Food & Drink

Tidbits: Gluten-free Girl Scout cookie not sold locally

In last week's column, I told readers that the local Girl Scouts were selling a new gluten-free cookie. A Daisy Troop mother called to say the cookie was not on their list of cookie varieties.

Jacob Taylor, a spokesperson for Girl Scouts of the USA, said the gluten-free chocolate chip shortbread cookie is available in limited markets this year, and "we won't know when full rollout is expected."

But we found out Girl Scouts of Kentucky's Wilderness Road Council is selling the new cranberry citrus crisp, which has 9 grams of whole grain, contains bits of cranberry, and has a citrus flavor.Sweet Blessings will celebrate its third anniversary by participating in an all-day bake-a-thon Feb. 25. Volunteers will make and decorate 60 birthday cakes in a 24-hour period for children in need. The bake-a-thon will begin at 9 a.m. at Maxwell Street Presbyterian Church, 180 East Maxwell Street.

Sweet Blessings is a nonprofit organization that creates specialty birthday cakes for children ages 5 to 14 who are facing a life-threatening illness or poverty. In 2013, Sweet Blessings served 959 children in Central Kentucky. Each cake is handcrafted in a special shape or design for each child.

Founder Ashley Gann said volunteers are needed to bake and decorate the cakes, wash dishes, help with organizing supplies and ingredients in the kitchen, box the cakes and transport cakes by car, Go to

Attention chocolate lovers

Many of us crave chocolate all the time, but it's especially so around Valentine's Day. Often we buy indiscriminately, but if you'd like to taste the chocolate before you buy, go to Good Foods Market & Café's free chocolate sampling event from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday. Samples will include chocolate-dipped Kentucky Proud bacon; fruit and gluten-free pretzels dipped in a chocolate fountain; goat cheese and fig truffle with pecans; cashew butter and fig truffle; and dark chocolate almond milk.

Good Foods is at 455 Southland Drive. Call (859) 278-1813 or go to

Teas for two days

Liberty Hall Historic Site will hold its annual winter tea at noon Feb. 14 and 15 at Orlando Brown House, 202 Wilkinson Street, Frankfort.

The luncheon, prepared by Springhill Cookie and Catering Co., features tomato vodka soup, lemon scone, arugula and Parmesan salad, and spinach phyllo pie.

Guests will get a sneak peek at the wedding gown exhibit, which opens in March. At the teas, three gowns from the 1820s, 1830s and 1860s will be on display, and curator Kate Hesseldenz will discuss the historical i mportance of the dresses. Tickets are $25. Call (502) 227-2560 or go to

ALDI adds organic line

ALDI stores now carry SimplyNature, a new line of all-natural and organic products. It includes cereals, fruit bars, pasta sauce, pizza and snacks.

The company also is expanding its offerings of food options, including organic, specialty and gluten-free products, and nearly 70 kinds of fresh produce. The Fit & Active brand features products with less fat, less sodium and fewer calories.

In keeping with its healthy food options, ALDI has added an advisory council of registered dietitians to provide shoppers with nutrition information. Articles and tips from the advisory council are at, the ALDI Simply Smarter Living blog and the "ALDI fresh" catalog available in stores and online.

Lexington ALDI stores are at 126 Rojay Drive and 1509 Colesbury Circle.

Old look for new jars

Jarden Home Brands, the makers of Ball brand home canning products, is continuing its tribute to the Mason jar, which marked its 100th anniversary 1913. This year, the company is adding a period-inspired green "Perfection" jar, with embossed logos on the front and back, to its Heritage Collection. Last year's "Perfect Mason" jar was blue. The green jars come in regular-mouth pint and wide-mouth quart. The quart jars are available at for $14.99 for six.