Wheat-Free Chocolate Cookies Save Me From the Puffer Fish

Many of us avoid wheat these days, not to be difficult dining companions, but because it makes us feel oogie, puts us in a brain fog, and bloats us up like agitated puffer fish. I don’t pay attention anymore to the latest scientific data that contradicts last week’s latest scientific data on whether or not wheat intolerance is an actual “thing.” All I know is that I’ve done personal studies using a small pool of subjects, including a control group (yes, yes – okay, OKAY! They were all ME!) and my research indicates that wheat makes me feel like a certain poisonous marine creature having a really rough day. Since giving it up, I now feel less like an angry blowfish and more like the lumbering land creature I am. But I still like cookies. I have two go-to recipes for wheat-free  cookies that give me hope that the rest … Continue reading…

The Pecan Sandy Experience

I have inherited many traits from my mother. Beyond our physical resemblance, I’ve also grown up to share her love of naps, Mexican food, and repeatedly singing out loud the two lines of whatever song is stuck in your head at the moment. The other thing we share is this notion that baking is a great way to fill an hour that hasn’t otherwise been committed to something else. I’m not sure I’d call it a “love” of baking. It’s more like a compulsion. Have bananas in the kitchen that are starting to turn brown? Better bake some bread with those bad boys.  Oh dear, that rhubarb isn’t going to last forever in the freezer. Better “crisp” it up! No cookies for work lunches next week? Get on it, woman. And, today, the pecans that I bought a few weeks ago screamed, “We’re not going to eat ourselves, you know!” … Continue reading…