Thursday, November 19, 2009

Perfect Pastry Flour!

I am pleased to report that un-enriched whole wheat pastry flour is a lovely potato free choice for those of us (which will now include YOU, dear cookie eater) who are not eating potato. Moreover, the lovely people at Bob's Red Mill make an organic un-enriched white flour.

Shortbread, Chocolate Chip Cookies, Chocolate Cake.... all come out with the right taste and texture... you wouldn't even know I had changed flours, if I hadn't rambled on about it in previous missives.

Good news! And just in time for the holidays.

Lisa

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Dastardly Potatoes!


Ladies and Gentleman, I have discovered that I have an intolerance for potato.

What does that have to do with delicious cookies, you may ask? Well, dear reader, it turns out that flour, even my lovely organic unbleached white flour, is enriched with niacin, thiamin, and riboflavin, and these B vitamins are all derived from potato. Who knew?!

Moving on to the delicious rbst-free butter local I've been using, we discover that it has "natural flavoring," which is derived from.... you guessed it... potato.

Many a person has said to me, why don't you just make the cookies without eating them? These people, I suspect, do not know the siren song of a cookie fresh out of the oven, or the coy call of that little bit of dough that didn't make it into the cut cookie. It just also feels weird, on some deep level, to sell something to you that I myself can't enjoy. One of my principles has always been to only make cookies that I like, and so I think adding "and don't poison me" to that principle seems pretty straightforward.

To answer your next question, I'm not really interested in a non-wheat gluten free mix because most mixes contain a lot of potato, are very expensive to blend, and just don't have the texture that I want. And so I begin a search for a wheat flour that is un-enriched (many whole wheat flours are) but also still appropriate for cookies (most whole wheat flours are not).

Today, the boys at Seven Corners Cycle generously volunteered for tasting duty, and so I will be bringing them chocolate chip cookies with four different kinds of flour mixes. They are brave brave boys, doing their part for Portland cookie lovers (as an aside, they also don't mock a girl for wanting tire liners for her road bike... lets hope this stops the endless flats).

I'm not sure how this will all turn out, but it is certainly an eye opening experience. Stay tuned, dear reader. I hope to be returning with a story of the perfect flour soon!

In potato-free sweetness,

Lisa

Friday, September 4, 2009

The Works at Washington High School

Wow. Just enjoyed my first night at the Works, the after-hours venue for the TBA festival (www.pica.org). There were ALOT of people there... and luckily for me, many of them were hungry. It was kind of like a big reunion... meeting up with folks who haven't had Katherine Hepburn's brownie since last year... poor things.

Do come to Washington High School for the Works (10pm - late) sometime... or many times... between September 4 and the 13th. If you've ever wondered what it looks like in there, now is your chance. Wander around and check out scary old school books, tell your story on wide-ruled paper, find the record player with Harry Belafonte and Ray Charles records at the ready, wander the beer garden and enjoy the beautiful lights, and go to the auditorium for the fabulous performances. And yes, of course, buy a cookie or two from your favorite cookie lady. As you see by the photo, I've been slaving over a hot stove just for you.

Saturday, June 20, 2009

ahhh.... love



Omigod...

We did our first wedding and it was todes awesome. For realsies. Lulu's assembled 115 boxes of love as favors for the tables. Here's a picture of the box before closing... what you can't quite see is there is a Dark & Stormy hidden beneath... a little four pack of yum.












Then, the finished product....



Maybe it's just my own motherly love about my cookies, but I think these boxes are quite, err... sweet. Kudos to the bride for actually typing the little tags on a real typewriter .

Look for Lulu at your favorite summer show.... We like the type with music and performers and some crazy dancing.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Lulu in Wonderland

Hi kids,

For the next two weekends, I'll be "Cookie Girl-ing" it at:
http://www.bossanovaballroom.com/

The Wonderland Circus! Alice in Wonderland and all her friends in breathtaking displays of grace and wit and wonder. Music by Trashcan Joe and Shoehorn. Fun for everyone.... and... of course... cookies!

Do come and enjoy.

Monday, April 13, 2009

Come to Eat Mobile 2009!

Cookie lovers one and all,

Here's a place where you can eat dessert, then dinner, then dessert again, and all for the benefit of Mercy Corps (and your tummy):

http://wweek.com/editorial/2009/04/01/eat-mobile-2009/

Hope to see you there. We'll be burning the stoves at both ends to get all the cookies made!

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Spring!

Hello cookie fanatics,

I am never in touch here, and I'm sorry. I really have no excuse, except that I exist so much in the real world, I tend to forget about this virtual world.

Here are a few highlights of the past few months....
* It was super selling cookies at the TBA Festival's after-hours locale. For 2 weeks, I was a cookie girl, much like a cigarette girl, only with wares that are way more tasty and way less deadly. It was a fabulous success, and ridiculous amounts of fun. A certain Portland art-scene luminary became addicted to the Ginger Cardamom bars, another to Katharine Hepburn's brownie recipe. I was also written up in the Oregonian as part of their celebration of Oregon's 100th birthday. Ooh la la!

* We have our first wedding scheduled! Hurrah. Lulu's will be providing 150 little gift boxes for the place settings. Isn't that a lovely and clever idea? (No, I won't tell you whose wedding. If you are not invited on your own, you can't come just to score some Lulu's.)

* Other special events and activities have included a monthly Supper Club, the Clowns Without Borders fundraiser, a Theory 1: Dance event, a celebration of walking/biking to school at a elementary school, birthday parties, fundraisers, and auctions.

Looking ahead....
* I have dropped my weekly business "drop-ins" in favor of a focus on special events, meetings, and working with restaurants/caterers described above. That means a decreased use of my tricycle (gasp!) and an increased use of my high heels and fish nets (the cigarette girl). Since I really enjoy dress up, and interesting performances, I see this as a good thing.

* In terms of the recipes, I've begun to focus more seriously on bar cookies and shortbread. Mainly because they are so darn pretty (or handsome if you are a guy who is afraid of pretty). I'll still make my homey chocolate chips and oatmeal raisins and such, never fear. But, left to my own devices, you will see more and more shapely cookies.

So, if you have a special event coming up, and need some tasty treats delivered in a clever fashion, please give me a call or email. Thank you for the support.