Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Gnocchi! Gnocchi! Gnocchi!

Gnocchi di patate are the perfect tummy warming fall meal. I like them with a dollop of melted butter and a sprinkle of parmigiano (kids especially love them this way), but they are also great with homemade pesto.

Take about 4 large potatoes (russets, boiled, peeled, cooled then riced), add one beaten egg, and just about two cups of flour, and a dash of salt. Knead the dough until it's firm enough to roll into snakes (about as thick as your thumb).

Once rolled into snakes, cut into inch sized pieces, and press gently with a fork for a decorative indentation (not necessary if you're crunched for time).

Boil in salted water until they float (no more than a couple minutes).

Friday, October 15, 2010

Speaking of Miners...

The dramatic rescue of the trapped miners in Chile brought to mind a movie I watched earlier in the year, The Devil's Miner. Available on amazon.com and netflix (also available on instant play), it's a great movie to share with your (older) children, as it will give them perspective on the injust, every day reality of so many children around the world.
Filmmakers Kief Davidson and Richard Ladkani followed around a 14-year-old Bolivian miner, Basilio Vargas, as he deals with fear, hardwork and struggle in the silver mines of Cerro Rico. As he works under harsh mine conditions, including darkess, dust, 100+ degree heat and the unavoidable threat future lung disease, he shares his hopes and dreams, one of which is to receive an education. Sadly, Basilio's story isn't unique, as many children around the world work in the back and soul-breaking mining industry. To learn more about children in the mining industry, including information on charities that aim to help improve their lives, visit: http://www.thedevilsminer.com/popup/help.htm
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