- 2 ¼ c. all purpose flour
- 1 ½ c. sugar
- ½ c. unslated butter, chillded, cut into pieces
- 2 ½ tsp. baking powder
- 1 tsp. salt
- 1 tsp. ginger, ground
- ⅔ c. white chocolate chips
- 1 ⅔ c. blanched, slivered almonds, toasted
- 2 eggs
- ¼ + 1 tbsp. cup apricot brandy
- 2 tbsp. almond extract
- 1 ½ c. dried apricots, diced
- Combine flour, sugar, butter baking powder, salt and ginger in a food processor and process until a fine meal forms -- about 30 sec. Add chips and process until finely chopped, about 30 sec. Add almonds and chop coarsely, about 15 sec.Beat eggs, brandy, and extract in a large bowl until blended. Add flour mixture and apricots and stir until a moist dough forms.Line a cookie sheet with foil. Butter and flour foil (or use Silpat). Divide dough into thirds and place on the cookie sheet in three 12-inch strips. Moisten fingers and shape dough into 2 inch wide biscotti shaped logs. REFRIGERATE 30 MIN.Bake at 350 degrees for 35 min. Remove logs from the oven and cool. Cut each log into 3/4 in. slices and place each slice on its side on the baking sheet. Bake at 300 degrees for 12 min. Turn biscotti and bake for an additional 12 min.Makes 4 dozen.
Friday, January 28, 2011
Tuesday, January 25, 2011
Really. It was my first year of teaching high school in Beaverton, OR and low and behold, I was “summoned” to serve on jury duty. When you are called to the jury in Portland, you have to sit there all day, whether you are chosen for a case or not! I was newly married and had no idea how to cook. It was the perfect opportunity. I bought a copy of “The New Basics”cookbook, which is as big as a Bible, and I read it cover to cover. These two ladies schooled me in everything from pureeing soups to identifying beef cuts to whipping up a chocolate mousse. This new world fascinated me. How could there be so much information aboutCOOKING?
I call this experience my domestic “awakening.” I opened that book and have never looked back. Since then, I have been a diligent student of cooking, crafts, gardening, and decorating. These are some of my “passions,” and I’m happy to say that my family mostly benefits from them.
It can sometimes feel like there is no time to explore new areas of interest. We barely keep up on the day to day (believe me, I can relate to this)! However, growth enriches our lives and keeps us energized. My new area of interest is photography. I've been talking for a while about learning more about it. It's time for a plan! Is there an area you would like to explore but haven’t had the time? or is there an area you would like to explore in greater depth?
Create an action plan below:
1. Identify on a piece of paper 1-3 areas you'd like to explore.
2. Find the "leading" books on these topics and order a couple. Websites like Amazon are wonderful for buying used books, and the reviews are helpful when making your selections.
3. Set aside time to learn about this new area. It could be an hour a week on a Saturday, or once a month. You may even luck out and get called to jury duty! If you do, you'll be ready! :)
4. Get some accountability! Find a friend who wants to explore the same area, or who will ask you about your progress.
- My sister swears by homemade burritos, and I finally wised up and got on the band-wagon! These are super handy to have around. I make a bunch of them, freeze, and then place in a ziplock. My husband and kids pull them out for lunches, work, or for a heavy snack in between games.
- 2 lb ground turkey
- 2-3 c. pinto beans
- 3 c. shredded cheddar cheese
- Refried Beans
- ¼ c. chicken broth
- ½ tsp. salt
- 1 onion
- 1 jalepeno
- ½ tsp. cumin
- 2 cloves garlic
- 2 tbsp. cilantro leaves
- 2 tsp. lime juice