Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Review: Gardein Meat-Free BBQ Pulled Pork Shreds

Let me start of this review by saying I was very excited to try this brand of fake meat! I had heard many good things about it and even Oprah jumped on the veggie bandwagon there for a second because this brand was allegedly delicious. Allegedly.

To put it quite simply, I was repulsed. I made a delicious (looking) pulled pork sandwich on a sesame bun with lettuce and onion. The first bite was a bit disappointing to put it mildly, but I decided to keep eating it anyway. Well, that lasted about 2 more bites before I couldn't stomach it anymore. It has no flavor whatsoever except for that "fakeness" flavor that is almost always present in fake meats. I usually ignore that flavor for the sake of the other flavors present, but unfortunately there IS no other flavor in this meat. I was hopeful that drowning it in salt would at least help because I'm a salt fiend but it only made the problem worse. Oh yeah, I almost forgot about the texture. It was slimy and soft. 'Nuff said.

Wow, Oprah. I will never trust your taste in food again.

Gluten-Free Soft Molasses Cookies

These are kind of like ginger snaps but a much softer/chewier version. I found that they are better if cooked longer so that they are crispy on the outside and chewy on the inside! And taste even better the next day. I found an inspiration recipe on and have tailored it to my liking and also to make it gluten-free.

Mmmm... tastes like fall!

7/8 cups butter
1 cup packed brown sugar
1 large egg
1/2 cup molasses
2 1/2 cups Bob's Red Mill Gluten-Free Flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1 teaspoon allspice
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg

1. Cream together butter, brown sugar, egg and molasses and mix well.
2. Fold in dry ingredients and stir.
3. Cover and chill till firm (1-2 hours).
4. Preheat oven to 350°.
5. Roll dough into small balls and roll in white sugar.
6. Place on lightly greased cookie sheet.
7. Bake at 350° for 9-11 minutes.
8. Leave on sheet one minute until set