About Beth

Beth, along with her husband, Mike, is co-owner of two Italian Deli/Markets in St. Louis - Viviano’s Festa Italiano. When not creating yummy new menu items for the deli, she’s the pediatric research lab supervisor at Washington University School of Medicine. Read more out about Viviano’s Festa Italiano.

About Irene

Irene loves to think, read and dream about food. She enjoys cooking & eating in general. Although she demures about her talents, Irene has a finely-tuned palate that her friends envy. She bakes on occasion. The rest of the time she's creating memories with her family and friends. . . or she's learning a new needlecraft technique.

About Deborah

Deborah is a wife, mother, grandmother, traveler, bootlegger, and a very poor speller! As Victor Hazan so eloquently puts it, Deborah has chosen Umbria to be the home of her soul. When she can’t be there in body, she spends her free time cooking & reading about Italy. She blogs mostly about food and about trips – past and future – here: Old Shoes New Trip.

About Doug

Doug lives in Eastern Ontario in a farmhouse built in 1903. He is a retired teacher with four adult children, a wife, a son-in-law, two Irish step-grandchildren and one grandson who he is lucky to hang with a lot. He has way too many books. Doug also blogs at To Slow Time Down.

About Cindy

Cindy lives in Eagle River, Alaska where her freezer is always full of salmon, halibut & shrimp. Cindy participates in several regular cooking challenges. You can read more about her cooking and life in the last frontier on her blog, Baked Alaska.

About Sandi

Sandi is a true Southerner, but a traveler & Italian cook at heart. She lives in Alabama and knows more about fried green tomatoes than fricassees. Her family owned the WhistleStop Café for many years. Sandi also blogs at Whistlestop Cafe Cooking.

About Jan

Jan, a serious home cook, has owned “Essentials” since 1992. She is passionate about all things Italian, especially the cuisine & the language. Jan blogs about her travels (next trip Italy May/June of 2010) at: Keep your Feet in the Street.

About Jerry

Jerry is a food obsessed Canadian. He learned to love Italian food as a child while eating the meals prepared by his Napolitano uncle. He learned to cook Italian foods by watching his uncle cook these feasts for the family. This love of Italian food has been honed through serious personal experimentation in eating and cooking. Willing to try most anything once, Jerry isn't so sure about tripe! Jerry also blogs at Jerry's Thoughts, Musings, and Rants!

About Palma

Palma is a Marriage & Family Therapist in Palm Desert, CA. She’s an Italian-American with a passion for cooking, entertaining, & travel to Italy. She’s always planning her next culinary adventure to Italia on her blog, Palmabella's Passions

About Kim

Kim is our permanent sub and the image above gives you a good idea of the look on her face when she realized she was drafted. Kim loves to eat, drink, travel and cook - probably in that order. When she's not here, you can find her organizing and leading food, wine and beer tours in Europe as co-owner and operator of GrapeHops or blogging at What I Really Think.

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Gratinéed Spinach and Ricotta Gnocchi

This recipe is a variation on the Gnocchi that Jerry made yesterday. It is basically the same recipe but finished off after boiling with melted butter and grated parmesan cheese. This is then baked until the cheese melts and then served.

When I first read the recipe, I wondered how the gnocchi would hold together when it was in the boiling water. I shouldn’t have worried, because it became clear that the mixture had developed a nice elasticity when everything was mixed in together. They rolled up nicely and looked great after boiling.


It was wonderful. I don’t think that I can add too much to Jerry’s description, because he was very eloquent, but I definitely agree with him that the gnocchi were light and delicious. The one thing that I regretted was that I didn’t make a double batch. These would be great as leftovers the next day. Not that I will get to experience that this time. Let’s just say that Michael really enjoyed these!


Comments (4)

Marcella Hazan:

If possible, I like these even more than the ones Jerry made. It may derive from my fondness for things that are gratinéed in the oven with butter and parmesan. It's a treatment that endows even the humblest of vegetables - take swiss chard stalks for example - into a source of rich and elegant satisfaction.

Beth responds- I was thinking last night that I would have a hard time serving these any other way, because they were so incredible.

And how many inches have you managed to add to Michael's waistline in the last 20 weeks, Beth?
I'm claiming at least 2 of Dan's. :grin:

Beth responds- Too many I'm afraid! I was a little freaked out last night when I realized that he had eaten all of the rest of the dish. He claims he couldn't help himself!


I know exactly what you mean Beth - as soon as I tasted one of these delicious gnocchi I regretted not having doubled (tripled?) the recipe.

I wonder if they would freeze?

Beth, those gnocchi look positively gorgeous!

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