Restaurant Review: The Cottage Cafe

I was lucky enough to grab lunch recently with my friends LSS of Frugal Nashville and CBR in their Bellevue neighborhood. I say lucky because I NEVER have enough time to take an actual lunch break–can I get an Amen for eating like a grown-up with conversation and courses instead of shoving a GF sandwich in my face while typing with the other hand?!

photo by the wonderful and talented Kate Murphy: http://www.katemurphyphotography.com

We chose the Cottage Cafe, which I’d been wanting to try for a long time. It’s run by Crumb de la Crumb, the same company that made my amazing gluten-free key lime infused wedding cake. YUM. The cafe is in an adorable antique shop and has a definite “Southern Ladies Who Lunch” vibe to it with floral table clothes, fruit tea, and homemade lemonade. We were so busy catching up that I didn’t take any pictures–bad blogger, I know!–but the food was pretty darn tasty. There were tons of gluten-free options and I actually struggled with what to order because there were so many choices! Imagine me squealing in delight about that!

The appetizer was crackers with cheddar jelly–basically GF crackers with a dip of sweet jelly, bacon, green onions, and fresh cheddar cheese. It was the perfect salty/sweet combo and we cleaned both plates. Then we each opted for the Grilled Cheese. In true Southern style, it was made with Pimento Cheese, Benton’s Bacon, and fried to golden brown perfection in butter. LSS had her’s with salad and CBR opted for GF tomato basil soup. I added avocado to my grilled cheese and had some chips, but I was really saving room for dessert. And I’m so glad I did…

I got a slice of their GF pumpkin cheesecake, which was light, fluffy, and heavenly. And then I got a GF chocolate Nutella cupcake and a GF lemon meringue cupcake to go to share with the rest of the GF Gluttons back at the office. The chocolate was good, but the lemon was the clear winner. The texture was perfect and it was light, fluffy, and tart and sweet at the same time.

Here’s their menu if you want to check it out for yourself. I will definitely be going back!

Comfort Food: Robin’s No-Bake Cookies

Even though I usually post my own recipes on Monday’s, today I’m breaking out one of my mom’s! My mother, Robin, got this recipe from her elementary school cafeteria back in the day. There are a lot of variations out there, but this version (made with GF oats, naturally) is gluten-free and over-the-top decadent. I love these cookies so much that my mom and I made tons and served them at my wedding! These cookies can take me back to childhood in a minute and never fail to perk my mood right up–unless, of course, I eat the entire batch at once and then feel sick. Don’t laugh, but that happens more often than I’d like to admit, which is why I don’t make them very much.

I didn’t take many photos because this is a very time sensitive recipe that requires constant attention–sorry!–but here is the recipe. I hope you love them as much as I do!

Ingredients

  • 1 stick of butter (1/2 C.)
  • 2 C sugar
  • 1/2 C. milk
  • 3 T cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 C. peanut butter (crunchy is my fav!)
  • 3 C. GF oats

Directions

  1. Place butter, milk, sugar, and cocoa in a tall saucepan over medium-high heat. Stir regularly until mixture comes to a boil.
  2. Once mixture begins to boil, stir constantly, making sure to scrape the bottom of the pan well as you do so, for 2 minutes and 15 seconds.
  3. Remove mixture from heat and add in vanilla, peanut butter, and oats one ingredient at a time, still stirring constantly.Image
  4. Once all ingredients are throughly combined, scoop a spoonful at a time out onto a sheet of parchment paper or tin foil. Allow the cookies to harden on the parchment paper (takes 5-10 minutes) and then enjoy with a tall glass of milk.Image