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Gorganzola Gnocchi (posting here as it is nowhere near healthy!)

Nov 17, 2008 - 63 comments

I have to share this recipe, but don't dare put it in the Healthy Cooking Forum for fear of Peek hunting me down and force-feeding me quinoa.

Anyway, I bought some gnocchi the other night, out of curiosity mostly. I thought about various ways to prepare it and decided to shy away from the typical tomato based sauces.

I found a recipe for gorganzola-based sauce and did a few minor tweaks and it was fantastic!

Ingredients

1 pound gnocchi

1/4 cup gorganzola crumbles
4 tbs butter or margarine
1/4 cup fat free half and half
1/4 cup shredded parmesan cheese

Cook gnocchi as directed. While gnocchi is boiling, melt butter and gorganzola in saucepan or microwave. Add warmed half and half and stir. Sprinkle in parmesan cheese and heat until melted and combined.

Rather than combining sauce and gnocchi in the same both, we simply drizzled a little bit over each plate of gnocchi.

Thia was fantastic! I served it with some feta and roasted red pepper polenta triangles and it was inhaled. Even my oldest, who hates potatoes loved it. The baby was enamored with the gnocchi, even without the sauce.

With as much sauce as we had left over, it is likely this is not as bad for you as I would originally have imagined. I think each of us had a dozen or so gnocchi at the most and maybe a tablespoon or so of the cheese sauce. It would have gone well with a crisp salad with some dijon vinaigrette.

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by swampcritter, Nov 17, 2008
This is fantastic.

More info when Swampy is coherent.

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by peekawho, Nov 18, 2008
*grabs Andi, pries open her mouth, shovels quinoa in*

172023 tn?1334675884
by peekawho, Nov 18, 2008
*then throws spork used to pry mouth open in the trash*

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by AndiJ78, Nov 18, 2008
*flings gnocchi at peek with spork*

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by suzi-q, Nov 18, 2008
Ladies, ladies stop fighting!!!!

ANDI....MY MOUTH IS WATERING!!!!  Yes, we need to finish it with a garden salad...but hold the dressing!!

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by babyprayers, Nov 18, 2008
OMG this sounds absolutely delicious, I am gonna try it, however,no matter how hard I try to follow a recipe to a T it never ever comes out right

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by have 2 kids, Nov 18, 2008
I have no idea what   gnocchi or quinoa is.............................. Going by the names I don't think I want either of those things in my mouth.

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by AndiJ78, Nov 18, 2008
My vinaigrette has almost no calories, very good stuff!  

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by AndiJ78, Nov 18, 2008
Gnocchi is made from potatoes, you can find it in the italian section pre-made, or make it yourself. I did the premade for this, but will make it myself next time for an added challenge. It was wonderful!

127124 tn?1326739035
by have 2 kids, Nov 18, 2008
I like potatoes.  Now I'm curious and will have to check it out.   Does it look like potatoes when you make it?
Just wondering if I could trick the kids into thinking it was potatoes.

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by swampcritter, Nov 18, 2008
It looks like very small dumplings  (about the size of your thumb).

Even a small amount will really fill you up.



127124 tn?1326739035
by have 2 kids, Nov 18, 2008
Thanks Swampy!   My kids will eat dumplings so maybe they will at least try it.    

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by grammy64, Nov 18, 2008
HA...  Im with H2K.  I had to google both the G and the Q to find out what it was.  Sounds good tho....  

127124 tn?1326739035
by have 2 kids, Nov 18, 2008
We are food challenged!!!!!!!!!   lol

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by TrudieC, Nov 18, 2008
Gnocchi is the food of the Gods.  My husband is Italian and introduced me to these little potato & pasta dumplings.  Oh so good!

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by peekawho, Nov 18, 2008
Don't look at this, Trudie!

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by swampcritter, Nov 18, 2008
Gnocchi is great for kids -- and it goes well with a light tomato sauce if the gorgonzola is a problem.

