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National Cookie Day | Black Forest Brownies

National Cookie Day is 4 December, which also happens to be an important date in the novel I’ve been writing since 2006.

If you know me in person, you know that I like vampires: old-school, bloodsucking, remorseless, Dracula, Carmilla, The Vampire Lestat type of vampires. None of this Twilight wishy-washy stuff, a little Charlaine Harris (haven’t read much of her work, but from what I hear…). Some Hemlock Grove as well, though that book (and excellent Netflix series) is about werewolves, which are cool, too. Back to the point. We need food for the brain as much as we do food for the body. Creativity for me (writing, beading, recipe R&D) feeds me, too. And I like vampires.

Waiting Vampire Brownies | Gothic Granola

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Belief | Cracker Cookies

“…Not that I believe in it.”

What is it these days with people and belief? I’ve noticed this attitude particularly amongst my peers; religion or spirituality is an uber-private facet of one’s life. If you mention it, goddess forbid you offend someone by simply saying, “Bless you,” when they sneeze. Sure, there are plenty of alternatives, but I didn’t invoke my higher power by name! 

You can’t believe in anything. 





Mention you’re Catholic (or other deistic religion) or you go to church or meditate, and ka-pow, you are an antiquated fool and you have been caught with your metaphysical pants down. Alternatively, the reaction is you’re untouchable and weirdly disciplined because you take time to talk to God/Goddess/higher self. Talk to an older person (generally over 50) and they’ll listen about religion and worldviews. Why? Because they’re closer to the grave and desire some answers to the big questions: where did we come from, where are we going, and why do bad things happen to good people?

Yeah, why do bad things happen to good people? Karma? Why would a supposedly benevolent deity let bad things happen?

You can’t believe in anything.

Nota bene I am playing both sides of the field here. I don’t have the answers and I am content to worship the mysteries of the universe. Believing in ultimate good helps me keep calm and carry on. That’s my worldview and you are free to agree or disagree.

Off my soapbox. Breakfast cookies againAnd again.



Believe these are good. Because good = healthy, and healthy = good. But, good =/= tasty, and tasty =/= healthy. Yet, not tasty = bad.




Who let moral judgment in here anyway, conflating healthy and (morally) good?

I picked up this recipe for Cocoa Peanut Cookies at a Whole Foods a while back. I believe the impetus behind the recipe was something like, “Let’s make random stuff with Engine 2 products! Yeah! (fist pump).” The sheer randomness of these cookies makes me think it was a Foodie Call type production: aaaand the theme this week is Engine 2 products! At least it didn’t have oil-free hommos. Now then, I’m not down on Engine 2 as a concept or line of products (their brown rice tortillas are actually quite good), but I do think this recipe is a bit wacky, and that’s coming from the grrl who eats green juice on hir cereal.

Of course I had to make it.

Crackers in cookies has some precedent, but not like these little blobs of salty-sweet moosh.

Cracker Cookies

(No, there are no racist/classist epithets in that title; don’t even think that for a second. It is supremely ridiculous I have to even put this little footnote in here, but someone will undoubtedly scream classism because this recipe could in fact be made, albeit with slight modification and inclusion of animal products, with the ingredients found in grocery stores frequented by poor rural whites in the Southern United States.)


  • 4 1/2 ounces VGF crackers (I used half-bags of Mary’s Gone Crackers original and Crunchmaster multigrain GF hexes)
  • 3/4 cup pitted dates
  • 1 cup nondairy milk (I used original hempmilk)
  • 2/3 cup nut butter (I used half almond and half peanut butter, both no-sugar, no-salt since the crackers are way salty)
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
Preheat the oven to 350 and line a baking sheet with parchment or a Silpat.

In a blender or food processor, blitz the crackers to make crumbs. Transfer crumbs to a large bowl. Blitz remaining ingredients until smooth in blender (some date skins floating around is fine). Mix it all together until mixture coheres. Transfer 2-inch cookie balls to baking sheet and squish down the tops slightly.

Bake for 15 minutes or until you can pick one up and it won’t fall apart. These are soft and squidgy. They taste like everything in them all mixed together (a bit like my lunches, sometimes). Hey wait, I know why these are familiar: microlunch cookies!

