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In the classic scene from 1972’s The Godfather, Clemenza says, “Leave the gun…take the cannoli.” Cinema lore has it that the line was improv’d, which, in my estimation, makes it even more genius. Improv can make magic in the kitchen too. Use this basic cannoli recipe and then take your own artistic license. Originally a Sicilian dessert, cannoli is a fried pastry shell filled with sweetened ricotta or whipped cream. Prebaked cannoli shells save time and can be sourced from most grocery stores. I simply can’t resist advising you to: “Buy the shells…make the cannoli.”