"If you love Salty Oats, you'll love Effie's Oatcakes," said the customer shopping next to me at Formaggio Kitchen in Cambridge.
But, alas, they were out of the promised delight. Too bad because from his description, they sounded perfect to add to the tray of nibbles I was assembling to accompany an Irish whiskey tasting.
My next stop was Whole Foods on River Street, where I found the display shown here. I only wish I purchased more of them.
Effie's Oatcakes were a hit. They're a rich biscuit or a hearty cookie– depending on your point of view. Your initial bite will remind you of a shortbread. They have that same buttery flavor and crumbly texture. Then the oats kick in to provide a clean, wholesome aftertaste.
It's such a pleasure to serve great local products when you have guests.
Effie's was founded by two friends, Irene Costello and Joan MacIsaac.
They say, "The inspiration for our company comes from Joan’s mom, Effie MacLellan, and her recipe for Oatcakes. Effie grew up on a rural farm in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. Like many traditional farmhouse recipes we realized the uniqueness of Oatcakes is in its honest and simple flavors."
All of us at BostonZest would like to send a big thank you to local stores that support small, local specialty food producers like this one. At the Effie's site below you can find dozens of places to buy them in Massachusetts. That page also happens to be a great list of stores to explore as you're out and about.
One Westinghouse Plaza, Hyde Park, MA 02136
Plate of Effie's Oatcakes photo by Michael Piazza courtesy of Effie's Oatcakes.
Store display photo ©2009 Penny Cherubino)
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