Something to Munch On!

Biscotti 1Cara/Andrea here,
On occasion, rather than wax poetic about some bit of historical research or intriguing person who has caught our fancy, one of us Wenches will invoke the “Life Is Hitting Me Between the Eyes” rule offer up some lighter fare for you to munch on. Well, it’s my turn. I am in the midst of selling my house and buying a new place—the closing take place at the end of this month, and I am in a state of mild—well, more than mild panic. How did I accumulate so much STUFF to sort through. BooksNot to speak of packing up all my books. (The mover who came to estimate the job looked at me with this really puzzled expression and said ,“What do you do? I’ve never seen anything like this.”

Tuscany eveningSo, since I need a lot of energy to keep me going (and we all know sugar is a major food group when one is under stress) I thought I’d share a recipe for biscotti that I recently learned in Tuscany. Granted they won’t taste quite as good as when they are made by the gorgeous and charming Michele and his assistant. (He is a Michelin-starred chef and rather delicious to look at! I was lucky enough to get a cooking lesson from him.) And another word of warning—they should be munched with a glass of prosecco overlooking the rolling Tuscan hills at sunset.

Biscotti 2Now, lest you think I was merely lollygagging all morning with Michele, I do have some “research” tips to pass on. In Europe, it’s standard to weigh ingredients rather than measure them as we do. Michele assures me it is far more accurate, and in pastry, precision is the key for the best results. Who am I to argue!

So, without further ado, the recipe, which I guarantee will bring a smile to your lips—along with a delightful kiss of honey. (Apologies to fellow American readers as I have not yet translated the quantities to American weights/measurements.)

Biscotti 4Ingredients
200 grams eggs
375 grams sugar
100 grams egg yolks
25 grams acacia honey
500 grams flour
2.5 grams baking powder
2.5 grams vanilla powder
400 grams almonds

Method

1.  Whisk the eggs, sugar, egg yolks and honey until very pale yellow.

Biscotti 52.  Sift together flour, baking powder and vanilla powder. Add to egg mixture, slowly at first then quickly, mixing just to combine.

Biscotti 73.  Toast the almonds for 3 minutes in the oven at 200 C, chop in food processor, then mixture into batter.

4.   Put batter in a pastry bag and pipe out lines of the dough (1.5-2 inches wide) well spaced, on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake at 200 C for 7-9 minutes.

5. Let cool, slice on diagonal to make “biscotti,” then put them back in the pan and bake at 180 C or 8 minutes. Serve with chilled vin santo!  Perfect summer fare! (Or winter fare with hot chocolate for our readers who reside in the Southern hemisphere.

Biscotti 9So a quick question before I head back to the kitchen. Do you have a favorite comfort when you are under stress? These biscotti are wonderful, but my real go-to treat are blondies with golden raisins and walnuts, baked a little underdone so they are really gooey! They always seem to make me feel better no matter what!

115 thoughts on “Something to Munch On!”

  1. There two sweets that are my comfort food.
    Butterhorns–a sweet dough that is raised twice and then layered with butter, raised a third time. Twist thin slices of dough into a circle. Bake. Then frost with a thin powdered sugar glaze/icing. (Yes an all day effort.)
    Pudding cookies. Its made with pudding (can be sugar free for diabetics) and a chosen chip. Vanilla/chocolate; vanilla/butterscotch; pistachio/white chocolate; etc.

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  2. There two sweets that are my comfort food.
    Butterhorns–a sweet dough that is raised twice and then layered with butter, raised a third time. Twist thin slices of dough into a circle. Bake. Then frost with a thin powdered sugar glaze/icing. (Yes an all day effort.)
    Pudding cookies. Its made with pudding (can be sugar free for diabetics) and a chosen chip. Vanilla/chocolate; vanilla/butterscotch; pistachio/white chocolate; etc.

