My newest sous chef poised to begin her training
Love her enthusiasm!!!!
-pumpkin cupcakes with lemon cream cheese frosting-
even super heroes need a break
and then a good night’s sleep
wishing you sweet cupcake dreams!!!
Always on the lookout for a new recipe to try with my sous chef, ‘Sweet Potato Gnocchi with Sage Browned Butter Sauce’ caught my eye. Having very specific requirements in our test kitchen, at least some of the following criteria must be met:
seasonally appropriate recipe – check
‘hands-on’ or ‘hands-in’ preparation – check
Italian derivation – check
yummy – to be determined…
…so I decided on a solo mission to test the flavor…
bake the sweet potatoes
mash with nutmeg, salt and pepper
mix in flour (with fingers) until proper consistency is attained
divide into sixths
roll into ropes
cut into sections
add to pot of boiling salted water – they will first sink to the bottom then rise to the top when ready.
Meanwhile, chop the sage, saute with butter until butter browns and sage is crisp
add cooked gnocchi and toss to coat
serve with grated parmesan or pecorino
Although I loved it, and she will love the process, I am conflicted about whether or not the sous chef will find the taste of the finished dish to her liking…..I’ll let you know!
As you can imagine, the pace of life here has slowed considerably since the events of July! What marvelous memories….. and now some sweet time to linger over a meal, perhaps, reminiscing………
I love to cook – well actually I love to feed people (and myself)! And I love to read – cookbooks! I’ve pulled these off the shelf to inspire some late summer meals:
I love family stories and pictures and recipes together.
My sous-chef’s response when she first saw this one in my kitchen: ‘Nona, don’t you know how to boil an egg???’
You already know of my infatuation with this one!
In order to keep the promise I have made to myself not to buy any more cookbooks, I pacify myself each Sunday morning after church at the local deli where we go for coffee. While my husband is at the register, I go to the shelves of cookbooks and have a peek at the latest editions…usually I am strong and walk away…somehow this one recently found its way to the counter with me….
What are you dreaming about for your late summer menus???