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Cannoli Dip

  • 1 pound whole milk ricotta
  • 1/3 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla-
  • 2 T. mascarpone cheese-
  • 2 T. mini chocolate chips, plus more for sprinkling
  • 1 package ice cream waffle bowls broken into 3-4 pieces each
  • Strawberries, washed and dried

In a small bowl, mix the first five ingredients. Place in a serving bowl and sprinkle with more mini chocolate chips. Serve immediately with broken waffle bowl pieces and fresh Strawberries. Note: You may add other ingredients to your cannoli dip such a citron, pistachio pieces, cinnamon, or other traditional additions you enjoy in your regular cannoli pastries. If you do not want to use Waffle Bowls, which are like ice cream cones but in bowl shape, Trader Joe’s of New Town has a Belgian Butter Waffle Cookie that can be found in the cookie section stocked above the freezer section. Recipe courtesy of CIAO member Robin Sue Joss at

Lasagna Recipe

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Meat sauce
1/3 pound ground beef
1/3 pound ground veal
1/3 pound ground pork
½ cup chopped celery (about 1 rib)
1 small yellow onion, chopped
3 tablespoons chopped garlic (6 to 7 cloves)
Two 28-ounce cans crushed tomatoes
1 cup homemade beef stock (see page 6) or packaged low-sodium beef broth
1 tablespoon salt
1½ teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
½ teaspoon crushed red pepper
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon dried basil
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1½ teaspoons sugar