Last night my wonderful best friend, who has stuck with me through the past 20 years, took me out for BBQ. We gambled on a place we had never been, and we won. Sweet Lucy’s is just a 20 minute drive from home, and on Mondays they have a buffet. Have you ever heard of such a wonderful thing? A BBQ buffet? For $20 you really can’t beat it. The sheer variety of foods we got to try was amazing. The ribs were great, the pulled pork and chicken were awesome, and the brisket was fantastic. The baked beans were excellent. The mac and cheese? To die for. I tried collards for the first time ever, and really enjoyed them, too. I didn’t bring my camera, so I don’t have a single picture. I can tell you with certainty, though, that there is no other BBQ place I want to go to anymore. If you happen to be in the Philadelphia area on a Monday, go to Sweet Lucy’s buffet. You will not be disappointed.

To make the evening even more special, Carrie’s boyfriend Brian brought me a gift. A sweet and delicious gift. A cannoli kit! Did you know such a thing existed? I didn’t until about a month ago, when he told us about it for the first time. His friend’s father owns Cipolli Cannoli, a cannoli shop in New Jersey.

I am a huge cannoli fan. You might even call me a cannoli connoisseur. That being said, I just ate the best cannoli of my life.

The kit is all inclusive.

It comes with a dozen shells, filling, pistachio for coating the ends, powdered sugar for garnish, and a doily to serve them on.

“All you need to feel Italian!”

After the buffet I had no room left for cannolis, so I had to wait until today. I decided cannolis for breakfast was the way to go. Forgive the terrible pictures in this post, the weather is awful and I have terrible light without the sun.

The shells, waiting to be made into perfection.

The filling, which comes in a pastry bag. Just snip off the end and squeeze! Take a look at the ingredients list. Look at how natural and normal everything is. Nothing weird, nothing unpronounceable, nothing you couldn’t just make yourself if you knew the proper ratios. I think that is key to the deliciousness.

I had some trouble on the first one, the one on the left. I made the hole in the bag too small. After snipping a bit more from the bag, the second one filled much nicer.

Having never had pistachios on the ends, I wasn’t sure if I’d like it, so I only dipped one.

Sprinkle the powdered sugar…

Take a bite…

Finish it lightning fast and add pistachios to the second one, because they are awesome.

Then make 2 more. Hey, I know it’s breakfast, but they’re small! And I’m pregnant! And they were a birthday present! I can keep coming up with excuses if I have to…

Anyway, these cannolis are the best thing in town. Not that they’re in my town, actually, they’re about 40 minutes away from my town. Which is a good thing, because if they were right down the street I wouldn’t be able to help myself.

I will make the trek there sometime, though. They sell various flavors of cannoli, and I would like to try the tiramasu and vanilla fillings. I’m sure they’ll be just as amazingly delicious as this one was.

BBQ and Cannolis
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