Cookies are one of the traditional staples of the holidays. However just having a platter of cookies at your holiday party is a bit boring and over done. Don't worry though! We have compiled a list of local artisan beers that work well with traditional holiday cookies to make your party waaayyy better than you neighbor's or arch enemy's.
Our first cookie on the list is the Sugar Cookie. These cookies are literally everywhere during the holidays and usually are covered in sanding sugar or doused in powdered sugar icing. These cookies pair best with a Vanilla Porter. We loved pairing ours with North Ale Works RVP- Robust Vanilla Porter. It has natural notes of vanilla and cinnamon and are locally made in New Hampshire.
Our next cookie on the holiday list are Snickerdoodles. These traditionally are sprinkled or rolled in cinnamon giving them a nice buttery vanilla taste with light hints of cinnamon. This cookie is paired best with hard cider. Our favorite hard cider brewery by far is Far from the Tree Brewery located in Salem, MA. We picked their Cord Hard Cider to compliment our snickerdoodle cookies because this cider is barrel aged with maple syrup giving it woodsy notes with a hint of sweetness. Bonus points- It's also gluten free!
Ginger Molasses cookies are also everywhere during the holidays. These typically are made with tons of sticky gooey molasses and then rolled in sugar. making spiced ale pair extremely well with these cookies. The spiced ale that we prefer with them is the Winter Shredder brewed by Cisco Brewers in Nantucket. This ale has a cinnamon notes that bring out the ginger in the cookie very well.
Last but definitely not least is the most traditional cookie of all; the glorious chocolate chip cookie. The chocolate chip cookie is versatile that is can be paired with a number of beers, however we prefer to pair ours with coffee stout. The coffee stout that hands down is our go to is White Electric Coffee Stout from Revival Brewing Co. This beer's acidic notes makes it amazing smooth while its chocolate notes give the traditional chocolate chip cookie a boost of chocolatey goodness.
All of these beers can be found at Hopsters Alley located inside the Boston Public Market and right next to our stall. Their staff is extremely knowledgably and can help you find the perfect alcohol for any party!
Disclaimer- Beers on this list are not gluten free (except the hard cider) They are vegan however!
Good morning guys!
As many of you know about three years ago, I slipped and fell at work, resulting in me blacking out, having a seizure, and fracturing my neck. While I was recovering, I broke out in hives every single day. After consulting with my doctor, I gave up dairy and gluten for an entire month, and still broke out in hives regardless of what I did or didn't eat.
For those with food allergies, you understand the struggle of life with them. Usually when you find out that you or your child has food allergies, you are told to stay away from that food, given an epi pen, and you're on your way out of the office. You get thrown into this whole new world with serious consequences if you mess up. You leave the office terrified and feeling alone, especially if you don't know anyone with food allergies. It's hard for someone without food allergies to understand your struggle, and be the support system that you need. Being told at 21 years old that I had to give up gluten and dairy from my entire diet and not knowing a single person with food allergies made it such an overwhelming and lonely task.
The whole reason I started this bakery was to help those with food allergies because I saw first hand how hard it was to live every day life with food allergies. The simple task of eating out is terrifying by itself let alone the fact that most places just "deal" with people with food allergies instead of catering to them. After speaking with one of my amazing customers last week, I realized that I can do a lot more to help those in the food allergy community.
As I experienced, living with food allergies when you don't know anyone with them is very lonely and difficult. Having a support system to turn to for advice and guidance, makes navigating life with food allergies a bit easier. We just created our Facebook Community Group called "Living Life with Food Allergies" to help those that feel lost and alone feel like they are not. This page will post about safe places to dine, safe products to eat, allergen friendly recipes that really work, support, advice, and tips on how to live life with food allergies, from people just like you! I hope you decide to join our community for help and support and to help others!
Ms. Jenny Lee
During the last two weeks we taught four gingerbread classes. Anyone who has ever made a gingerbread house knows that a true gingerbread house is covered with loads of candy; especially if a young child it building it. Trying to find candy that not only is free of all 8 Major Allergens but also is not made in or on machinery with other allergens AND not completely break the bank was definitely a challenge. Due to how difficult it was I decide to compile a list of the allergen free candy I found so that others won’t want to rip their hair out reading hundreds of ingredient labels.
