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Pistachio spice biscotti

Can’t do chocolate every week right? Heck, I’ve really got to try and post a keto recipe soon too else no one will believe me anymore!

Anyway, I am a BIG soft and chewy cookie fan. I tend to not like crunchy/crumbly cookies very much. But then there’s always the exception that proves the rule. These are them.

I always make these chocolate – coffee biscotti for my mom for her christmas parties but I’m not a fan of (a) crunchy cookies and (b) coffee-favoured things. Most people seem to like them but I definitely do not. An online running friend commented that I always made the same cookie and so I set out to find something different. Especially ’cause during the winter I can mail cookies out to my friends. I’m sure they want something different too.

The recipe is from Cooks Illustrated. It’s a pay site so I can’t just link to it 🙁 BUT it’s awesome if you love to cook. They break everything down and explain why it works etc. There’s a great recipe for gingerbread cookies – two actually, one chewy one crispy – and explains why the change works.

Anyway, here’s my prep shot:

This will be biscotti

This will be biscotti

The pistachios were toasted a bit first so the kitchen smelled wonderful.

chopped pistachios

chopped pistachios



And here’s what they look like before the first baking with an egg wash on top


And the final cookies:

IMG_5427They were a big hit, AND even I liked them 🙂

Organizing spices

Do you ever get to the point where you just want to get control over something? Anything? Really, sometimes I get it into my head that I need to exert a little control over something. Usually this ends up with me sorting or organizing something. Today, because my brain is a bit mushy thanks to lots of travelling over the weekend, much drinking of yummy Michigan beers, and running a half-marathon.

So I took a couple of minutes to think about what needed to be sorted, what could be done in one sitting, preferably in front of a football game (it is Sunday evening after all and hockey hasn’t started yet) and didn’t require a whole heck of a lot of brain power.

Ah ha! The spices. Toby is the cook of the family but he has no memory whatsoever in most domestic-type areas. So he’ll go to the market and think “I’ll buy this and make this tonight. Oh I wonder if we have [insert herb/spice here], I should pick some up.” And we end up with three things of thyme leaves and 4 jars of cinnamon etc.

And voila, a new google spreadsheet is born. Shared with Toby of course. It lists the spices, the brand and how much we have left. Hopefully he’ll remember to check it before he buys another jar of rosemary leaves.

Am I the only one who loves spreadsheets this much? I have one for Q’s shoes, for keeping track of the baking classes available and that I’ve taken, my scentsy waxes and nail polishes. Weird right?