This past winter I decided I needed a new weapon in my arsenal of baked treats and worked on my biscotti-making skills. I messed around with a number of recipes and learned lessons on what, how much, and when to include add-ins such as nuts and fruit, confections and flavors. I acquainted myself with the timing of turning out the loaf and spritzing it to moisten the crust before cutting it with just the right blade to keep crumbling to a minimum. I played with drizzles and toppings. When I couldn’t sleep, I’d get out of bed and bake biscotti. If I had extra energy at the end of the day, I’d bake biscotti. If I got up in the night to check on the sheep, I’d bake biscotti. One very early morning, after a stressful lamb delivery, everyone else went back to bed, but I made biscotti. It was a new part-time job I gave to myself.
My very inspiring, intelligent & caring friend, Megan, also lost a fair amount of sleep over the past winter and more while working on her soon-to-be-published “Almost Famous Women” collection of stories. Megan is an author, and writing for a living is not anything like baking biscotti for fun, but I do know that we both bring our best to our crafts and put in an honest days’ work each and every day. We’re moms with stay-at-home jobs meaning that breaks happen only if we give them to ourselves. I still haven’t learned how to do that very well, and knowing Megan, she also finds herself constantly running out of time. The idea of tea-time or cafe cuppa, good book with reading glasses nearby, and delectable biscuits is a splurge in both of our realms(though Megan doesn’t need reading glasses yet.) I have not had the pleasure of reading her newest collection, but I am intrigued that there are a couple of references to biscotti which led Megan to me for a recipe. I was very, shall I say it again?, very, excited to create something that would offer a tribute to this beautiful woman who is more than almost famous, more than ‘famous’. To me, kindness beats fame. I cannot turn out a sentence the way Megan can, but if I could, I would collect the words as eloquently as possible to tell you just how kind and generous her heart and soul are. The recipe and the creation of Almost Famous Women Biscotti has been a joyful project, and my daughter Char created an artistically perfect video to showcase this worthy title, worthy treat. Enjoy the following & don’t forget to pre-order Megan Mayhew Bergman’s latest book: Almost Famous Biscotti from charlotte white on Vimeo.