Roasted Maple Acorn Squash
Makes 4 servings
Prep time 10-15 minutes Cook Time 1 hr
4 acorn squash
1 cup brown sugar
4tbs earth balance butter
1 tsp salt
½ cup pure maple syrup
Preheat oven to 400*
Cut the tops of the squash and use a spoon to scoop out the seeds and pulp, and discard. Slightly cut bottoms of squash if they do not sit flat.
Fill each squash with, ¼ cup brown sugar, 1 tbs earth balance butter, ¼ tsp salt, and 2 tbs maple syrup and arrange in a deep casserole dish.
Bake at 400* for 50-65 minutes until squash pulls from skin.
Allow to cool and enjoy.
Roasted Delicata Squash
Makes 4-6 servings
Prep time 10-15 minutes Cook Time 30-45 minutes
4-5 delicate squash
½ cup olive oil
1.5 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
1 tsp fennel seed
¾ tsp smoked paprika
Preheat oven to 425*
Cut Delicata squash length wise and remove seeds and pulp. Cut the squash into ½ moons.
In a small container mix together salt, pepper, fennel, seed, and paprika just until combined.
Coat the squash in the olive oil and toss with the seasoning mixture until evenly coated.
Roast the squash at 425* for 30-45 minutes or until the squash is soft and evenly roasted
Serve and enjoy.
Vegan Herb Butter Mashed Potatoes
Makes 4-6 servings
Prep time 15-20 minutes Cook Time 30-45 minutes
4-6 large white potatoes
1 ½ tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
8oz (1 cup) Earth balance soy free butter
1 tbs olive oil
2 tsp. fresh chopped sage
2 tsp. fresh chopped parsley
For the Vegan herb compound butter:
Whip softened earth balance butter and olive oil together until creamy; add in sage, and parsley until
Fully incorporated. Wrap in plastic wrap, or put in a small container and refrigerate until solid and
Conserve for the mashed potatoes and/or later use.
For the Mashed potatoes:
Place whole peeled potatoes in a medium sized stockpot, add enough water to cover the potatoes and
Bring to a rolling boil. Once the potatoes are fork tender, strain from water and place in a large mixing
Bowl. Add your compound butter, and an additional 1 tbs of oil and using a hand mixer, or whisk,
Whip potatoes until creamy and fluffy. (Do not over mix) Enjoy!
Makes 3-5 servings
Prep time 30-35 minutes Cook Time 60 minutes
1 cup white button mushrooms (1/2 inch sliced)
1 cup Portobello mushrooms (1/2 inch diced)
1 cup Local foraged mushrooms (oysters, hen of the woods, lobster) (1/2 sliced)
1 Loaf day old bread cut into 1 inch cubes
2 tbs fresh chopped sage
½ tsp salt
½ tsp pepper
2 tbs earth balance butter
3-4 cups fresh vegetable stock
Preheat oven to 375*
Heat a large sauté pan on high for 30 seconds; add in 2 tbs of olive oil and heat for another 30 seconds,
Or until Oil is slightly smoking and aromatic. Add in all of the mushrooms and sear on high. Stir, add the
Remaining 2 tbs of olive oil and continue to sauté on, once the mushrooms are fully cooked and a dark
Brown color remove from heat. In a deep hotel pan or casserole baking dish place the bread cubes,
Cooked mushrooms, sage, salt, pepper, and vegetable stock. Stir thoroughly and top with 2 tbs of
Earth balance butter evenly. Bake for 45 minutes to 1 hour, or until stuffing is golden brown and
the stock is absorbed. Serve and enjoy.
