In total there are 18 people for dinner of ravioli and the traditional turkey and fixings. Everyone has brought a dish, so there is an abundance of food. But what would Thanksgiving be without pies? This year we have five types: pumpkin, coconut cream, sweet potato, apple and chocolate with a total of seven pies. I opt for small slices of chocolate and pumpkin. Oh my!
Friday is the annual cannoli shell making party at Mom and Dad's. We first meet some of the family at a locally owned coffee shop. After two hours of conversation and caffeine we are ready to tackle the task.
Mom coaches William on how to make the dough. Unlike many of her recipes this one lists quantities as well as ingredients, but there is still a "touch" to knowing if the dough is the right consistency or if it needs more moisture or more flour. After the dough rests 10-15 minutes Mom declares it is ready.
About three hours later we have finished two batches of dough and have almost 💯 cannoli shells. The filled shells will be used by Mom over the holidays on many dessert trays. Yum!