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Fourth of July dessert: Gluten-free Chocolate Chunk cookies fuel for the fireworks

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Folks looking for gluten free dessert options that appeal to everybody this 4th of July should look no further than this recipe compliments of the Exotic Car Examiner Kae Davis. Featuring the one of the best chocolate chip recipes we’ve eaten in a long time, it comes as a surprise that these cookie treats are absolutely friendly to all tummies and taste buds equally — and can be eaten by those with Celiac disease related stomach sensitivities or wheat allergies.

Kae Davis is the Exotic Car Examiner shown here with her favorite red Maserati Quattorporte

Kae Davis is the Exotic Car Examiner shown here with her favorite red Maserati Quattorporte

Gluten Free Cookies Fuel the Exotic Car Examiner

Hello, Baltimore Washington DC Metro and Dulles Technology corridor  chefs and cooks! My name is Kae Davis, and I am the National “Exotic Car Examiner“. Dear friend Dara Bunjon, my favorite food writer here in the Mid-Atlantic region (a.k.a. the Baltimore Dining Examiner) and I got to talking the other day about the holiday ans what kind of goodies we’d be serving to friends and family at various picnics and potluck barbecues we’ll be attending. When she asked me what kind of treats and items I like to make and eat for Summertime fun or special events like the 4th of July weekend, the first thing I though of was my favorite cookie recipe.

Chocolate chip cookies have been a favorite food of mine since I was a little girl, and when delicious they never have ceased to put a smile on my face every time I eat them. Having found out this past few years that we have food sensitivities in our family that create problems for allergy sufferers, we’ve be put into the challenging cooking situation of learning to prepare as many recipes as we can that at “Gluten Free”.

Obviously, when you realize that you are supposed to avoid cooking with or eating anything that you would normally prepare with white flour, the immediate reaction is one of mourning. I thought my cookie fetish was going to suffer terribly — and I would lose my most portable car-friendly treat that I can take with me for snacking to any road rally and my most comforting “late night with an ice cold glass of milk at home for dipping (not drinking and driving)” treat.

That’s when the clever culinary skills of my son Drew and his avid foodie researching, what he calls “scientific investigation”, came into play. Searching out all of the gluten free pre-made products in stores proved expensive and frustrating, as so many cookie products tasted, for lack of a better or more expressive word, sandy.  That is, until we finally found a product we could work with and doctor up a bit in the kitchen witch process; by adding and subtracting, we finally came up with these delicious treats — well, more he than me. My job in the process is sidewalk supervisor and sampling bites of things exponentially when good or making faces and saying, “That’s not me” when, again, for lack of a better food critic word, icky.

Bottom line, when someone asks me what fuels my writing about exotic cars and all the pop culture in the auto news industry, my typical response is, “Cookies”. As such, I hope you’l enjoy preparing these to take with you in the car to any fireworks show and eating them lovingly with friends and family at any dining gathering. Don’t forget, when it’s late at night to sneak into the kitchen, pour yourself that little glass of icy milk (or soymilk), and have one for me. I recommend you eat them while reading auto news articles from my column the Exotic Car Examiner, which you can find easily by visiting http://www.autopopnews.com.

If you are looking to prepare a delicious home baked cookie recipe for friends and family over the 4th of July holiday weekend, here’s the list of ingredients and the recipe you’ll need to be “Gluten Free” while celebrating Independence day with red, white, and blue cookies.

INGREDIENTS to prepare 18-20 small chocolate chip cookies

1 — 13.6 oz bag of Pamela’s Products all-natural wheat-free and gluten-free “Chocolate Chunk Cookie Mix”

8 tbsp butter, margarine, or baking substitute

1 large egg or prepare egg replacer equivalent

1-2 tsp all natural vanilla bean extract

1 tsp rum or rum extract (for flavoring)

OPTIONAL (favorite addition) — 1/2 cup pecans (walnuts are okay to substitute but not quite as good)

OPTIONAL HOLIDAY DESSERT DECORATION — red, white, and blue M&M candies found at holiday party and decoration locations like Party City or crafts stores with baking and cake decoration sections OR dried cranberries and blueberries assortment with white coconut flake

Easy Hand-Mixing Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Melt butter mixture and let cool.
  3. Add Pamela’s Mix and egg and mix well with butter solution, followed by extracts of vanilla and rum.
  4. Dough will appear dark and slightly crumble — don’t worry… this is A+!
  5. Press together TBSP size scoops or dollops of cookie batter and place on GREASED cookie tin or baking sheet.
  6. Take a spoon slightly flatten cookie into rough intended shape; if decorating for a holiday dessert option, slightly make a rounded indention into the raw cookie top with the bottom of the spoon to create a nest.
  7. Fill dent with embed of hard shell chocolate candies or dried fruit option; if using coconut as decoration, use fork tines to gently secure flakes into the batter. Play with color or use red white and blue to decorate each cookie like you would a Christmas cookie; match or vary your decorations at your discretion.
  8. Bake for 16 – 18 minutes, checking often until you are comfortable withe the recipe. Golden to light golden brown is a good rule of thumb.
  9. Bake longer for firmer cookies, less for soft or chewey varieties.
  10. Cool cookies THOROUGHLY. If served too warm they will fall apart before they even get to the milk. Cookies “set” during cooling process. [If you are a dunker, you’ll thank me.]
Best gluten free chocolate chip cookie recipe uses baking mix from Pamela's products says Exotic Car Examiner

