Cannoli ~ Valentine’s Day Inspiration from J. Merideth Harmon’s SNYPER Series
Last summer, I met the author of the Snyper book series at WV PopCon, where I was set up as a vendor selling my steampunk art. J. Merideth Harmon, who happened to be dressed as Ducky from Pretty in Pink that day, in the spirit of the event, was set up in the booth across from mine for the weekend.
I love our She Reads picks, but on my own time I don’t read very much women’s fiction, so a change of pace was welcome as the warm season was winding down and I was finishing up my summer reads. The books in Harmon’s Snyper series are like adult versions of the Percy Jackson books, or so he told me. That’s all it took to sell me, so I added Snyper: A Matter of Caliber and the novella that acts as an introduction to its characters, Murderous Row, to my fall reading list.
In the last Italian restaurant I cooked in, I prepped lots and lots of cannoli cream to have ready for our waitstaff to pipe into large pre-made cannoli shells, before they sprinkled the moist ends with chocolate jimmies and dusted the tops with powdered sugar, each time a customer ordered a serving. When I came across cannoli in the book series, I realized I had never made a batch of them at home, for my husband or children. Shameful. So I collected all of the ingredients I would need to make them and set about killing two birds with one stone.
I really enjoyed Murderous Row. I love a book that keeps me giggling, and, boy, did it! It moved along very quickly and wrapped up well, solving the mystery of the red hearts that were stamped all over everything “Snyper” that the author had set up at his convention booth, while neatly resolving the conflicts of the story.
Snyper: A Matter of Caliber, took me a bit longer to finish, since books from other authors have been landing on my front porch, but Mr. Harmon was right, if you’re an adult who fancies Greek mythology in a modern setting, (or are intrigued by the idea of a private detective/hit man with super powers, who frequents the underworld) you’ll like his Snyper books. You can find them, and even the first five chapters of A Matter of Caliber for free, at the author’s website, GetSnyper.com.
2 c. ricotta cheese
1/4 tsp. Ceylon organic cinnamon
Pinch of pink Himalayan salt
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 c. mini semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
Garnish ideas: mini chocolate chips, chocolate shavings, jimmies, confectioner’s sugar
In a medium sized mixing bowl, lightly stir together all the ingredients but the garnish, just till combined.
Spoon filling into a piping bag with no tip.
Squirt filling into each cannoli shell.
Garnish by dipping the ends in the topping of your choice.
Dust with confectioner’s sugar. Serve immediately.
Yield: 12 servings