Gluten Free Gnocchi

Gluten Free Gnocchi

Once upon a time in Santa Rosa, CA at my one of my favorite little eatery’s, (Mary’s Pizza), I discovered something so tasty, so good…. I had to order it everywhere just to geta comparison. And of course I had to order it in Tuscany too.

If you don’t know gnocchi is a small dumpling. My favorite is made with potato and Parmesan cheese.   Mary’s by the way is also where i discovered celery and black pepper in the sauce.

Well, these days dairy and wheat flour really shouldn’t be in my pantry, so I am testing the gluten free version today.   I use regular russet potatoes, although I think Yukon would also make good gnocchi. It would be creamier I think.

4 russet potatoes about 1 1 2/pound

d 2 cups all-purpose gluten free flour

1/4 cup Dairy free Parmesan cheese, made from cashew nuts (see minimalist baker blog)

An egg, (for a vegan version use 1/4 cup canned chickpea water.

1 tsp. Sea salt

1/2 tsp Garlic powder

1 tsp Pepper

2 tsp of a good Italian seasonings blend.

1/4 cup virgin olive oil

The baked part kind of reminds me of duchess potatoes. Traditional gnocchi is boiled after the dumplings are formed.  If you think it’s time consuming, don’t worry, ‘it’s not.

Wash and peel the potatoes. Cut into pieces and add to a large pot of boiling water. Cook until tender, and set aside.

In a large bowl, mix the dry ingredients including the “cheese”.

When the potatoes are cool enough to work with, mash and add the olive oil.   Mix into the flour mixture. Use your hands. To knead in the bowl until all the flour  has pulled away from the bowl. Continue kneading for another 5 minutes.

Halve the dough in have. You can wrap the second piece in foil and freeze for another time.  Make 1/2 inch dough balls. Use a fork to decorate, if you like.  Spray a lined baking dish with a little oil or cooking spray.  Bake for 20 minutes at 350 degrees.  Flip and bake another five. They should be golden brown.  Serve with your favorite sauce, or add to soup.



Ten Years Later. …

Woo Yoo! This blog has been live for 10 years. OK, not active this whole time, but live. it only took a few minutes to recover and change the password. Great and we are back!

As i look back on my old posts from then, I noticed that my attitude and desires really haven’t changed that much, just the vehicle has a slight redesign. Still want my independence, still want to travel, and away to express my thoughts, maybe find a like minded community online. So no, not a lot has changed. I maybe a little wiser now, as I’ve seen another part of the country and had a chance o meet some new people, work in a new environment and culture. I guess though, i still can’t stand “drama” in some, and I would love to change that attitude of some of some of the people i talk to every day, bit that’s maybe a lost cause.

So what’s changed? More people are using WordPress , bit i still have a small following on my Blogger site, “Kimberlyscookingblog”, but that has many years of posts, and promotion behind it. And i want to rewrite many of the posts gluten free anyway.

So what will be here in this space Poetry, recipes, my personal thoughts, and recommendations, and spell craft.

So, all that being said, …

For that last few years I hav wanting to create the ultimate cookie. We all love cookies right? Well I am getting closer, with what I call “the Everything Cookie” the everything cookie has oatmeal, peanut bitter, raisins, chocolate chips, and coconut.

Start with

1 cup butter


1/3 cup smoothie peanut butter

1 tsp baking soda

1 tsp baking powder

1 tsp salt

1 cup raisins

1 cup oatmeal

2 cups all purpose flour (can be gluten free)*

1 cup chocolate chips

1 cup shredded coconut.

Start by soaking the raisins in hot water. Let them soak while putting the other ingredients together.


The Raven

Dark beauty moves and swirls in the mist

In her world time does not exist

She dances with ribbons three

While all chant so mote it be

All around the drummers beat

The dancers part and merrily meet.

Dark beauty rises with wings unfurled.

Rising higher she climbs fingers uncurled

Streaming behind her feathers three

While all chant so mote it be

She cries her call for all to hear

Ashes to ashes the dead draw near

Her dark gold eyes pierce the night

She soars and circles in flight

She circles the mists in spirals three

While all chant so mote it be

Fairth, Uncategorized


Transitions can be tough. A transition is when you’re in between the past and the present. When your in between there can be moments of doubt and insecurity.
You can be easy to get distracted waiting for a new thing to come to fruition.
It’s said that when one door closes another opens. The hallway between can get confusing and full of doubt.
You think you know where you’re going, and you know you don’t want to go back to where you came. Sometimes you can’t. You’ve got to move forward.
But the little voice inside your head is screaming. Why? Because you are no longer in your comfort zone, and change can be scary.
It’s part of life, and we all face it at some time or another. To paraphrase an old quote if you’re not moving towards something, you are sliding backwards. So the trick is to get comfortable with discomfort. Yes, easier said then done. This is when you have to tell yourself small steps are ok.
In life we are either moving toward pleasure or away from pain. Once you understand your motivation, it’s easier to move.
Why did you want to to change? One scenario is because staying where you are has become unbearable. So in the scenario, you want to move away from what ever is unbearable, right?
And now we are in that hallway of the transition. The trick is not to be afraid, but to embrace the joy and excitement of moving toward something new.
OK, how? Keep focused on your “prize”. Do one small thing each day that will move you toward that goal. Maybe keep a journal of your progress or make a dream board if you are a more visual person. The point is to keep it in front of you.
If you are still afraid, talk to someone. Share your dream, wish, goal. Tell them how you want to make your life better.
Not everyone will understand, but it is not about them. This is yours.
If you would like to understand more about the transitions happening in your life, contact me, and we can talk about it.

Italian Wedding Cake


Tell me am I a little off because I like to read cookbooks. At one point I had a whole kitchen cabinet devoted to cook books, diet books, and magazines related to food.Unfortunately, when I moved to Kansas, I had to cut down. I kept my favorites. I still surf the web looking for ideas. What am I looking for? Recipes that are inexpensive, but taste that way, anything chocolate, and twits on my favorite comfort foods, and dishes I’ve tried in restaurants that I think I can redo at home.

And on that note, years ago, so coworkers and I were having dinner and a local Italian restaurant (yes, it was a chain) in Little Rock, OK North Little Rock, (known better for bar b.q. and soul food, but that is for another post). We had a really good dinner and followed with dessert of course,


Meatball Stew

Meatball Stew
Servings: 4


12 ounces frozen fully-cooked beef meatballs (about 23 meatballs)
1 jar (12 ounces) beef gravy
1 can (8 ounces) stewed tomatoes, undrained
3/4 teaspoon dried thyme
1/8 teaspoon pepper
1 package (16 ounces) frozen vegetable mixture (with potato)


Combine gravy, tomatoes, 3/4 cup water, thyme and pepper in large saucepan; bring to a boil. Stir in meatballs and vegetable mixture; reduce heat. Cook 10 to 15 minutes or until meatballs are heated through, stirring occasionally.

Thanks Hen House.