|Star anise is a nice change from the cloves, ginger, and cinnamon of the season. Plus, it’s so pretty.|
The blog 101 Cookbooks is beautiful and I love to see what’s going on there, but it’s like stepping into a very private world. The author strives for a level of purity, both with ingredients and in technique, that makes regular recipes seem a little silly and undisciplined. It’s esoteric which precisely means it is intended for a small audience (though her readership is huge). It might not be for everyone, but it is a nice Zen place to go to now and then. Like at the finale of a cookie bake-a-thon. These cookies require some chopping, grinding, and grating, but they are nice ingredients to hang out with and the final cookie is a delight. You will find the recipe on her blog.
And now, I have to run to the airport. Seriously. Through sheer force of bakery, I willed my sons home. Let the fun begin!