My auto accident Leap Year 1996. A lady ran a red light and hit me broad side and rolled me three times over another car. The dent over my head was from the curb I landed on upside down. The square dent at the back of the roof is from the Don’t Walk sign from when it climbed the signal pole before I landed upside down. For a few years afterwards you could see the divot in the street from the corner of the car as it flipped.
Every window broke except my driver side window. Every seat came loose except mine and my dash statue of Quan Yin lost her head but I didn’t even though the paramdics were convinced I had a broken neck.
Twin Nut Wonders
½ cup butter
1 cup ground almonds
3 Tbsp powdered sugar
1 cup sifted flour
1 sq /oz of semi sweet chocolate
Finely chopped pistachios
Cream butter with sugar in bowl by hand or with mixer
Gradually sift in flour blending well
Stir in the ground almonds
Chill one hour or until the dough is firm enough to handle
Form tablespoons of dough into 2 inch fingers by rolling lightly on pastry cloth or board.
No flour needed
Cut in half lengthwise
Place cut side down on greased or foiled cookie sheet
Bake at 325 (slow oven) 15 minutes or until pale golden brown. Carefully remove with spatula. Cool on wire rack.
Melt chocolate in metal cup over hot water
Remove from heat
Dip end of cookie into the melted chocolates and then dip in the chopped pistachios
Put on waxed paper until chocolate has set.
Makes 3 dozen
Another old recipe from before calibrated ovens. I remember making these before pistachios were grown in the US, when they still came from Iran dyed with bright red dye or covered in a white coating of salt. I used to end up with bright red fingers from shelling the pistachios and sneaking them to eat because I loved them so much. Used to suck the salt off the shells too of the white ones if Mom didn’t catch me. Now I’m allergic to almonds so I could probably only eat one before it caught up to me but these are really good and one of my sister’s favourites.