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Biscotti’s for Christmas Anyone?

December 12th, 2011 by David Reeck

Biscotti's with white chocolate coating and crushed peppermints

This past November, my fellow Innkeeper, Jennifer Dunn from The Franklin Victorian Bed and Breakfast in Sparta, Wisconsin and I went on the Lanesboro Inn Christmas Tour in Lanesboro, Minnesota. They were all very delightful and full of decorating ideas. 

One of our favorite Inn’s on the tour was the Hillcrest Hide-Away B & B.  We commented on the array of plates filled with the different flavors of Biscotti’s served with Cider Wassail.  Marv and Carol Eggert were great hosts and kind enough to share the recipes with us.

Last week Jennifer visited Amil’s Inn Bed and Breakfast and we managed to make 5 different Biscotti recipes.  For those who don’t know, a biscotti is an Italian cookie baked twice and served with something hot.  They are commonly dunked in the hot coffee, tea or hot cider to soften them a little before eating.  What makes the biscotti special is the white or chocolate coating on one end which makes them delicious to enjoy with friends and family.

Here is one of the recipes:      

Carol’s Almond Biscotti

⅔ cup white sugar ¾ teaspoon baking powder
⅔ cup brown sugar ¾ teaspoon baking soda
½ cup butter ¼ teaspoon salt
3 eggs 3 cups flour
2 teaspoons almond extract 1 cup coarsely chopped almonds
1 ½ teaspoons vanilla extract  


Preheat oven to 325 degrees.  Line large baking sheet with Parchment paper.   Cream sugars and butter.  Add eggs 1 at a time, beating until light and fluffy.  Thoroughly mix in extracts.  Combine dry ingredients in a separate bowl, and add carefully into wet mixture.  Mix almonds into dough.  Dough will be thick and sticky.  If it is too sticky to handle, you can coat your hands with powdered sugar or flour to help. 

Shape the dough into 2 logs roughly 2×12”.  Place logs onto baking sheets lined with parchment paper.  Bake for 30 minutes. 

Carefully move to cooling racks.  Cool for 10 minutes.  Slice into ½ inch slices and lay cut side up on baking sheet.  Bake for another 15 minutes to dry.  Remove to cooling rack when done.

Wetherby Public Harvest Day 2011

September 26th, 2011 by David Reeck

Kyra Neumann and Tonya Gnewikow, daughters of Jim and Nodji Van Wychen

There are two events that take place every year which help us get ready for Thanksgiving and Christmas:  the Warren Cranberry Festival and the Wetherby Public Harvest Day.  The 39th Warrens Cranberry Festival just ended which means the Wetherby Public Harvest Day is fast approaching!

For those of you who would like to learn more about cranberries, the cranberry industry and be able to purchase some fresh cranberries, the Wetherby Cranberry Company of Warrens, Wisconsin has a Public Harvest Day the first Saturday in October each year from 9:00 am to 12 noon.  This year it will take place on Saturday, October 1.  The Public Harvest Day is free to all who attend and no reservations are needed.

The Wetherby Cranberry Company is a family owned and operated cranberry marsh. Wetherby Cranberry Company has been in business for over 100 years and specializes in high quality fresh fruit.  The marsh is operated by Jim and Nodji VanWychen together with son Henry and son-in-law Michael Gnewikow.

The Van Wychen’s guarantee that visitors will be able to see cranberries being harvested whether there is rain, shine or snow (they have harvested in them all).  They set aside several beds each year for this occasion and try to show several different stages of harvesting taking place.  Visitors will be able to take pictures and videos of cranberries being harvested and have all your cranberry questions answered.  Family members of the Wetherby Cranberry Company will be your personal guides to explain what you are seeing and answer all other questions you have.  The packaging warehouse will be open and fresh cranberries will be available to be purchased.  It a great way to see the harvest first hand.  From young children through senior citizens, all will enjoy the sights of the “sea of red” being harvested.  You also may be able to put on a pair of hip boots and step out into the sea of red cranberries for a picture of you “harvesting” cranberries.

 For more information and directions to the marsh or to order fresh cranberries if you are unable to make the Public Harvest day visit

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