Just the best freakin' cookies there could be. Chocolate Craisin Oatmeal goodness, these are.
The recipe is a modified Southern Living one from the current February 2010 issue, with dried cranberries substituted for chopped pecans. The oatmeal and cranberries make them somewhat healthy and I used dark chocolate chunks, so antioxidants are all up in these cookies. I don't see how they can possibly be not absolutely awesome.
Yay! This completely makes up for the disastrous Chai Egg Nog Cookies I made for Christmas Cookie Exchange 2009. I don't have a particularly successful record with baked goods, so this gives me hope. And too many reasons to find an excuse to have a milk and cookie moment.
What's that? I need and deserve another cookie? Well, if you insist.
On an unrelated note, some friends and I dined at one of the newest East Nashville spots, The Wild Cow, on Friday night.
A vegetarian restaurant with a vegan lean, the place didn't really help this new veggie girl out. Their menu is very sandwich and salad based, which is not very innovative.
I had the "Philly Cheese Steak" Sandwich and a side salad. The cheese sauce was pretty bland and the chopped seitan or "steak" was not very flavorful. I tasted the mac and cheese which I am pretty sure was made with nutritional/brewer's yeast in lieu of dairy products. It was...yeasty. Very chalky and a strong earthy taste that I just couldn't take to.
As a friend pointed out, we all can make a portobello mushroom sandwich at home. Give us a reason to bow down to all things veggie friendly and help us learn something new about making vegetarian/vegan food interesting and exciting.
On the positive side, we now have a new theme song: Like a Vegan, a la Madonna's Like a Virgin.
"I ate meat/Felt incomplete
It felt bad/ So I tried Tofu/
And it made me feel/
Yeah it made me feel/
Gassy in the Loo/
Like a Vegan..."
Not too bad, huh?