Turkey Eggplant Lasagna

Italian food, to me, is the ultimate comfort food.  Pasta + Cheese + Garlic-y Tomato Sauce = Happiness.   So every few weeks, I’ll whip up one of these cheese-y garlic-y lasagnas, and well, let’s just say it doesn’t last too long in this house.
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For days, we’ll have lasagna for lunch and dinner, and honestly, I never get sick of it.  We haven’t go so far as to eat it for breakfast… but I wouldn’t put it past us.  Poached egg on top of a hefty serving of lasagna?  Mmmhmmm I’m ok with it!

Thankfully, I don’t have to feel TOO guilty about this delicious dish, because it’s packed with lean turkey meat, fresh eggplant, and gloriously green spinach.  Pretty much guilt-free, if you ask me!

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This dish, while it does take some time to make, will save you oodles of time the rest of the week, as you pretty much won’t need to cook for the rest of the week.  Unless you have a hungry manfriend around, then maybe you won’t have to cook for a few days.  :)  Either way, I’d consider that a worthwhile investment!

To make this dish, you’ll need a large saucepan and an ovenproof casserole dish.  Yup, that’s it!

Start by browning your turkey meat, onion and cloves of minced garlic.

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While the turkey is browning, dice up your beautiful purple eggplant into cubes, and toss into the pan with your turkey meat.

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Let everything cook together for a while… in the meantime, start chopping up your fresh basil.

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I took a cooking class a little while back that taught knife skills.  Now, I cannot claim to be any kind of expert on this matter, but one of the most useful things this class taught me was how to properly chop basil without bruising the leaves too much.  If you’re curious, check this out!

P1070591After the turkey and eggplant has properly browned, add your fresh spinach, and let it cook down.  You can put as little or as much spinach as you want – I like plenty of spinach, so I usually add one full container of fresh spinach.

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Green, fresh, healthy goodness!

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When the spinach has cooked down and looks slightly less overwhelming, add fresh basil, tomatoes, tomato sauce, and paste.

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Bring to a boil, and then let this sauce simmer for a good 30-45 minutes, allowing all those lovely, lovely flavors to mingle and mix together.

Once you’ve let all the ingredients cook together for a while, add a bit of salt and pepper and then TASTE!  In my humble opinion, Italian food simply cannot be cooked without being tasted along the way.

Ok, maybe this is my rule for all food, but who’s keeping track?!

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In a small bowl, add ricotta cheese, crack two fresh eggs on top, and then cover with as much Parmesan as makes you happy.  In my case, this is quite a bit. :)

Mix together until the cheesy mixture is combined, and then preheat your oven to 350F.

While you’re waiting for the oven, start layering your lasagna.  Spoon about 1/4 of the sauce into the bottom of your casserole dish, and layer with 3 oven-ready lasagna noodles.

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Cover noodles with 1/3 of your cheesy ricotta mixture, top with 1/4 more of sauce, and then finish the layer off with a generous sprinkle of mozzarella.

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P1070620Repeat layers x 2, ending with a layer of sauce, followed by another generous sprinkle of mozzarella.  Aaaand maybe a bit more Parmesan sprinkled on top.  Just because. :)

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Throw that big bad lasagna into the oven for about 30-40 minutes.  In my oven, this tends to be closer to 30-35 minutes, but I can always tell when it’s done, because the cheese is nice and golden brown on top.

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Molto bello, no? :)

Let your bubbly, hot lasagna cool for about 10 minutes… even if it’s hard to wait.  Then slice, scoop, and serve, alongside some fresh slices of ciabatta.

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Then proceed to make lots of “yummy” noises, because you will be very VERY happy with what you’ve whipped up!

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Buon Appetito!

-G

Turkey Eggplant Spinach Lasagna

Adapted from Food Network

  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • 1 eggplant, diced
  • 1 package fresh spinach
  • 3 cloves garlic,  minced
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 bunch of basil leaves, chopped (about 1/2 cup)
  • 1 28-oz can of roasted tomatoes
  • 2 15-oz cans of tomato sauce
  • 1 6-oz can of tomato paste
  • 1 container of ricotta cheese
  • 2 large eggs
  • 9 oven-ready lasagna noodles
  • 1 16-oz package of shredded mozzarella
  • Parmesan cheese (as much as you like!)
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

In a large saucepan, combine turkey meat, onion and garlic.  Cook over medium heat until brown, then add diced eggplant, continuing to cook until eggplant is a golden brown.  Add spinach and cook down for a few more minutes.

