Yes. It is supposed to be fall. Not winter! The first photo was October 18, 2008. The snow photo-was October 29, 2008! Say it isn’t so? Unfortunately I can’t. I knew there was snow when I got up (it was snowing yesterday) so I got around earlier and headed out to clean my car. You can see it was running in the photo! Well, Grumpy got his van cleared off and left for work. I was still cleaning my car. It took me over 30 minutes. The snow was wet and heavy. I then proceeded to get in my car and head to work. No. My car did not want to go. See, it had also rained quite a bit before we got the snow. Although there wasn’t a ton of snow blocking my car, there was a lot of wet slippery stuff under the tires. The car wouldn’t budge. The tires spun. My co-worker suggested I try cardboard. We have alot of that lying around recently because of some purchases – so I did. Nope. That didn’t work either.

So, I have to wait for Grumpy to get home. The snow is supposed to continue throughout most of the day, but by tomorrow its supposed to warm up again. I sure hope so for the trick or treater’s sake…but even at that, unless it’s cold for the ground to be hard, they’ll be walking thru mud to trick or treat. Yuck.

Since I was stuck home I decided to make a few things. In Iron Stef’s Taste & Create Blog she mentioned that muffins seemed to be my “thing.” Well, they are. Sort of. I get on kicks. Right now I am on a biscotti kick. I am trying to find out how many different kinds of biscotti are out there that I can try! I guess you would say I’m on a cookie kick right now too – thinking ahead to the holidays and Operation Baking Gals.

Today I made Maple Walnut Biscotti. I wanted to make a recipe that had real maple syrup in it instead of the maple flavoring and I found a recipe at We Heart Food. I hesitated at first because it called for cornmeal and I wasn’t crazy about the Lennox Almond Biscotti. But, I decided to go ahead and give it a try anyway. I am glad I did! My house smelled lovely and the biscotti tasted great! I also made a maple flavored glaze for the biscotti. Perfect! Below is the recipe with what I did differently. All the ingredients are the same, but my method was a little different than my source. I also made a glaze however I don’t really have a “recipe” with amounts but will tell you how I made it.

Maple Walnut Biscotti
1-3/4 cup all purpose flour
1/2 cup yellow cornmeal
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
2 large eggs
1/2 cup pure maple syrup (I used light amber)
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Whisk together dry ingredients. Set aside. Whisk together wet ingredients. Make a well in the center of dry ingredients and pour wet ingredients into well. Stir until dry ingredients just come together.

Divide dough into two pieces.

Form into logs on top of parchment paper. Move parchment to cookie sheet.

Bake 25 minutes at 350. Remove from oven and let cool 15 minutes. Turn oven down to 325. Cut into slices and return to oven for 10 minutes. Flip biscotti and bake another 5 minutes. Remove from oven and cool.

Coat with glaze.


I melted 3 squares of white chocolate coating with a capful of maple extract and about a 1/4 of half and half. This made it quite watery. I stirred in just enough confectioner’s sugar to thicken the glaze some. I then dipped the bottom of the biscotti in the glaze and spread the glaze with the back of a spoon. I sat the biscotti upright (with glaze on top) until dry. This glaze was delicious!