Homemade Gnocchi

Making your own noodles is one of those things that most cooks want to do at least once in their lives. It is an experience much like making your first loaf of from scratch” bread or making your own sushi and getting the sticky rice exactly right. I have not made my own noodles from scratch, though it has been on my cooking bucket list for a long time. However, the other day, I received a recipe in my email inbox from Nudo Italia, the company from whom I adopt an Italian olive tree to reap the delicious, oily benefits. The recipe was entitled, How to Make the Perfect Gnocchi,” so you can imagine that I was interested in giving it a shot, especially given the fact that Gnocchi are often made with potatoes, an in-season root vegetable which my wife and I have in abundance right now due to our CSA.

All in all, my first foray into noodles (or noodle’s cousins) went off quite well. As always, the recipe below comes with a ton of notes and things that I learned during this first attempt. I normally don’t stick to the recipe, but in this instance, I stayed true because noodles, like baking, can be hard on the experimenter, causing a loaf of bread, for example, to turn into a rock or a pancake. Nevertheless, I will be doing this again in the near future and I will update this post if there are more things I learn the second time around.

Based on How to make the perfect gnocchi from Nudo Italian Recipes.

Homemade Gnocchi

Yield: 4 Servings, Total time: Approximately 50 minutes

Ingredients:

Directions:

  1. Boil the potatoes whole in salted water with their skins on for 20 minutes or until tender. Wait until they are cool enough to handle, then peel off the skins and mash potatoes (until very smooth mash is achieved) with your favorite implement.

  2. Mix the flour, mash, and eggs, kneading into an even dough.

  3. On a well-floured surface, shape the dough into 3/4-inch-diameter rolls.

  4. Cut the length of the dough into small pieces, marking the pieces with a fork.

  5. Bring a large pot of water to boil and drop in the gnocchi pieces. When they bob to the top, they are done, generally 2-3 minutes, depending on their final size.

  6. Scoop out Gnocchi and toss in your favorite sauce.

Recipe Notes

Experiment and enjoy!


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The Challenges of 2020

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One of the craziest things about Christianity during the protests of the last few weeks is the fact that there are churches out there not discussing the issues honestly, not taking the time to have the hard conversations, not devoting their Sunday services to betterment of the world and people around them. If you’re church isn’t talking about racism right now, if they don’t mention that black lives matter, instead focusing on platitudes that equate to the all lives matter” sentiment, it is time to start looking for a new church.

My wife and I meet with my home” church virtually via Zoom since the pandemic is still a thing. Kimball Avenue United Church of Christ & La Iglesia Episcopal de Nuestra Señora de las Américas (KANSA, together) combined in a collaborative way to create a single denomination focused on the needs of their community. They follow Christ together toward the vision of love, reconciliation, peace and justice. The justice looks like the demolition and rehabilitation of an old church building and its grounds into a community garden and labyrinth open to all who seek peace through contemplation.

I give this elevator speech to mention that COVID has not been kind to faith communities in general. Budgets have been slashed, funding and grants have been cut, and congregations in need are also working to serve those in need, who are less likely to be able to financially support their church in these times. KANSA in one of the good ones. They speak truth, they have the difficult conversations, they preach in a loud voice every Sunday that black lives matter, that racism has no place in the church, that the LGBTQ community deserves respect and support, and that Jesus was a social justice warrior, who fought for the least of these no matter who they were, where they were from, what they looked like.

In fact, Jesus was most harsh to those who had the means to help and decided not to answer the call.

These systems of oppression we are protesting have been around a long time; they have screwed up a lot of lives, they have been the reason for revolution and the downfall of entire civilizations, they don’t work. We need to find a better way to live by supporting each other. And support has to come in systemic, social, financial, and political ways, both national and local.

I am not local to KANSA anymore, but I support their mission, the way that mission manifests in the world, and the simple fact that they follow Jesus no matter how ostracizing that position can be at times. Which brings me to the point:

Thanks to a $10,000 matching gift’ from an anonymous donor, the challenge has become an opportunity. Over the next two months, we plan to raise at least $10,000 to meet the challenge. Through August 31, 2020, every donation we receive toward our 2020 Challenge” no matter how small or how large will be doubled by the matching gift.

KANSA is hurting financially and needs support, they do good work and are unabashedly progressive in their approach to our world. Donate now and see your contribution matched to keep one of the good ones fighting the good fight.

Thank you for your consideration.