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Great Big GF BBQ — I’ll Bring Wine (and Dessert)

When Frannycakes invited me to join in the Great Big Gluten-Free Barbecue, I jumped at the chance.  I love get togethers (virtual or in person), and I love food.  My first thought was great, I’ll do like I do in real life and grab a couple of bottles of white wine (preferable a Pinot Grigio or Sauvignon Blanc), maybe a bag of chips and call it good.

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Then I read it was a recipe event.  Well.  Darn.  If you have been reading this blog then you know that I am not much of a chef.  Guess that means more wine for me since I had already run out and bought some.

My family was never one to barbecue, but we did campfires A LOT.  But when I was thinking on something I could do for this I thought back to my happy place, Walt Disney World.  On those really hot days of summer, I loved that the option was always there for me to swing by the Main Street Bakery or Sleepy Hollow in Liberty Square and get 2 hot chocolate chip cookies with a slab of ice cream in between.

I have yet to master an easy GF chocolate chip cookie.  So this is to my take on a Gluten-Free Peanut Butter Cookie recipe that has been around forever.  My mom found it when my Grandma was diagnosed in 1999-2000-ish (she was 76!) and they quickly became a family favorite.  I have no clue who made it originally, I am not trying to step on any toes, I just want to share my favorite treat — with a bit of a “Mel” twist to it.

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Mel’s Tribute to the WDW Main Street Bakery:   GF Peanut Butter Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches

  • 1 regular size jar of Peanut Butter (or your fave PB substitute)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 1 bag of your favorite GF chocolate chips
  • 1 container of your favorite vanilla ice cream

Preheat oven to 350.

Combine the peanut butter, egg and sugar.  Once they are mixed together, add in as many of the chocolate chips as you want.  Use a teaspoon to scoop and roll into balls, then place on a cookie sheet lined with aluminum foil.

Flatten the balls (oh, my mind just went there.  Sorry guys) with a fork.  Sprinkle the top of the cookies with sugar.

Bake 13-18 minutes and remove to a wire rack to cool

Open ice cream.  Grab a tablespoon and 2 cookies.  Scoop the ice cream and place on one cookie then place the other on top.  AMAZING if the cookies are still a little warm, still good if they have cooled off.

These make about 2 dozen cookies, so if you are going where there is a crowd you might want to double the recipe.

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I made these for a non-GF party last year and they were the first desert gone!  It’s always good for the ego when the Gluten Free treats are devoured and other snacks take longer to vanish.

If you want more recipes, visit the brains behind this virtual BBQ, the fabulously talented Frannycakes, and see what others are bringing to pass:  http://wp.me/p1HfLM-Uz 

Enjoy and if you want to find me, I’ll be by the wine.

Why Is the UC GF only during Bulls/Blackhawks?

Last month I attended the P!nk concert at the United Center after forgetting to eat all day. I figured it would be no big deal, since they have a Gluten Free “stand” (ok, actually it is a table) on the main concourse. Except it was closed. Because I am, well, me, I sent a couple of tweets calling out Levy Restaurants and the United Center, plus I sent a couple of emails to Levy Restaurants. Eventually I received a response from Milan Stojakovic, the Director of Operations at Levy Restaurants. Sadly, I don’t know if he is the DoO for the UC, or all their venues, but he did answer all my questions regarding Gluten Free food and beverage options at the UC.

First off, I mentioned that with the addition of floor seating, even with sections blocked off it looked like concerts had a higher capacity then sporting events.  Milan admitted that the capacity for a concert was around 22,000 people versus 10-15,000 for sporting events.  Other special events like the circus/ice show are closer to sporting event numbers.  However, more people does not equal more concession revenue.  Ok, I admit that I can see that.  Isn’t the point of going to a concert to watch the idiots around you get hammered??  No?  Guess that is just one of the perks I enjoy….  =)

Apparently, you can ask the staff during concerts where the GF options are, but when I was there all the staff seemed kind of clueless.  And I wasn’t going to ask a security guard where the GF food was, ya know?  They have enough drunken eedjits to deal with.  So here is the skinny, since the main concourse stand is closed during non-sporting events and the website is shit.  Each stand is supposed to have GF options available, but they are not clearly marked and the staff is not well-trained.  That being said, Milan told me that sections 316 and 333 always have GF options available.

Here is my biggest beef — the website is no help and if you are in the arena you have no way of knowing if you can eat/buy a beer.  You could ring Levy Catering in advance at  (312) 455-7412 to find and arrange accommodation.  I also left the suggestion that the UC/Levy put a sign on the cart saying:  “This location is currently closed.  Gluten Free offerings are available in Sections 316 and 333.”  Then no security guards would be distracted from their girl watching/guessing who is going to be the drunkest.  And us GF’ers can enjoy a beer and a hot dog at a concert/circus/ice show/monster truck rally/whatever.

Cheers!