Monday, May 7, 2012

Changes and Cinco De Mayo!

It has been forever since I have written on this blog. And I am making some changes!!!  I am going to be blogging daily- m-f.  I am going to make a pattern- to this stay tuned to see what they will be about!!

This Sat was Cinco De Mayo- also known as in our family as Nani's birthday (what my kids call my Mother in Law).  Daddy had all the kids call Nani- who is off having fun in New York City!!!  So we stayed here and had a little Mexican themed fun.  We had a nice time with our lovely neighbor and her daughter who came over and we had a Mexican-style meal.  So for those of you who don't know, we have gone plant based.  I won't say vegan, because we occasionally eat cheese or local eggs (rarely) so our meal was sans animals.  There was some yummy beans (homemade local pinto beans ) and rice and calabacitas AKA summer squash -Sorry no pics  :(  - the camera was MIA during that time.  I wanted a margarita- but didn't want to share, so the margarita mix stayed put.  It was ridiculously filling.  But there is always room for cookies!!!!!

The one thing that did stand out from the new discovery.  I had a last minute craving for cookies.  Chocolate chip cookies!! These are gluten free since my body hates gluten....darn celiac. But these cookies make you forget Celiac!!! They were SOOO Good!!! Best part is that they are the dough is NOT off limits!

Mexican Chocolate Chip Cookies- vegan/gluten free
2 tbs cinnamon
1 1/2 cup brown rice flour
1/2 cup tapioca starch
1/2 cup potato starch
1 tsp xanthum gum
3/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup vegan brown sugar
1/2 cup turbinado sugar
1/4 cup vegan shortening
1/4 cup margarine
2 tbs flax
3/4 c water
3/4 c chocolate chips

Preheat the oven to 365
melt shortening and margarine in the microwave.  Add sugar and cinnamon and mix. In a separate cup put flax and 2 tbs of water together, wait a minute for it to gel.  Add to the sugar/margarine mix.  Add in the salt, starch, flour, xanthum gum, and baking soda and mix.  add in the rest of the water and stir.  Finally stir in the chocolate chips then cool in fridge.

  Then spoon the cookies onto a pan with parchment paper or that has been greased.  Bake for 10 -12 min each and then let cool for 3 minutes each pan and remove to a separate plate. 

And enjoy!!!!!!!!!!!

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