We should look for someone to eat and drink with before looking for something to eat and drink.

imagesEpicurus, the Greek “garden philosopher,” was an ancient sage who left us an enduring message of optimism. His philosophy conveyed the ultimate conviction that we can live in serene happiness, fortified by the continual experience of modest pleasures. In October, it was all about the gnocchi.

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But now it’s December.  I need a tender remedy to these long winter nights, a pleasure, a diversion. Welcome to my kitchen, gnudi.













Gnudi is a paisan of gnocchi that is made from ricotta cheese and a little bit of flour.

(That’s nyoo-dee ~ the ‘gn’ is pronounced like the ‘ny’ in canyon. Everything sounds better in Italian, doesn’t it?)

The word gnudi means “naked” and refers to this so-not-racy, melt-in-your-mouth dumpling that is a ‘nude’ ravioli, or filling without the pasta. If you like gnocchi, chances are you’ll be a huge fan of these toys for the mouth.  With tomatoes or brown butter and sage.

Gnudi are so brilliantly simple. They. Make. Angels. Sing. (I think angels must sound just like Pentatonix.)

Get the gnudi recipe here.

And eat in tonight.

With someone. ♥

Toni 12/20/14


  1. Wow! I would drop everything to go to a performance by this group… Their sound touches your soul. It actually made me forget that your post was about gnocchi and gnudi My mom made gnocchi to die for. yum, yum, yum.


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