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Saturday, January 23, 2016
Biscotti, A Christmas Tradition
My dad loved my Hazelnut Biscotti. I've hit on a recipe with a couple tweaks that makes a delightful biscotti. Why hazelnut? My dad loves hazelnuts. As a young girl I decided I would crack open a bag of hazelnuts for my dad to eat every Christmas. You couldn't buy them shelled back then. I thought a fresh bag of shelled hazelnuts would be a nice treat for him. 45 years later I still do it, well, I can buy them shelled now. We also encountered a problem about 15 years ago. My dad ate the whole bag of shelled hazelnuts and got a stomachache from the beyond world. A 3 day stomachache. I had that same stomachache when I ate too many homemade macaroons. 3 to be exact. So coconutty that they sand papered my stomach lining for 3 days and I've never been so miserable. I didn't want my dad to ever have another stomachache at my expense.
This year we decided no gifts as my parents are pushing 80 and I really don't want them out shopping during cold and flu season. They really don't want to be out doing that either. I did however still make biscotti. My dad did say, "Hey, I thought no gifts?" I replied it's not a gift it's a Christmas tradition.