    Reply
  3. There two sweets that are my comfort food.
    Butterhorns–a sweet dough that is raised twice and then layered with butter, raised a third time. Twist thin slices of dough into a circle. Bake. Then frost with a thin powdered sugar glaze/icing. (Yes an all day effort.)
    Pudding cookies. Its made with pudding (can be sugar free for diabetics) and a chosen chip. Vanilla/chocolate; vanilla/butterscotch; pistachio/white chocolate; etc.

    Reply
  4. There two sweets that are my comfort food.
    Butterhorns–a sweet dough that is raised twice and then layered with butter, raised a third time. Twist thin slices of dough into a circle. Bake. Then frost with a thin powdered sugar glaze/icing. (Yes an all day effort.)
    Pudding cookies. Its made with pudding (can be sugar free for diabetics) and a chosen chip. Vanilla/chocolate; vanilla/butterscotch; pistachio/white chocolate; etc.

    Reply
  5. There two sweets that are my comfort food.
    Butterhorns–a sweet dough that is raised twice and then layered with butter, raised a third time. Twist thin slices of dough into a circle. Bake. Then frost with a thin powdered sugar glaze/icing. (Yes an all day effort.)
    Pudding cookies. Its made with pudding (can be sugar free for diabetics) and a chosen chip. Vanilla/chocolate; vanilla/butterscotch; pistachio/white chocolate; etc.

    Reply
  6. HUgs on the stresses of selling/buying/packing/moving, Andrea — not fun, though it will be lovely when the dust settles. I’d never heard of blondies, so I had to look them up. They look yummy. Biscotti I’m much more familiar with.
    I must confess to a weakness for chocolate brownies of the squidgy sort, and I’m also very fond of ANZAC biscuits –or as you’d probably call them oatmeal cookies. Also gingernuts. And I’ve been meaning to bake some Welsh cakes, which I haven’t had for years, and never made myself. But I don’t bake sweet things much, only when I’m expecting visitors, or going somewhere and want to take something to give.

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  7. HUgs on the stresses of selling/buying/packing/moving, Andrea — not fun, though it will be lovely when the dust settles. I’d never heard of blondies, so I had to look them up. They look yummy. Biscotti I’m much more familiar with.
    I must confess to a weakness for chocolate brownies of the squidgy sort, and I’m also very fond of ANZAC biscuits –or as you’d probably call them oatmeal cookies. Also gingernuts. And I’ve been meaning to bake some Welsh cakes, which I haven’t had for years, and never made myself. But I don’t bake sweet things much, only when I’m expecting visitors, or going somewhere and want to take something to give.

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  8. HUgs on the stresses of selling/buying/packing/moving, Andrea — not fun, though it will be lovely when the dust settles. I’d never heard of blondies, so I had to look them up. They look yummy. Biscotti I’m much more familiar with.
    I must confess to a weakness for chocolate brownies of the squidgy sort, and I’m also very fond of ANZAC biscuits –or as you’d probably call them oatmeal cookies. Also gingernuts. And I’ve been meaning to bake some Welsh cakes, which I haven’t had for years, and never made myself. But I don’t bake sweet things much, only when I’m expecting visitors, or going somewhere and want to take something to give.

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  9. HUgs on the stresses of selling/buying/packing/moving, Andrea — not fun, though it will be lovely when the dust settles. I’d never heard of blondies, so I had to look them up. They look yummy. Biscotti I’m much more familiar with.
    I must confess to a weakness for chocolate brownies of the squidgy sort, and I’m also very fond of ANZAC biscuits –or as you’d probably call them oatmeal cookies. Also gingernuts. And I’ve been meaning to bake some Welsh cakes, which I haven’t had for years, and never made myself. But I don’t bake sweet things much, only when I’m expecting visitors, or going somewhere and want to take something to give.

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  10. HUgs on the stresses of selling/buying/packing/moving, Andrea — not fun, though it will be lovely when the dust settles. I’d never heard of blondies, so I had to look them up. They look yummy. Biscotti I’m much more familiar with.
    I must confess to a weakness for chocolate brownies of the squidgy sort, and I’m also very fond of ANZAC biscuits –or as you’d probably call them oatmeal cookies. Also gingernuts. And I’ve been meaning to bake some Welsh cakes, which I haven’t had for years, and never made myself. But I don’t bake sweet things much, only when I’m expecting visitors, or going somewhere and want to take something to give.

