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Sunday Snapshots: Cannoli, Stilton Blue and Vino

by Spicie Foodie on October 20, 2013

Sunday Snapshots: Cannoli, Stilton Blue and Vino by @SpicieFoodie | #cannoli #stilton #cheese #wine #vino

Happy Sunday amigos! I hope you’ve been having a wonderful weekend. Maybe you got to try out some new foods? I did, and today I want to share them with you.

Sunday Snapshots: Canolli, Stilton Blue and Vino by @SpicieFoodie | #cannoli #stilton #cheese #wine #vino

The first food, cannoli, isn’t new to me. I’ve ate them when I lived in the States, but this is the first one in Europe. I was beginning to think that cannoli might be an Italian-American creation because up until recently I had not seen them here. I also never saw them in the several northern Italian cities I’ve visited. It turns out that these small tubular, cream filled treats are in fact of Sicilian origin. Traditionally they used to be served only during Carnavale but nowadays are enjoyed year round.

Sunday Snapshots: Canolli, Stilton Blue and Vino by @SpicieFoodie | #cannoli #stilton #cheese #wine #vino

The traditional recipe calls for ricotta cheese to be used for the stuffing, but some also use mascarpone. These appeared to be ricotta and as you can see they were sprinkled with pistachio bits. The taste was sweet with hints of citrus and the shell was buttery, crumbly and out of this world good! They tasted so good that I was left wanting another. Thankfully our neighborhood now has an Italian food shop and deli where I can purchase them. I can’t wait to eat more.

If you’d like to make your own cannoli then you should check out Manu’s recipe for her family’s Sicilian cannoli — they look amazing.

Sunday Snapshots: Canolli, Stilton Blue and Vino by @SpicieFoodie | #cannoli #stilton #cheese #wine #vino

Hubby and I also stopped by our neighborhood fromagerie for some cheese and charcuterie. The cheese you see here is Stilton blue, or at least what was left over after we got done devouring it. I was so excited to see it on the counter because I’ve been waiting for a long time to give it a try. I’m no stranger to blue cheese and was ready to dive into the strong scent and taste that Stilton cheese is know for. We bought a couple of other cheeses but to be honest the Stilton was the winner of the bunch this day. I found the taste to be wonderful, it was creamy and the blue was not an overpowering taste. I might go as far as saying that Stilton is now my favorite blue cheese.

You can read more about Stilton here.

Sunday Snapshots: Canolli, Stilton Blue and Vino by @SpicieFoodie | #cannoli #stilton #cheese #wine #vino

Of course no cheese tasting is complete without great wine, so we stopped at the wine shop. Though I know very little about wine, I do enjoy it very much…not to an alcoholic level though. Chianti, which comes from the Chianti region of Tuscany, is my favorite red wine. The first time I tasted it was on a trip to a winery just outside of Florence. I’m sure the rolling hills and gorgeous scenery added to me falling in love with Chianti, every time I drink it I’m transported to that day. This bottle of Chianti was a mid-range price one and it didn’t disappoint. We also purchased a bottle of red from Catalunya, an autonomous region of Spain. If you’ve never had Spanish wine then you are really missing out. I’ve never tasted a Spanish wine that I didn’t like and this was no exception. Both wines were fantastic!

Thanks for stopping by today! This month’s YBR submissions are now open and you can add your link here. I’ll have a Meatless Monday roundup for you tomorrow, see you then. Have a great work week and don’t forget to stop and enjoy life with some good food.:)
 
 

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1 Manu October 20, 2013 at 10:16 AM

Awwww that cannolo look so good! Now I am craving one… but I have to wait till Christmas, when my parents will be here as we make them all together as a tradition. :-)
Thank you so much for the mention! Have a great Sunday Nancy!

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2 Liz October 20, 2013 at 12:59 PM

Now this sounds like MY kind of Sunday! I’d even be happy to sample these cannoli and the stilton for breakfast! Thanks again for the ad this month…such an honor to win :)

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3 Rosa October 20, 2013 at 1:16 PM

Exquisite! Those are lovely shots.

Happy Sunday.

Cheers,

Rosa

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4 Angie@Angie's Recipes October 20, 2013 at 4:06 PM

oo…I want one too! The cannoli looks so inviting!

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5 Joan Nova October 20, 2013 at 6:04 PM

Ha ha, I clicked on this post thinking you made cannoli with blue cheese. Might be a good idea for a savory bite — or an after dinner cheese course. Think I’ll try it.

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6 Angela @ Canned Time October 20, 2013 at 7:09 PM

Absolutely scrumptious looking….but then ALL your food looks so delicious. I’d love to try a Vegan version of those cannoli. They must be fabulous. Thanks Nancy ;0

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7 john@kitchenriffs October 20, 2013 at 7:11 PM

Some great food there! And nice light on the photos – the lighting on the wine bottles is particularly fun. Super post – thanks.

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8 Sandra October 21, 2013 at 2:03 AM

Wine and cannoli makes for a perfect Sunday. I can’t believe I have never had Chianti before! It us a must try for sure.

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9 yummychunklet October 21, 2013 at 3:05 AM

Yum! I love cannoli and Stilton.

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10 Joanne T Ferguson October 21, 2013 at 3:13 AM

G’day and wow Nancy, you have outdone yourself again, true!
Love your photos as they continue being inspiring to me too! Great combination!
Cheers! Joanne

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11 Suzanne Perazzini October 21, 2013 at 7:16 AM

I used to see these in the bakery shops in Italy but they were nearly always made with ricotta. I do love them a little too much.

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12 Ash-foodfashionparty October 21, 2013 at 5:54 PM

An absolutely gorgeous looking savory cannoli. This would be so perfect for the holiday parties.
I am not a big fan of stilton, but my teen and hubby love it. Ofcourse, pinned it.

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13 Laura (Tutti Dolci) October 21, 2013 at 7:44 PM

Beautiful photos, I’d love to try the cannoli!

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14 mjskit October 22, 2013 at 4:05 AM

A delicious looking cannoli! I wish that had been me that took that bite. :) That slice of stilton has me wanting to run out and buy some to go with the pears I just bought. Pear, stilton, and a nice Port – that’s a bit of heaven for me.

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15 Abbe@This is How I Cook October 22, 2013 at 5:48 AM

I love cannoli, when they are fresh and not soggy. Those look perfect as do your photos!

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16 Ramona October 23, 2013 at 10:42 PM

Beautiful photos. :)

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