Thin Minty Sandwich Cookies

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Thin Minty Sandwich Cookies

Gluten-free, very low lactose, FODMAP friendly

Yield: two dozen cookie sandwiches

If you miss Girl Scout cookies—a true comfort food!—here’s something chocolaty-minty that’s ALMOST as good, gluten-free, and not difficult. I keep a tub of baking mix in my fridge, so the hardest part was waiting while the dough chilled.

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Big-Batch Tomato Basil Soup, from a Fresh or Frozen Abundance

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Big-Batch Tomato Basil Soup, from a Fresh or Frozen Abundance

Gluten-free, lactose-free, FODMAP friendly

This year, the garden club produced a plethora of gorgeous home-grown tomatoes. I couldn’t resist buying 20 pounds. What does one do with 20 lb of lovely tomatoes? Quarter and freeze for future ketchup, naturally. But what happens when the freezer is full? Ah! Tomato soup! My leftovers have been frozen in wide-mouth jars for a winter day.

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Should I Pay Double for Organic Blueberries?

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Should I Pay Double for Organic Blueberries?

Blueberries are a FODMAP friendly staple for me, and recently, I read (Consumer Reports) that blueberries are relatively pesticide-free, even when non-organic. That’s great news! Wanting to make a blueberry tart to entertain some friends, I did a totally unscientific, small-sample comparison study. I bought one large pack of non-organic blueberries (18 oz) on sale at $4.99, and two packs of organic blueberries (6 oz) for $2.99 each.

So…

Compared by price: Non-organic 28 cents/oz. Organic 50 cents/oz.

Compared by appearance—Non-organic: large, uniform, gorgeous. Organic: miscellaneous sizes, some slightly puckered (perhaps from sitting unbought in the store at that price). Still gorgeous, with that beautiful mottled color and delicate blossom scar.

Compared by texture—Non-organic: firm berries, tender skins, mushy interior, fewer seeds. Organic: tougher skins, wonderfully juicy interior, significantly more seeds.

Compared by flavor—Non-organic: very little berry flavor, no significant tartness, very little sweetness. In a word: bland. Organic: strong berry flavor, yummy tartness, perfect sweetness. In two words: Oh, yeah.

Proceeding—I mixed the berries in the tart, hoping it wouldn’t be easy to tell the organic berries from the non-organic ones. No such luck. Organic berries are much tastier. This confirms what I’ve read elsewhere.

But they do cost nearly twice as much.

Salsa for FODMAPers, and party dip variation

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Salsa for FODMAPers, and party dip variation

Gluten-free, lactose-free, FODMAP friendly

Summer weather calls for the occasional spicy-hot treat. Here’s a tasty salsa without fresh onion or garlic. You’d probably call it “mild.” For “medium” or “hot,” have at it with the Tabasco. This salsa is made only with FODMAP friendly ingredients, but while a little spicy food might not set off your internal fireworks, too much can still be dangerous. Monitor your own tolerance!

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