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  11. Oh, wow, Andrea–
    What a dream recipe/word picture! I try to keep my sweet tooth under control, but I do like a bit of something sweet after supper. With coffee, not prosecco. The sweet varies, but I remember quite clearly that it was a truly superior banana pudding from the local gourmet grocer deli case that got me through the dog days of finishing SOMETIMES A ROGUE. Luckily they changed the recipe soon after to a version I don’t like as much, or I’d be spherical. *G*
    As for the moving who’d never seen anything like your bookshelves–he should move some other authors!!!!

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  12. Oh, wow, Andrea–
    What a dream recipe/word picture! I try to keep my sweet tooth under control, but I do like a bit of something sweet after supper. With coffee, not prosecco. The sweet varies, but I remember quite clearly that it was a truly superior banana pudding from the local gourmet grocer deli case that got me through the dog days of finishing SOMETIMES A ROGUE. Luckily they changed the recipe soon after to a version I don’t like as much, or I’d be spherical. *G*
    As for the moving who’d never seen anything like your bookshelves–he should move some other authors!!!!

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  13. Oh, wow, Andrea–
    What a dream recipe/word picture! I try to keep my sweet tooth under control, but I do like a bit of something sweet after supper. With coffee, not prosecco. The sweet varies, but I remember quite clearly that it was a truly superior banana pudding from the local gourmet grocer deli case that got me through the dog days of finishing SOMETIMES A ROGUE. Luckily they changed the recipe soon after to a version I don’t like as much, or I’d be spherical. *G*
    As for the moving who’d never seen anything like your bookshelves–he should move some other authors!!!!

    Reply
  14. Oh, wow, Andrea–
    What a dream recipe/word picture! I try to keep my sweet tooth under control, but I do like a bit of something sweet after supper. With coffee, not prosecco. The sweet varies, but I remember quite clearly that it was a truly superior banana pudding from the local gourmet grocer deli case that got me through the dog days of finishing SOMETIMES A ROGUE. Luckily they changed the recipe soon after to a version I don’t like as much, or I’d be spherical. *G*
    As for the moving who’d never seen anything like your bookshelves–he should move some other authors!!!!

    Reply
  15. Oh, wow, Andrea–
    What a dream recipe/word picture! I try to keep my sweet tooth under control, but I do like a bit of something sweet after supper. With coffee, not prosecco. The sweet varies, but I remember quite clearly that it was a truly superior banana pudding from the local gourmet grocer deli case that got me through the dog days of finishing SOMETIMES A ROGUE. Luckily they changed the recipe soon after to a version I don’t like as much, or I’d be spherical. *G*
    As for the moving who’d never seen anything like your bookshelves–he should move some other authors!!!!

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  16. Thanks, Anne! Squidgy chocolate brownies are a huge favorite too, as are oatmeal cookies with lots of raisins and walnuts. Am a big fan of Welsh cakes, though I’ve never made then either. The list could go on . . .I’m VERY fond of sweets!

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  17. Thanks, Anne! Squidgy chocolate brownies are a huge favorite too, as are oatmeal cookies with lots of raisins and walnuts. Am a big fan of Welsh cakes, though I’ve never made then either. The list could go on . . .I’m VERY fond of sweets!

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  18. Thanks, Anne! Squidgy chocolate brownies are a huge favorite too, as are oatmeal cookies with lots of raisins and walnuts. Am a big fan of Welsh cakes, though I’ve never made then either. The list could go on . . .I’m VERY fond of sweets!

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  19. Thanks, Anne! Squidgy chocolate brownies are a huge favorite too, as are oatmeal cookies with lots of raisins and walnuts. Am a big fan of Welsh cakes, though I’ve never made then either. The list could go on . . .I’m VERY fond of sweets!

