Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Cookie delight

Today I ate a cookie.

No, not one of those pieces of cardboard that masquerades as a cookie. A REAL cookie. My aunt, who is one of my favorite people, joined us for Easter dinner. This is not a common occurrence. She prefers to stay at home with her family instead of doing a big extended family deal. Well, this year she decided to join us. The day before she called me.

"I'm at the bakery, what do you want?"
Um, the bakery? But I can't eat baked goods.
"No, no. I am at Rose's Bakery in Evanston."

What is Rose's, you ask? Why it is the new wheat-free, gluten free bakery located just north of Chicago. I have never been there, but have heard wonderful things. It turns out that the raves are well earned. She showed up with a LARGE bag full of gluten free treats. I was able to eat a cheddar herb dinner roll with my ham. I indulged in an almond biscotti (with a hint of cayenne) with my cup of chai. Today I ate cookies. A sugar cookie for lunch. A double chocolate chip cookie after school. (I let one of my favorite students taste it and she thought it was amazing. She is a 7th grader with a discerning palate.) This evening I had my first oatmeal cookie in over two years. Oatmeal Chocolate Chip with Craisins and Walnuts. Oh. Holy. God. Amazing!

Check out their website. Soon you will be able to order from them online. If any of you live in the area, they also have a cafe. Check out the menu on their site. I absolutely have to go there soon. Pizza! Sandwiches! Artichoke dip!!!

And people said there are no good places to eat out gluten free!!!


David said...

Oh, I got hungry. And I usually don't like cookies. Since I'm close to Evanston, I think I'll have to try.

But... take it easy, don't get fat, SUMMER IS COMING!


Lynn Barry said...

Just wanted to let you know in a menopausal moment I dumped my free to eat blog BUT I am back at another blog and am just starting over...HUGS PS the cookies sound yummy

Nutty Meatfruit said...

Yum! Lucky Diva :)

Nutty Meatfruit said...

Hey, I've nominated you for this meme ... would you please?

Abby O. said...

Oh my gosh love the site and just wanted to say you remind me of my homeroom teacher.Her name is also Shannon and she also has celiac disease.I totally thought she was you for a second then I saw that you are a music teacher,but I still think that's pretty funny.Well I better stop now before I write a 5 page paragraph.HAHAhaha!Bye!

celticjig said...

Gluten Free Bakery in Evanston! I am so there my next trip to Chicago! Does the L go that far? Thanks for the tip!
Ginger in Michigan

Anonymous said...

Hi, This is Rose. I am delighted that you enjoyed our cookies and bread. Please come for lunch, dinner or brunch. Thanks for your comments.

cateepoo said...

I just found your blog and love it! I am on a gluten free diet trying to fight rheumatoid arthritis. I had no idea there was a gluten free bakery in Evanston. We will definitely check it out. Have you tried DaLuciano's? It has a full gluten free menu - lots of dairy though. I look forward to reading more.

Shannon said...

cateepoo- I ADORE DaLucianos! The school I teach at is a little bit north of the restaurant. The teachers finally agreed to order lunch from them last month. Yay! Luckily, I have no problem with dairy. God, their food is amazing.

cateepoo said...

Shannon, my husband took me there for my birthday and I embarrassed him but getting tears when I saw the full menu. It is a little bit of a drive for us so we don't make it often, but it is the ultimate treat and I am willing to suffer the effects of the dairy to eat there.