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Easter Breakfast at Zia's

Easter Breakfast at Zia’s

Sometimes I really enjoy creating new recipes, altering old favorites to become Gluten-Free and cooking up a storm.

Sometimes I just want something already mixed, gluten-free and easy to make. I have been promising a few friends who have had a recent family member diagnosis of a gluten allergy that I would do a list of best gluten-free prepackaged products, but it occurred to me that is a daunting task for one post.  Instead I am gong to do smaller posts for you all with my experiences with great gluten-free products.  Eventually I will curate it all onto a page but one step at a time.  The monkeys only nap for so long these days.

If they nap at all. Sigh… 

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It’s All About The Corn Flakes

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When you are Gluten Free you don’t get to enjoy very many fried or “crispy” foods you once did.  Which is probably a good thing.  However for those times you want to make things like breaded eggplant, chicken fingers, zucchini fries or more, most gluten free breadcrumbs just don’t cut it.  Panko is out of course.  So what do you do?  I recently found the answer in Publix completely by accident.  While searching to see if they had any new gluten free breadcrumb options I found it.

Corn Flake Crumbs!… 

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Williams-Sonoma Gluten Free Pumpkin Bread

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I love fall. Up North where I was born, the air gets cool and crisp, the leaves change color the smell of burning firewood starts to permeate the air.  In Southern California where I lived for so long, the days are sunny, the temperatures range from the mid 60’s to the low 80’s.  You can start wearing layers, the sunsets seem to have an even more golden hue, the pacific drops in temperature and Trader Joe’s shelves are lined with pumpkin flavored products of every kind.

Here in South Florida……well……the license plates start changing color as the snowbirds start migrating down here on 95.  I would like to say it starts getting cooler, the humidity drops and it becomes more pleasurable outside, but that, technically, would be a lie.  (That’s what it’s like in the winter.)… 

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It’s Cocktail Hour Somewhere

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I have a lot of recipes coming up to share but it’s time for another Zia’s Kitchen review.

Guess what?  It’s NOT a cookie review.  I have been saying I needed to stop just reviewing cookies and review something healthy.

Organic alcohol made with a berry known for it’s incredible healthy properties counts right?

(I may have mentioned in the past I have the ability to justify most anything)

But seriously folks, this IS actually a cocktail that is probably healthier then your average libation. (In moderation of course)… 

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Why is it called Chicken Pot Pie?

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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

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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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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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Organic Girl Five Happiness Tasty Salad Mix Giveaway and Recipes

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“You don’t have to cook fancy or complicated masterpieces – just good food from fresh ingredients.” 
― Julia Child

About a week ago the wonderful people over at Organic Girl Good Clean Greens sent me a package.  2 packages of their newest salad blend Five Happiness Tasty Salad, which is a blend of baby Bok Choy leaves and other yummy baby greens.  They asked if I would be willing to review it and come up with some fun recipes for my blog.  Ummmm YES MAM!  Super exciting, my first official product test!  The package also included some other great goodies!
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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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