Saturday, June 27, 2020

Biscotti Recipe

Since I have been inundated with calls for my biscotti recipe(1 or 2 people), I have decided to publish said recipe. To wit:

Biscotti, plural of Biscotto,  comes from the Latin word biscotus, meaning “twice cooked.” Originally they got twice baked so that they would last longer without going stale. I don’t bake my biscotti to be hard as a rock. No need for broken teeth lawsuits. OK, here’s the recipe.

Ingredients, in order of use:

One cup sugar.

Squirt of almond extract. Don’t know how much a “squirt” is. Use your own judgment.

1 stick butter.

2 eggs.

2+ cups all purpose flour. The + is to get the dough unsticky.

2 tsps baking soda.

One half cup sliced almonds.

So, mix the sugar, extract and softened butter into a paste, add the eggs and mix. I do all this by hand in a deep bowl, using a big wooden spoon.

Add the flour and the baking soda. Keep mixing, adding enough flour so the dough doesn’t stick to the bowl.

Add the sliced almonds and keep mixing. Don’t forget to keep sprinkling flour to make the dough unsticky.

Cut the dough in half. Do it right on a floured baking sheet. Roll each half to make two logs of dough on the baking sheet.

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Use the middle oven rack.

Bake biscotti for about 20 minutes.

Let it cool for 15 minutes, then use a metal spatula to break the logs loose from the pan.

Cut each log into angled inch wide slices. Flip them onto one of the cut sides, and put them back in the oven to bake for another 7-8 minutes. (that’s the “bi” part of bi-scotti).

That’s it. I paint mine with chocolate sauce, but some people prefer their biscotti plain. Have fun. Rara

Sunday, March 22, 2020

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Saturday Market 7.1.19

So this is my 27th year at Market, in the same spot. And today marks the 45th year of operation of this market. Market is the absolute center of this Brattleboro community during these 6 months of operation. Forget Disney, THIS is the Happiest Place on Earth.
Enjoy these happy people at Market:

 Mexican SIT kids

 Girls hanging out by the pesto

 Madame Jo flips a delicious buckwheat crepe

 I love hair

 And more hair

 Hat of the Week

 A group of visiting Iraqi kids

 Old friends meet

 Beautiful plaits

 Styling through Market

More Mexican visitors tasting Terrie's kale pesto

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Saturday Market 6.22.19

Weather continues to be perfect Vermont Farmers Market weather. Sunny, breezy, cool. It's always like this, right?
Of course, now that Summer is officially here I'm already thinking about the cold to come. Better get in some firewood soon. Oh well, if the seasons didn't change it wouldn't be Vermont. Still love it here.
Next week we will be visited by kids from SIT, the School for International Training. We're having Iraqi kids next week. They're always great. Can't wait.

 Biker ready for anything

 My pal Cindy back for another Market year.

 There's a summer dress.

 Grayson is now 5. This is his 4th year visiting.

 Mike solves the problems of the world. Brings his own audience.

 Hi, Ruthie.

Kathleen styling in her cool hat. Looking good Darlin'.

Stockwell Brothers are the best.

Sunday, June 9, 2019

Saturday Market 6/8/19

Well, Strolling of the Heifers Day is here in Brattleboro today, which means downtown will get flooded with visitors, and the Market will suffer a loss of business. Happens every year. I look at it as a chance to roam around Market snapping pics. On a normal Market day I can't really get away from my booth, so it's fine. 
Weather great again. June is usually the nicest Vermont weather of the year, at least for those of us who don't ski. 
The crowd was smaller but lively, with a good Celtic band and kiddies dancing. Here's some pics, RaRa.

Cathi and her Sweet Sheep creations

Purple dress, purple glasses-perfect.

There's a cute kid.

Jennifer with her Rockingham Roasters coffee.

Mary Ellen and her High Goose Farm currants.

Madame Jo's crepes sizzling in the pan.

Susan's lemonade.

Hairdo of the week.

Sid and Nancy go incognito in Southern VT.

Kelsey sells great gluten free treats at The Hidden Bean.

Inisheer killing it under the big tree.

Monday, May 27, 2019

Saturday Market 5/25/19

Whenever visitors from afar come to Vermont, and the weather is its usual rainy and cold all summer, we tell them "It's not usually like this." The perennial excuse works rather well, so that people always come back hoping for good weather, and we get to say to them once again "It's not usually like this." 

Well, this year we had a perfect weather day for Memorial Day, so that visitors got what they fully expected from their Vermont trip; sunny, mild but not hot, and breezy. So when Market goers remarked on the nice day, I replied, "Yeah, it's always like this." We're all grifters, n'est pas?
Here's some pics:

Kurt with his patented expression of "Yeah I sold out already. Now I'm just hangin."

Lady, there's a giant parrot on your shoulder.

Wells Cunningham back for another year of Market. Dude is 95, WW2 veteran with many stories to tell.

Earring of the week. That looks like a happy couple.

Varee and daughter Natasha. Used to bring Natasha to Market in a stroller, now the kid runs the booth.

Floppy Hat of the Week.

Market is the perfect place for moms to bring their tiny tots.

The Amidons perform their unique tunes.