My recent post sharing the recipe for cannelloni caused me to go on a search for the cookbook that contained the original recipe, and through family albums for pictures.
The recipe I shared was written on a piece of paper. I’ve used it through the years to produce pasta that could be rolled around various fillings. It’s a simple recipe that produces a crepe-like batter. The end product is a bit thicker than a crepe – more pasta than crepe.
I knew that the recipe originated from a Italian restaurant on Fisherman’s Wharf, and that it was in a cookbook that I bought on a trip to San Francisco when Betsy was young. As luck would have it, I still have the book.
I have a lot of cookbooks. Many on shelves and in a bookcase in my home office. Others spread around shelves in the kitchen and in various bookcases throughout the house. When we go on vacation, I invariably buy a local cookbook as a souvenir. I also buy a lot of cookbooks in general. They have a way of mounting up!
The end result of my search conjured up some fond memories of a wonderful trip. The cookbook ( no longer in print – referred to as “vintage” when I checked on Amazon – does that make me vintage too? ) is Fisherman’s Wharf Cookbook, and the recipe from Alioto’s No. 8 is “Cannelloni.” I remember making the actual recipe a number of times many years ago. Not sure I would make it now. It contains crabmeat in a cream sauce. I don’t make things in a cream sauce anymore.
The recipe for cannelloni will stay in the rotation, however. As will the memories of a special trip to San Francisco.