over it! (she has always been the “skinny” sister.)

So I did what any mildly culinary obsessed person would do.  Googled it…. 

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Immaculate Gluten Free Cookie Dough


Another Gluten Free Cookie Review.

At this point I should be getting embarrassed.  I should also be 10 pounds heavier.  Here I am reviewing yet ANOTHER gluten free cookie.  The things I do in the name of research for my readers, it’s a tough job.

I have see this brand of cookie dough at Publix, Fresh Market AND Whole Foods so I figured it was time. Even meant to be. The universe wanted me to bake and review these cookies.  (I have the ability to justify almost anything)

Immaculate Cookie Dough has, from what I can determine, two flavors that they make gluten and dairy free, Fudge Brownie and Chocolate Chunk.   Gluten AND Dairy free, … 

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Pizza Stoned


“Those pizzas I ate were for medicinal purposes.” 
― Amy Neftzger

Well in my case I’m eating pizza all the time for research purposes.

Yeah, that’s the reason.

I am still on my quest to be able to make really amazing Gluten Free Pizza and I keep trucking along.  Toppings are not the problem.  I have my sauce dialed in. I do everything from simple Margherita to a plethora of fresh amazing toppings.  … 

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Let Them Eat Cake


This past Saturday night was Mama Sis’s birthday.

I asked her what she would like for her birthday dinner.  Going out is not an easy feat with the monkey’s so a dinner at home was a given.  Nonna was going to be out of town so I had the run of her apartment and kitchen…thank god….because sis requested my Mexican Fiesta Fish Taco Dinner. I LOVE this meal.  Guests always love this meal. I am good at this meal.  But….. it takes a LOT of time to prepare.  I am working on the blog post to share some of the recipes for my Baja Fish Tacos, homemade Baja Sauce, Tomatillo Salsa Verde, Jicama salad, Guacamole….you can see there a lot of elements going on!

Today however, I am going to talk about the cake.  Mama sis loves Chocolate.  I mean who doesn’t like chocolate right?  I love it as well.  The difference between us though is in the fact that I can have chocolate sitting around, in the freezer or apothecary jars  (it looks pretty)… 

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Lucy’s Gluten Free Cookies Review

I hope everyone had a wonderful Labor Day Weekend full of fun and most importantly good eats!

I figured it was time for another gluten free goods review and what do I pick again?  That’s right, cookies.  I swear.  With the amount of cooking, baking, pizza making and gluten free cookie tasting I have been doing, I am continually shocked that the number on the scale is moving down instead of up. Believe me when I tell you I was NOT blessed with a fast metabolism and feel as though my life has been spent watching my calories so I am a little amazed I am not the size of Shamu…..yet.  However as one of my cousin’s just confirmed, calories consumed in the form of leftovers from a toddler’s uneaten dinner don’t count.   “It’s like splitting dessert” she informed me. Well ok then!  So speaking of dessert…… 

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Figgy Pudding



Fresh off the Bread Making disaster the other day, I was staring at the loaf in question thinking “what a waste to throw it away” trying to determine something to do with it when it hit me.  Bread Pudding!

I LOVE Bread Pudding.  I miss bread pudding.  So I thought why not make a gluten free bread pudding with this loaf right here?  It’s not the best tasting bread, but that’s nothing sugar and butter and cream can’t fix right? Then when I opened the refrigerator to get out the ingredients I saw the figs I had left and at that moment I decided I was a GENIUS! … 

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Tuesday Tips # 3


“The only real stumbling block is fear of failure. In cooking you’ve got to have a what-the-hell attitude.”
― Julia Child

Well, this Tuesday Tip is a multi-part tip.  It’s also just super embarrassing. That’s all there is to it. I did say I would include ALL of my “mis-adventures” in the kitchen though….so here we go.
Last week I finally got my bread maker out of storage where it has been living for a year and a half.  It’s a great little 1 lb. loaf bread maker - remember that number – in which I have made a few tasty Gluten Free loaves in the past.  Now mind you none of my past bread making experiments have been earth shattering successes, but on the right path.  I figured it was time to experiment
and I had a bag of Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free Cinnamon Raisin bread mix I had been wanting to try.  The idea was to have a fresh baked loaf for breakfast this morning.
That was the plan.
Sooooooo I was a good girl and set out all of my ingredients the night before.
Sometime around midnight I put the 2 eggs out so they would be room temperature and set my phone alarm for 4 am.  It takes 3 hours and 40 minutes to complete a baking cycle and I thought it would be perfect timing for breakfast. The idea of waking up to the smell of fresh baked bread excited Mama Sis and I very much.
I woke ahead of my alarm and went to the kitchen where I whisked the eggs, water and oil together.  (No photos, I mean really it was 3:45am)  Now here is where I have to admit that in the past 2 moves from house to apartment etc, all of my cookbooks were inadvertently taken and probably donated (I cried upon discovering this) and IN that collection was the manual and recipe book for the bread maker.  The basic instructions are printed on the side but yes, I am missing the actual manual.
I bet you can see where this is going already.
Liquids first.  Then flour mix.  Make a small well in the flour, add the yeast. Close the machine.  After checking the settings, hit start. Go back to bed.
In the morning I found this:
Not bread.
Tip # 1.  After you think you have hit the start button, perhaps wait a few moments to make sure the cycle has begun before going back to bed.
So I hit start again and hoped for the best.  After the kneading portion was over I looked in and did NOT see a ball of dough as I have in the past.  It was only partially mixed, and while I mixed it with the handle of a wooden spoon I was getting annoyed.  Okay the first mistake was mine.  But this?  It had to be the bread makers fault right?
Tip # 2.  Read ALL of the instructions.  Like when the package says it makes a 1 1/2 lb. loaf, maaaaaybe don’t put it in a 1 lb. loaf bread maker.  Just a thought.
The results:
Ok not terrible. Not pretty, but it’s more about the taste right?  Maybe it all worked out in the end.
You can’t see it very well, but it’s dense and moist and not entirely cooked through.  this is just a slice off of the end, I am guessing the middle is far less cooked through.
Bread = FAIL.
So what did we learn?
  • ALWAYS read the instructions of a kitchen appliance you haven’t used in a while.
  • If you no longer have the manual, do a google search and find it to download BEFORE using the appliance.
  • Always compare the package directions with said appliance directions. (1 lb. vs. 1 1/2 lb.)
  • Always wait and see if you really hit the start button.
Or just don’t try and do anything complicated at 4 in the morning.
Nom Nom


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GinnyBakes Cookies Review


When I started Zia’s Kitchen one of the things I really wanted to do is give my opinion on Gluten Free products.  Of course my opinion is just that…my opinion.  IF you don’t agree that’s perfectly all right.  The thing is,  gluten free baking mixes, flours, pastas, pre-packaged snacks and other products are generally more expensive then regular products.  Thank you very much food industry.  The quality of gluten free products differs vastly,  some products are great, others can have a striking resmblance to chewing on a lightly swetened or salted piece of used cardboard…. 

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