Tuesdays Treasures…Baking and Sharing

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Tuesdays Treasures…Baking and Sharing


It shames me to admit it, but Larry is a better baker than I am. Granted, he has had the benefit of my coaching as well as his own private kitchen fairy to clean up but, yes, he is.

I've come to the conclusion that the difference is he actually follows the recipes!  LOL


Last week, Larry made one of my favorites… Cranberry-Pistachio biscotti. We kept some for ourselves and shared them with friends and family.



They’re good plain but we often drizzle white chocolate (which really isn’t chocolate) on them. They are then bagged and given to some friends and family members. 


I love cooking and baking and when possible sharing with others.  And the way I look at it, it’s a way to spread the calories. Now that’s a good thing. 


Baking is cheaper than therapy. 



The more you know, the more you can create.
There’s no end to imagination in the kitchen. 

Julia Child


I bake because punching people is frowned upon. 


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Comments (22)

Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Kathy - it's interesting, to me, to see skills explored.  My sister has said on more than one occasion that she doesn't identify as great in the kitchen.  Neither would my mom - and I don't remember going to my mom's mom house for anything special that had been cooked or baked.  

On the other hand, my sister has two daughters - both adults now.  One is good at baking.  The other prefers cooking.  One prefers a scientific approach; the other is more creative.  I can see why Larry might like baking for that reason too.  But what do I know?  

Jan 31, 2023 05:09 AM
Kathy Streib

Michael Jacobs My mother baked far better than she cooked. My grandmother could do it all. Sadly on my Sister-in-law's side of the family, no one cooks. I think one of the reasons I love making soup, for example, is because it makes me feel like I'm really creating something. 

Jan 31, 2023 05:20 PM
faye schubert
Retired - Branson, MO
Living the Branson Lake Life

Only way I can cook is to think of it as chemistry and follow everything to a tee.

Guess it's the scientist in me!

BUT..... with 2 days of sleet and one more day coming, I LOOK for things to bake in my oven to generate more heat in the house.

Jan 31, 2023 05:11 AM
Kathy Streib

faye schubert I do follow the recipe exactly when baking because it is a chemical thing but when I cook, I get the general idea, follow the recipe the first time I cook it, then often wing it after that. 

Jan 31, 2023 05:27 PM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker/REALTOR® - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

Good morning! The biscotti look good - I was feeling a little blah the other day so I make some banana bread. That did the trick!

PS - your last quote made me laugh.

Jan 31, 2023 05:36 AM
Kathy Streib

Kat Palmiotti I'll bet the banana bread did the trick. bet the whole house smelled so good!!!!! 

Jan 31, 2023 05:27 PM
Bill Salvatore - East Valley
Arizona Elite Properties - Chandler, AZ
Realtor - 602-999-0952 / em: golfArizona@cox.net

Well-done Larry, your skills are marveled.  HAVE A GREAT DAY Kathy. Bill 

Jan 31, 2023 05:53 AM
Kathy Streib

Bill Salvatore - East Valley He enjoys baking and he makes a great mac & cheese. 

Jan 31, 2023 05:28 PM
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

That looks delicious!  It sounds like Larry is an apt pupil that has been able to snatch the pebble from your hand, haha.

Jan 31, 2023 06:01 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good morning Kathy,

The biscotti looks delicious and the white chocolate drizzled on top really is the right touch! Love the quotes. I love to bake, its therapeutic and fun to share with others!

Jan 31, 2023 06:14 AM
Kathy Streib

Dorie Dillard Austin TX today was a good day to be baking in Austin!!!! We're a little warmer but not by much!!!  Is BB still baking???

Jan 31, 2023 05:34 PM
Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803 - Plainview, NY
Long Island Condo and Home Specialists

I like Julia Child's quote Kathy. We do bake, and lots of it around holiday time. I like the way you and Larry share your goodies with others!

Jan 31, 2023 06:39 AM
Kathy Streib

Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400 LOL, sharing is really more for self preservation...our weight!!!

Jan 31, 2023 05:34 PM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Kathy, those look so good, and wish I was talented in that area, but NOPE.

