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When I started cooking a few years ago, there were quite a few things that I never thought I'd be able to make. Among those things are: homemade black molé, tamales, tortillas, pasta, and gnocchi. See, I love all those things, and I'm a complete snob when it comes to those things, they have to be fantastic. I just never thought I'd have the skill necessary to make any of them!
I made tortillas last year at one point, and while they were ok, they were definitely not anything to be proud of. I've yet to conquer the other dishes, that is, until tonight. Yesterday at the grocery store, butternut squashes were inexpensive, so I got a nice big one (TWSS?) I had every intent of roasting it and using the flesh for something, but I didn't know what yet. Then, Adam showed me a new game he got on his Nintendo DSi called Personal Trainer: Cooking. It's not a new game, but new to us.
Anyway, we looked up squash recipes, and low and behold, since the game is from Japan, all the squash recipes featured kabocha (so I thought of a few of you). Since kabocha is sweeter than a butternut squash, I figured that any of those recipes would work for the big butternut sitting on our counter. One in particular caught my eye: squash gnocchi. I had my mind made up. That's what I'd make tonight.
Of course, I couldn't leave well enough alone and cook the recipe as dictated by the nice little chef guy in the game, I had to muck with it. What I did end up with though were sweet, garlicky, peppery, doughy little dumplings which I tossed with sauteed spinach and mushrooms and topped with some parmesan cheese.
Last week, you may have noticed that I focused on many of the gadgets, appliances, and cool things I have going on in our kitchen...heck, I even called it "gadget week"! There was a reason behind this besides just showing off the cool stuff we have. I have decided that, along with many of my blogger friends, I'm opening an OpenSky shop! See, I was always one of those people who said "I wish I could make that but I'm missing (insert gadget or ingredient here)". I'm hoping that my shop can be the place where you find the elusive gadgets, ingredients, and fun stuff to make your kitchen complete! Right now, I only have 11 items up, but I'll be adding as I find new ones. I'm looking forward to working with OpenSky...they seem to be the COOLEST company! You can find my shop under What's For Dinner on OpenSky. I hope to "see" you all there. Feel free to let me know if there are items you'd like to see, and I'll do my best to get them on there. Happy shopping!