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Ricotta cannoli filling/dip
Courtesy of Joe Grella of Custom Eats & Sweets
 
1 pound ricotta cheese
2 tablespoons vanilla extract
1 cup confectioner’s sugar
1 teaspoon lemon zest
Chocolate shaving (optional)
 
In a large mixing bowl, combine all ingredients and mix until combined. Serve this dip with cannoli chips, fill your favorite cannoli shells, or serve on the side or over fruit.




With Joe Grella
In The Kitchen

08/15/18



 Joe Grella of Manchester started Custom Eats & Sweets (479-8957, facebook.com/customeatsandsweets), a small catering business focused on custom desserts, about two years ago, after a friend of his fiance asked him for help baking her wedding cake. It was then that Grella discovered a renewed enjoyment for baking and a new artistic outlook on the craft. Some of Grella’s recent projects have included gold-dusted chocolate strawberries, candy bars, cake pops, cupcakes, pies and more, for birthday parties, weddings or just about any other special event. He does lots of traditional desserts but said he also tends to dabble in unique “out of left field” dessert ideas people have with the goal of making them a reality.

 
What is your must have kitchen item?
My offset spatula. I have to have it on me at all times.
 
What would you have for your last meal?
If I could eat one thing as my last meal it would have to be a baked risotto. There are so many components that make a good risotto to me [like] the creaminess, the richness, the cheese and the texture, and then anything else that’s added in is just a bonus.
 
What is your favorite local restaurant?
Buckley’s [Great Steaks in Merrimack]. Everything they do is a home run.
 
What celebrity would you like to bake for?
David Ortiz would be fun to bake for. He seems like a cool guy.
 
What is your favorite thing that you have ever baked for someone?
My favorite order that I ever did was a Disney cake made to look like a castle. I think it was the third cake I ever took on.
 
What is the biggest food trend in New Hampshire right now?
As much as I thought they were going away, cake pops are super popular right now. Another thing is push pops. You can use this push pop vehicle that comes with caps and a plunger … to be able to layer and present these things in a super cool way.
 
What is your favorite thing to cook at home?
I do a lot of cobbler because it’s easy and it’s quick. I’ll get some local berries and make some ice cream with it.
— Matt Ingersoll 





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