June 29, 2011

Final hours to enter the Betty Crocker Gluten Free Baking Contest!

I'm about to enter my recipe now...totally a wait to the last minute gal! If you haven't thought of anything, maybe seeing this will get those juices flowing...

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June 4, 2011

Mi-Del Gluten Free Cookies Review!

Can you remember your first gluten free cookie?  For some of you, that moment may be etched into your memory, your life forever changed.  For me, I don't quite remember.  It was very long ago, but I think it might have been a Mi-Del Gluten Free Arrowroot Cookie.  I remember they were the first brand of gluten free cookies I discovered after I was diagnosed with celiac in January 2000.  Still to this day, I find myself placing them in my cart time after time at the grocery store.  They are as familiar to me as Chips-Ahoy or Oreos are to those who gluten.

When Mi-Del approached me to review their gluten free cookies and host a giveaway, I was more than happy to share my thoughts with my readers.  They sent me coupons for free products, so I got to chose what to share.  As much as I was tempted to grab a bag of my old standbys, I recently saw a recipe in the June 2011 issue of Martha Stewart Living for a Strawberry Lemonade Icebox Pie that I thought I would incite you all with.  I mean, seriously, doesn't this look phenom?

Martha Stewart's Strawberry Lemonade Icebox Pie

Well, mine didn't turn out quite as pretty.  It was all kinds of delicious, but my family and I failed to wait the "chill overnight" step and ate it while it was still warm.  In that it was more like a bowl of lemon pudding with pecan cookie chunks and fresh strawberries than a pie.  My attempts to showcase Mi-Del's Gluten Free Pecan Flavored Cookies didn't go over so well.

I realized that yes, ground up with cinnamon and butter, Mi-Del gluten free cookies make wonderful pie crusts.  But they are just as good by themselves in their original form.  My current favorites are the Gluten Free Lunchbox S'mores!  Available in a cute "lunchbox" style box with five little 90-calorie bags, they are the perfect size for on the go (I ate one in the doctor's waiting room yesterday...just sayin').  And the taste?  Chocolate? Check. Marshmallow? Check. Crunch graham? Check!  If you love S'mores, but hate the mess, these cookies were made for you!