Enchilada Casserole

Enchilada Casserole | Kitchen Gidget

October 12 was my one year blogiversary! I cannot believe my little blog is one year old. It started by documenting 30 days of clean eating with awful pictures on Instagram while fun-employed. After depriving myself of sugar for a month, naturally I went on a quest for the best chocolate chip cookies ever. From there I started sharing favorite recipes, bought a real camera and began developing my own ideas. {Dig in…}

Calling All Cupcakes

Chocolate Cheesecake Cupcakes | Kitchen Gidget

This is a call for cupcakes! Specifically: chocolate and vanilla. I’m looking for the perfect “go-to” recipe for each flavor. If you have one you swear by, please share! Must be moist, flavorful, with a tight crumb–but not too heavy or dense! The chocolate cupcakes should have a deep flavor, somewhere in between milk chocolate and devil’s food. The recipes should be easy to make. I don’t really want to separate eggs and beat the whites, or have a million bowls to clean up, etc. {Dig in…}

Turkish Eggs (Cilbir)

Turkish Eggs: garlicky yogurt, chili butter and poached eggs | Kitchen Gidget

So the other night I was up watching TV (food shows, what else?) and I saw this dish featured at a New York restaurant. The drawback to watching food shows late at night is that I can’t run out to the grocery store right away for the ingredients. The upside to watching food shows late at night is that I can’t run out right away for the ingredients. {Dig in…}

Chicken Veggie Pitas

Chicken Veggie Pitas

I’m coming full circle with this one. This recipe has a backstory that’s near and dear to my heart. You can read about my first memorable cooking experience here, but besides this being the first recipe I can recall cooking on my own, it’s a terrific recipe that’s still going strong 20 years later! It’s so easy to throw together, even a child could do it. :-) {Dig in…}

Blueberry Peach Muffins

Blueberry Peach Muffins | Kitchen Gidget

Everyone is jumping on the pumpkin train already. I have to admit I was having cravings for something pumpkin + chocolate, but it’s still summer and I’m going to hang on to it for as long as I can! So for now: fresh fruit and I’ll cook with gourds later. {Dig in…}

Machaca (Tex-Mex Shredded Beef)

Machaca: TexMex Shredded Beef | Kitchen Gidget

This is part 2 of the Mexican food series I mentioned in this post in honor of my grandma and mom’s birthdays. This recipe is all Tex-Mex since Texas is where my mom was born. It’s a tender, flavorful shredded beef that’s easy to make in the slow-cooker. You can control the heat level by adding more or less chipotle pepper to your taste.

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Homemade Flour Tortillas

Homemade Flour Tortillas | Kitchen Gidget

This is part 1 of a 2-part series in honor of my mom and grandmother’s birthdays, which are next week. First up are my grandma’s flour tortillas. If you’ve never had homemade tortillas then you’re in for a treat. They melt in your mouth! So tender and flavorful; they taste nothing like the store package variety. The dough comes together easily, but it does take some effort in the rolling out. Many hands make work light! When my siblings and I were young, my grandma had a rolling pin made for each of us out of an old broom handle. We would all help roll out tortillas and we each got to eat the first one we rolled. We would watch as it cooked on the comal, knowing that it was a good one if it puffed up. Then we would eat it piping hot and slathered in butter.

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Mocha Cappuccino Cookies

Mocha Cappuccino Cookies: espresso shortbread with milk chocolate ganache | Kitchen Gidget

I meant to post this recipe sooner, but alas, I’m still adjusting to life with my new job. For those wondering, all is going well!

I should mention these cookies are not considered dessert. Anything with espresso automatically goes into the “essential food group” category. :-D

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Peanut Butter Chocolate Thumbprint Cookies

Peanut Butter Chocolate Thumbprint Cookies | Kitchen Gidget

Apologies for my 2 week absence! I’ve been busy moving from Illinois to Virginia, where I am now a permanent resident! Oh yes, and there was this little detour to New York City where I got to complete a decade-long wish to eat breakfast at Tiffany’s (bagel and lox cream cheese from Ess-A-Bagel…yummm).

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Pasta Primavera

Pasta Primavera | Kitchen Gidget

One thing I love about summer is fresh vegetables from the garden. This dish means “Spring Pasta” in Italian, but if you’re from the Midwest like me, you’ll have to wait until mid-summer (maybe even later this year!) before you can start harvesting squash and other vegetables from your garden. Living near Lake Michigan has some serious drawbacks!

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