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Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Happy March & Gnocchi!

Where has the time gone?? It is almost spring!  EEEKKKK!

I have one more recipe left to share with everyone. Last on the series of "What to do with all that leftover Maseca mix" from those Christmas Tamales. It is time to get rid of the Maseca Mix! I made some Gnocchi, cooked about a third of it, dished it out to my husband (who loved it) thank god for his help and willingness to try everything I dream up! I froze the rest of the Gnocchi for those times when I do not feel like cooking and can pull it out quickly, cook it, sauce it and dish it up for dinner. 

I have been absent from my blog, my Windows 7 netbook became very unstable - so, I had to rebuild it. Ay Caramba!  ;) Am re-installing apps on the machine now, completed an english to spanish translation for lent "stations" which has kept me busy (on and off in my copious spare time) and was able to assess where I am with that cookbook based on cupcakes and the "How-to" run a cupcake business book!  Unfortunately, I did NOT (DRATS) get past the thrid round of the last writing contest I entered through Penguin, oh well - no worries I have lots of ideas and time to write and hone my skills in retirement.  Well, let's move on to the trip back to visit the "retirement home in NM".

Recently had to return back to NM to check on the house there. Seems the severe storm (It got to -25 below in the mountains) hit the power in my home there and my fridge was fried (all due to a powere surge). I labored for over three days cleaning a side-by side refrigerator and a stand alone upright freezer (which was fine by the way) and was able to get the fridge cleaned out.

Which reminds me - when you leave for vacation do clean out your fridge and throw away anything which you do not want to come back to 3 mos. later. It is utterly icky when "stuff" has been sitting in your fridge for over 2 or 3 weeks after the power has blown out. Had to air the house out, and I found a wonderful idea (many thanks to my neighbor and a friend in NM) which works when shutting down your fridge or freezer for long periods of time - COFFEE GROUNDS!  Put them in there in a container when you shut down/disconnect power from the fridge/freezer....also can't go wrong with those silica packets to absorb the humidity which accumulates in the fridge (prop it open if you can - by all means).

Here is the recipe for the Gnocchi:

2 cups Maseca
2 cups riced potatoes
3 whole eggs
1/4 cup olive oil
1/4 cup water
1/2 t, sea salt

Combine Maseca, potaoes, salt, eggs and mix. Add water slowly and mix well, then add olive oil and continue to mix until is a soft pliable dough. Allow the dough to rest for 15 minutes.

Shape dough into logs, cut with a knife and roll along the tines of a fork and either freeze quickly on parchment lined pans or drop them quickly in water and boil for about 5 mins (or until they rise to the top of the boiling water). Drain and add your favorite pasta sauce, parmesan cheese and serve with a large salad and french bread.

Serves 8 generously.

Absolutely divine!

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