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In reference to our Venetian theme this month, this week’s recipe is another of my favorite Italian-inspired recipes. Growing up my family made traditional potato gnocchi. It was always a huge production. My father and I would spend hours, rolling out hundreds of little gnocchi, preparing three different sauces, and, in the end, having a gnocchi fest with family and friends. Every person had to try the gnocchi with each sauce, falling in love anew with every bite. In the end, everyone was stuffed and happy…or uncomfortable from overeating – but – still happy…
Now that I’ve grown older and expanded my cooking experimentations, I’ve started making gnocchi with sweet potatoes. They’re a variation on the traditional version – a little healthier, and a little spicier. I don’t make hundreds, so it’s a bit less time consuming, but it still takes a while to make them. The following recipe will yield enough for 4-5 people – depending on how much you can eat. I made a homemade tomato sauce to go with them (I’ll can give you all this recipe another week if you’re interested), but they’re also good with butter & sage or any tomato/diavolo sauce you have.
2 Large Sweet Potatoes
1 Baking Potato
2 Tbsp Olive Oil
½ Tsp Red Pepper Flakes
½ Tsp Dried Oregano
Pinch of salt
All Purpose Flour
Preheat oven to 375˚F
Peel and dice sweet potatoes, then mix with olive oil, red pepper, and oregano in a roasting dish.
Cover dish with tinfoil, and then place in the oven to cook until potatoes are extremely tender (approx. 1/2hr)
Place baking potato to boil until it is also extremely tender (approx. 1/2hr)
Let both potatoes cool. Once the baking potato is cool enough to handle, peel and dice it. Then throw both the sweet potatoes and the baking potato together into a large mixing bowl.
Using a hand blender or rice mill blend both together until fairly creamy
Using a wooden spoon, mix in egg & a pinch of salt.
Still using a wooden spoon and working quickly, mix in flour until mixture reaches a doughy consistency. Towards the end I usually ditch the spoon and work it with my hands. It should still stick to your fingers a bit, but be thick enough to roll out once you’ve reached the right texture. It’s important to work fast so that you don’t have to add too much flour which will result in heavy gnocchi.
You’re now ready to roll out the gnocchi. Set yourself up on a table, or with enough counter space. You’ll need flour and a fork. Pour some flour on the surface, and cover your hands so that the dough doesn’t stick.
To roll out the gnocchi you first toll the dough into little logs about ½” thick. Then, using the fork, cut them into approx. 1” segments. Once you’ve done so, press the fork lightly on top to make little ridges. This is a little trick passed down through my family to help them cook just right, and it also makes them pretty.
After you’ve rolled them out, you’ll want to place the finished pieces on a towel until you are ready to cook them.
To cook the gnocchi you’ll want to set a pot of water to boil. Once it has reached a boil, drop in about 8 gnocchi at a time. Once they are cooked they will start to float, and you can scoop them out with a spatula or something with holes to let the water through.
Each serving is about 15 pieces. Drizzle with your desired sauce, garnish, and serve!
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DO: Have a garage sale
I’ve been moving out of my apartment of two years all throughout this past week. To say the least, the experience has been a little traumatic. I can’t help but feel bogged down by all of the stuff I’ve acquired. Never before have I wanted so badly to just throw away everything I own (except my dog and favorite clothes, of course). In retrospect, I can’t help but think of how good it would have been if I had had a garage sale beforehand. I’ve heard stories of the liberation people feel after selling everything they own. I’m not quite ready to sell everything, but it sure would have been good to go through and get rid of all the things I no longer need or have any attachment to. So do it for me, free yourself of the useless things you own, the things you no longer like, and downsize. Save yourself the trouble of having to do it when you already have an endless to-do list. Decluttering you space will not only make it easier to do things like move, but it will also give your mind a fresh start. You can use the earnings to buy something else or even give them to charity. You might not always have extra cash to donate, so why not do it now? Whatever you don’t sell – give it away – just get rid of it, and enjoy your new beginning.
Do you ever have that feeling that you’re stuck in a rut? You find yourself following a routine and it’s easy to lose sight of the big picture when you’re hung up on monotonous little details. Sometimes removing yourself from normality is all it takes to clear your head and gain a new perspective. I dealt with this a few years ago and in order to snap myself out of it I packed up my car and set out on a road trip with my good friend. It’s one of the best things I’ve ever done – the freedom of the open road and not knowing where our next stop would be, the excitement of discovering a new place and the utter sense of joy that came with just driving with the windows rolled down and music turned up.
While a road trip across the country may not be entirely practical, you can still take a road trip to someplace nearby. Pack your bags and take off, without a known destination. When you can’t drive any further, stop and camp out for the night or find a hotel room and see what you discover about whatever place you’re in…you’ll probably discover something new about yourself while you’re at it.
Here are some of the photos from my trip…the camera I took them with may have been disposable, but the memories definitely are not.
Road trippin’ with my two favorite allies
Fully loaded we got snacks and supplies
It’s time to leave this town
It’s time to steal away
Let’s go get lost
Anywhere in the USA
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Here is the last batch of behind the scenes photos from our August catalog shoot in Venice with Guy Aroch! Featuring models Marloes Horst and Darla Baker, and members of the fp crew :)
Behind the Scenes photos by Thomas Northcut.
I’m in love with our new August lookbook that just dropped this week. Titled, La Dolce Vita, it literally means “the sweet life” – and it is exactly that. The rich colors, elegant details, and luxe fabrics make me want to escape to a chateau in the brisk cool of fall. Once I was there, I’d put my feet up and munch on elegant sweets just because I could. If you were able to pull together any one of these looks, what would be your outfit for living La Dolce Vita?