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Lucy in Beacon

Lucy in Beacon

On The Nineteenth Day of December

Pine nuts. They are good in pesto and… that’s about all I ever thought of them. They are the most expensive nut on the advent calendar, and not all that tasty out-of-hand, so I figured I had to get a little creative. Armed with this recipe for Rosemary Pine Nut Sables, I went to town.

Step one: toast the pine nuts to give them maximum flavor.

This:

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to That:

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Step two: make the dough and refrigerate in a tube shape two hours, or overnight. Then cut the dough into circular cookies.

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Last step! Bake!

Okay, actual last step: serve them to your swim team at the holiday party. Hope they don’t get wierded out that these cookie-shaped things are savory.

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On The Sixteenth Day of December

Ugh. This iPhone is small and the button to post is too close to the title, so I think I just published a blank post.

Getting to the point at hand, the 16th was raisin nut bran day. Raisin-nuts are a wholly unnatural concept that populate a semi-sugary bran cereal which has always been third tier and always surprises me when it’s still for sale. I think it was my favorite in 5th grade, and I always separated out the raisin nuts from the flakes.

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I did that again this time. They are the best part!

The Ninth Day of December

And on the ninth day I wrote and wrote and wrote and had 20 pages of paper done by noon. When I was done, I turned 1/3 of a cup of this:

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Into this:

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With a little bit of salt and a half hour of Hulu on the couch I achieved the perfect study break. Also, I’ll never eat microwave popcorn again.

The Third Day of December

Before yesterday, I had never eaten Brazil Nuts separately from mixed nuts.

Before yesterday, I had never gone to the bathroom in a composting toilet inside a trailer.

Before yesterday, I had never doled out large nuts one-by-one in 15-minute increments to help me get through a 3-hour grad school class.

Before yesterday, I had never met a seed librarian, let alone interviewed one, nor used that person’s facilities.

Before yesterday, I had never had worn these new boots.

Before yesterday, I had never stopped at the park-and-ride in Catskill to order a pizza from Two Boots across from Bard College for pick-up on my way home from Albany.*

Yesterday was a good day.

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*OK, I’ve actually done that before, anytime I feel inclined to celebrate a particularly good day of grad school under my belt.

Also, did you know that there is a scientific principle called “The Brazil Nut Effect” which studies why large objects rise to the top when they are within a group of smaller objects?

The Second Day of December

Chestnuts roasting on an enclosed gas stove…

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Chestnuts, like lobster, were once so plentiful, they were considered food for the poor. Now, you’re lucky if you can score 10 of these tasty treats. Like coconuts, I can’t believe that anyone figured out that something wonderful lives inside these tough shells.

December 24, 2011

CoW Advent 12/24/11 – Christmas is finally here!
Item: Marzipan pig (& a very studious Lola)
Source: Adams Fairacre Farms (thanks for the memories!)
Country of Origin: Germany
Yum Factor: n/a, I gave it to my brother-in-law to thank him for being host this Christmas, and for good luck. Marzipan pigs are traditional holiday gifts, and I’m glad I got this little one instead of a realistic evil one: http://jonaslaberg.posterous.com/evil-marzipan-pig-is-evil