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4 heaping tablespoons of flour
1 cup lukewarm water
1 teaspoon oil — speck salt
fry very thin like pancakes
fill with ricotta & bake in over with gravy
Recipes, handwritten, are beautiful documents of family history and culture. This is my Nanny’s (Jennie Quattrone) recipe for manicotti. Does anyone remember her making them? I love that she actually handmade the shells (are they called shells? tubes? ricotta blankets? what are they called?) and that the rest of the recipe reads very spare and simple.
“Speck” of salt is also pretty charming too.
I imagine they didn’t need a lot of detail in their recipes because they all cooked together. They could all tell each other what they were doing wrong!
This is one of several recipes in a notebook that my mom keeps in a plastic bag in a closet. The notebook is just crumbling apart. It would be great to see some other pictures of recipes in the handwriting of our family.
My mom and I will post more from Nanny’s notebook over time.