Thursday, March 7, 2013
Biscotti: Slice of Life Challenge 7 of 31
Slice of Life Challenge
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#slice2013 7 of 31
When we sat down at the table at my grandparent's house, my grandpa always said, "If there is something you do not like, take a spoonful to try. You might find out you like it, or over time you might learn to like it." As a kid I wasn't sold on this advice, but as an adult I've seen some of its advantages. It's a good idea in theory, but there are a lot of foods I didn't need to learn to like to eat. I didn't need to learn to like sour cream. I didn't need to learn to like bleu cheese. I didn't need to learn to like coffee.
Lisa, came into our house one day with biscotti, I was a little skeptical. I'd seen biscotti on the counters of Starbucks. I'd seen biscotti in large glass containers at bakeries. I'd seen it in a lot of places, but I really had no desire to try it. It looked dry. It looked crunchy. It really didn't look like something I would like. After all, there are muffins, doughnuts, cookies, and other bakery delights to enjoy.
As I learned long ago (Thanks, Grandpa), you've got to at least give things a try so I took a piece of biscotti. Politely I took a piece of biscotti, and...
I loved it! Yes, it was crunchy, but it was sweet and delicious. Lisa left the biscotti with me, and I enjoyed every last piece. I learned how good biscotti was with coffee. For some time Lisa would bring biscotti with her every time she came. It was always a treat! I was pretty sure life couldn't get any better than this.
My sister-in-law does live almost two hours away. She couldn't bring biscotti with her every time. Eventually Lisa decided it might be best to bring the ingredients and recipe. I couldn't imagine making biscotti as good as Lisa's so it was quite some time before I finally gave it a try. One evening - in complete biscotti desperation - I grabbed Lisa's recipe and began to bake my first batch. It was better than I had anticipated, and thanks to my Kitchen Aid not nearly as difficult as I thought it would be. I just threw the ingredients into the Kitchen Aid, mixed, baked, cut and baked again. Ba-bing, ba-bam, ba-boom.
I learned to like coffee because everywhere I went coffee was the offered drink. Yes, I sugar it up. Yes, I cream it up, but I taught myself to like coffee. I'm not going to lie, at this point in my life I like that little kick in my morning. I didn't have to teach myself to like biscotti; it was love at first bite. It is a bonus that it makes coffee taste even better.
Now I make biscotti all the time. Now I have a biscotti addiction. There are certain things in life you shouldn't learn to like or find out that you like. I'm pretty sure the sweet treat of biscotti may be one of those things I should have tried to resist. Perhaps it would be better if we'd stick to the same basic food and not treat our tastebuds to the delicacies of life like biscotti.
My sister-in-law's recipe is a cranberry almond biscotti that is de-lish. I've made it several times now. Julie Johnson, at Raising Readers and Writers, also loves to make biscotti. She is always talking about this flavor and that flavor so I've decided I need to try a few other recipes. Yesterday on our snow day I decided to try a new recipe and made cranberry white chocolate biscotti. What kind will be next? Suggestions?
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