Add fresh basil, roasted tomatoes, sauce, and paste.  Bring sauce to a boil and then simmer for 30-45 minutes.  While the sauce is simmering, preheat your oven to 350F.

In a small bowl, combine ricotta, eggs, and parmesan, then mix to combine.

Spoon 1/4 of sauce into the bottom of a 9×13 casserole dish, then top with 3 oven-ready lasagna noodles.  Spread 1/3 of ricotta cheese mixture on top, then layer with another 1/4 of sauce, and 1/3 of the shredded mozzarella.  Repeat x 2, ending with a layer of sauce, topped off with shredded mozzarella and fresh parmesan cheese.

Bake for 30-40 minutes, until cheese is golden brown on top.  Let cool for 10 minutes, then serve with a nob of fresh bread.

 

 

 

South Beach Sabor

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A few weeks ago, we took a little weekend trip to Miami.  We were there on *official* business, for AG’s High School Reunion, as well as his birthday. ;)  With a fun-filled weekend ahead, we decided to kick things off with a bit of Ocean Drive fun on Friday.

After doing a bit of research, we identified a spot right in the middle of South Beach that we wanted to try out for lunch.  The Local House is located right on Ocean Drive, just a hop-skip away from the beautiful, white, sandy South Florida beach.

P1070436It was the perfect place to start our weekend getaway.  A true Miami urban oasis of a restaurant…

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We settled into our well-cushioned seats and promptly ordered up some cocktails.

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A Peach Bellini for moi and a deliciously unique beverage for him, called “Down the Rabbit Hole.”  It was comprised of Bourbon (his favorite), muddled raspberries, lime, mint, sugar, and topped off with some ginger ale.  Delightfully fruity and fresh, it quite honestly blew my Bellini away.  I might have to try to replicate this drink just for you! :)

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Almost immediately, we spotted the Goat Cheese Croquettes and agreed this was a must-try.  P1070451They were served with a sweet and spicy Guava sauce that went perfectly with the creaminess of the goat cheese and the salty, lightly fried exterior.

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They didn’t last long.

We followed up with an order of Shrimp Risotto, which mingled flavors of fresh shrimp, asparagus, basil and more goat cheese (can you tell we like goat cheese??).

P1070458It was light and fresh, a perfect lunch option before hitting up the beach!

Finally, we continued with our beachy theme, and ordered a plate of the Pan-Seared Branzino, which was perfectly cooked and served with Polenta Fries that were simply to.die.for.!

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MmmMmmMmm!

The fresh fare offered at Local House did not disappoint – it served up the flavorful flair of South Beach while offering a relaxing spot to chill and enjoy the scenery.

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That is, until they brought us the bill…

Upon reviewing our charges we noticed that they had already included 18% gratuity.  However, with a second glance, we realized that their “18%” was completely inaccurate – they’d overcharged us by several dollars.  We brought it to their attention and they apologized, but as we’d already paid our bill, we decided to let it go.

Lesson learned though – if you are in Miami in the near future and decide to check out The Local House, please double check your bill before paying so they don’t rip you off too!!

Despite this slight hiccup, we moseyed down the strip to enjoy more South Beach sunshine.

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And discovered someone hunting for Coconuts…

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After watching him gather a few coconuts via that impressive pole-contraption, we made a pit-stop at Wet Willie’s for their famous frozen beverages to take to the beach.

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Mine was a Piña Colada & Sex on the Beach swirl, and AG ordered a “Colombian Flag,” which was pretty much just a random mix of colorful flavors. :)  It sure did look festive though!

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We took our beverages to the South Beach sand and enjoyed them while looking out onto the gorgeous turquoise water.

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We left with sandy toes and slightly pink noses (ok, mine was a bit more than slightly pink…).

A truly beautiful beach day, indeed!

Cheers!  xx

G

FT33

Birthdays in this house are kind of a big deal.  I’ve always loved birthdays… anyone’s birthday.  It’s a great excuse to get together with some of your favorite people, and the fact that cake is part of the celebration is just icing on the… uh… cake!

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AG and I happen to share the same birth month, so June is pretty much the best month of the year.  It starts with celebrating AG and ends with my birthday, so it’s almost a straight month of birthday festivities.  And I’m not complaining.

