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October, 2015

Delicious Kohlrabi Fritters

Posted on June 17, 2019

Today I made some Delicious Kohlrabi Fritters. We will get to that in a few paragraphs. Right now let’s talk about passion.

I have not been here in awhile because I have been busy. Changing jobs,growing Tripping Vittles one little step at a time. I have been searching for years, and it has always been here. What am I searching for I have asked myself?

Where have I been

Love, Peace, Happiness, Excitement, Adventure. All of those things come to mind. Recently I have tried a bunch of different things

Politics. I love politics, but it is not my passion. I am a great follower in this area but not a leader. Leaving the leading to others. Call me for a protest or a march or to man a booth but don’t ask me to organize or run for office. I am well read and can hold my own in discussions, but it is just not my Passion!

CrossFit. Yeah, I want to be healthy, and I have friends who are amazing at this. My body at this age and with all my knee issues is not cut out to be a CrossFit pro.

Those are just two of many things I have done over the last year searching for me. The funny thing is me has been here all along. I have even talked about it. I started working on me years ago with this blog. It began as a hobby but this is my passion.

This is my passion

It is not just Tripping Vittles though it is food in general. It’s talking to people and showing them how to cook and how to use the spices I have to make delicious food. Its sharing tastes from all over the world. It is talking about cooking and growing and feeling what we use to nourish our bodies.

It is about Love, the love we have for one another the love we have for our planet. The love that can only be expressed thru breaking bread with your fellow man.

My passion is about all things food and food related Sharing recipes, eating amazing meals, saving the planet so we can keep eating and growing the magic that is what we eat.

The Recipe Delicious Kohlrabi Fritters

This week I bought some Kohlrabi at the farmers market where I sell Tripping Vittles spices. People who sold it to me are a family of super nice folks GlasgowFamilyFarm In a future post I will talk about how important shopping local and supporting local farmers is. Today lets just talk about Delicious Kohlrabi Fritters.

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Delicious Kohlrabi Fritters

An easy Kohlrabi Fritter that is delicious.

  • Author: trippingvittles
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Ingredients

For Fritter

  • 2 medium-sized Kohlrabi cleaned and quartered
  • 1 cup bread crumbs
  • 1/4 Red Onion
  • 2 Tablespoons Tripping Vittles Tuscany Bread Dipping Spice
  • 1/4 cup grated Tillamook Sharp Cheddar Cheese
  • 1 Tablespoon Mayonaise
  • 1 Egg
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil

For Sauce

1/4 Cup Mayonaise

!/4 Cup Sour Cream

1 Tablespoon Half and Half

1 tablespoon Tripping Vittles Tuscany Bread Dipping Spice.

 

Instructions

In a Small Food Processor, grind up stale bread for bread crumbs.  Remove to a mixing bowl add to the processor the kohlrabi and the red onion grind or grate up depending on the texture you like. Remove and add to bread crumbs. Add all other ingredients except butter and olive oil mix well.  Set to side

Heat butter and olive oil in a Cast Iron Pan once hot add your fritters cooking each side to a golden brown.

For the Sauce mix, all ingredients together at least a half hour before the meal let them sit in the fridge until you are ready to serve the fritters.

Notes

Serve on a plate topped with sauce and a little garlic scapes or green onion for color. This recipe makes 2-4 Fritters depending on the size you want your fritter to be.  I made two as a meal but they would make an awesome side dish to a steak in place of potato.

Right now you can only get the spices in Westerville at the Saturday Farmers Market but trust me when I say more is coming. I am, but one person and I try as hard as I can to do a little every few days.

Looking for the Best Cannoli

Posted on October 13, 2015

CANNOLI
:  a deep-fried tube of pastry filled with sweetened and flavored ricotta cheese

That is the official Webster definition of a Cannoli

This is Tripping Vittles definition a superb dessert of fried pastry in a long hollow tube filled with Ricotta that has been sweetened  and filled, capped with a delectable treat on either end from the traditional Pistachios to the Americanized  chocolate chips.

You may or may not be aware of The North End of Boston. It is by far my favorite place in Boston. An Italian working class neighborhood now, it was originally settled by the Irish. The history of our nation is very rich in this neighborhood. Paul Raveres house stands in the North End as does the The Old North Church “one if by land two if by sea”.

The Old North Church

The Old North Church

In the late 1800’s early 1900’s the Irish and Jewish Immigrants gave way to the Italian immigrants who are still settled there today. You still hear Italian spoke on the streets of the North End. You can tell the many different parts of Italy people came from by the food they serve in the many restaurants that line the streets.

A reminder of Italy

A reminder of Italy

I could eat at each restaurant and gorge myself on pasta and sausages, seafood and sauce. In fact we did eat one night at a place on the North Square, the oldest public square in America. established in 1634. Mamma Maria’s was an absolutely wonderful meal. From Osso Buco to Rabbit Pappardelle and Frutti di Mare. It is at this restaurant I came up with the idea to taste and name my favorite cannoli in Boston.

The criteria to taste as many cannoli as I could between that meal and my leaving Boston. The goal to pick my favorite Boston Cannoli. I am not a review page so I have no intention of naming the bad ones I tasted. Just know the best was chosen because of a few criteria. The shell did not taste of grease, especially old dirty grease. The filling was stiff and had the flavor of Ricotta with the touch of sweetness you want from a dessert. For flavoring there was nothing beyond sugar, chocolate,pistachio and almond. No mango, mint,macerated fruits, strawberry, banana. Though you maybe able to get some of that at the places I loved it was not the only thing you could get and I based everything on traditional choices. The place should be clean and friendly. The quickness at how you could package them and tie the string around the box for traveling did not go into this decision but I must say that is damn impressive at the ease of which that is accomplished!!

My favorite Cannoli was the one(or three) I found at Mike’s Pastry at 300 Hanover St. in Boston’s North End.  I started with the selection of traditional pistachio and it was perfect!! Just the right crunch of the nuts pressed into a stiff fairly sweet Ricotta stuffing. In a shell that was crisp and did not have a heavy taste of grease. It was just delicious. Mikes has been serving Cannoli and other baked goods since 1946. In 2012 Michael Mercogliano the “mike” of the shop passed away at the age of 90. He was always active in the business but at the time of his death a step son was running the day to day operations. He immigrated to America from Italy when he was 12. I do not know anything about him other than the tidbit above that I found online but my guess is he loved what he did and he loved cannoli because it comes thru in what Mike’s produces.

Cannoli's

Cannoli’s

It has been said Mike’s is a tourist mecca and that locals do not go there as often as other places. I am sure this is the case as the lines are long and they will package cannoli to travel in cardboard boxes.  Tourists make up a large number of their customers but it does not diminish the fact it is an awesome cannoli and if I were a local and wanted a cannoli I would get there early and make my purchase.  I searched out some of the places the locals called their favorites and I just did not find one I liked more than Mikes. If you get to Boston be sure to make The North End a destination and stop at Mike’s Pastry for a cannoli!! In my opinion its the best. Share your favorite cannoli below from Boston or anywhere else. I am always looking for places to try!!