Best gluten free chocolate chip cookie recipe uses baking mix from Pamela's products says Exotic Car Examiner

As the year goes on, you can enjoy these gluten free treats during any season. Add oatmeal and raisins for a chocolate chip oatmeal raisin treat. Add chopped dates and extra pecans for a more savory cookie. Add cocoa powder and white chocolate chunks for a black and white “racing flag” cookie variety. Use icing, colored sugar, and rainbow sprinkles to let kids decorate the cookie for a birthday party activity. If you are hosting a party with an Italian car theme, change the candy decoration colors to red, white, and green! Make cookies a bit larger and make an ice cream sandwich using your favorite home-made or gourmet ice cream.

At the Finish Line

One final word of advice from a car girl: if you are planning to cook for a group or have a big family, you might want to plan to prepare a second of third batch separately. These cookies tend to go faster off the plate at any holiday gathering or out of the cookie jar in your home kitchen than the Ferrari F1 racing team — and they are great to dunk in all types of milk (skim, 1%, 2%, whole, soy) or coffee as an after dinner treat.

For more information about Pamela’s Products, visit http://www.pamelasproducts.com.

Baltimore area residents can find Pamela’s Products for sale at many Weis grocery stores. Check your local area stores in DC and Northern Virginia; if you can’t find the product line, order online. Harris Teeter in Brambleton Town Center is always open to ordering products on request, as well. Simply make your request to the grocery store manager.

To read more articles from the Dining Dish star writer Dara Bunjon, click HERE.

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Loudoun County Fireworks Shows and Date listed by Community: 4th of July

Friday, June 26, 2009

2009 Fireworks Displays in Loudoun County for Fourth of July Independence Day celebrations — General Listings about where to go and how to plan your festivities. Things to do for Dulles Technology Corridor residents.

Listed here by community area… fun activity for children and parents — a patriotic thing to do to celebrate the holiday with friends is to plan a meet-up with family and friends to watch the fireworks together as an annual event. Fireworks displays make a wonderful low cost date night alternative, too!

EARLY DATE!!! Tuesday, June 28th

  • Brambleton Fireworks Display – 9:30pm (rain date June 29)
  • Dulles Town Center – 9:30pm (rain date June 29)

Friday, July 3rd

  • South Riding Display at SR Golf Club- 9:30 (rain date July 5)
  • Waterford – 9pm (rain date July 5)
  • Lansdowne Resort- 9:25pm (NO rain date) ** There will be a concert beginning at 7:30pm.  Fireworks will follow.
  • Eastern Loudoun Independence Day Celebration – 9:15pm (event is hosted at Sterling Golf Club)
  • Lovettesville Community Center -9:15pm (Parade will begin at 5:30 at the community center.  DC3 will provide entertainment at 7pm)

Saturday, July 4

  • Franklin Park – 9:30pm (rain date July 5)
  • Ashburn Village – 9:30pm  (rain date July 5)
  • Middleburg Community Center – dark (rain date July 5)
  • Hillsboro Community Center – dark (rain date July 6)
  • Claude Moore Park (old fashioned 4th of July) – Events held all day from 10:30am – 3pm (donations suggested)
  • Ida Lee Festivities – 9:30pm (rain date July 5) – Parade begins at 10am.  Gates open at 6pm for live entertainment before the fireworks display.

For more information about fireworks displays in Loudoun County for 2009, please visit https://brambletonbuzz.wordpress.com/2009/07/02/4th-of-july-weekend-in-loudoun-county-fireworks-schedule-and-more-from-the-loudoun-county-parks-and-recreation-service/.

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Brambleton’s Northern Virginia Orthodontics Spotlighted in Washington Post “LoudounExtra.COM”

Sunday, May 4, 2008

Northern Virginia Orthodontics

22855 Brambleton Plaza, Suite 200, Ashburn, VA 20148
Phone: 703-327-1718

Northern Virginia Orthodontics, located in Brambleton Town Center serves Northern Virginia, Loudoun County, Ashburn, Brambleton, South Riding, and surrounding areas.

Northern Virginia Orthodontics provides orthodontics to children and adults featuring the latest technologies, such as Invisalign (invisible and removable braces), self-ligating braces, ‘memory’ wires, and digital radiography. A native of Northern Virginia, Dr. Casagrande is an expert Invisalign Orthodontist and is excited to help bring smiles to Loudoun County, Ashburn, Brambleton, South Riding, and the surrounding areas!

