CJ loves to eat, and one of the best things about the traveling
she does is getting to try so many delicious dishes from
different countries. And she loves to share the recipes that she
recipe is straight from Uruguay and is absolutely delicious. CJ
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The 29th of
every month in Uruguay is officially Dia de Noquis, or Gnocchi
Day. Intended to be a cheap meal for the last day of the month
when money ran thin, it quickly became a favorite for any day of
the month. Early Italian influences in the country introduced
this classic potato pasta, and Uruguayans quickly assimilated it
into their cuisine. Tossing the cooked gnocchi with sweet
tomatoes and peppery arugula brightens this dish and makes for a
delicious meal any day of the month.
2 baking potatoes (roughly 2 pounds)
2 large egg yolks
1 pinch salt
½ cup all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon olive oil or butter
1 small handful cherry or grape tomatoes,
2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese
1 small handful arugula
Salt and pepper to taste
- 1. To make
the gnocchi, preheat your oven to 400 degrees, and bake the
potatoes for 1 hour until fork-tender. Halve the potatoes, and
scoop out the flesh. Press through a ricer, and transfer to a
- 2. Using a
fork, mix in the egg yolks until combined with the potatoes.
Next, slowly add the flour and salt, working the mix into a
dough. Kneed the dough gently, cut it into 4 equal pieces,
than roll each piece into ¾ inch thick ropes. Cut along each
rope, making ¾ inch gnocchi. Transfer to a baking sheet.
- Bring a pot of
water to a roaring boil, and add a pinch of salt.
- 3. Cook the
gnocchi for 2-4 minutes. You’ll know they’re done when they
rise to the top of the pot.
- 4. Heat a
skillet over medium heat, and add the olive oil and tomatoes.
Strain out the cooked gnocchi, and add to the skillet. Add the
cheese, and toss to combine. Off the heat, add the arugula,
and let the residual heat wilt it. Season to taste with salt
and pepper, and enjoy!
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An Ancient Prophecy Comes to Life in an Erotic Tale of
An ancient prophecy
comes to life in the erotic tale of the forbidden love
between an elven prince and a kidnapped human woman.
Talia’s visit home turns upside
down when dark, frightening creatures appear seemingly from
nowhere and transport her to another world. The faerie
world. In this mystical paradise, she finds her life and
honor threatened for reasons she does not understand.
When Calion Sáralondë, Prince of
the Calen’taur Elves, rescues the human female from an orcan
stronghold, his attraction to her is immediate and strong.
And the feeling is mutual. Though their love is sardai—taboo—Calion
can’t bring himself to send her back to her world. Her
presence sets a fire in his soul only mating with her can
And their passion could be the
answer to an ancient prophecy that saves his world.
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