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Archive for May 7th, 2007

Gnocchi first:

  •  1 lb spinach gnocchi
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 5 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 large yellow squash, quartered lengthwise and sliced thinly
  • 1 bunch spinach leaves, washed well and torn
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 3 oz sharp provolone, roughly shredded

Cook the gnocchi as directed. While it’s cooking, heat the olive oil in a large wok. Add the squash, and cook for about 4 minutes, or until crisp-tender. Add the garlic, and cook for another minute or two. Then add the spinach and cook until the spinach is wilted. Stir in the milk and salt and pepper. Reduce heat to low. Add the gnocchi and the cheese, and continue cooking until the cheese is melted and everything is well blended. Pour into a serving dish and stir immediately.

Serve with good French bread, rich butter, champagne jam, and a salad, and you’ll have a delectable meal. 

Okay, on to other good stuff. Central Market–I heart Central Market. It’s a cross between a gourmet grocery store and Whole Foods Market, sort of. They’re just wonderful. I don’t think Joe’s ever going to let me go there by myself again, though. I went on Saturday afternoon with a list of about 7 items to get, and I came home $70 later. Hey! For me, that was restrained! I even managed to restrain myself when I got to the cheeses, getting only the sharp provolone I needed for the gnocchi recipe, and a wedge of lovely aged Emmenthaler. I didn’t get the Cote d’Or chocolat I was drooling over, and I didn’t get the pain de chocolat either. I only got one pain de compaigne, and didn’t get the lovely sourdough baguette that was calling my name. See? Restrained, I tells ya!

It was nice having Soleil come visit yesterday, and getting to cook for someone besides Joe and myself. And we got our scene planned out for the Juarez show. Now we just have to do the actual writing part. And she came up with an idea for the tourism scene I’m writing that was better than the idea I had, so I’m quite excited about that. I’m feeling a little more prepared for the meeting tonight now.

Other than that, the weekend was pretty quiet. I hurt my breast Friday afternoon when we had a meeting at work. They were giving out awards, and I tried to applaud. Big no-no. The breast is not ready for the shaking that accompanies applause yet. So I was truly glad that my doctor had given me more pain medicine, because I did need it this weekend. I’m still sore. The things one doesn’t realize will be painful after having surgery on one’s breast!

I picked up a book at the grocery store Friday afternoon, the second in the Morganville Vampires series. It’s a YA novel, and I had found the first one a few months ago in the clearance section at Half Price Books. The sequel was pretty good. I liked it enough that when the third comes out I’ll probably get it. 

I had an idea for a new book to write, but I’m not sure I want to write it. It would be laying bare too much of my own soul. We’ll see.

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