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  20. Thanks, Anne! Squidgy chocolate brownies are a huge favorite too, as are oatmeal cookies with lots of raisins and walnuts. Am a big fan of Welsh cakes, though I’ve never made then either. The list could go on . . .I’m VERY fond of sweets!

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  21. Perhaps because I’ve just had a summer cold and wished for Chicken Soup Avgolemono – Greek Egg-Lemon Chicken Soup? But chocolate works too.

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  22. Perhaps because I’ve just had a summer cold and wished for Chicken Soup Avgolemono – Greek Egg-Lemon Chicken Soup? But chocolate works too.

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  23. Perhaps because I’ve just had a summer cold and wished for Chicken Soup Avgolemono – Greek Egg-Lemon Chicken Soup? But chocolate works too.

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  24. Perhaps because I’ve just had a summer cold and wished for Chicken Soup Avgolemono – Greek Egg-Lemon Chicken Soup? But chocolate works too.

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  25. Perhaps because I’ve just had a summer cold and wished for Chicken Soup Avgolemono – Greek Egg-Lemon Chicken Soup? But chocolate works too.

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  26. I find carb-loading counterproductive; it just makes me feel blurgh — and besides, sugar just ruins your teeth. So I stopped eating much of it some years ago. Now when I want an energizer, I dunk my head under the cold water faucet (I quit putting up with the high maintenance styles long ago as well). Almonds are my favorite snack, preferably with one or two raisins per handful — a bit of natural sugar, but not too much. Then I find something interesting to do — and that’s the greatest energizer of all! A really good book, for instance, is a restorative like no other 🙂

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  27. I find carb-loading counterproductive; it just makes me feel blurgh — and besides, sugar just ruins your teeth. So I stopped eating much of it some years ago. Now when I want an energizer, I dunk my head under the cold water faucet (I quit putting up with the high maintenance styles long ago as well). Almonds are my favorite snack, preferably with one or two raisins per handful — a bit of natural sugar, but not too much. Then I find something interesting to do — and that’s the greatest energizer of all! A really good book, for instance, is a restorative like no other 🙂

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  28. I find carb-loading counterproductive; it just makes me feel blurgh — and besides, sugar just ruins your teeth. So I stopped eating much of it some years ago. Now when I want an energizer, I dunk my head under the cold water faucet (I quit putting up with the high maintenance styles long ago as well). Almonds are my favorite snack, preferably with one or two raisins per handful — a bit of natural sugar, but not too much. Then I find something interesting to do — and that’s the greatest energizer of all! A really good book, for instance, is a restorative like no other 🙂

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  29. I find carb-loading counterproductive; it just makes me feel blurgh — and besides, sugar just ruins your teeth. So I stopped eating much of it some years ago. Now when I want an energizer, I dunk my head under the cold water faucet (I quit putting up with the high maintenance styles long ago as well). Almonds are my favorite snack, preferably with one or two raisins per handful — a bit of natural sugar, but not too much. Then I find something interesting to do — and that’s the greatest energizer of all! A really good book, for instance, is a restorative like no other 🙂

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  30. I find carb-loading counterproductive; it just makes me feel blurgh — and besides, sugar just ruins your teeth. So I stopped eating much of it some years ago. Now when I want an energizer, I dunk my head under the cold water faucet (I quit putting up with the high maintenance styles long ago as well). Almonds are my favorite snack, preferably with one or two raisins per handful — a bit of natural sugar, but not too much. Then I find something interesting to do — and that’s the greatest energizer of all! A really good book, for instance, is a restorative like no other 🙂

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  31. Janice that’s my best stress relief, too — reading a good book. When I’ve been at my most stressed I’ll read a book a night. Luckily I’m a fast reader, and don’t need a lot of sleep. 🙂

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  32. Janice that’s my best stress relief, too — reading a good book. When I’ve been at my most stressed I’ll read a book a night. Luckily I’m a fast reader, and don’t need a lot of sleep. 🙂

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  33. Janice that’s my best stress relief, too — reading a good book. When I’ve been at my most stressed I’ll read a book a night. Luckily I’m a fast reader, and don’t need a lot of sleep. 🙂

