Hello all ye faithful Winchester, Sharpsburg, Bethesda,  Boonsboro, Eastern Panhandle Frontiernet clients, DC, California, NY, Texas, Bayern and ZA blog watchers. Hello Brazil, Malaysia, Tel Aviv and J’lem! This one is for you.
Pinacolada Biscotti.
If life hands you a fresh coconut, make pinacolada biscotti. The recipe is simple.
1 cup butter
1 cup sugar
3 eggs
2 tablespoons golden rum
2 tablespoons Cointreau
2 teaspoons coconut extract
5 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup grated coconut
1 cup chopped almonds
1 cup chopped dried apricot
Sift together flour, salt and baking soda. Cream butter and sugar. Beat in three eggs. Add rum and Cointreau. Add flour mix followed by coconut, almonds. chopped apricot. Divide dough in half and shape each half into two 12″ rolls. Place on buttered cookie sheet. Bake for 30 minutes. remove from oven. Allow baked rolls to rest for 10 minutes. Using a serrated knife, cut each roll diagonally into half inch segments. Return biscotti to cookie sheet. Bake biscotti for 10 minute. Flip biscotti over and bake for another 10 minutes. Enjoy.


This morning, a pair of goldfinches attracted by thistles a resident of historic Shepherdstown failed to zap with Round Up, had a good nosh on the thistle seed bar. That happend near the little park soon to be the site of a series of sticky and sweet rock’n’roll concerts. So far the municipality has yet to issue a fatwa on thistles, but hey, everything is possible, n’est-ce pas? I mean, look at who calls the shots. Not a single greeny in the lot.

I hope the finches are packing ear plugs since the village’s noise ordinance isn’t worth diddly. Please note that once upon a time there was an EPA noise ordinance in place–yes, I repeat myself. It is unAmerican to be silent in face of bad government–but it mysteriously disappeared. What is this, pre-democracy Argentina?The replacement ordinance probably would not stand legal scrutiny. No one is challenging it yet. The municipal administration continues to sock it to the environment while its PR machine sets up a Potemkin village for the benefit of moneyed tourists.
Peron lives.