December 17th, 2007

Venus

Stumbling on through the holidays...

Finished the first half of the holiday baking (for the Bay Area family members), and I have come to the conlusion that I just don't have the right personality to make biscotti.

I know what you're thinking: "Wait, isn't that just a kind of cookie? What does personality have to do with that?"

I don't know if it's this way with ALL biscotti, but this is the second year I've made chocolate biscotti. Even taking extra preparations, the dough still sticks like tar, and you can't get it off your hands for anything even as you're trying to manipulate it into shape. And it feels disgusting. Glagh!

For those who are braver than I, the recipe is below. I personally think this is a two-person effort, as you'll have to call somebody else in to sift flour over everything again and again after you've touched it. Did I mention that the dough sticks to everything?!? *shudders* I've also noticed that chocolate biscotti tend to taste kind of 'flat,' and so I'm still searching for a way to get them to taste like chocolate (i.e., I keep modifying the recipe). But this batch wasn't too bad, and it made a decent quantity (we give these as gifts):

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We saw Astronaut Farmer on video, which was very good. My husband loved it, while I thought it was good. Plus, loved the supporting cast, which included the Nadine actress from Grace Under Fire and the 'What country do you think this is? actor from Ferris Bueller (oh come on, admit it-- you totally think of him that way too!).

We also watched this B-movie called Idiocracy, starring Luke Wilson. That was funnier than it should have been, mostly in ways that were deeply weird. An entirely average Army guy gets frozen for what is accidentally 500 years, and when he re-awakens he is the smartest man on the planet, thanks to progressive de-evolution. The "triage-processing" board in the hospital, the dumbed-down interfaces for everything and the general incompetence of the world at large are pretty funny.

Ooh, ooh, almost forgot! We finally loaded my new iPod with tunes, and I love it far more than I ever thought I would. It's like having my own personal radio station that only plays songs I like! Whoo-- Led Zeppelin, Soundgarden, Fuel, Nirvana, STP, Cream, k.d. lang, Chris Isaak, Smashing Pumpkins, and (not kidding) Beck's Odelay to mention just a few. Got a devil's haircut in my mind.... *happy sigh*

So, good weekend for most of you?