Product and Recipe Review: Cookies, a hit and a miss

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First, a hit.

Several of my friends keep watch for FODMAP friendly products. At a recent farmer’s market in Boise, Idaho, Bill spotted a flour blend that set off his “Kathy might be able to eat this” alarm. He phoned, read me the ingredient list, and sure enough! I could actually use it. He graciously bought me a bag.

“Marjorie June’s Legacy Kitchen Gluten Free All-Purpose Flour Blend” contains whole grain ivory teff, whole grain sweet white sorghum, sweet white rice (a.k.a. sticky rice), and tapioca flour. It has a pleasing, pale brown color and floury texture. A ¼-cup serving contains 3 grams protein and 119 calories, and according to the label, it can be substituted for other flours by weight. I look forward to testing it in my old recipes.

Because tonight I baked the “Crocodile Chocolate Chip Cookies” recipe on the back of the bag. Slightly spicy and packed with chips and walnuts, they were delicious. Only a barely discernible gritty mouth feel hinted that these are gluten-free.

Unfortunately, Marjorie June only sells her products in stores and at special events—in Idaho. Maybe, if several of us left a plea on her website (www.marjoriejunes.com) and promised to support her by ordering the products, she might start selling them online. Other products advertised but not sold on the website: blueberry catsup (not FODMAP friendly, unfortunately) and the excellent Crocodile Chocolate Chip Cookies, pre-packaged. Thank you, Marjorie June. And thank you, Bill.

 

… and a miss. My local food co-op recently posted “Homemade Cookies with Fewer Ingredients” on their Facebook page, and this week I baked their gluten/dairy free “5 Ingredient Cookies.” The idea is excellent. When there are fewer ingredients, folks with food sensitivities are likelier to be able to enjoy them.

But the best flavor in these cookies came from the “optional” chocolate chips; the cookies themselves were bland; the peanut butter-oatmeal dough was so stiff that I had to take it off the mixer and finish blending it with a wooden spoon… and, I get to replace the bent beaters on my upright mixer!

So you won’t be seeing that recipe on CCF. I froze the evidence—and cookie by cookie, I’ll finish them off. I shouldn’t, but I will. And I bet the Crocodile Chocolate Chip cookies will vanish first. If you ever pass through Boise when there’s a farmer’s market, look for Marjorie June.

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