Today is National Brownie Day! And I may be making Brownies later, but I am finishing up these yummy soft cookies I made the other night.
I usually top them with Candy Cane bits, but they have been hard to find this season. I could try to break up some candy Canes, but the last time I did that it was not pretty.
I use chocolate chunks in these cookies, but they would be just as good with chips. The teaspoon of peppermint oil gives it a nice holiday taste. I have made these at other times of the year and left the peppermint out and they are just as good.
One of my goals for this winter is to add more Hygge to my life. To slow down and enjoy the holiday season. To be thankful for my snuggly cats and the warm blankets. To listen to Christmas music and turn the lights on on my tree whenever I am home. Some coffee and the soft cookies were a great Hygge addition to today.
Tomato Soup and grilled cheese was one of my favorite lunches (and sometimes dinner) as a child. And something I still like to make for my family even though I can’t partake anymore.
Tomatoes are readily available year round and are easy to grow in a garden or pot on your patio. I alway grow tomatoes in my garden even now that I can’t eat them. A garden doesn’t feel complete without at least a few tomato plants.
I have been making Tomato Soup by roasting the vegetables for a few years now and it is alway good. I’ve used every type of tomato and many combinations of herbs. Roasting everything together in the oven gives the vegetables a nice depth of flavor.
Enjoy this soup with some toast, grilled cheese or the current favorite in my house hold quesadillas.
It’s the time of year for pumpkin everything. Having food allergies and Celiac make it hard to partake in the pumpkin goodness. One thing that I have found that is safe for us is Trader Joe’s Gluten Free Pumpkin Bread and Muffin Mix. It’s even nightshade free!
All you need to add to this mix is sunflower oil, eggs and water. It makes a light cake-like bread or muffin that even the the gluten eaters enjoy. I hope you enjoy this pumpkin treat.
This morning I went to Woodman’s in Buffalo Grove. Their Grand Opening is Saturday, but they are open for business as of yesterday afternoon. There were still some holes on the shelves which I am sure will be filled by Saturday.
I have been hearing good things about the selection of allergy friendly products at Woodman’s for years now, but there has not been a store conveniently located to me. Last weekend while visiting friend in Wisconsin I stopped by a Woodman’s near their house to check out the selection. They had some products, it was crowded, I was tired. In the end I came away overwhelmed and anxious about the selection.
When I arrived this morning I entered the door to the store that enters into the bread and bakery section. They had Sweet Ali’s and a few other brands in this section. I did not find any Udi’s or Canyon and started to panic. This place was known for having all the best gluten-free brands. They had to be here.
What I discovered was this Woodman’s has a dedicated Gluten-Free Section!!! Plus two dedicated refrigerated sections for dairy-free milk and yogurt and another for dairy-free cheese.
Here are some of the selections…
Look at all that Canyon Bakehouse and Schar selections. They even had the long-awaited Hawaiian Bread!
The Gluten-Free frozen bread selection is pretty good too.
Almost any Katz product you wanted!
Our favorite Kinnikinnick cookies in new packaging.
The elusive Diaya cheese sauce only pouches.
Free2b Sunflower cups.
And our favorite Yummy Earth Lolly Pops, which are an essential in our house for the winter months.
They truely had the best gluten-free and dairy-free selection I have seen. The one brand I could not find I believe was operator error and I’m hoping on my next trip to locate.