Well, yes it is true that so many of us grow weary and discouraged on FB these days given the chaos of our present political challenges. Taking time out from posting alarms and alerts, some of us eventually resort to alternating posts between our opinions and activism, with Comic Relief (funny cartoons or snarky wit), Beauty (flowers and scenery), Cutsies (kittens, puppies and babies) and FOOD! (WHAT WE ARE HAVING FOR DINNER!).
Last night I fled to my kitchenette (only 6 inches away from my tiny apartment living room) to free my mind and heart from stress, and to dive wholeheartedly with my hungry tummy into pure comfort and creativity with an awesome Italian recipe inspired by Lidia Bastianich, I say “inspired by” because she started the whole thing off in her recipe book, but I, independent and renegade Cooker myself, always have to tweak a recipe to make it mine, ALL MINE! So to be fair, let’s maybe say it was a winning “collaboration”,
When I posted the above picture on FB for good cheer, it must have provided some much needed comfort as more people jumped into my post with comments about this than about anything elseI have posted all week. Several even sent me private messages asking (begging) for the recipe. Which of course I promised to do…what else are friends for? So wipe your chins dear salivators !…here we go… feel free to make it yours too with your own tweaks.
1 box/pkg of gnocchi
1 10 oz pjg of frozen peas, defrosted)
5 thin stalks of asparagus, steamed and cut into thirds
4 or 5 small cocktail tomatoes, seeds squeezed out and quartered
1/2 heavy crème OR half n half OR evaporated mil
1 cup of chicken broth
2 tablespoons of butter salted or non salted
6 oz of crumbled gorgonzola
a dash of garlic powder, a dash of Italian herb blend (I used Penzys Tuscan blend)
a little squeesze..drops really to taste…of lemon. Go very easy on this to taste
salt and pepper to taste
A BIG SOUP MUG and a BIG SPOON
**(Don’t forget a glass of rose (not red! not white!) wine to accompany. (Red is too strong, white is too “white”…I cook with complementary colors..there is enough white in this sauce)
*** Put on some nice music. Preferably by Josh Groban singing in Italian. Shut off the news on tv!
Boil the gnocchi according to the instructions of the box (Lidia makes her OWN gnocchi from scratch. Not me…one of my ingenious creative tweaks). Drain and set aside
Saute the butter (you can add a little more if you want.) in a large frying pan with higher sides. When melted, add the combined milk and broth and dash of herbal blend and bring to a boil, then lower heat and let it cook for about 8 minutes to thicken a bit..sort of..stirring often. DO NOT burn or rapid boil and bubble (trouble!).
Add the gorgonzola and stir to melt. Taste and season to your liking.,, salt and pepper, a tiny squeeze of lemon (be careful here) and a dash of garlic powder.
Add the peas, asparagus and cocktail tomatoes and stir.
FINALLY, add the gnocchi to coat completely.
IMPORTANT ! Take a picture and post it on FB so your friends can drool, leave lots of comments and then send them the link to this recipe on my blog!
From Christine, the Greening Spirit a la “The Cook” on https://sensuoussoupsandsuppers.wordpress.com
***Picture with my granddaughter Giana who is now 11 years old. ( I am the same age as I was then).