Cannolis, um, Cannoli!

November 30, 2009

Did you know that to discuss multiple cannoli you just say “cannoli” ?  There’s none of this adding an “s” business.  In fact, when discussing one cannoli, the proper way to mention it is by saying “cannolo.”  Fascinating, I know.  Just how the singular of biscotti (notice, no “s”‘ again) is biscotto. And octopus is not octopusses, it’s octopi, and goose is geese not gooses, and…

I could go on and on with wordplay, but I learned so many other things about making cannolis cannoli that I think it’s much more important to share those.

The November 2009 Daring Bakers Challenge was chosen and hosted by Lisa Michele ofParsley, Sage, Desserts and Line Drives. She chose the Italian Pastry, Cannolo (Cannoli is plural), using the cookbooks Lidia’s Italian-American Kitchen by Lidia Matticchio Bastianich and The Sopranos Family Cookbook by Allen Rucker; recipes by Michelle Scicolone, as ingredient/direction guides. She added her own modifications/changes, so the recipe is not 100% verbatim from either book.

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All Things Fall

November 11, 2009

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As fall comes around, I start to get really excited about the apples and pumpkin just waiting to be baked.  I dream of pumpkin pies, apple crisps, and other classic desserts.  I also start school, which makes it very difficult to transform any of these dreams into reality.  I went apple picking a total of zero times this fall, and didn’t even have time to carve a pumpkin.

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However, I have diligently squeezed in time to make a few fall-themed goodies.  I am a pumpkin lover (we have about 4 giant cans in our pantry right now), so I will add pumpkin to everything!  My first experiment was chocolate pumpkin cream cheese swirl muffins.  Whew, that’s a mouthful.  I actually made these low-fat, and was not one-hundred percent happy with the texture.  They were a tiny bit dry.  I think adding more pumpkin (or more fat, if you want to) would easily solve this.  The taste, on the other hand, was delicious, and they looked so pretty!

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Belated Birthday

November 1, 2009

Happy birthday to me, happy birthday… Wait, wasn’t that more than a month ago?

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I turned seventeen (17!) on September 12th.  I had an amazing birthday party.  A bunch of my friends came over and we had a scavenger hunt.  Some of the items on the list; a teacher’s signature from our high school, an item of baby clothing, something on sale, a toy, and a picture with a sophomore at our school.  “And who won?” you ask.  Well, we tied, but the other team cheated.  We drove to a local restaurant to pick up the sophomore from the place where he works and went inside to search for him where he told us he’d be.  Strangely enough, we learned he had already left.  We returned home sophomoreless, only to find the other team had kidnapped him!  No fair.  We got a picture with a picture of him, which earned us half-credit, and they forgot to get a picture for one of their items, for which they received half-credit.  But really, we should have won.

Regardless, it was a fun activity.  The best part was, all the items like the baby clothes, toys, and articles of winter clothing were donated to a charity afterwards.  What a great use of my birthday!

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