This year we happened to be headed to Miami over AG’s birthday weekend (more to come on that trip!), so we decided to do a bit of our own celebrating a few days before, which of course involved food, because what else?!

I’d been hankering to try out a new Dallas spot that was getting quite a buzz – FT33.  We went on a gorgeous Wednesday and sat close enough to the big windows in the front to enjoy the amazing sunlight that was still pouring in after 7pm.  Ahhh I just love Dallas in the summer!

We perused the cocktail menu, which was nearly a foreign language – featuring beverages you surely wouldn’t fine elsewhere.  Truffled martini, anyone?

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We weren’t quite that adventurous on this visit and opted for a Strawberry + Bourbon (for me), and a White Whiskey + Coconut (for him).  Both were delicious – the Strawberry was tangy with a gorgeous color, and the Coconut cocktail offered a very smooth, refreshing flavor that I could just suck down if provided an unlimited supply! :)

With beverages in-hand, we placed an order of Lamb Agnolotti, which pretty much resembled ravioli.  It was served with caramelized onions that when paired with the agnolotti, sang a sweet, sweet tune in your mouth. MmmmmMmmmm.

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Warm, fresh bread that was delivered to our table was put to good use, sopping up the delicious sauce that lingered when the pasta was gone.  I don’t think there was a drop left on that plate.  The bread didn’t make it very long, either!

We followed our first course up with our mains (and a replacement order of warm bread).  I ordered the Skate, which was served with a gorgeous hunk of pork belly, morels, and a dill sauce that pulled me right in.  I was quickly back to dipping anything I could, to get every bit of that saucy goodness!

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AG chose the Bavette, which was smothered in a Kentucky Bourbon soy sauce that made my knees weak.  I vowed instantly to get my hands on some of that Bourbon soy sauce, and have already placed an order on Amazon (in case you’re also interested). :)wpid-img_20140605_083151.jpg

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With happy bellies, we debated on getting dessert for a hot second, but as per usual, any self control was tossed aside… for this:
wpid-img_20140605_181152.jpgRocky Road, FT33 style – and boy, was it good!  I looked around for brioche or something to scoop up the last bits, but sadly this was the only area where FT33 lacked. Which, really, is probably better for my waistline anyways…

Just as we were paying the bill to leave, our lovely waitress popped over for one last surprise – a finishing touch on the meal that we would have have never expected:

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From the master chef himself!  :)  We were humbled that he took the time to thank US, when we were the lucky ones who got to enjoy his amazing food!  This little detail only made me want to come back for more.

All in all, a delightfully memorable dinner to celebrate my favorite man! :)

Until next time, FT33…

Bon appétit!

-G

 

Summer Superfood Salad + Pomegranate Vinaigrette

P1070422Summer is hands-down my favorite season.  The sun comes out to grace our presence, people are more active and social, and the Vitamin D appears to do wonderful things to our moods – everyone just seems happier.  I don’t even mind the rise in temperatures, though it sure does get HOT here in Texas!

But certainly my favorite part of this season is the fresh, beautiful produce that summer just exudes.  Fresh watermelon, avocado, berries, nectarines, luscious greens and gorgeous tomatoes seem to be everywhere and I simply can’t get enough.

P1070425I love this salad because it reminds me of all that I love about summer.  Plus, it’s packed with antioxidants, healthy fats, complex carbs and micronutrients (aka – vitamins and minerals) that will keep you going on those HOT days, giving you the energy and the nutrients you need to keep enjoying that summer sunshine! :)  (With sunscreen on, of course!)

P1070424Your taste buds will thank you with every bite of this happy, healthy salad.  AND it’s pretty much the easiest meal you can make. That’s what I call a win-win-win!

Hope you’re all enjoying the lovely summer season!

(I know, I know, it technically starts on Saturday, but hey, that’s right around the corner!)

Bon appétit!

-G

Summer Superfood Salad

Serves 1 as a full meal (or 2 as a beautiful side salad accompaniment to your meal!)

  • 1/2 cup raspberries
  • 1/2 cup blueberries
  • 5 or 6 strawberries, sliced
  • 1/2 of an avocado
  • 1/4 cup brown rice (cooked)
  • 3 handfuls of mixed greens

Toss your fresh mixed greens onto a big plate, top with brown rice, berries, and avocado.  Drizzle dressing over top and EAT!

