Julie Anne Rhodes

Over the holidays, I reconnected with an old friend I’d not seen for 15 years or more.While we weren’t particularly close, we’d shared enough good times over the years that whenever a thought of him would cross my mind a smile would unfailingly drift across my face. I was thrilled to be back in touch. He seemed so happy living in Malindi, Kenya with his girlfriend Grace and her son Cameron…. ever-graciously inviting me to “stop by when in the neighborhood.” He was tragically killed in a car accident this past weekend, so there was no opportunity for goodbyes, but at least we said hello again before he left us.
Jeremy Keegan (head of table), during the weekend birthday bash he threw
in Elba, off the coast of Tuscany in July 1993
Pirate Jeremy Keegan on his 40th birthday: a shrewd businessman with an infectious smile, delicious sense of humor, and adventurous nature, who also loved to entertain his friends
Brother Rory Keegan and Julie Anne Rhodes
Fellow party guests Aimee and John Oates
Friend Big Linda and (my then boyfriend) Riccardo Tafa
Guests Julie Anne Rhodes & Billy Gibbons
Youngest brother Rupert Keegan
Jeremy’s band of pirates, and my fond memories of Elba

We drift in and out of each others lives… jobs, families, or just circumstances take us in different directions and we tend to lose touch. That doesn’t mean there are not indelible memories we hold in our hearts. You will be missed Jeremy, but never forgotten. Until we meet again my friend!

Even though the Keegan family are of Irish descent, I thought that my mother’s biscotti recipe would be a perfect tribute recipe to Jeremy since we spent his 40th birthday in Italy, but we met in England.

Mom’s Almond-Toffee Biscotti

Lovely with afternoon coffee or as an after dinner treat for those that are not huge fans of terribly sweet cookies.

Servings: 24 – 30

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 6 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 1 cup almonds, roughly chopped
  • 4 tablespoons of Heath’s English toffee bits, optional
  • nonstick spray

1). Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Either prepare a cookie sheet with nonstick spray or use a Silpat.

2). Mix flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a medium size bowl. Set aside.

3). Cream sugar and butter together using a mixer. Add the eggs one at a time, and beat until incorporated and mixture is smooth. Add the vanilla and mix until blended in.

4). Add flour mixture, 1/3 at a time, and mix until just incorporated. Briefly mix in the almonds and toffee bits.

5). Divide dough into 3 parts, and roll each into long narrow (about 1 1/2 inch thick) logs. Place each evenly apart on the prepared cookie sheet, and bake for 3o minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool for a few minutes, but not more than 5, and cut diagonally into individual biscotti, about 3/4′ thick. Carefully turn each biscotti on it’s side, and bake for an additional 8-10 minutes, or until golden brown.

Serving Suggestions: Serve with coffee.
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  • February 24, 2010
    11:50 pm

    Hi Julie Anne,So sorry for your loss. How tragic yet thankfully you reconnected after all those years.Loving memories of happy, partying times with friends is what can be treasured and remembered.Love the photos…it truly captures every moment.Take Care and I hope you are stronger than the day before.Aussie Mum(& Princess Mia)

  • February 25, 2010
    4:08 am

    I specially like this delicious toast.You know I always like to have these kind of toast and here you have given a cool recipe for that.Gourmet Free

  • February 25, 2010
    5:31 pm

    Hello Julie,My name is Amy, we've not met, but I too was a friend of Jeremy Keegan. So very shocked and saddened to have just heard the news. I am currently in India so things take a little longer to get to us here.Just saw your blog and wanted to tell you how much I loved what you wrote about him. I've known him for over 10 years and he was probably the biggest character I've ever met in my life! Lovely photos also. My favourite has to be the one of him as 'pirate'. If you don't think it inappropriate, I wanted to ask permission to load it onto my facebook page. Absolutely no problem if not, just thought it is such a wonderful photo that captures his cheeky spirit so well and would love to load it as a dedication and so I can look back at it from time to time and smile and remember all the fun and madness. Kind regards at this sad time,Amy

  • February 25, 2010
    5:33 pm

    Hi Amy:I wish we were meeting under happier circumstances. It was such a terrible shock for everyone. I just couldn't get my head around it at first. I wanted the blog to be a place friends could share fond memories, so of course you are welcome to the picture. It is classic Jeremy. I'm so happy you liked reading it.Best wishes,Julie Anne

  • February 26, 2010
    6:00 pm

    never a truer word was spoken,Miranda Twiss

  • February 28, 2010
    5:27 pm

    I am very sorry for your loss and the loss to everyone that Jeremy touched. Jeremy holds a place in my heart that no one has ever been able to fill. Doreen

  • April 17, 2010
    5:04 am

    Jeremy holds a place in my heart also.Jeremy Cushing