White Cheddar Beer Brat Chowder

White Cheddar Beer Brat Chowder Recipe | The Kitchen Girl_03

The 2014 World Series is in full swing and my White Cheddar Beer Brat Chowder is the food for the mood. I wrote this recipe to commemorate the start of the Series…aaaaand I love any excuse to make a pot of creamy chowder. Also, I rarely eat bratwurst and wanted to create a recipe that would really […]

Serrano Spiced Fig Jam

Sweet and Spicy Fig Jam | The Kitchen Girl

  Our neighbors have a luscious fig tree. I see it when I stand over my kitchen sink…and my mouth waters a lot for those few months in mid-late summer. They usually pull every fig and make crazy amounts of chutneys and jams for canning. Recently, we noticed many figs still hanging because they were traveling at […]

Creamy One Pot Italian Vegetable Pasta

Creamy One Pot Italian Vegetable Pasta | The Kitchen Girl

  My first inspiration for the one-pot pasta came from my mom early this summer. She took a fall and fractured her shoulder. Fortunately, she didn’t require surgery, and has since fully recovered (whew!). But she had to work for it through physical therapy and, of course, endured some pain along the way. What really […]

Very Vegetarian Nachos

Very Vegetarian Nachos made with Mexican Brown Rice | The Kitchen Girl #healthy #meatless

  This special blog post is dedicated to my new friends Vickie and Larissa over at Vegetarian Zen website. They broadcast a free, weekly podcast “for vegetarians, vegans, and veg-curious”. I love that tagline because I maintain a diet low in animal products and high in plant-based foods…and I make vegetarian meals often. As fangirl of the […]

Peach and Berry Crumble

Peach Berry Crumble | The Kitchen Girl

  I’ve never mastered the art of making fruit pies. Some say it’s easy, but it’s never as easy as a fresh, fruit crumble. The other day, someone left five or six beautiful peaches at our door. It was a neighbor, but they haven’t fessed up. I love you, whoever you are. Get over here and […]

LowFat Avocado Ranch Dressing

LowFat Avocado Ranch Dressing | Recipe by The Kitchen Girl

It’s mid-summer and I’m obsessed with do-it-yourself salad dressings, especially the kind where you throw everything into a blender and poof!…creamy delish in a few minutes. Recently, I’ve been experimenting with Avocado Ranch Dressing. I don’t care for pre-made Ranch or store-bought seasoning packets…it’s gotta be from scratch. Only because it’s SO easy to make […]

Damn Good Pasta Salad – Part 1: Classic Macaroni Salad

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This is the first of a two-part blog post to commemorate my love affair with summer pasta salads. I recently developed a few damn good pasta salad recipes, respectively titled them for the blog…and…I just can’t wait for you to try them! The first is a Classic Macaroni Salad and the second is my Zesty Rotini & Greens With […]

Chocolate Monkey Bites (No-bake Energy Bars)

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   Summer is in full swing and I’ve been creating new, seasonal food content for parties, road trips, hiking, and camping. I’ve been participating in those very activities while taking notes and snapping photos along the way. Can’t wait to share it all with you! Let’s start with these Chocolate Monkey Bites.  For years, I’ve been in love with those little, square Carob […]

Healthy Breakfast Pizza in 30 Minutes

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This recipe is dedicated to my breakfast-loving reader in search of simple bliss this weekend. But first, I have a question for you… How do you feel about baking eggs? I know I was really apprehensive about it until I tried it a few times…now I’m hooked! I’ll be honest, it’s easy to over-bake eggs in attempt […]