Sunday, May 10, 2009

adventures in cooking

Friday night was a cooking night at our house. I recently picked up a copy of Pretend Soup (cookbook for preschoolers) to see if I could get T more interested in food. So Friday we tried making zuccini moons. T had a great time running around in his apron and then cutting the zuccini (only a bit of help from me needed!) and then cooking them and watching D eat them! He announced after he'd made them that they were for Daddy to eat....and he didn't even try one. We'll have to try again.

T with the pile of cut zuccini.

T "reading" the recipe while the zuccini cooked.

The finished dish - yummy!

Well, after T went to bed it was my turn to try a new recipe - Ricotta gnocci -

15oz tub of light ricotta, drained for about 20 minutes

salt, pepper, sage, garlic, an egg all mixed together

flour - 1/4 cup at a time until the dough holds together (I used 1 1/4 c) - try a ball of dough in boiling water to see if it holds together. If not, add more flour.

Roll into 1" diameter logs and cut into 1" long pieces and indent with a fork.

Drop into boiling water and cook until the gnocci float to the top. Drain and serve with your favorite sauce.

I cheated and used jarred Arribiata sauce with added onion, mushrooms, spinach and mozarella. It was yummy!

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