If you are ever in Champaign, Illinois, The Great Impasta has homemade linguine with gorgonzola and broccoli.

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by grammy64, Nov 18, 2008
Swampy, have you ever been to Ladd for chicken when you lived in IL?  

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by grammy64, Nov 18, 2008
H2K-

Uhm...  YES!  I think we just may be!  

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by TrudieC, Nov 18, 2008
I promise to be good.  Hubby needs to eat gluten free right now anyhow so I will have to postpone my gnocchi glutony...

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by houseofgirls, Nov 18, 2008
This looks so good!  I will have to try it.  I love Gnocchi, but have only had it with either tomato based sauces or a pesto sauce.  Andi, do you make your own vinegarette?  If you do, whats the recipe?

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by swampcritter, Nov 18, 2008
Swampy doesn't eat chicken*, but the midwest and the plains is probably the fried chicken culinary center of the US.



* the rule is this: Swampy doesn't eat anything that wants to run and play, or fly and play. He'll eat fish, because they just want to swim and play. Clams are tough because they want to stick out their foot and dance on the ocean floor. Now Swampy will stop hijacking AndiJ's most excellent journal.





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by peekawho, Nov 18, 2008
What about shrimp?  They most decidedly have legs of some sort, yet don't seem like they spend lots of time playing...nor do they seem particularly like sentinent beings.

*waits for Swampy's answer*

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by AndiJ78, Nov 18, 2008
I lighten up my vinaigrette by cutting down on the oil, so maybe it is not technically the traditional.

My dijon is an eyeball thing until it tastes right. I started making it after having a dijon vinaigrette in one of those pre-made salad kits. I added some rice wine vinegar, a little dijon, some EVOO, a tsp of so of minced garlic, some dried parsley, a pinch of sugar just because, a little salt and a little fresh cracked pepper.

I use a spritzer so I blended the coarse ingredients as best I could to prevent clogging the line.

Speaking of pesto, I made a cheese ravioli with a little pesto tossed with it, mmmmmm!

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by grammy64, Nov 18, 2008
Im tired of googling cr*p.  What's sentinent?  

How bout snake?  

172023 tn?1334675884
by peekawho, Nov 18, 2008
Well, I had to google it to be sure!  I spelled it wrong, anyway.

sen⋅tient   

–adjective 1. having the power of perception by the senses; conscious.
2. characterized by sensation and consciousness.
–noun 3. a person or thing that is sentient


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by grammy64, Nov 18, 2008
HA!  At first I thought you misspelled sentiment...  Like you were wondering if Swampy ate anything with emotions....  

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by peekawho, Nov 18, 2008
I think we could make some argument that fish MAY have emotions.   Therefore; is it ever correct to eat them?

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by AndiJ78, Nov 18, 2008
I thought the same thing, Lori.

*chucks spork at Peek*

Stop waxing philosophical on my journal.

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by peekawho, Nov 18, 2008
In Buddhist teachings, many times the term 'sentient beings' is mentioned without a definition being offered for its meaning. In the boddhisattva vow, the Buddhist practitioner takes an oath to liberate all sentient beings. But who are these sentient beings? Are they the same as living beings?

Before attempting a definition, it is necessary to start with an interesting story. Alan Turing,one of the pioneers of the computer industry, developed a test to determine when a computer would reach the level of intelligence of a human being. The test started with a person in a closed room with two screens and keyboards in front of him. The subject typed questions in both keyboards and received answers on each of the screens. On the other side of the wall, there was a real person answering the questions and dialoging with the subject on one screen, while a programmed computer sent responses to the second screen. The moment the subject was unable to distinguish which of the answers was coming from the human and which from the computer, the computer was thought to have matched human intelligence. This experiment was called the Turing test.