Pomegranate Vinaigrette Dressing

  • 1 tsp pomegranate juice
  • 1 tbsp red wine vinaigrette
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp dijon
  • 1 small clove of garlic
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

Add all ingredients to a small mixing bowl and whisk to combine.

 

Driftwood Date

Life lately has been pretty darn busy around here.  Hectic schedules, travel, visitors, and more travel pretty much sums it up.  I’m not complaining – I love to be busy, and we’ve had some wonderful weekends exploring new cities and entertaining family visitors.  But every once in a while, it’s nice to just take a mo’ and enjoy each other’s company.

So that’s just what we did one beautiful Friday – we got a little dressed up, and went on a lovely dinner date.  Just the two of us. :)

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I’d been dying to try out Driftwood, a seafood spot in the Oak Cliff restaurant playground.  The word of mouth was pretty stellar for this joint, and so naturally we had to taste it for ourselves.

The atmosphere at Driftwood is so relaxing; beach-inspired decor almost makes you feel like you’ve left Dallas for a quick trip to the beach.  And the seafood.  Ohhh the seafood.

P1070342 P1070343 P1070346I absolutely loved the feel of this spot, and clearly got a bit shutter-happy until our obliging waiter popped over to take our drink orders.  The cocktail list at this joint is every bit as seasonal and fresh as the menu.

I ordered a “Spring Social,” an acai-based cocktail with citrus and seasonal fruit.  It was both refreshing and delicious – an absolutely perfect start to our meal.  AG kicked it off with Driftwood’s spin on a Manhattan, and we both slurped down our beverages as we put an order in for oysters.

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We ordered four and immediately regretted the decision – we should have ordered MORE!  They went down nicely with our delicious beverages and I knew if the rest of the meal was as good as those oysters, we were in for an awesome dinner.

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As fresh as you can get!  We squeezed fresh lemon on those bad boys and topped them off with the diced shallot sauce, which paired just perfectly with the oysters.

We were happy as clams, and we hadn’t even gotten to our mains yet!

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When our mains were delivered to the table, they were nothing short of works of art.  The presentation of each dish was just impeccable.  I love me a pretty dish!

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AG ordered the Halibut, which was served on top of green cabbage and lemon-celery root purée.  The flavors were light, and mingled with the hearty purée like they were the best of friends.

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I went for the Scallops and Bacon, which was just… UHHH.  SO GOOD.  I loved the presentation, and the flavors of this dish were perfectly balanced, with the salty crunchy bacon and the buttery scallops.  I found myself sopping up the trumpet mushroom purée with anything I could, just to get as much of that flavor as possible!

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We paired our mains with some truffle fries, which were very good, but surprisingly not the absolute best I’ve had.  Sorry Driftwood, but Hopdoddy has you beat there!

Of course we still ate the whole bowl-full, including the little crunchy fried pieces that fell to the bottom.  I’m not about to leave any truffle fries behind, EVER!

Seeing as everything thus far had been pretty much amazing, we decided to try out the dessert (of course)…

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Chocolate Three Ways:  sorbet, pâté, and ganache, all spun up and drizzled to make a pretty handsome looking dessert.

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Naturally, we hated it.  Just as much as we hated the rest of the meal.

JK!

Driftwood absolutely lived up to it’s awesome word-of-mouth, and we will absolutely be returning!

Bon appétit!

-G

 

 

Sweet Potato Gnocchi + Brown Butter and Fried Sage

Several months ago, I attended a cooking class at my favorite Dallas grocery store/cooking school - Central Market.  Yep, you read that right –  CM is both a grocery store (and an amazing one at that!), AND they offer cooking classes.  Can you guess why I love it?! :)

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The class was on gnocchi and gnudi and I loved every single minute of it.  But, even several months after attending, I still had yet to try out any of the recipes by myself.  The longer I waited, the more daunting the task seemed.

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So I kept putting this culinary adventure off, continuing to procrastinate… until my good friend J decided to come visit Dallas, and suddenly, I’d found an excellent excuse to try out one of these recipes.  My favorite partner-in-cooking would be a perfect sidekick for an attempt at gnocchi!

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We poured ourselves two glasses of wine, and got to it!