Jan 31, 2023 06:54 AM
Kathy Streib

Joan Cox- I grew up on home made baked goods and I'm glad I learned to bake. I rarely like cakes  and cookies that you buy. 

Jan 31, 2023 05:37 PM
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
Retired New Hampshire Home Stager

Rick is a very good cook and, like you, he has his own private kitchen clean up fairy.

Jan 31, 2023 07:29 AM
Kathy Streib

Sharon Tara I'm picturing you following him around the kitchen and cleaning everything as soon as he uses it. LOL

Jan 31, 2023 05:38 PM
Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty
Waves Realty - Melbourne, FL
Florida Space Coast Homes

OK...so when I get to Katy, TX can Larry save me some of those cranberry-pistachio biscotti? bahahahaha

Jan 31, 2023 07:51 AM
Kathy Streib

Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty I'll have him make more!!!  You don't want to come now...it's miserably cold. 

Jan 31, 2023 05:39 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

Larry's biscotti is beautiful, Kathy. I love to cook, but there are two things that I find other family members cook better.  That's meat and also baked goods.  And, always I have found, men cook best when flames and swords are involved.

Jan 31, 2023 08:31 AM
Kathy Streib

Myrl Jeffcoat that's the pirate in you talking. 

Jan 31, 2023 05:39 PM
Ray Henson
eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277) - Elk Grove, CA

Larry is a good man!  I made biscotti once many years ago.  It turned out great so, of course, I have never made it again.  🤣

Jan 31, 2023 09:20 AM
Kathy Streib

Ray Henson for some reason, this was the first time he's made it in 3 years. Not sure why but hopefully he'll make it again soon. 

Jan 31, 2023 05:42 PM
Jeff Masich-Scottsdale AZ Associate Broker,MBA,GRI
HomeSmart Real Estate - Scottsdale, AZ
Arizona Homes and Land Group/ Buy or Sell

Following Directions? As Frank Sinatra sang, "I did it my way!" Mistakes, I made a few, but I always did it my way...it is just the cookies just don't taste as good...my way

Jan 31, 2023 10:14 AM
Kathy Streib

Jeff Masich-Scottsdale AZ Associate Broker,MBA,GRI that's too funny!  Someone distracted my mother when she was making brownies and she ended up putting a cup of salt in them. They looked and smelled like brownies but oh my gosh, they were awful. 

Jan 31, 2023 05:44 PM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Kathy, you know I like to bake and cook and no my wife way is to call Chinese restaurant.


Jan 31, 2023 11:16 AM
Kathy Streib

Will Hamm I do love having someone cook for me, though. It's all too rare. 

Jan 31, 2023 05:47 PM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

I might need to sign up for some of Larry's lessons. I have missed the baking by Dolores. She is still at the rehab facility until she is able to handle the walking and steps at home.

Jan 31, 2023 11:19 AM
Kathy Streib

Hi Roy- I wish we were there!!! I'd bring you dinner and biscotti. Please tell Chef Dolores hello. 

Jan 31, 2023 05:49 PM
Ed Silva
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

My wife does a great job of baking and sharing. She bakes and shares it with me.

Jan 31, 2023 12:39 PM
Kathy Streib

Ed Silva you are a lucky man!!!!  

Jan 31, 2023 05:53 PM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Kathy,

Biscotti is just another weakness for me.  I can't even imagine what a wonderful taste that fresh biscotti would have. Yum.  Kudos to Larry!

Jan 31, 2023 12:57 PM
Kathy Streib

Hi Sheri Sperry - MCNE® we experimented using other nuts but decided we preferred pistachios. 

Jan 31, 2023 05:54 PM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Kathy good for Larry.  As for me I have been banned from the kitchen ..... LOL

Jan 31, 2023 07:34 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Kathy Streib  the headline scarred me living in California we get nervous about shaking and baking.... it implies earthquakes.... now with that said as I ventured further into your post I am a cook and not a baker.... totally agree baking you have to be precise cooking there is a lot of leaway 

Jan 31, 2023 09:00 PM
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

Those quotes are great - the last one especially lol! You have very lucky friends and family to be the recipients of Larry's baking! 

Feb 02, 2023 08:29 AM