Half the fun of cooking is trying something new, whether it works out or not, right? (At least that’s my motto.)
“Experiment!” I proclaim from the rooftops. Or deck…
After cannoli recipes started making the rounds last year, I decided to try canta-loni. :) (Not to be confused with cantelloni or cannelloni — the cheese and/or meat stuffed noodle version.)
Thus, I set out with my melon ball scooper and an idea… plus a hearty dose of laughter. Be forewarned… these little suckers are slippery!
Not only did I make the above-pictured version, I also got out the ol’ cheese-slicer-in-lieu-of-a-mandoline and attempted a “cantaloupe cannoli” — wrapping paper-thin melon slices around cannoli cream that tasted so good, there’s no photographic proof of the evidence. (Ahem.)
I also imagined they’d be spectacular served with a slice of prosciutto and garnished with a slice of… basil? mint? cilantro? (Such are the places my food imagination take me…)
My message is this: Have fun in your kitchen this summer!
Don’t let your next great idea (and/or quest for the perfect food photo) reign you in… and for Pete’s sake, remember that food blogging isn’t “War and Peace.”
While I highly respect the passion and nutrition and well-being that’s put into everyone’s food, photography, and blog posts (thank you!), bear in mind: it’s summer.
For a delightful cannoli filling, click here. (FYI, I left out the cinnamon, allspice, and chocolate chips and substituted mascarpone for half the ricotta, but that’s not to say I won’t try the Alex Guarnaschelli‘s delectable original on a more “serious” day next time.)
Then… get creative. Get eatin’. And for heaven’s sake, get out there and celebrate summer!
Enjoying experimenting, trial and error, and FUN,
P.S. I sat on this photo (and idea) for almost a year. Don’t waste precious time…