Let's start with the good news.
I made a pan of GF brownies WITH GF chocolate chip cookies (baked on top of the brownies) and they were GREAT!
Here's the scoop:
I went to the store and bought a box of Betty Crocker brownie mix and Betty Crocker choc chip cookie mix.
I like the way they taste, they're easy to make, don't require many additional ingredients and they were on sale!
Directions for brownies
Directions for cookies
I prepared the brownies and put the batter into an 8" x 11" glass pan (spray the pan or they will stick), then prepared the choc chip cookie batter. I placed the cookie batter (after shaping the batter into cookies) ON TOP of the brownie mix (before putting anything in the oven).
Then I put the entire concoction in the oven for about 25 minutes (keep on eye on them!)
Here is what the finished product looked like.
Since I couldn't wait - I have no willpower- I started eating them right out of the oven: FANTASTIC!
They're even better with ice cream, hot fudge, nuts and whipped cream!
I was going to frost them with GF cream cheese frosting, too, but Susan insisted that was "crazy!" Next time.
Here's some BAD NEWS!
I went to the Heidelberg Restaurant (9th Street, downtown Columbia) to enjoy the GF chicken wings and GF french fries.
Except: THEY WERE NOT GLUTEN FREE!
At least, they weren't gluten free on this particular day!
It seems the folks at the Heidelberg sometimes fry the GF menu items in the same oil in which flour-battered products are fried.
Here's the disclaimer on their GF menu:
NOTE: look for the poorly presented (since it ends in mid-sentence!) disclaimer on the back side of the menu. See the little *?
That same * appears next to some of the items on the menu (see the tiny * on the menu below, next to the word WINGS..
I did NOT see the * until AFTER I'd ordered. I DID ask the waitperson, prior to ordering, if the wings and fries were GF (yes, I was told, they are GF) and then, as I was taking photos of the GF menu for this blog, I noticed the *.
When the waitperson returned I asked if they were cooked in a dedicated oil. She went to the kitchen to check and came back with the sad news: TODAY THEY WERE BEING COOKED IN THE SAME OIL IN WHICH BATTER-FRIED PRODUCTS WERE BEING PREPARED!
If you go to the Heidelberg (I won't be going back) for the GF products, BEWARE! You MUST ask, before you order, if the GF items are truly gluten free or if they've been cross-contaminated.
I've had the wings at the Heidelberg and they were GREAT (I was told, that time, they HAD BEEN prepared in a dedicated oil).
Here's a look at the wings (one or two are missing; Susan is not GF and went ahead and ate while I watched (agony!).