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Calling All Chefs!

I don’t know much about the restaurant business, but I’m guessing that it isn’t common practice to “copy” items from other restaurants’ menus.  That having been said, could someone PLEASE add this to their menu on Cape Ann?

We had an early dinner at the Brant Point Grill at the White Elephant on Nantucket and I could have eaten 10 of these!  So unbelievably delicious!

Creamy Ricotta Cheese, Asparagus, Honeycomb, Almonds, and Quinoa

Creamy Ricotta Cheese, Asparagus, Honeycomb, Almonds, and Quinoa

The White Elephant, Nantucket


Italian Nacho Dessert Dip


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Delicious and fun twist on traditional Italian Cannoli…makes a perfect dessert dip for holiday gatherings.

Italian Nachos


1 cup Mascarpone Cheese

3 cups fresh Ricotta Cheese

⅛ teaspoon pure vanilla powder (can substitute ½ teaspoon vanilla pure extract)

½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract

2 cup confectioners’ sugar

4 cups blended La Spagnola Vegetable and Olive Oils

8 flour Fajita Style Tortillas cut into eighths

2 cups granulated sugar

4 tablespoon ground italian cinnamon

½ cup mini chocolate morsels

1 tablespoon of holiday or festive candy pieces(optional)


1 Combine first five ingredients in bowl of stand mixer fitted with paddle attachment; mix on high speed 1 minute until smooth; reserve ricotta mixture


2  Combine sugar and cinnamon in medium mixing bowl; mix well

3  Line one cookie sheet with wire cookie rack; set aside near frying pan

4  In medium frying pan heat oil over high heat setting 3-4 minutes or until very hot

oil to fry

5  Working in batches carefully arrange 5-8 tortilla pieces in hot oil; cook 1 minute or until golden in color


6 Using long kitchen tongs, turn pieces; cook 1 additional minute


7 Using tongs remove golden pieces from oil ; arrange hot pieces standing up on wire cookie rack allowing excess oil to drip onto paper towel


8 Repeat steps 5-7 with remaining tortillas

9 Working in batches of 4-5, toss hot tortillas in cinnamon sugar mixture, coat all sides; reserve


10 Transfer reserved ricotta mixture to serving bowl, sprinkle top with chocolate morsels and optional candy pieces; place bowl in center of serving platter

11  Arrange cinnamon sugar tortillas around bowl on serving platter

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Fresh Ricotta can be purchased at J. Pace & Sons, in Saugus Ma. 

Note~Tortillas can be made up to 1 day ahead and stored in an airtight container at room temperature and the ricotta mixture can be prepared and stored refrigerated in airtight container up to 3 days

Cafe Sicilia Pasticiutti

Pasticiuti is my favorite Italian Pastry.  The old Gloucester Mike’s Pastry which was located in the space where West End Sweets will now occupy used to make them filled with creme or ricotta.  Cafe Sicilia does a good job too

Cafe Sicilia Pasticiutti, originally uploaded by captjoe06.