Friday, November 6, 2009

off season fridays

the thing about living in a town that has an incredible summer festival season and a ski season that averages 300+ inches is that when "off season" hits I am so ready for it. I love the quiet days and Fridays spend at home watching bad tv and occasionally a good video like this:

Yup, it's hard work living in a town like Telluride and it makes me appreciate a good quiet Friday night at home.

Tonight I made a quick version of the puppy chow from chex mix. Tonight I mixed up the puppy chow and used some Rice Chex and some EnviroKidz Leaping Lemurs which are peanut butter and chocolate balls. I did like the cereal but found them a bit hard. Yes, I like kids cereal more then grownup cereal- I've always had a sweet tooth.

This came from the Chex Box... more can be found here
In mirowaveable mixing bowl combine 1 cup chocolate bits or chips, 1/2 cup peanut butter, 1/4 cup butter and mirowave on high for 1 minute. Stir. Microwave for 30 more seconds and add 1 teaspoon vanilla and stir quickly until smooth.

Add in 8 cups of your favorite gluten free cereal and fold into the mix.

In large bowl place a cuo of powdered sugar  then add part of the chocolate covered cereal. Coat well and add more powdered sugar as needed.
Spread onto wax paper to dry. Add in M&M's for some color and added sugar rush. Enjoy along with some cheesy tv on a quiet night at home.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

whoopie! (pies) and a contest....

I needed a little Maine flavor today and made a small batch of my gluten free whoopie pies. I converted the recipe back in February and have kept it mostly the same but am now going for the dairy free version.
It's also pretty cold and wintery here in Telluride and was a great day for a slow cooker meal from Make It Fast Cook It Slow and we're almost ready to have a late dinner before Dave heads off to make snow tonight.
I've always made my whoopie pies with butter and this version came out more dough like and made neat looking patties before the went in the oven.

They baked up well and had good volume.

I'm looking for a good frosting so for now I cheat and use a can.... which is GF but not DF so I can't eat many of these as the dairy tends to bother me.

I'm lucky to have some great baking stones that work well for my whoopie pies... if you're needed some new bakeware then you should pop over to Gluten Hates Me and see the giveaway.  She's partnered up with CSN (who carries everything from this Rachel Ray Bakeware set to this dog bed that Chaos would love and things I heart like this) Just pop over and check out the giveaway. Marlow is another gluten free blogger and has some great recipes posted.