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  34. Janice that’s my best stress relief, too — reading a good book. When I’ve been at my most stressed I’ll read a book a night. Luckily I’m a fast reader, and don’t need a lot of sleep. 🙂

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  35. Janice that’s my best stress relief, too — reading a good book. When I’ve been at my most stressed I’ll read a book a night. Luckily I’m a fast reader, and don’t need a lot of sleep. 🙂

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  36. Anne, one of the changes in modern life that I do not like is the gradual loss of bookstores. After work some people went home, some went to a bar, but I went to a bookstore – that was my way of detoxing from the stress of the day. Browsing for half an hour would clear my mind, and I generally walked out with a fistful of paperbacks too. I miss the days when there were bookstores in every mall and a couple of paperback stores near my home. Now there’s only one bookstore left within my West LA orbit, and they’re very nice but it’s not the same! But even in those days, I never did a book a night 🙂

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  37. Anne, one of the changes in modern life that I do not like is the gradual loss of bookstores. After work some people went home, some went to a bar, but I went to a bookstore – that was my way of detoxing from the stress of the day. Browsing for half an hour would clear my mind, and I generally walked out with a fistful of paperbacks too. I miss the days when there were bookstores in every mall and a couple of paperback stores near my home. Now there’s only one bookstore left within my West LA orbit, and they’re very nice but it’s not the same! But even in those days, I never did a book a night 🙂

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  38. Anne, one of the changes in modern life that I do not like is the gradual loss of bookstores. After work some people went home, some went to a bar, but I went to a bookstore – that was my way of detoxing from the stress of the day. Browsing for half an hour would clear my mind, and I generally walked out with a fistful of paperbacks too. I miss the days when there were bookstores in every mall and a couple of paperback stores near my home. Now there’s only one bookstore left within my West LA orbit, and they’re very nice but it’s not the same! But even in those days, I never did a book a night 🙂

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  39. Anne, one of the changes in modern life that I do not like is the gradual loss of bookstores. After work some people went home, some went to a bar, but I went to a bookstore – that was my way of detoxing from the stress of the day. Browsing for half an hour would clear my mind, and I generally walked out with a fistful of paperbacks too. I miss the days when there were bookstores in every mall and a couple of paperback stores near my home. Now there’s only one bookstore left within my West LA orbit, and they’re very nice but it’s not the same! But even in those days, I never did a book a night 🙂

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  40. Anne, one of the changes in modern life that I do not like is the gradual loss of bookstores. After work some people went home, some went to a bar, but I went to a bookstore – that was my way of detoxing from the stress of the day. Browsing for half an hour would clear my mind, and I generally walked out with a fistful of paperbacks too. I miss the days when there were bookstores in every mall and a couple of paperback stores near my home. Now there’s only one bookstore left within my West LA orbit, and they’re very nice but it’s not the same! But even in those days, I never did a book a night 🙂

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  41. The mover looked at my books and told me it would cost me more to move them than to replace them when I got to my new home! Breathe deeply and meditate. This too shall pass. 😉
    I don’t eat grain so I’ve developed a macaroon cookie recipe for my dehydrator so that all of that healthy fat stays uncooked. One or two of those with a cup of hot tea is my go-to de-stresser. Not to be too pedantic about it, but fat is much better for stress than the short-lived carb high.

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  42. The mover looked at my books and told me it would cost me more to move them than to replace them when I got to my new home! Breathe deeply and meditate. This too shall pass. 😉
    I don’t eat grain so I’ve developed a macaroon cookie recipe for my dehydrator so that all of that healthy fat stays uncooked. One or two of those with a cup of hot tea is my go-to de-stresser. Not to be too pedantic about it, but fat is much better for stress than the short-lived carb high.

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  43. The mover looked at my books and told me it would cost me more to move them than to replace them when I got to my new home! Breathe deeply and meditate. This too shall pass. 😉
    I don’t eat grain so I’ve developed a macaroon cookie recipe for my dehydrator so that all of that healthy fat stays uncooked. One or two of those with a cup of hot tea is my go-to de-stresser. Not to be too pedantic about it, but fat is much better for stress than the short-lived carb high.