Of course, after we started to get our hands dirty, we quickly realized we needed some help in order to drink our wine.  Luckily, our photog came to the rescue with the perfect drinking instruments:DSC02412

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:)

We kneaded, rolled, and sliced up that dough to make our delicious little gnocchi.

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And wound up with quite a batch of sweet potato “pillows.”

I just love the color of this gnocchi – it’s so inviting, don’tcha think?

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Check out all that gnocchi!  YUM!

Once all the dough was formed and ready, we fried our fresh sage, and then boiled the gnocchi.  When the gnocchi floated to the top of the boiling water, it was ready to be sauteed in our yummy sage butter sauce.

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The brown butter filled the kitchen with an intoxicating smell, and even Jerry was enthralled.  He stayed right by our feet… you know, just to catch anything that might fall, serving his duty as our official  “pup dust buster.”

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Working ever so hard, that little pup!

When the gnocchi had turned a lovely golden brown, we plated it with some fresh steamed kale, and got ready to nosh.

Crucial step:  Don’t forget to drizzle the excess sage butter sauce from the pan over top.  Trust me!

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After making sure our gnocchi was properly sauced, we refilled our glasses of vino and dug in!

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Bon appétit!

-G

Note:  We doubled this recipe to increase our yield, so don’t expect to get quite that much gnocchi if you follow the below recipe exactly!  If you make more than you can eat in one meal though, you can freeze uncooked gnocchi in separate pieces on a baking sheet, then transfer to a freezer bag.  Gnocchi will keep in freezer for up to a month.

Also, to make it easier to mash your potatoes as you’re making your dough, I’d recommend investing in a ricer.  I purchased this one from Amazon, and it definitely helped the process!  I’d also suggest picking up a pastry scraper, if you don’t already have one.

Sweet Potato Gnocchi with Fried Sage

Adapted from Gourmet

  • 1 1/4 lb russet potato
  • 3/4 lb sweet potatoes
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh grated nutmeg
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1/3 cup grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese (+ extra for serving!)
  • 1 1/2 to 2 cups all-purpose flour (+ a little bowl of extra flour for dusting)
  • 1/2 cup EVOO
  • 1 cup fresh sage leaves
  • 2-3 tbsp unsalted butter
  • Salt and pepper to taste (if needed at the end)

Preheat oven to 450F, and make sure you have a rack in the middle of your oven.  With a fork, pierce potatoes, and place on a baking sheet, then bake for about an hour.

Let potatoes cool for about 10-15 minutes (or until you can pick them up without burning yourself!), then peel and mash via ricer.  Spread potatoes evenly on baking sheet, to let them cool completely.

While your potatoes are cooling, combine egg, nutmeg, salt, and pepper in a small bowl, and whisk to combine.

When the potatoes have cooled, mold them into a mound using pastry scraper, then form a circular “well” in the center, to hold the egg mixture.  Knead the egg mixture into potatoes, then add cheese and 1 1/2 cups flour, then continue to knead, adding more flour as needed.  The dough should become smooth, but somewhat sticky.  Lightly dust top with extra flour, then cut into 6 pieces.

Dust your surface lightly with flour, then take one piece of dough, and roll into about a 1/2-inch-thick rope.  Cut rope into 1/2-inch pieces (note: ours was slightly larger, more like 1-inch, as we wanted slightly bigger gnocchi pieces).

Using a fork, you can roll the gnocchi down the fork “spears” to make ridges.  After rolling, transfer gnocchi to baking sheets.

{I found this video tutorial that can demonstrate better than I can describe it!  If you’re slightly lazy like us, you don’t have to do this part, it just makes the gnocchi look slightly prettier!  We sort-of skipped this for the sake of time (hey, we were hungry!).}

In a medium saucepan, heat EVOO over medium heat, then fry sage leaves in a few batches, until they turn just a shade lighter and crisp, about 30 seconds (per batch).  Transfer to paper towel to drain of excess oil, where the sage will continue to crisp as it cools.  Add a sprinkle of salt, pepper, and parm to taste.  Turn down heat, but don’t toss oil – you’ll be using it shortly!

To cook your gnocchi, heat water to boil in a medium saucepan, then add a handful of gnocchi to pot.  Cook until they float to the surface (this will take about 2-3 minutes).

While your gnocchi is cooking, using the same skillet you fried the sage in, turn heat back up to medium, and add butter.  Without taking skillet off the heat, swish the butter around on the burner to slowly brown.  Cook until golden-brown.

