meatless monday recipe: pan-fried gnocchi with radicchio, leeks and ricotta salata…

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i’ve been away from these pages for quite awhile. it feels like time is on hyper speed and the month of april flew by. there doesn’t seem to be enough hours in the day to get everything done, let alone blog about all that’s been going on. in addition to earth month at work, we had team appreciation week (loads of fun) and i’m taking a little detour pursuing what i believe to be the perfect job! < i don’t want to say too much, and i still don’t know the outcome, but it’s encouraging just to know a job like that exists.

so with all that said, i have tomorrow off and i’m itching to not only eat a proper meal, but to challenge myself with a cooking technique – i just want to turn on some music and let my mind wander in the kitchen. i don’t want to be anywhere near a computer. do you ever get that feeling that you just want to make something? something in real life, not in pixels? i feel like my eyeballs are constantly reflecting the glow of this laptop…

i’ve watched enough top chef episodes to know that making a perfect gnocchi is an artform (like roasting the perfect chicken or cooking the perfect egg)…since i’ve been told i’ve mastered the chicken < should i be talking about that in a meatless monday post? and i’m hit or miss on the egg, why not add my own elimination challenge and go for brokey with gnocchi?

oh, and on a side note, am i the only one who finds this season’s top chef masters a bit boring? and who is curtis stone anyway? wasn’t he the dude who would walk up to random shoppers and go home with them to cook a meal? does he even own a restaurant? what exactly qualifies him to invest in america’s next great restaurant? and why is a host a judge? i don’t think i’m cranky gramma on this one, it seems time magazine agrees…

but i digress…

michael’s dish doesn’t really fit into my nutritional plan (which, i confess, has fallen by the wayside…guilty admission:  i had a pizza last night). but he assures his readers that this recipe for pan-fried gnocchi with radicchio, leeks and ricotta salata is doable. and i think that gnocchi, like risotto, is one of those “you made this?!?” dishes that are sure to please, impress your guests and give you a baseline for lots of variations and experimentation.

so, wish me luck!

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7 responses to “meatless monday recipe: pan-fried gnocchi with radicchio, leeks and ricotta salata…

  1. ericascime

    Mmm, these are a few of my favorite things! Thanks!

    • hello erica,

      thanks for stopping by! i’m a little scared of making gnocchi, but what’s life without a few (delicious) challenges?

      cheers,
      joyce

      • ericascime

        I was a little scared of making my own pierogies, but they are easy! You have to take the risk, I guess 🙂 And yes, it is a delicious risk!

      • ooooh, erica! i just checked out your post on pierogies! they look amazing! i’ve added your blog to my list of links…i gotta share those beauties!

        cheers,
        joyce

  2. Best of luck to you and your future perfect job! I know exactly what you mean… when you get so caught up with work that you crave something different to balance yourself out. I feel the same way when I am knee deep in spread sheets and profit and loss reports- when that happens I always seek out words as a reprieve from numbers.

  3. Pingback: Spinach-Ricotta Gnocchi with Porcini Mushrooms and Tomatoes « Living Simply By Going Backwards

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