The short answer for the definition of a sentient being is that "sentient beings are those who are capable of experiencing suffering (Dukkha)". In the same way that the Turing test is a machine intelligence test, one can develop a sentience test based on the ability of a being to experience suffering. For example, when a hunter shoots at a rabbit, it runs away because its instincts detect a threat to its life. The rabbit does not want to be killed. It wants to avoid the suffering and death caused by a gunshot wound. This is the reason not only human beings are considered sentient beings, because animals also experience Dukkha. Plants are living beings, but not sentient because they don't experience Dukkha. Sentience is also the source of our liberation, because in order to avoid suffering we start studying and practicing Buddhism, wanting to reach liberation as soon as possible.

This test of sentience is interesting if it is related to the concept of life on other planets (for the Star Trek Fans). If someday we were to meet Vulcans or Klingons and observe them suffering, then they would be considered to be sentient beings, and they might be interested in studying Buddhism and obtaining liberation from this suffering.

A Tibetan teaching says that sentient beings are all beings that have mind and mind is found in all beings that breathe.


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by peekawho, Nov 18, 2008
Oh, sorry Andi!  
You know how I get with Buddhism.  

Gergunzula be guuud cheeze!  I luv it!  pluuuhleeze cn I aks u a cwesshtun sumtims abut cookin?

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by AndiJ78, Nov 18, 2008
*wonders what smells like bread baking*

Now that is more like it. Know your roll woman.



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by grammy64, Nov 18, 2008
Peek-

Are you buddhist or did you copy and paste?  LOL  

I vote for the latter....shall we post a poll in Andi's journal?  

So, if you are "mindless" like I am before my first cup of coffee every day, you cant breathe or have emotion?  That would explain a lot about me.  


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by swampcritter, Nov 18, 2008
Coelacanths have emotions. They also want to crawl up on land and evolve. So Swampy won't eat them.

As for shrimp...if you have ever seen films of the Vietnamese shrimp farms, those little guys want to jump, but not run.



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by peekawho, Nov 18, 2008
C&P, natch!

We'll have to kill you, and cook you in a crockpot, and post the recipe.  Then, if Swampy says he does not eat Grammy's, because they like to type and play on Med Help, then we'll know!

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by AndiJ78, Nov 18, 2008
My kids love to jump, does that mean we cannot eat them during the lean times to come or does that mean they are fair game?


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by grammy64, Nov 18, 2008
I've seen your boys - definitely edible...  

172023 tn?1334675884
by peekawho, Nov 18, 2008
Lori--I think Tristan is safe from being eaten.  Remember the "chocolate" picture?  

127124 tn?1326739035
by have 2 kids, Nov 18, 2008
Ewww..... I remember the chocolate picture.

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by TrudieC, Nov 18, 2008
Question:  What the heck is fat free half & half?  That is some kind of an oxymoron isn't it?  I've never seen it here in Canada.

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by grammy64, Nov 18, 2008
No.  I am not sure if I need a poll or not (I hate those things), so I am just going to request a picture repost please!  

Any pic that will help me quit eating chocolate is worth the upload effort.  



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by peekawho, Nov 18, 2008
OMG!!!!!!!!!!!!! NNNNNOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!  Oh dear Lord, you've done it NOWWWWW!!

*runs for the hills*

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by AndiJ78, Nov 18, 2008
http://www.medhelp.org/user_photos/show/50782?personal_page_id=1329

Or you can just go to my photo section.

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by AndiJ78, Nov 18, 2008
Trudy-Fat Free half and half is a mish mash of things we probably should not eat or drink, but it smells, looks, tastes, and cooks like real half and half. I even get FF breve's with them at the coffee stand.



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by grammy64, Nov 18, 2008
Okay.  I am SSSOOOO hanging that on my fridge.  TrimSpa has NOTHING on that pic...  

My slimmer self awaits!  

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by AndiJ78, Nov 18, 2008
Lori-I have never seen a thinner person in my life, so you need to crumple it up and throw it away along with the trim-spa.

