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Taylor Rae -Aug 22, 2011, 3:42PM
Lovely photo. Loving that hat mixed with the use of light. http://dailydoseofsunlight.blogspot.com/

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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.

Ingredients:

2 Large Sweet Potatoes

1 Baking Potato

1 Egg

2 Tbsp Olive Oil

½ Tsp Red Pepper Flakes

½ Tsp Dried Oregano

Pinch of salt

All Purpose Flour

Directions:

Preheat oven to 375˚F

Peel and dice sweet potatoes, then mix with olive oil, red pepper, and oregano in a roasting dish.

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Cover dish with tinfoil, and then place in the oven to cook until potatoes are extremely tender (approx. 1/2hr)

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Place baking potato to boil until it is also extremely tender (approx. 1/2hr)

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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.

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Using a hand blender or rice mill blend both together until fairly creamy

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Using a wooden spoon, mix in egg & a pinch of salt.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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After you’ve rolled them out, you’ll want to place the finished pieces on a towel until you are ready to cook them.

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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.

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Each serving is about 15 pieces. Drizzle with your desired sauce, garnish, and serve!

Buon Appetito!

fp naomi -Sep 06, 2011, 4:21PM
melissa - keep an eye out this sunday!
Melissa -Sep 06, 2011, 11:44AM
When is the sauce recipe coming? :)

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Love the hazy, washed out quality of his work…it feels so peaceful. go see more on his website.

Stargirl -Aug 22, 2011, 12:49PM
His work has a peacefulness and seems so remote (if you know what I mean), I was also listening to music by Flunk, which seems to go perfectly with his work.
Nikki Qiao -Aug 21, 2011, 12:57PM
So pretty!!

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DO: Have a garage sale

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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.

Taylor -Aug 22, 2011, 2:12PM
seriously, like me too. Even if I dont like it, i will find a way to turn it into something else ;)
kelsey -Aug 21, 2011, 7:07PM
seriously..... i'll take it

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Rachel -Sep 23, 2011, 2:31PM
Why weren't you guys at ACL this past weekend?! My friend and I wore Free People every day hoping to see you guys :)
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Thanks Lana!

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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.

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Road trippin’ with my two favorite allies
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It’s time to leave this town
It’s time to steal away
Let’s go get lost
Anywhere in the USA

Michelle Magdalena -Nov 12, 2011, 2:53PM
ps. Blue you sit so pretty west of the one.
Michelle Magdalena -Nov 12, 2011, 2:52PM
My Heart Skipped a beat when I saw the Big Sur coast. A road Im all too familiar with. And than the Seals on the beach right down the street from my house in Pacific Grove. Gosh Life is Beautiful!

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Some Free People instagram fun to start your day :) Happy Friday!

rhinoplasty california -Aug 22, 2011, 6:22AM
wao that deshses are very tasty!!!
megan -Aug 20, 2011, 8:07PM
Love it! I follow you on instagram @megshaver :)

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Jemma is in New York City today and sent along these great photos of office style and mood boards in our showroom! I love all the cheery colors :)

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-Aug 22, 2011, 1:32PM
Where is that watch from? I love it!!
Hayley -Aug 20, 2011, 2:08PM
It would be a dream to work at Free People! follow my blog: itmustbetheseason.blogspot.com

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Attention: Boston, MA and Aspen, CO Free People girls!

Boston: We will be conducting open management interviews Wednesday August 24th and Thursday August 25th. If you are interested in interviewing, please email storecareers@freepeople.com for details!

Aspen: We will be conducting open interviews for our upcoming Aspen store Tuesday August 23rd and Wednesday August 24th.  Please email storecareers@freepeople.com for details!

Ericka -Aug 23, 2011, 11:38AM
CINCINNATI***
Lisa -Aug 19, 2011, 2:24PM
Annapolis, MD please!!!

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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 :)

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Behind the Scenes photos by Thomas Northcut.

Leah Honey -Aug 20, 2011, 12:49AM
the pics are probobly from a camera with adjustable f stop, making your range of focus smaller
martha -Aug 19, 2011, 10:46AM
lovely pics and that pizza looks fabulos !

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Post image for Thursday Poll: La Dolce Vita

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?

