homemade gnocchi

Gnocchi is delicious. And although this wasn't the more common potato variety stuffed with a yummy, cheesy filling, they were still awesome because they were homemade.

I'm on a vegetarian cooking kick. My husband is the least picky eater ever, which is the best. It was actually his idea to try to eat more vegetarian meals. Nice going, Luke.

 

 

Isn't there just something about kneading dough? I've always wanted to get into breadmaking. I just love that process of creating and working the dough.

 

After rolling out the dough into long strips, I cut them into pieces and shaped them with fork prongs. To make them fancy. BTW, I used this recipe.

 

 

The swiss chard was straight out of Richard and Stella Novack's garden. So, so, so good. I had the privelege of sitting in the garden with their daughter, Mary, my very dear friend, while they picked me a vegetable goodie bag last week.

 

 

Luke was a little more excited about the meal than he looks. I think. :) Recipe here.

What are you doing this weekend? We're driving to Pennsylvania and back for the second weekend in a row. My cutesy nieces are having a triple birthday party (my brother and sis-in-law are smart -- three birds one stone).

 

An inspiring story (one I can appreciate as a former waitress) about a man's last wish.

One of my very sweet girlfriends is having a baby. Eek!

This had me laughing out loud. Yeah, you're ridiculous, real Yelp users.

Really cool company selling shoes to empower women.

 

happy weekend!

 

 

Summer Pasta Salad with Basil Vinaigrette

 

I rarely make the time to prepare dinner these days, and I know it's about to get worse with our transition to New York. That's partially why I made the effort last night. It was also partially to start clearing out the fridge and partially because I spotted this recipe for Basil Vinaigrette and just had to try it. Recently my basil plant bolted (grew rapidly and then flowered), and since then I've had an abundance of basil I'm not using up. While I was making the vinaigrette I thought how delicious it would be on pasta salad. It's amazing what random food items you can use up in a yummy pasta salad (full recipe below). I grilled some chicken to toss on top and used my go-to recipe for roasted asparagus (so amazingly good) as a side, but it was the vinaigrette that really made this meal outstanding. 

 

 

Spotlight On | Sweet_ness 7

I'm a sucker for a great coffee shop. Combine an inspiring space with strong coffee, tasty food and friendly faces, and you've got a total winner in my book. At Sweet_ness 7 in Buffalo, NY they've gone above and beyond to achieve that atmosphere. Ornate victorian-style ceilings soar above you. A gigantic industrial table sits in the middle of the room, able to seat nearly 20. Shelves line the wall behind the cafe counter. And the food is excellent. When it comes to breakfast, they're our staple--Luke and I are especially in love with their egg sandwich! Give me a homemade oversized english muffin layered with egg, melted cheese and sliced tomato and I'm a very happy girl. Add a big mug of black coffee into the mix and all you'll hear from my side of the table are happy sighs for the next 10 minutes. 

The other thing that makes this cafe so winning is its not-so-trendy location. Buffalo's west side has suffered from disinvestment for the past few decades and the surrounding neighborhoods have fallen into major disrepair. This beautiful space gives me hope for a really bright future, both for this area and Buffalo as a whole. So props to Prish Morgan, owner of Sweet_ness, for moving such a SWEET little shop into an area that needed some love! Here are a few photos I snapped on Friday when Luke and I popped in for our usual.