Monthly Archives: March 2013

Easter Treat!

Being 75% Italian, I love to cook and bake! Many recipes in my family are passed down through generations. One of my favorite recipes is for the Easter cookies that I have made this evening in preparation for tomorrow’s festivities!

Try these delicious biscuits with coffee, tea, or milk! It is an easy recipe with a high end reward for your taste buds 🙂

taralli

TARALLI

2-3/4 C all purpose flour

3/4 Tbsp baking powder

3 eggs

1/2 C granulated sugar

6 Tbsp unsalted butter, melted

1 Tbsp vanilla extract

Icing

3 C confectioners’ sugar

1/4 C water

1 tsp vanilla extract

1/2 tsp lemon extract

multi-colored nonpareils

Preheat oven to 350F. Lightly grease 2 cookie sheets and set aside.

In a large bowl combine the flour and baking powder.

In a medium bowl, add the eggs, whisking to break them up. Slowly whisk in the sugar, then the melted butter and vanilla. Whisk until everything is very well combined. With a rubber spatula, fold the egg mixture into the flour mixture.

Knead the dough lightly (this is where it says to turn out to a floured surface but I kneaded it right in the bowl). Pinch the dough off into about 1-inch ball sizes and roll between your hands to make a rope about 4-5 inches long. Pinch the ends together to form a circle and place on prepared pans about 1-inch apart.

Bake about 22-25 min until puffed and golden brown. Cool on racks before icing.

For the icing:

Set your wire rack over a cookie sheet.

Combine all ingredients, adding the water just 1 tablespoon at a time until you reach a slightly thick, but still pourable consistency.

Taking one cooled cookie, turn it upside down and dip it in the bowl of icing. Turn it back over and return to the wire rack, allowing the excess to drip off.

Sprinkle with multi-colored nonpareils while still wet (I dip 4 at a time then sprinkle and repeat).

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Weebly – My Favorite New Website Builder

Check out my new online portfolio at http://jleopoldo.weebly.com/index.html!

I was introduced to Weebly by my coworker, and I have to say, that I love the simple format and ease of this website builder.

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To Dye or Not to Dye?

Its fleshy, leathery, pink grasp is tight. Too tight. I guess it’s my time to go, but I’ve heard it is quick and easy. A little messy… yes. But, that’s not my problem.

One crack. That’s all it takes, but I’m still captive. Held in the air, staring down at the terrible scene. The white bowl is already holding ounces of the yellow and white brains of my fellow comrades.

With the help of a sharp tool, a metal rod is slowly jammed into my round bottom. I can feel the puncture penetrate all the way through my core. After its job is complete, the rod is then pushed into my head and slid gently out. The holes stand vertical of one another, exposing my delicate insides to the chilly air.

Why is this my terrible fate?? A pink hole consumes my top and pressure enters my body like a gust of wind, and I am slowly drained alive. 

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Happy Easter!

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