This Valentine’s Day was amazing. We had dinner reservations for when I got off work, but we decided at the last minute to stay home and order a pizza and drink a beer and honestly it was everything I could have wanted. Our anniversary is New Year’s Day, and being right after the holidays, budget for Valentine’s Day is usually pretty tight. We don’t go too crazy on gifts, the last two years we got a hotel room for the night just so we could swim in the pool. No gifts, no nonsense. This year I came home from work to home made chocolate covered strawberries and cookies. Mike isn’t the biggest cook, so this was a great surprise! These with some pink roses and a little pink multi tool for my keychain was just perfect for me. And for my mans? A pair of socks with sloths on them (“slocks” as he calls them) and a hand printed t-shirt from Etsy.
In this chaos, we are all craving social interaction, but I’m also craving my family. My family is in New Jersey and New York and I’m in Boston and It’s been really hard being here and not with them.
The past couple of weeks, we’ve been doing family happy hour and family cooking lessons! We all come together on Zoom, nearly 15 of us, and cook eat together as a family.
This week, my grandma (the queen) taught us how to make gnocchi from scratch! I could not get over how easy it was because in my head it’s such a lengthy and difficult process. Literally all you need is two potatoes, 2 cups of flour, two eggs, and salt. In a quick 25 minutes, you have 4 servings of freshly made gnocchi.
Ahead of time, boil your potatoes. Do not peel or chop as they would become waterlogged. Cook until fork tender.
Remove from water and let cool.
Once the potatoes are cool enough, you’ll be able to peel the skin off with your hands.
Smash the potatoes with a fork until there are no chunks larger than a pea.
Sprinkle the potatoes with salt.
DO NOT ADD BUTTER OR MILK, this isn’t supposed to be “mashed potatoes”
Crack egg onto potatoes followed by a cup of flour
Start mixing all three together with your hands
If you find the mix too sticky, add a little more flour
Too dry? Add another egg
Once the dough is needed together, flatten it to a disc about an inch thick all the way through.
Cut into three equal slices and roll them to about a foot and a half in length
Cut into bite size pieces no bigger than an inch
If you’d like, you can roll the pieces on a fork to give it those signature lines, but I like mine smooth
Bring water to a boil and salt it
Add 7 pieces at a time so they don’t stick together
once they’re steadily floating, take them out and place them immediately into whatever sauce you have prepared so they don’t dry out.
Freeze whatever you don’t eat!
Pair with your favorite sauce or vegetable or soup for a hearty and soul warming meal.