When gnocchi floats to the top, with a slotted spoon or spatula, remove gnocchi from pot, and transfer to brown butter sauce.  Stir gnocchi in butter (using same swishing technique), until well coated, and golden brown (3-5 minutes).

Plate gnocchi, sprinkle with fried sage, and grated cheese.

 

Hopdoddy Burger Bar

One tidbit you might not know about me… I absolutely LOVE having visitors.  Hostess to the core, I love having friends and family come into town almost as much as I love feeding them (and you KNOW I love feeding people!). :)

So a few months ago, when J, one of my absolute favorite females in the whole wide world asked if she could make a trek down to Dallas for a weekend, I was beyond thrilled.

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J came to visit towards the end of March, and for a whole weekend, I was the happiest of all campers.  Why?  Well, as I mentioned above, J is pretty awesome, but beyond that, she enjoys food, cooking, and dining adventures as much as I do.  So when we get together, we pretty much just EAT.  It’s fabulous.

wpid-img_20140324_111630.jpgWe brunched at my favorite Dallas brunch spot, Oddfellows, made homemade pizza, and attempted sweet potato gnocchi.

But I think possibly the highlight of our foodie adventures was on Saturday, when I took her to nosh on my absolute favorite burger joint in this glorious meat-enthused city: Hopdoddy Burger Bar.

Hopdoddy’s point of difference is in the pure quality of every ingredient they use.  From their burgers, fries, and milkshakes, to their beers and cocktails; everything is fresh and hand-crafted, with a focus on all-natural.  And you can taste this quality with every bite.  Seriously.

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Yeah.  It tastes as good as it looks.

Being slightly worn-down from the night before (read: hungover), we skipped on the beers, though the Texas-only craft selection goes GREAT with the meaty goodness of your meal. :)

Instead, we decided to opt for the ultimate indulgence – a Nutella and Chocolate Pretzel milkshake…

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I don’t think I need to tell you how good this shake is… I mean, Nutella? YUM!  Pretzels? Yes, please!  Throw in some more chocolate and ice cream and top it off with whipped cream and some crunchy chocolate-pretzel-goodies?  Ohhhh yess.

We KILLED the thing.  If we could have gotten our faces properly into that cup, we probably would have licked it clean.

Thankfully, for our dignity and for the sake of our fellow diners, we could not, so we made do with a couple of spoons.  Le sighhh.

In the middle of enjoying that fantastic milkshake, fries were delivered along with our burgers.

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Now, normally, if I’m going to go for a milkshake, I’ll skip the fries.  Because, you know, I try to be healthy…ish.  But if you’re going to indulge at Hopdoddy, don’t skimp on the fries. I’m telling you.

Hopdoddy offers freshly cut Kennebec fries that are topped with Parmesan and Truffle oil.  THEN they serve it with an amazing, garlicy truffle aioli.  It is FAB.  And so are the fries.  I cannot keep my hands out of that basket when they’re in front of me!

For our mains, J and I decided to try out two different burgers.  J went for the ever-amazing “Classic Burger,” polishing her order off with the additions of grass-fed beef (always a good call), and fresh sliced avocado (also a good call!).
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Now, the buns are worth mentioning here.  Hopdoddy bakes their egg buns from scratch… not once but TWICE daily.  So they’re pretty much as fresh as you can get.  And, you can even pick up a pack of 8 buns to take home.  Amazing, right?

I was craving bison (I LOVE bison), so I went for the “Buffalo Bill,” which is topped off with blue cheese, hot sauce, Applewood-smoked bacon, and Hopdoddy’s “sassy sauce.”  Oh, and I decided to add a fried egg on top.  Just to further prove that I’m getting over my irrational fear of eggs.P1070260

Check out that bad boy!  So so SO good.

If you live in Dallas and haven’t made it to Hopdoddy yet, it’s well worth a trip!  It’s certainly not a cheap burger outing, but when you consider the quality of both the ingredients and the taste, I would argue it’s worth every penny!

AND if you live near Uptown, you’ll soon be able to WALK to this joint, as Hopdoddy is opening up a new location right on McKinney! WOOT!  (This can’t possibly be good for my waistline… but I’ll worry about that later!) :)

If you don’t live in Dallas, the next time you’re in town, you should absolutely force your host/hostess to take you here.  You won’t regret it!

Bon appétit!

-G