    Reply
  44. The mover looked at my books and told me it would cost me more to move them than to replace them when I got to my new home! Breathe deeply and meditate. This too shall pass. 😉
    I don’t eat grain so I’ve developed a macaroon cookie recipe for my dehydrator so that all of that healthy fat stays uncooked. One or two of those with a cup of hot tea is my go-to de-stresser. Not to be too pedantic about it, but fat is much better for stress than the short-lived carb high.

    Reply
  45. The mover looked at my books and told me it would cost me more to move them than to replace them when I got to my new home! Breathe deeply and meditate. This too shall pass. 😉
    I don’t eat grain so I’ve developed a macaroon cookie recipe for my dehydrator so that all of that healthy fat stays uncooked. One or two of those with a cup of hot tea is my go-to de-stresser. Not to be too pedantic about it, but fat is much better for stress than the short-lived carb high.

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  46. Good luck with everything involved with the move! Moving is not something I have ever really enjoyed. 🙂
    As for comfort treats, my standby is good old fashioned brownies with either walnuts or pecans sometimes both. No icing but maybe a dusting of powdered sugar.

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  47. Good luck with everything involved with the move! Moving is not something I have ever really enjoyed. 🙂
    As for comfort treats, my standby is good old fashioned brownies with either walnuts or pecans sometimes both. No icing but maybe a dusting of powdered sugar.

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  48. Good luck with everything involved with the move! Moving is not something I have ever really enjoyed. 🙂
    As for comfort treats, my standby is good old fashioned brownies with either walnuts or pecans sometimes both. No icing but maybe a dusting of powdered sugar.

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  49. Good luck with everything involved with the move! Moving is not something I have ever really enjoyed. 🙂
    As for comfort treats, my standby is good old fashioned brownies with either walnuts or pecans sometimes both. No icing but maybe a dusting of powdered sugar.

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  50. Good luck with everything involved with the move! Moving is not something I have ever really enjoyed. 🙂
    As for comfort treats, my standby is good old fashioned brownies with either walnuts or pecans sometimes both. No icing but maybe a dusting of powdered sugar.

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  51. I’m another chocolate and nut eater, so my favorite comfort would be walnut brownies or walnut chocolate chip cookies. However I rarely allow myself to indulge. I usually settle for a nice pot of tea, made with good quality loose leaf tea. One of my favorites is Earl Grey with dried spearmint leaves added, but I’ve got a whole cabinet full of tea varieties, black, green and herbal. And a book to go with it, of course!

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  52. I’m another chocolate and nut eater, so my favorite comfort would be walnut brownies or walnut chocolate chip cookies. However I rarely allow myself to indulge. I usually settle for a nice pot of tea, made with good quality loose leaf tea. One of my favorites is Earl Grey with dried spearmint leaves added, but I’ve got a whole cabinet full of tea varieties, black, green and herbal. And a book to go with it, of course!

    Reply
  53. I’m another chocolate and nut eater, so my favorite comfort would be walnut brownies or walnut chocolate chip cookies. However I rarely allow myself to indulge. I usually settle for a nice pot of tea, made with good quality loose leaf tea. One of my favorites is Earl Grey with dried spearmint leaves added, but I’ve got a whole cabinet full of tea varieties, black, green and herbal. And a book to go with it, of course!

    Reply
  54. I’m another chocolate and nut eater, so my favorite comfort would be walnut brownies or walnut chocolate chip cookies. However I rarely allow myself to indulge. I usually settle for a nice pot of tea, made with good quality loose leaf tea. One of my favorites is Earl Grey with dried spearmint leaves added, but I’ve got a whole cabinet full of tea varieties, black, green and herbal. And a book to go with it, of course!