Parting shots:
Felt like an avocado smoothie after the gym on Tuesday: avocado, green apple, mixed greens, ginger


 Friday was the first Friday I’ve spent by myself in months (try December…wow…too much socialization for this introvert!). I cooked up a storm and scared the bejeebes out of myself by listening to Depeche Mode’s “Damaged People” and listening to the lyrics too hard: “When your lips touch mine/ And I lose control/ I forget I’m old/ And dying.”

Mexican black beans and polenta for polenta fries. If you make nothing else this weekend, you must make polenta fries! It contains vegan catnip, aka: nutritional yeast, the best stuff evarrr.


More from Tuesday’s supper: roasted carrots and beets, kidney beans, and pumpkin furikake. Did I ever mention I eat strange combinations?


Picture from last Saturday’s party we checked out, left to right: TC, Q, and TC’s friend. We were “those motorcycle people” because we were (duh) wearing our gear.



Sushi in Philly


The lack of protein GF pizza in Arlington: Pete’s New England Pizza.



Come to the Dark Side…we have vegan and gluten-free goodies.

Fluffy Bunny, Curse Reversed | Graham Crackers

Fluffy Bunny, Curse Reversed
 
 
“For what has been, thanks! For what shall be–yes!” 
–Dag Hammerskjold
 
What doors are you going to keep open, once opened?
 
Premise: I don’t like marshmallows.
s'mores bars vegan gluten-free | Gothic Granola

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Treat Time, Tortillas, and Cookies

Happy Almost-Halloween!

Let’s begin with a product review. Finding these tortillas was a treat. I half-assedly put “tortillas” on my shopping list since the Engine 2 brown rice tortillas had gone mouldy in my fridge (I bought them in September; what did I expect of ‘natural’ food?). I digress.

 
treat time tortillas cookies vegan gluten-free | gothic granola 

These La Tortilla Factory Smart & Delicious Wraps are made from tapioca, teff, and millet flours, among the other fabulous ingredients present in most industrially-produced foods. They’re not vegan since they contain honey. Honey is one of my two exceptions to veganism, one that I really ought to give up since it gives me the same kind of crash as white sugar. I digress again.

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Snicker-doodle-doo

 

I get my kicks by deconstructing and rebuilding Betty Crocker recipes. My spiritual mother Vicki gave me this snickerdoodles recipe from one of the classic Betty Crocker books and I remade it since I had a hankering for 1) cookies and 2) cinnamon on Thursday. As I’m satisfied with my pumpkin cookie game, I remembered I had this recipe and, as a classic recipe, it would be fit for sharing.

 

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Cookie Dough Dip–What is in a Name?

Rather than quote a lot of Shakespeare, or speak in meta-voice about how much I struggled to write this post (I didn’t…I just began writing), I begin at the beginning.



What is in a name?

As I served this dessert that met the Health Starts Here standards for Wednesday’s Foodie Call, I refined my description. “Sweet hommos” was a turn-off to a lot of people. Come on, foodies, you’d try garlic ice cream, right? Roasted garlic ice cream would actually be pretty tasty, methinks. “Cookie Dough” confused many people into thinking it was actually raw dough. Nope, it’s the flavour. Kind of like “Birthday Cake” ice cream from Coldstone Creamery. It ain’t cake; it tastes reminiscent of the real deal. I could go on, and I don’t intend to insult the patrons’ intelligence. I’ll pacify myself with the platitude, “genius is usually misunderstood,” wink wink. Anyway, I didn’t scale up the dates enough when I used an entire case of beans to make enough, so the dip was not as sweet as it usually is. 
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Carnival Cookies & Preferences

This morning as I ran to the farmers market, I noticed my freshly-loaded iPod shuffle was set on alphabetical sort by song title. Yeh, I didn’t think “Amame” followed “All Because of You.” I prefer to listen to albums in whole chunks with the songs in the artist’s intended order. Having the device on shuffle versus loop would make little difference. I could react in a few ways:
1)    Stay pissed off and complain about it. Take out earbuds in disgust.
2)    Accept it and see how the experience of random alphabetical order sounds.
3)    Change it!
 
Black Cat Society | This recipe picture is lost | Vegan Gluten-free | Gothic Granola
 

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