browned butter gnocchi with spinach

 
 
Honestly, the beginning of 2013 kind of kicked my ass. There was a New Year's self injury incident, I lost my friend's necklace, and followed that by starting classes on the 2nd, then getting miserably sick, proceeding to desperately scramble to catch up with physio, and apparently I thought it was a good idea to sign up for extracurriculars rather than using that time to bake cookies.
 
What I haven't been doing is spending much time in the kitchen. This is the first thing I've properly cooked in about a week. Fittingly, it's a really simple dish, perfect for getting back in the groove. Gnocchi and spinach, topped with brown butter and pine nuts and a little parmesan. I think it took about 15 minutes to make this, and that's including boiling water. It tastes pretty much exactly like you'd expect: chewy pillows of potato with the nuttiness of browned butter.

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browned butter snickerdoodles

While frantically studying for my final anatomy exam, I stress-ordered a cookbook from Amazon, like normal people totally do. Right? Anyway, said cookbook was Baked Elements, the third offering from the Baked bakery team. I own the first two, only seemed necessary to get the third. And oh boy. I took it with me on exam day to relieve some stress, and a few classmates and I spent most of our time before the exam drooling at the recipes.

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