Summer Fruit Cobbler

Blueberry Cobbler

Organic Blueberries

Organic Blueberries

I am going to start this one off by being completely honest.  This is NOT low-calorie, NOT low sugar and NOT low fat.  It is however Gluten Free, incredibly simple and ridiculously delicious! When you see the ingredients you will know why.

Making tasty gluten free baked goods is a definite challenge, a lot of misses to get a hit here and there.  This Summer Fruit Cobbler (I call it that because it is so versatile – you can enjoy it with many different kinds of fruits) is one of my favorite discoveries.  I found a this recipe online about a year ago, however it was NOT gluten free.  I of course altered to GF but the first time I made this it was WAY to sweet, so after a little experimentation I found the sweet spot….so to speak, and today I will share it with one of my favorite fruits  – blueberries…. 

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Sweet Treats

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Valentine’s Day. Oh how it irks me. Yes, I am single, and generally always have been on this particular commercial holiday, but this year, while still single, I have my own funny little valentine.  He’s a bit short, won’t be taking me to dinner or buying me flowers and has a pretty early bedtime, but it’s all good because when he smiles or giggles my stone cold heart just melts and I become an advocate for love!

So what better way to show him my love but to make Rice Krispy Treats and let him help? Chocolate Rice Krispy treats no less.  Actually Chocolate Coconut Rice Krispy Treats! Hey….go big or go home.  They are a fun treat, that is Gluten Free and one of those “recipes” thats pretty difficult to mess up. Plus it makes the little monkey’s happy AND satisfies Zia’s chocolate craving to boot so it’s an all around win-win…. 

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Immaculate Gluten Free Cookie Dough

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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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Let Them Eat Cake

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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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Figgy Pudding

 

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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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GinnyBakes Cookies Review

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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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