    Reply
  55. I’m another chocolate and nut eater, so my favorite comfort would be walnut brownies or walnut chocolate chip cookies. However I rarely allow myself to indulge. I usually settle for a nice pot of tea, made with good quality loose leaf tea. One of my favorites is Earl Grey with dried spearmint leaves added, but I’ve got a whole cabinet full of tea varieties, black, green and herbal. And a book to go with it, of course!

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  56. You’re right, Janice—rationally (and medically) sugar isn’t the best choice for stress. And usually I’m very sensible about my food choices. But there are times when a good nosh of sweets does seem a comfort, no matter what the medical research shows.
    That said, I totally agree that the best medicine of all is a good book, I have a number of comfort reads when I’m feeling really blue—for example, the Amelia Peabody series by the lat Elizabeth Peters never fails to make me laugh.

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  57. You’re right, Janice—rationally (and medically) sugar isn’t the best choice for stress. And usually I’m very sensible about my food choices. But there are times when a good nosh of sweets does seem a comfort, no matter what the medical research shows.
    That said, I totally agree that the best medicine of all is a good book, I have a number of comfort reads when I’m feeling really blue—for example, the Amelia Peabody series by the lat Elizabeth Peters never fails to make me laugh.

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  58. You’re right, Janice—rationally (and medically) sugar isn’t the best choice for stress. And usually I’m very sensible about my food choices. But there are times when a good nosh of sweets does seem a comfort, no matter what the medical research shows.
    That said, I totally agree that the best medicine of all is a good book, I have a number of comfort reads when I’m feeling really blue—for example, the Amelia Peabody series by the lat Elizabeth Peters never fails to make me laugh.

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  59. You’re right, Janice—rationally (and medically) sugar isn’t the best choice for stress. And usually I’m very sensible about my food choices. But there are times when a good nosh of sweets does seem a comfort, no matter what the medical research shows.
    That said, I totally agree that the best medicine of all is a good book, I have a number of comfort reads when I’m feeling really blue—for example, the Amelia Peabody series by the lat Elizabeth Peters never fails to make me laugh.

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  60. You’re right, Janice—rationally (and medically) sugar isn’t the best choice for stress. And usually I’m very sensible about my food choices. But there are times when a good nosh of sweets does seem a comfort, no matter what the medical research shows.
    That said, I totally agree that the best medicine of all is a good book, I have a number of comfort reads when I’m feeling really blue—for example, the Amelia Peabody series by the lat Elizabeth Peters never fails to make me laugh.

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  61. Thanks, Glenda. This is the most stressful thing I’ve EVER done. Not planning on moving again anytime soon!Borwnies with walnuts sounds really good about now, Have spent the last five hours sorting through clothe that were stored in the attic. What was I thinking!!!!

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  62. Thanks, Glenda. This is the most stressful thing I’ve EVER done. Not planning on moving again anytime soon!Borwnies with walnuts sounds really good about now, Have spent the last five hours sorting through clothe that were stored in the attic. What was I thinking!!!!

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  63. Thanks, Glenda. This is the most stressful thing I’ve EVER done. Not planning on moving again anytime soon!Borwnies with walnuts sounds really good about now, Have spent the last five hours sorting through clothe that were stored in the attic. What was I thinking!!!!

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  64. Thanks, Glenda. This is the most stressful thing I’ve EVER done. Not planning on moving again anytime soon!Borwnies with walnuts sounds really good about now, Have spent the last five hours sorting through clothe that were stored in the attic. What was I thinking!!!!

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  65. Thanks, Glenda. This is the most stressful thing I’ve EVER done. Not planning on moving again anytime soon!Borwnies with walnuts sounds really good about now, Have spent the last five hours sorting through clothe that were stored in the attic. What was I thinking!!!!

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  66. Karim I’ve recently switched to loose tea, and have found a wonderful Earl Grey mix that is very nice. But your addition of spearmint leaves sounds wonderful. Will have to experiment.
    And the book . . . yes. A good book is just as good as chocolate!

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  67. Karim I’ve recently switched to loose tea, and have found a wonderful Earl Grey mix that is very nice. But your addition of spearmint leaves sounds wonderful. Will have to experiment.
    And the book . . . yes. A good book is just as good as chocolate!

