Getting Figgy With Your Mushrooms

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Figs, glorious figs!

I love when figs are in season.  Well I love seasonal anything, but figs are one of my favorites.  Black Mission Figs to be precise. I’ve loved figs ever since I was a kid.  I am sure Fig Newtons had something to do with it.

So this is another quick and easy Gluten Free and Vegetarian dish that is wonderful for fall.  Even when you live somewhere where it’s currently in the 90’s, humid and fall doesn’t really exist…Ahem, Florida.  So I turn up the air condition and pretend. So I invented this recipe while i was staying with my godfather in Northern England a few years ago. Ok “invented” is I am sure technically untrue
as I am pretty sure I am not the first person to create this 3 ingredient dish, but I had never heard of it so I invented it in my little world…. 

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Mini Meatloaf Monday

Mini MEatloaf

I keep seeing the term “Meatless Monday” on cooking blogs, so of course I am going the other direction.  MEATLOAF MONDAY!

I have made this recipe a few times already. I’m going to let the cat out of the bag here….it’s a Hit!  It is the perfect sized delicious Turkey meatloaf, IMHO, and incorporates good greens for the little “no green things” dude in the house. The best part about them is that these little loaves freeze so well.  This is the kind of recipe that will take you under an hour to prepare a bunch of them that you can then pop in the freezer for a quick dinner in the future.  You only have to remember to defrost them a few hours before, and have some tomato sauce on hand to cook them up with.  Easy Peasy I promise…. 

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Pan Pizza

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In this house most Friday nights are “pizza night”, a night where I make another go at making gluten free pizza from scratch. Yeah I live a wild and crazy life…. I know….. I know

So here we are again on my quest for pizza that doesn’t taste so….gluten free.  There are a fair amount of pizza dough mixes on the market it appears <I just did a quick Google search> most of them pricey.  Soon however, I am going to have to resort to ordering a new brand off the internet as I think I have tried Bob’s Red Pizza Crust Mix every which way you can.  Many different types of pizzas and calzones have been attempted with varying degrees of …well success is not the correct word here, let’s go with results.… 

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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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Cheese To The Mac

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Confession time. I know that dairy is not good for you. I know humans weren’t “meant to eat” dairy products. I know dairy can cause inflammation, congestion, allergies etc. But here’s the thing.

I. Don’t Care.

Ok I DO care, but I can NOT stop myself from eating cheese. I am Italian and I am allergic to Red Wine, Gluten, and I don’t eat lamb or veal (baby animal issues). All things that drove my late grandmother absolutely NUTS. So if I lose the cheese then I am basically not an Italian! Except I do have the talking with my hands, highly excitable, vicious temper thing going on for me…. 

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Pretty Pizza

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Only 2 posts and already a theme. Looking over my photos from the past 2 months to prepare for this I noticed my recipes / experiments lean quite heavy towards one food group.

Pizza.

Yes Pizza is a food group, well in my world it is. Going Gluten-Free is sometimes a pain in the ass sure, but I am fine living without most baked goods, breads, pastas etc.  Sure every now and then I get jealous of people biting into a light and fluffy piece of cake, or a real honest to goodness Italian Hoagie (Sub to most of the US unless you are from Philadelphia or New Jersey)
but I have a way to deal with it.  If it’s absolutely incredible and sure to be worth it, I cheat and take a bite or two.  I am a VERY lucky Gluten-Free person, … 

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Polenta Pizza Please

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I’m going to start this off with a hit, because, well starting off with a fail wouldn’t entice you to come back I am sure. I am also starting out with a VERY simple, rather quick and easy one.

Mini Polenta Pizza’s 

Not everybody loves polenta the creamy corn-based dish from Italy.  My late grandmother (who taught me so much about Italian cooking and even authored a cookbook) called it “peasant food”, a status that polenta has had for centuries, generally made by the poorer class as the ingredients were much cheaper than the expensive wheat and flours it took to make pasta.  You can check out the History of Polenta and learn more about its origins. In this family we happen to love it…. 

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