Sadly, I lived with it, cleaned it up, and still have an affinity for a well-made chocolate brownie...but i cannot lick my fingers ever again.

172023 tn?1334675884
by peekawho, Nov 18, 2008
*searches house for contraband chocolate; throws it all in trash*

Well, now my nail biting is over, too.  Thanks, Andi!

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by swampcritter, Nov 18, 2008
Oh, Swampy forgot to mention -- he will eat unfertilized eggs (like caviar and common chicken eggs you buy at the store), but he won't eat fertilized eggs because he believes life begins at conception.


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by AndiJ78, Nov 18, 2008
Thanks, Swampy. now you have managed to turn this recipe into a "Pro-Life" debate...

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by swampcritter, Nov 18, 2008
Knew you all would appreciate that one. Swampy is fond of saying that in a very calm dry voice and watching the reaction.


127124 tn?1326739035
by have 2 kids, Nov 18, 2008
Do people eat fertilized eggs???????

172023 tn?1334675884
by peekawho, Nov 18, 2008
*chucks a fertilized egg in Swampy's general direction*

389974 tn?1331018842
by swampcritter, Nov 18, 2008
H2K, yes, you can buy them at natural food stores. Some people think they are more nutritious or something.


127124 tn?1326739035
by have 2 kids, Nov 18, 2008
***gagging**
I have never heard of such a thing.   All I can picture is an egg with a little chick in it now...........

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by grammy64, Nov 18, 2008
I know not you Swampy, but what is the diff between eating a fertilized egg and a chicken?  Well, except for quantity, of course, and texture....  

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by swampcritter, Nov 18, 2008
No difference...but you can pay extra for them and sometimes you'll get a red spot in your egg.


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by AndiJ78, Nov 18, 2008
I have, on rare occasion, gotten a "fertilized" egg and it turned me off of eggs for a very long time following those incidents.

My dh lives for double-yolkers. You would think the man won the lottery when he gets one of those.

On a side note, has anyone watched the "How It's Made" with hatchery chicks? It is funny in a disturbing way. No, not funny, maybe it was nervous laughter. I watched it through my fingers in horror. Not bloody and violent, just...not what I wanted to see. Funny because I have no problem cooking a boneless skinless breast.





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by Avanaar, Nov 18, 2008
I totally got derailed by the 'chocolate picture', but wanted to ask if Swampy saw PETA's new 'seakitten' ads?  Perhaps if fish were kitten-like, there would be no fishy eating?

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by have 2 kids, Nov 18, 2008
Is that how you know it's a fertilized egg by a red spot?    I've had that happen before but through it out cause it looked GROSS

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by AndiJ78, Nov 18, 2008
That picture is quite distracting, I will admit.  

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by TrudieC, Nov 18, 2008
I used to have a hobby farm and raised exotic chickens.  They were pets and we let them breed wherever they wanted or with whatever rooster they couldn't get away from.  It took us a long time to get up the guts to eat our eggs because we knew they were fertilized.  My mother had to be the first.  Now that I am a knowledgeable farmer I can say that there is no difference in taste between a fertilized and an unfertilized egg.  Chickens will lay an egg a day and even though they are fertilized they do not start dividing or developing until they are sat on or put in an incubator.  You are safe eating these eggs providing they haven't been sat on.  Collecting your eggs every day prevents this.  There is a nutritional benefit in fertilized eggs - they have higher omega 3's - like flax seeds.  

So, I used to think this was gross and I would get a developing chicken in a fertilized egg but it is not so if the farmer practices proper techniques.  There's your lesson for the day.

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by swampcritter, Nov 18, 2008
How come if a chicken sits on an egg, it hatches, but if Swampy sits on them, he just makes a mess?




Swampy stays far away from PETA ads.

However, somoene sent him this youtube video, and its really confusing him:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KmK0bZl4ILM


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by TrudieC, Nov 18, 2008
Very funny - a nice group of Canadian lads...

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