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Gnocchi Parisienne with Walnut & Gorgonzola Sauce

Wayyyy back in January I made some gnocchi Parisienne for Cheryl’s birthday dinner. Well one of them. It was much more decadent than this dish since there were copious amounts of black truffles shaved on them. Cheryl remarked that it would be ok if I made gnocchi Parisienne more often. I was flipping through Michael White’s Classico e Moderno trying to figure out what to make for Sunday dinner a couple of weeks ago and saw a recipe for gnocchi with walnut and gorgozola cream sauce. I wasn’t in the mood to do the whole potato thing and I also didn’t want to use pre-made, so, remembering  Cheryl’s words I decided it would be a good time to make the gnocchi Parisienne again. And she says I don’t listen! (more…)

Grilling With a Salt Block: Happy Birthday to Me!

ribeye-on-the-salt-blockAs mentioned last week, we were supposed to be out of town for my birthday but it didn’t work out. That’s ok, but it left us with a big question: what to do? Normally it’s dinner at one of my favorite restaurants but I didn’t feel like that. Instead, I decided we’d get a really nice cut of beef and a good bottle of wine and just grill for Sunday/birthday dinner. (more…)

Cooking Easter Lamb in a Work Zone

Easter dinnerWe’re a little more than a week into our kitchen work and it’s going really well. In fact, the kitchen really looks like a kitchen again and it feels good. Lots of the anxiousness from last week has melted away. Mostly because the sink finally showed up, but also because our stove got hooked up in time to roast my Easter leg of lamb. (more…)

Please Pardon The Mess…Updating Our Kitchen

Kitchen2Cheryl and I have been looking at this kitchen since we bought the place back in 2012. We upgraded the appliances shortly after moving in but held off doing anything major. It wasn’t that horrible and since it’s not the kitchen that does the cooking we figured we’d overlook the decor until we couldn’t stand it any longer. We reached that point over the winter. (more…)

Spice Club from Savory Spice and Coffee Spiced Sausage Rigatoni

Coffee Rub sausage rigatoni2As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, I purchase my spices and herbs from a shop in Lincoln Square called Savory Spice. Last week I received an email from the store’s owner, Dave, asking if I’d be interested in taking a look at a new program they were introducing called Spice Club. Sounded very interesting, especially as an excellent gift idea for the upcoming holiday season, so I said yes. (more…)