Cookies and beer!

Ok, first let me qualify:  I am not a beer drinker.  I live in Colorado which is renowned for its artisan beers and I grew up in West Germany (yes, it still was ‘west’ at that time) so its not that I don’t recognize good beer, its just not my beverage of choice.  So when Jonathan Bender contacted me to contribute to his book “Cookies and Beer” I was delighted but also somewhat perplexed.  I talk to my customers all of the time and regularly hear about how well the cookies pair with beer but again, not being a beer drinker myself, I have no point of reference.  Anyway, long story short, I asked around for feedback ie “if you could choose one of my cookies and match it up with a beer, which would you choose?”.  This question was of course posed to my beer aficionado friends.  The final choice?  Chai Spice – a lovely, crunchy, somewhat lively cookie with all of the flavors of a delicious tea.  I gave the recipe to Mr. Bender and he has included it in his book, Cookies and Beer,  which is due out October 6th from Andrews McMeel Publishing.  What beer did he choose?  I don’t actually know yet.  I hope its from Colorado!

The Food Network gives love to VLC!

Yay, Yay, Yay!!! Although I am here in Denver, my cheering can probably be heard for miles around.  The Food Network posted a lovely article on the “cookie comeback” in which it listed fourteen cookies across the country that any good cookie monster needs to grab a hold of.  As you can imagine from my loud whooping, VLC’s own Strawberry Margarita is included!!!  I am delighted that my tiny, really tiny, little business is sitting side by side with the likes of Christina Tosi and Thomas Keller.  YAY again!!  Here is the link so that you all can check it out – you might find a bakery near you – or of course I will be happy to bake some Strawberry Margarita and ship them right to your doorstep!

http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/packages/baking-guide/cookies-and-bars/the-best-cookies-from-coast-to-coast.html