Saturday, December 3, 2011

Day Three

We have made it to Day 3, against all odds. The patriarch of the household gives us a mere 18 days until we give up, but we are pretty confident in our commitment.

Today's recipe is Cranberry Pistachio Biscotti, and it has been fairly metaphorical. First of all, have a sense of humor, as does our Reindog, Winston:

Secondly, surround yourself with loved ones; cookie baking draws a crowd in the kitchen, all desperately hoping for a little kindness. And maybe a nut or two to hit the floor:

Next, pay attention to the little things. This is a half cup measure, not a third cup, as called for in the recipe:

As in life, not paying attention to the little things can, at times, come back around to bite you in the...cookie. More on that later.

Remember to dive in to whatever you do, and don't be afraid to mix it up a little. We used walnuts instead of the raw pistachios we could not find, and lemon extract instead of zest (as previous lemon zest was used for Day 2):

In cookies, as in middle age, it is difficult to fight the spread when you have too much sugar:

But there is always a second chance:

In the end, these cookies were delicious - crispy, delicate flavor with a perfect level of sweetness. We will be dunking them in our coffee tomorrow morning. YUM

Next up: Brownie Thins.

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