    Reply
  68. Karim I’ve recently switched to loose tea, and have found a wonderful Earl Grey mix that is very nice. But your addition of spearmint leaves sounds wonderful. Will have to experiment.
    And the book . . . yes. A good book is just as good as chocolate!

    Reply
  69. Karim I’ve recently switched to loose tea, and have found a wonderful Earl Grey mix that is very nice. But your addition of spearmint leaves sounds wonderful. Will have to experiment.
    And the book . . . yes. A good book is just as good as chocolate!

    Reply
  70. Karim I’ve recently switched to loose tea, and have found a wonderful Earl Grey mix that is very nice. But your addition of spearmint leaves sounds wonderful. Will have to experiment.
    And the book . . . yes. A good book is just as good as chocolate!

    Reply
  71. Something that gives me that warm,fuzzy feeling of home and love, are some very easy fresh baked biscuits hot out of the oven with lots of real butter and regional raw honey together with a cup of my favorite tea. I cheat and use Bisquick, enough to make 3 or 4 biscuits (usually about 1-1/2 cups to 2 cups), add one tablespoon of powdered buttermilk, 1 to 2 tablespoons of sugar, and add milk (goatmilk actually makes the best tasting biscuits) to the desired consistency for drop biscuits, stir well, and bake at 375 degrees until golden on top. When done, slice a biscuit, add butter and honey, and eat immediately. Uummwah!

    Reply
  72. Something that gives me that warm,fuzzy feeling of home and love, are some very easy fresh baked biscuits hot out of the oven with lots of real butter and regional raw honey together with a cup of my favorite tea. I cheat and use Bisquick, enough to make 3 or 4 biscuits (usually about 1-1/2 cups to 2 cups), add one tablespoon of powdered buttermilk, 1 to 2 tablespoons of sugar, and add milk (goatmilk actually makes the best tasting biscuits) to the desired consistency for drop biscuits, stir well, and bake at 375 degrees until golden on top. When done, slice a biscuit, add butter and honey, and eat immediately. Uummwah!

    Reply
  73. Something that gives me that warm,fuzzy feeling of home and love, are some very easy fresh baked biscuits hot out of the oven with lots of real butter and regional raw honey together with a cup of my favorite tea. I cheat and use Bisquick, enough to make 3 or 4 biscuits (usually about 1-1/2 cups to 2 cups), add one tablespoon of powdered buttermilk, 1 to 2 tablespoons of sugar, and add milk (goatmilk actually makes the best tasting biscuits) to the desired consistency for drop biscuits, stir well, and bake at 375 degrees until golden on top. When done, slice a biscuit, add butter and honey, and eat immediately. Uummwah!

    Reply
  74. Something that gives me that warm,fuzzy feeling of home and love, are some very easy fresh baked biscuits hot out of the oven with lots of real butter and regional raw honey together with a cup of my favorite tea. I cheat and use Bisquick, enough to make 3 or 4 biscuits (usually about 1-1/2 cups to 2 cups), add one tablespoon of powdered buttermilk, 1 to 2 tablespoons of sugar, and add milk (goatmilk actually makes the best tasting biscuits) to the desired consistency for drop biscuits, stir well, and bake at 375 degrees until golden on top. When done, slice a biscuit, add butter and honey, and eat immediately. Uummwah!

    Reply
  75. Something that gives me that warm,fuzzy feeling of home and love, are some very easy fresh baked biscuits hot out of the oven with lots of real butter and regional raw honey together with a cup of my favorite tea. I cheat and use Bisquick, enough to make 3 or 4 biscuits (usually about 1-1/2 cups to 2 cups), add one tablespoon of powdered buttermilk, 1 to 2 tablespoons of sugar, and add milk (goatmilk actually makes the best tasting biscuits) to the desired consistency for drop biscuits, stir well, and bake at 375 degrees until golden on top. When done, slice a biscuit, add butter and honey, and eat immediately. Uummwah!

    Reply

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