This year my hometown, Calgary, is celebrating the Calgary Stampede’s 100th Year Anniversary. This means a wild 10 days of bronc-bustin’ fun! It all kicked off yesterday, since everyone always gets the morning off work to watch the Stampede Parade (yours truly was in it once.. live here long enough and you’d be riding on a horse or a float too!)
I have so many great childhood memories that started out with white cowboy hats with plastic whistles, grandstand shows, rides, and mini-donuts. In our 20’s we’d kick off work around noon (everyone does) every day and head to the Silver Slipper Saloon to two-step our way into a hang-over.. and trouble… and do it all again the next day.. for 10 days straight.
We’ve always been at the lake for most of the last 20 summers, but this year we’re home! Cowboys has reopened (famously visited by Prince Harry a few years back) and we spent a beautiful Friday night in the sun just outside the Cowboy’s tent visiting people we’ve known but hadn’t seen for.. well, about 20 years!
I’m looking forward to going down to the grounds this week to see the Indian Village, Draft Horses, 4-H livestock displays, and, of course, the rodeo… and the
(what is it about a cowboy hat that makes every man look.. well, irresistable!)
Cowgirls around here wear boots, a fun dress, jean jacket or jeans.. it’s a casual version of Western Wear and not such a “costume”.. in fact I’ll be wearing these Old Gringo’s year-round with sundresses, I reckon…
Once you stomp your way down to the grounds, you’ll find out that most everything is just “deep-fried”.. some foods to try: deep-fried pickles, deep-fried wagon wheels, red velvet funnel cakes, cotton candy cupcakes, pulled-pork poutine..
But, I want to fit into my jeans.. so I decided it’s time to jump on the “Gluten-Free” bandwagon, er, chuckwagon and am bringing you one of the best cookies I’ve made in a long time. Bring along a few of these and I can resist those deep-fried pickles!
Blanched almond flour was found in the refrigerated section of our Blush Lane specialty organic supermarket. They also sell a “butter” substitute called Earth Balance and the absence of eggs in these cookies makes these Cowgirl Cookies Vegan as well. The maple syrup adds a nice touch of Cowgirl Flapjack sweetness (that recipe to come soon).. and with only 7 ingredients these are a cinch to bake! The resulting cookies are soft with a light peanuty texture, without the rich, sugary and dense bite of a traditional peanut butter cookie. For all you Cowboys out there (have I mentioned how totally awesome I think Cowboys are?) I’ll be bringing you a dangerous Jack Daniel’s fudge recipe soon…
- 1 cup almond flour (blanched)
- 1/2 tsp coarse salt
- 1/4 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 cup chunky organic peanut butter
- 1/4 cup maple syrup, organic
- 2 tbsp earth balance, softened at room temperature
- 1 tsp vanilla
- Preheat oven to 350° F.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, salt and baking soda.
- Fit your mixer with a paddle and blend the peanut butter, maple syrup, earth balance and vanilla until well blended.
- Set the mixer on low and gradually blend in the dry ingredients.
- Scoop by spoonful onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or silpat. Press gently with a fork.
- Bake for about 10-12 minutes, just until the edges are browned.
- Makes a baker’s dozen.