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g! -Aug 18, 2011, 2:11PM
I voted for look #6, but i loooove #4 almost equally as much!
ChelseaJoon -Aug 18, 2011, 2:05PM
Opps...I meant to vote for Look 3! The photo numbers are kinda confusing :/

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Post image for About a Girl: Amy Soderlind of San Francisco

Not long before I went to San Francisco for Outside Lands, one of my co-workers sent me a link to a blog that she thought was worth checking out, called Refuses to Label. I clicked on the link and spent the next hour or so perusing the inspirational posts and photos on the blog. The writer, Amy Soderlind, is a stylist and writer living right outside of San Francisco on a beautiful farm. Her style is impeccable and I love her poetic way of writing – check out some photos below, along with a writeup about what she loves most about her city.

San Francisco carries character and integrity in every little crevasse of her small size. Take a walk and in just two blocks you are in another world. New smells, subcultures that I must sit and appreciate, really take in. I go nowhere without my note/sketch pad, and I do say: the most incredible quotes come from some of the crazies on the morning MUNI rides. I love that I can get from one end of the city to the other in less than 30 minutes.

The history that she holds also brings many like minded free spirits to live and create… the Beat Generation AND the Summer of Love?  yes please.

Taking Sundays to myself… City Lights Books, Trieste and Vesuvio: reels playing in my mind of Kerouac perusing the shelves and writing on the small table tops… Ginsberg spitting out words and phrases that still blow our minds today. The De Young or MOMA…. and yes, the many many beautiful small ma and pa vintage shops that I tend to spend far too much time in.

My favorite thing about this city? The beautiful people that are apart of my life here…. extraordinary talents that make my life rich with happiness.

Dressing in San Francisco is a year round challenge. Our summers are in October (for 3 short weeks) and the rest of the year is unpredictable with certainty of daily fog. I actually love this very variable when it comes to dressing – You can wear boots! Socks! Hats! Scarves! Jeans! Layers…. opens up doors of options that usually are shut tightly in August.

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In this Look: Vintage Crochet Dress, Vintage black leather belt, AA Hat, Vintage combat boots, Afghan Necklace

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In this Look:Thrifted Harem Pant, AA Tank, Vintage Cord Bomber, Diesel Boots, Panama Bag, Painted Bird Glasses, All Vintage Jewelry from around the Globe.

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In this Look: Ernest Sewn High Waist Denim, Crop Tee, Vintage Bag, Vintage Belt, Vintage Jewelry Africa and Bali, Printed Silk Jacket.

Photo Credit: Lauren Goodman

Here are my current Free People favorites:

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Stretch Suede Leggings, Zipper Ankle Boot, New Romantics Pleated Tunic, Nova Drawstring Bucket Bag.

Girl’s got good taste! I’m telling you, she is one to watch… refinery 29 just featured her this week! And be sure to check out her amazing blog, Refuses to Label. Thank you Amy!

Ruby van Dort -Oct 20, 2014, 7:56AM
Never mind i got in contact with Amy yesterday and it is all clear now:) Cheers
Ruby van Dort -Oct 19, 2014, 2:21PM
Hi, I have a slightly strange question. First of all i apologize if my english isn't perfect! I am from holland so i make some mistakes now and then. I was wondering if you could help me out, i have tried to get in contact with amy a few times now(email/facebook) but i am affraid my messages get delivered in her spam folder. The reason i am trying to get in contact with her is this: A while ago i saw a picture of Amy on Pinterest in a awesomeeee white dress. Now i have been looking for this dress everywhere in The netherlands but can not find it. So i wanted to ask her where she bought her dress so maybe i can order it online or something. Now i am writing to you because maybe you know where the white dress comes from. Hmm i now realise i can't add a picture to this post uhm. Omg i am just looking to find a picture online to add the link ans i think i found it on your site?it is the white dress she is wearing..http://blog.freepeople.com/2013/02/travel-inspiration-amy-soderlind-bali/ I think it is called the "mexican wedding dress" but when i clicked on the link i see that it is unavailable:( is there a way that i can buy this dress maybe via via someone? I love it sooooo much! Sorry for the long and crazy questions hope you guys can help me out or can get me in contact woth Amy so she can maybe help me out. I have been looking for 2 months already so i am kind of on a mission right now haha. Hope to hear from you, Cheers from the cold Netherlands! Ruby

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