Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Cream 1/2 cup (1 stick) Earth Balance Vegan Buttery Stick brought to room temperature with 1/2 cup Agave nectar until butter is (mostly) smooth.
Add 2 eggs, beaten.
Add 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, 1 teaspoon baking powder, and 1/2 teaspoon salt.
Add 1 cup gluten-free rolled oats.
Blend in 1 cup gluten-free flour and 1/3 cup potato starch (unless there is potato starch in your blend, then just use the gluten-free flour blend).
Add 1 cup chopped walnuts.
Add more flour if the dough is too moist (unlikely).
Place 1 Tblspn of dough for each cookie, flatten slightly, on a greased cookie sheet. Bake for 10 -12 minutes until slightly brown.
Last year, in an effort to do more of what I rarely do, socialize, I combined two things I love — my friends and great food — into Second Friday Evening Dinners. Each month, fifteen of us (less those who can’t make it) bring food or drink to share based on a theme. Sometimes, we decorate. While sending out invites for the next two (we’ve started planning ahead!) it occurred to me that others might enjoy creating their own FED2. Although coming up with the theme is half the fun, here are the ideas we’ve had so far:
- New England cookout: outdoors, flowers on the table, candles for after the sun went down, lemonade in mason jars.
- Hookah, henna, and tapas: hookah, henna painting, and unique dishes passed as many courses.
- Mancave: ate out because the host (man) didn’t feel like cooking.
- Gratitude: food based on the menu at Cafe Gratitude, a gratitude jar holding scraps of paper naming things we are grateful for (read aloud at the end).
- Grilled meat and evil: delicious grilled meats and mushrooms, side dishes, Cards Against Humanity.
- Crepes and Jacques Brel: crepes (gluten free, regular, collard greens for vegans) with fillings, dessert crepes with chocolate sauce, French music and a scarf.
Coming up, there is:
- SMB2: Sunday brunch: brunch food, mimosas, jazz.
- Everybody’s birthday: white elephant gifts (this is a very creative group), favorite foods, party hats, birthday cake.
I’d love to hear more ideas for upcoming Fridays!
* Thanks to Leah Mason for the lovely picture
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“A writer takes earnest measures to secure his solitude and then finds endless ways to squander it.” ― Don DeLillo
As everyone (who knows me) already knows, I recently resigned my position at Four Kitchens and took a month off. During my “sabbatical”, I went on a road trip through the Southwest, soaked in a hot springs, hiked in Sedona, rehabilitated my daily habits at the Lake Austin Spa, and spent a glorious week in the Bay Area attending BADCamp.
All good things …
People asked me, “What’s next?” When I made this decision, I didn’t know what was next. (Leap of faith!) I’d planned to do all the job searchy things a person is supposed to do — after I got through the transition and had some time to rest. But this is web development, this is Drupal web development, and recession or no recession, there are more jobs than people to fill them. I was solicited early and often enough to not worry (too much) about rewriting my resume. Also, I wanted to give everything I had to Four Kitchens before I left, they remain a valuable part of my professional and personal life.
Then came a fateful brunch.
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