Dr. Casagrande is a Diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics, a distinction held by less than 25% of orthodontists. A Northern Virginia native, Dr. Casagrande attended Sunrise Valley Elementary School and South Lakes High School in Reston. After graduating from James Madison University, Dr. Casagrande received his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree, magna cum laude, from the Medical College of Virginia. In addition to his dental degree, Dr. Casagrande also earned a Master of Science degree and a certificate in Orthodontics from the Medical College of Virginia. During his time at MCV, Dr. Casagrande received grants from Pfizer for work on his master’s thesis. He remains a part of the Medical College of Virginia as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Orthodontics, teaching residents to become orthodontists.

Dr. Casagrande is highly trained in the latest orthodontic techniques and treatments for pediatric, adolescent, and adult patients including Invisalign and self-ligating bracket systems that can reduce treatment time and increase patient comfort. He has extensive experience with complex cases requiring orthognathic jaw surgery as a former member of the VCU Craniofacial/Facial Reconstruction Team. Dr. Casagrande uses the latest technologies in orthodontics to maximize smile aesthetics and give the best possible results to his patients.

Northern Virginia Orthodontics offers an internet café and coffee bar for patients and parents to use before, during, and after appointments. They also have a game room for kids (and adults) of all ages. So bring your brothers and sisters with you to have some fun while they wait! Parents who are interested in getting some shopping done at the Town Center can request one of the pagers to take with them. They will give you a buzz when your child’s appointment is over.

So if you are interested in orthodontics or invisible braces, and you live in Northern Virginia, Loudoun County, Ashburn, Brambleton, South Riding, or surrounding areas, and want to meet an orthodontist who really cares about your smile and teeth, see Dr. Casagrande.

Hours: Call for specific hours

All Northern Virginia Orthodontics Deals

Excerpt from: http://loudounextra.washingtonpost.com/businesses/northern-virginia-orthodontics/

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A quick excerpt from the Friday Flash in Brambleton… EGG HUNT March 15, 2008

Friday, March 14, 2008

Community news excerpt from…

Brambleton’s FRIDAY FLASH       

March 14, 2008   Issue 40

 

AROUND BRAMBLETON

A Hoppin’ Good Time– Hop on over to the Visitor Center tomorrow for some egg hunting fun.  Say hello to the Brambleton Bunny, enjoy Easter cookies and grab a cup of fresh coffee.  Kiddie play areas will be up and running at 9:30am.  Please click here for information.  Ages 7 & up, arrive no later than 9:55am; ages 4-6 arrive no later than 10:15am; ages 0-3, arrive no later than 10:35am.  Don’t forget your Easter baskets!  Volunteers: Please meet at the Visitor Center at 7:15am.  We could still use a few more hands.  Please contact Christine Elansary if you are able to help.  Thank you to Harris Teeter and Caribou for the yummy treats!    

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Brambleton HOA needs Special Event Volunteers

Sunday, February 17, 2008

Are you a new resident in Brambleton seeking to make new friends–or have you lived in Brambleton and grown to love our community events? The Brambleton Homeowners Association has a new Special Events Director and is seeking volunteers for what is sure to be an awesome 2008/2009 year. Here’s the scoop on how to get involved with your neighborhood area… excerpted from the Friday Flash:

Activities Committee Members Wanted! Did you know that each Brambleton event is carefully planned and executed with the help and support of a Brambleton resident volunteer?  If you’re looking for a great way to meet your neighbors and make Brambleton feel like home, to get involved, or to bring some new ideas to the table then please join us.  The Activities Committee is hosting a Wine & Cheese Social on Friday, March 7th at 7pm.  Feel free to bring a friend or two.  For more information and to RSVP, please contact Christine Elansary.   

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ARE YOU LOOKING FOR A NEW NoVA REALTOR?

Monday, January 28, 2008

The following real estate professionals are available to assist you with the buying and selling of residential and commercial real estate properties in the following Northern Virginia, Virginia, and Maryland properties:

Virginia Agents

Kae Davis

Steve Lizik

Maryland Agents

Mike O’Hara

  • Licensed Real Estate Sales Professional VA & MD
  • Rentals and Residential Property Lisiting
  • Buyers Agency in the Baltimore Washington Area
  • Trained in Short Sale and Bank Forclosure
  • Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage Ashburn Dulles Associate
  • Sterling Resident

Steve Lizik [LICENSING AS ASSOCIATE BROKER IN MD IN SPRING 2008]

  • Residential And Commercial Property Expert
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Brambleton Announcement: Snow Removal Schedule

Thursday, January 17, 2008

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Brambleton Homeowners are kept right on top of the news in Brambleton. RICK STONE has already sent around the homeowners update. Keep up the good work, guys!

“Snow Operations Update: The developer and HOA contractors and staff are actively clearing all Brambleton streets. It is anticipated that all streets should be plowed within 6 hours after the snow stops falling. Please use extreme caution while traveling within Brambleton. Enjoy the snow!”

~~ Kae Davis