Butternut Squash Gnocchi

I recently found the cooking blog Alexandra’s Kitchen through Pinterest, and instantly became obsessed with the gorgeous images and mostly vegetarian recipes. I was inspired to make this Butternut Squash Gnocchi right away, and had the best afternoon roasting the squash, milling the potatoes, shaping the gnocchi, and waiting for everything to come together.

If you make these, take Alexandra’s advice and read the recipe all the way through. I thought I had done this, only to have dinnertime be upon us and realize that the gnocchi needed to be chilled for an hour. Although it is a time-consuming process, it is actually very easy and so worth it to make. The butternut squash, brown butter, and sage are perfect flavors for this time of year, and this recipe is sure to impress your guests!

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Salted Brown Butter Milk Chocolate Chip Cookies

Salted Brown Butter Milk Chocolate Chip Cookies – say that three times fast! These cookies are a unique twist on the classic chocolate chip cookie. Usually I use a semi-sweet chocolate chip, but I saw these extra-large Guittard Milk Chocolate Chips and wanted to try them out (though I think dark chocolate would be even better). The browned butter adds a special richness and delicate sweetness to the cookie, and the sea salt balances the sweetness out. These would be a fantastic addition to a cookie tin for the upcoming holiday season.

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Fresh Pappardelle with Brown Butter and Sage Sauce


My mom went to San Francisco to visit my brother last week, and she brought home some amaaaazing fresh pasta that she got in the Ferry Building. When I get my hands on really nice pasta, I like to do something simple with it, usually just olive oil and parmesan. Last night, I decided to step outside of my comfort zone and try a brown butter sage sauce…and it came out beautifully!

I didn’t really get this recipe from any one place, I’ve just read about how to make it many times. It’s simple; just brown the butter and add the sage! It seems a little scary, because everyone’s like, “Don’t burn the butter!!!” As long as you keep your flame low, you should be fine….and if you do burn it, it’s just a few tablespoons of butter and you can start over!

I see brown butter and sage sauce a lot with gnocchi or butternut squash ravioli. It is rich and feels very decadent, but super easy and inexpensive. This would be great for a dinner party, it would take you away from your guests for only about ten minutes!

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