Goodness I’m still getting comments on the hat post – I guess with the state of the world and especially the US we are all craving light and fluffy. Even if it’s a moment or two when we get to think about something as inconsequential as hats.
Want more light and fluffy and inconsequential? (Boy am I giving that word a work-out. Let me pop over to a thesaurus and find a substitute. BRB)
Here you go – pick whichever you like best and substitute it where you will –
Okay here’s another bit of common-usage errors that frost my butt and make me twitch –
Cannelloni and manicotti ARE TWO DIFFERENT THINGS.
The first difference is that manicotti is NOT PASTA. It is a crepe. A CREPE, people – not pasta.
There is no such thing as a “manicotti shell” – none, zero, zip, ninqueno, niente! Only in America.
Allow me to quote
“Manicotti is well known in the United States as a tubular pasta usually served stuffed and baked, similar to cannelloni. The noodles are cooked, stuffed, and covered in sauce in almost the exact same way. Manicotti pasta is also sometimes sold in stores as shells instead of tubes, which can make stuffing them somewhat easier.
However, traditional manicotti is not actually a pasta. Authentic manicotti is made with crepes, not pasta, that are filled and baked. The thin crepes required for what in the United States is known as manicotti must even be made differently, in crepe pans (rather similar to the pans used to make tortillas). In Italy, manicotti would not be served as a pasta dish but as a crepe dish, or a crespelle.”
You can read the whole article HERE.
I’ve just done a lot of hopping down the rabbit hole of manicotti/cannelloni and it seems that manicotti is basically an Italian-American thing like chop suey is a Chinese-American thing. In Italy what I know as manicotti is called crespelle.
I make manicotti/crespelle – it’s easy-peasy boring but easy. One time my husband ordered manicotti in a restaurant and they brought him what I make – he said ‘That’s just like my wife makes!” Uh-huh.
So this is a battle I don’t think I will win. But I’ll go to my grave swearing that manicotti is not pasta and is a crepe and it is not cannelloni.
Now imagine I’m holding my hand up. with my palm facing me and, with the tips of my fingers, I flick under my chin outwards – that means –
NON ME NE FREGA NIENTE!