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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Kale. It’s What’s For Breakfast.

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Or brunch……or breakfast for dinner, you get the idea.  Generally when you think of Kale, you may not think of it as a breakfast element unless you are juicing it or using it in a smoothie.  That’s how I used to think of Kale in the morning, then I put it in scrambled eggs and realized it’s far more versatile and goes REALLY well with eggs.

Organic Girl 100% Baby Kale is very sweet and tender as I have mentioned before, munching on it straight out of the package is delicious, so I decided to experiment with it for breakfast dishes beyond scrambled eggs and the results were very yummy.  I actually served both as “breakfast for dinner” a big favorite of mine but I think both or versatile enough to be served at any time of day you like, it all depends on how much you like breakfast.

I like it a LOT…. 

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Organic Girl Baby Kale Giveaway and Recipes – Snacks

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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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It’s Time To Stuff It

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Stuffing, it’s not just for Thanksgiving!

A few weeks ago I was in some sort of “stuffed foods” mood.  Not entirely sure why, but I went with it.  First up was the stuffed burgers.  I won’t spend much time on that, as everyone makes stuffed burgers. A friend bought us almost 6 pounds of ground beef from Costco.  Not sure why he got us so much, but a had a bit of burger making to do so we could freeze them, and I looked at some of the things we had in the house and thought “Stuffed Burgers”

Next up were the gi-normous, ridiculously big and beautiful mushrooms he brought us.  PERFECT for Stuffed Mushrooms! Except, well as silly as it sounds and simple as they are to make, I had never made stuffed mushrooms before.  So I thought, oh what the hell, I will make it up!… 

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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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Fish Taco Tuesday

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Or it could be called Taco Tuesday Madness.  Madness because of the undertaking of this meal when you are making (almost) everything from scratch and dealing with 2 kids under the age of 2. A mad undertaking it was, but it was for Mama Sis’s birthday and truth be told I LOVE LOVE LOVE a good fish taco and I have learned to make them pretty decently.

Ok there was a lot to this meal, a few things were store-bought like the corn tortillas for example – I’m not COMPLETELY mental in trying to make those.  I also bought a Pico de Gallo and black bean dip this time because I really didn’t have the time and there is already a crazy amount of chopping involved in this meal. The rest however was made by little old me…. 

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Breakfast for Dinner

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I don’t know about you, but I LOVE breakfast. I mean I love food in general…obviously, but breakfast is my favorite meal.  Strangely enough breakfast holds many many memories for me, more so then any other meal…particularly downthashore”. That’s how you say “Going to the beach” if you are from Philadelphia or New Jersey.

Growing up, we had a beach house in Ocean City and most mornings Dad was in charge of breakfast.  This was decades before I realized I should be eating Gluten Free so we had pancakes, pork roll sandwiches (another Jersey/Philly thing), sticky buns from Mallon’s…you name it.  I even have distinct memories of being at my Dad’s parents beach house – Mommom and JJ and watching my grandmother make cream chipped beef. That was my Irish side of the family…. 

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Organic Girl Five Happiness Giveaway – Winners!

 

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The giveaway for Organic Girl Five Happiness Tasty Salad Mix has come to an end and Mama Sis picked the 5 winners out of a hat this morning!

Congratulations to readers:

Laura   Christina    Kimberly   Marian   and    Jessica!

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Be sure to let me know how you like your gift package when it arrives!

Nom Nom

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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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