Tonight I have been slaving away in the kitchen, making one of my very treasured Christmas cookies, Biscotti Paradiso, a milk chocolate, orange peel and almond biscotti that is out of this world. It takes hours. But snatching a nibble of the completed biscotti is heaven - a little bitter from the orange peel, sweetness from milk chocolate chips, and toasted almonds.
I make this every year for a special friend who is Italian, who once swooned over these, and thus I am , like every baker, indebted to those who adore our goodies. I will make these forever, if only to please those who recognize a beautiful cookie.
And that lovely cardinal ornament? There's something about seeing a cardinal that lifts your spirit and makes you smile.
Merry almost-Christmas to you all!