Wednesday, May 21, 2014

ricotta gnocchi

I have made a lot of potato gnocchi, but a few weeks ago I had some really amazing ricotta gnocchi in manhattan and wanted to try and replicate it at home.  Honestly it is so much easier than potato gnocchi and I think even tastes better.  Even for those of you that do not like ricotta, you would not even know it is made from it!

Serves around 4
One 16-ounce container whole-milk ricotta
1 large egg
1/2 cup finely grated Parmesan  cheese
1/2 teaspoon salt 
1 cup flour

Combine all of these things together until well incorporated. Refrigerate for 15 minutes. You want the consistency to me not wet, yet not dry when you take it out and roll it into your typical gnocchi "log." It should be somewhat wet, but if it is sticking to your hands at all add a little more flour. 

Once you roll the dough into a log and cut your sections freeze them on a plate for about 15 minutes before you boil them.  When you boil them and they bob to the surface they are almost done, let then cook for another minute or so. 

Proceed to cook them in whatever sauce you desire in a saute pan. 


Wednesday, May 14, 2014

the future of junk food pop up

There is a pop up series going on called: The Future of Junk Food with chefs Samuel Monsour and Mark O'Leary. I didn't happen to catch the first one, but was able to make it to the second (at East by Northeast). The concept is to take the idea of junk food and elevate it with eclectic, local, better for you ingredients. 

Flamin' Hot Cheetos - Pig Ears, Uni, Lardo

Cheese Sticks - Robiola, English Peas, Morels

Uncrustables - Pancetta, Sicilian Pistachio, Rhubarb

Rangoons - Soft Shell Crab, Apricot, Mascarpone

Chalupa - Beef Cheeks, Radish, Ramps

Fried Chicken Dinner - Favas, Black Truffle, Marjoram

Chipwich - Fois Gras, Black Garlic, Cocoa Nib

Monday, May 12, 2014

mother's day

since my mom passed away I usually like to do something a little non traditional for mother's day - basically anything that doesn't remind me of it! This year my very long time friend Jess (who also lost her mom to breast cancer years before I did) decided to spend the day in Manhattan. 

Bolognese at dell'anima
Big Gay Ice Cream

These two pups meeting for the first time!
I love greenwhich village
Had to stop to bring home a cookie!

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

ny weekend - part 2 eating

obviously one of my favorite parts of spending any time in Manhattan is eating! I mentioned a while back that while in Napa for Pigs & Pinot, the chef/owner from Crispo made one of the best pasta dishes I've ever had. And Aly remembered me mentioning that and got us reservations when I went to visit her.

The food was great, very classic, and the atmosphere was stellar.  We sat in an area in the very back that almost seemed like you were outside - maybe they open it up for summer I am not sure. It was very very cool and delicious. 


Ricotta gnocchi with duck sausage, ramps and roasted tomatoes

Classic - spaghetti and meatballs.