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Women’s Work and a Recipe: Quinoa Flake Cookies (Gluten Free)

Posted Mar 09 2010 7:51pm

I had a really wonderful chat with one of my best friends tonight (Kate, who I’ve known since I was 10 – we were recently reunited after I moved back to the east coast). Kate and her mom and I went wedding dress shopping and then out to dinner by Times Square (at Trattoria Dopo Teatro ; I got a Caesar salad with chicken – it was pretty good). We started talking about women’s work (and what that means). I thought this was particularly relevant because yesterday was International Women’s Day .

I don’t consider myself a feminist. Or at least, I didn’t until yesterday when I read Gena’s post and then today when I had this particular discussion with Kate and her mom. I am not a feminist in the traditional sense; I don’t think that women should have high-powered executive jobs and I don’t think that women have to have wonderful exciting careers to prove that they are just as capable as men. No. I just think that the work women do for their families should be considered just as important as the work that a CEO does (if not more important, actually). I think the feminists of the 60s and 70s got it wrong, and I think they actually made life harder for women of my generation.

I actually have a lot to say about this, but I am saving it for something – you will just have to wait and see what it is! I promise; it’s exciting. Kate is in on it.

Here are some things I might do if I could do whatever I wanted all day:

  • Review a macrobiotic diet plan (this was such a fun experiment).
  • Make new creations with PB2 … ( PB2 , where are you? I ordered a new box over a month ago.)
  • Experiment with rice cooker recipes (I’m on this weird mailing list for recipes – I don’t know why they send me recipes all the time, but I’m actually kind of glad for it!)
  • Bake more! I have been meaning to make these black bean brownies that I made a long time ago.

In an effort to use my womanly baking skills and show off a bit, I made these cookies for my office last night (Monday was a rough day; baked goods are always good for cheering up) and took them in this morning. I think they worked. I enjoy baking even if it’s not as “important” as working in an office.

Quinoa Flake Cookies (Gluten Free)


  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 cup quinoa flakes
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup peanut butter
  • dash of salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 egg


Preheat oven to 375F.

Mix everything together. You can mix the dry together and the wet together separately if you want, but I didn’t and they still came out good.

Drop onto a baking sheet – heaping spoonfuls – and bake for ~15 minutes. Make sure they don’t burn! Soft yet crispy – see:

What would you do all day if you could do anything you wanted? I forgot to mention I would also play with my fats…

Fat cat in a bag (we didn’t put him in; he just likes it).

Fat cat on a couch.

Anyway… What would you do all day if you could do anything you wanted?

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