Makes 4-6 servings
Prep time 2-5 minutes Cook Time 20-30 minutes
2 cups fresh cranberries
1 cup dried cherries
1 cup all natural sugar
1 tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon
2 cups water
Place Cranberries, water, dried cherries, sugar, salt and cinnamon in a medium sized sauce pot. Bring
Mixture to a boil and then reduce the heat to a simmer, do not cover. Simmer for approximately 20-
30 minutes or until cranberries have all burst open, and the sauce is thick enough to coat the back
of a wooden spoon. Transfer the sauce to a metal or glass serving dish and chill for 20-30 minutes or
until cold. (can be chilled for up to 24 hours before service)
Vegan Vegetable Herb Gravy
Makes 4-6 servings
Prep time 1-5 minutes Cook Time 30-45 minutes
8 cups vegetable stock
¼ cup fresh chopped parsley
¼ cup fresh chopped sage
1 tsp pepper
1 tsp salt
2 cups earth balance butter
2 cups flour
In a large stockpot bring vegetable stock to a boil, and continue to boil. In a medium sauté pan melt
Earth balance butter and gradually add the flour. While stirring, cook until fully in cooperated
Creating a roux. Gradually add the roux to vegetable stock, and whisk until the desired thickness
Of the gravy is reached. Add in fresh chopped herbs, salt, pepper, and fully mix. Continue to simmer for
15-20 minutes. Top potatoes and anything else you would like with gravy, and enjoy.
One of the biggest hurdles people with food allergies go through is dining out. Between checking multiple ingredient lists, having only one or two options , and hoping that your allergy was not only relayed to the back line but that there is no cross contamination, dining out can be extremely stressful and even feel impossible. Thankful there are plenty of options at the Boston Public Market for multiple food allergies.
All of their pretzels products and palazzo breads are vegan and free of soy, tree nuts, and peanuts. They also have a selection of dairy free cookies.
Gluten Free (*all chocolate dipped items may have traces of gluten)
Bon Me is able to accommodate the majority of allergies such as gluten, eggs, dairy, nuts, onions, cilantro etc. Staff members are equipped with full ingredients lists and can answer any allergy questions that you may have.
All of their vinegars are free of gluten, tree nuts, peanuts, and are certified non GMO, Kosher, and vegan.
Due to Red’s Best having two of the top 8 allergen in their entire menu (fish and shellfish); they decided to have a 100% tree nut / peanut free facility. They also have a large portion of their menu gluten free.
Red’s Best Top 10 Gluten Free Options
Boston Smoked Fish Company-
All of their pre-packaged products are gluten free, and nitrite free. They even use Tamari a gluten free soy sauce.
Beantown Pastrami Company-
They can make any of their sandwiches on our gluten, egg, dairy, and nut free sub rolls.
Their production kitchen in Newton is gluten free so the majority of their products are gluten free such as their Matzo Balls, Blintzes, Falafels, and Challah Bread.
Most of their items are also dairy free and they even have a good handful of vegan options such as Veg Pot Pies and frozen soups.
They also do not use any tree nuts/peanuts in any of their products, are certified Kosher, and have many corn and soy free options!
All of their packaged chocolate products are vegan, Kosher, non GMO, Certified Organic, and you can also get vegan hot chocolate from their chocolate bar.
Boston Honey Company-
All of their honeys are vegetarian, gluten free, nut free, and kosher. You can also stop in and see their Honey Bees hard at work right in their stall!
All of the nuts are gluten free, vegan, non GMO, and Kosher.
Any of their drinks can be made with a variety of milk alternatives such as almond, coconut, soy, and hazelnut milk.
They just launched their gluten free pasta in smoked paprika and mushroom. All of their pasta is egg and dairy free.
Somerville Bread Co.-
Currently 80% of their breads are egg and dairy free such as;
All of their sour dough bagels are egg and dairy free such as;
Jennifer Lee’s Bakery-
Last but not least our very own bakery. Our kitchen is completely gluten, egg, dairy, tree nut, peanut, and sesame free. We are also coconut free except for the Daiya Cheddar cheese. We have sweets such as cookies, donuts, and cupcakes to savory Panini, herb loaves, and vegan bowls. We are also 100% vegan.
Hopefully this list will help you better navigate dining at the Boston Public Market. Make sure to stop by and say hi to us and our amazing vendor friends!