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Easy Parsnip Gnocchi with Tarragon-Parsley Pesto

Parsnip Gnocchi with Tarragon-Parsley Pesto

Is is easy to make gnocchi? Well, it absolutely can be easy, as well as rewarding and delicious. There’s nothing especially tricky to it, but there are a few steps, and if it goes wrong, it can go really wrong, leaving you with a pot of boiling water and mostly dissolved gnocchi pieces just floating around and mocking you.

I think the key is adding just enough flour–you want it to hold together but not have a gluey texture. I’ve always found that if I roll the ropes out on a very . . . → Read More: Easy Parsnip Gnocchi with Tarragon-Parsley Pesto

A Lot of Meat, Cheese, Vegetables, and Pasta at Ava Gene's — Oh, and the Bean Topped Bread

SE Portland's Ava Gene's

Ava Gene’s 3377 SE Division Street Portland, OR 97202

So, Ava Gene’s has been open about a year, which means it’s right on schedule for us to have tried it for the first time. Hint: my husband and I are not really timely. The restaurant has even gotten national mentions, like when Bon Appétit magazine named it the “#5 Best New Restaurant in America 2013.” And honestly, when we went, I was all ready to think it was over-hyped, but…damn!

I’m not going to go so far as to say that . . . → Read More: A Lot of Meat, Cheese, Vegetables, and Pasta at Ava Gene's — Oh, and the Bean Topped Bread

National Kale Day: Chicken Kale Pasta (Casserole) with Apple & Bacon

Chicken Kale Pasta with Apple & Bacon

Kale, like brussels sprouts, fish sauce, and swiss chard, is an ingredient that I discovered that I liked later rather than sooner. I don’t even think I started with the now ubiquitous kale chips — I think it was maybe braised kale at a restaurant, and only about three years ago.

Did you know October 2nd is (possibly) National Kale Day? I think that it’s not quite an official thing yet, so let’s all try to make it happen! Until then, I’m just going to pretend that Wednesday . . . → Read More: National Kale Day: Chicken Kale Pasta (Casserole) with Apple & Bacon

(Semi-Classic) Ragù Bolognese with Pasta

Classic Ragu Bolognese with Pasta

What is there to say about a giant pot of Ragù Bolognese? That it’s red, and hearty and that it’s full of meat. That it’s delicious…well, yes, of course that. Maybe also that it’s easy to misread the original recipe and get prosciutto instead of pancetta. And maybe that it wasn’t even noticed until days afterwards, when the recipe was going to be posted here. All of these things are true.

Since the pancetta-prusciutto mishap, I’ve actually looked at other Bolognese recipes and some of them do use prusciutto. So there. . . . → Read More: (Semi-Classic) Ragù Bolognese with Pasta

FFwD: Herb-speckled Spaetzle

French Fridays with Dorie: Herb-speckled Spaetzle

This week’s French Fridays with Dorie recipe is Herb-speckled Spaetzle and it is on epicurious, so even if you don’t have the cookbook, you can still make the recipe.

This was very good. I actually just tried making spaetzle a few weeks ago using a different recipe (buckwheat spaetzel) and while that was good, this was great. I used a colander for making the spaetzle both times, but I wish I had a flat grater, that idea sounds intriguing and a bit easier.

Notes: 1. I made 2/3’s . . . → Read More: FFwD: Herb-speckled Spaetzle