When I visited my Italian family (the Rigassio's) in Italy they served the best gnocchi I've ever tasted. I asked them for the recipe and they sent it to me!
Fast forward many years when I found myself living in Hawaii where I discovered the magical purple sweet potatoes. They are rich in nutrients, taste amazing plain, and colorful AF. I decided to use my families recipe but substitute purple potatoes where it called for yellow potatoes. I can tell you that it works!
As a Chef/Manager at a retreat center in Hawaii called Kalanihonua I often have to develop recipes for 150 people (this recipe can be easily scaled up) and bring my Ohana (Hawaiian family) together, put on some Dean Martin, break out the red wine and make this delicate pasta. Here is a video of just such an occasion.
Gnocchi is a great food to get the whole family involved in making!
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Mangia di statti zitto!
2- Bags of barrel cured sauerkraut
6- ounces sweet cole slaw (you can make it yourself or buy it a the deli counter)
4- cloves of fresh garlic diced
4- onions diced
6 - shiitake mushrooms sliced
4 - tablespoons olive oil
12- ounces of garlic kielbasa cut in one inch rounds*
*This is a great opportunity to patronize your local butcher and ask for some kielbasa that was produced locally with meat that wasn't raised using antibiotics or raised on a factory farm.
In large crock or sauce pot mix sauerkraut and coleslaw and heat on medium. In frying pan add olive oil and sauté onions and garlic. When browned add to sauerkraut pot and mix. Add shiitake mushrooms to pot. Add kielbasa to pot. Simmer for at least an hour until kielbasa plumps up and is tender.
Put on some Ukranian music and enjoy!
This recipe was given to me by my friend, colleague, and long-time softball coach Steve Laplante. I visited Steve at his pad in the Hunter's Point Neighborhood and he showed me how to make it, made us a cocktail, and talked story about his time working for Bill Clinton in Arkansas. - "The President showed me how to use
a microwave oven and I showed him how to burp Chelsea." This recipe is the bomb. I recommend it highly.
Check out the episode and the recipe below.
On Nakajima Island they harvest their own seaweed, grow their citrus, and sweet onions. You may not do all that but this Hijiki recipe is a great, healthy addition to any meal or even as a morning snack.
Lumpia are one of the most popular foods in the Philippines and Mark's recipe is Da best! It is an amazing thing to prepare for or even at a party and I guarantee you can never make enough.
Check out the CETV episode where I invite my friends and basketball teammates Mark and EJ to my pad to engage in a lumpia feast. Enjoy.
This recipe is easy. The hardest part is cleaning the mussels if they are wild. This recipe can also be made with store bought mussels but harvesting them yourself makes them a bit sweeter. Happy Eating
This is one of my favorite recipes. It is so easy and comes out amazing. Check out the CETV episode which I made as parody of the show Ordinary Swedish Mealtime.
This recipe can be tweaked to make it spicier or sweeter. Sometimes I like to throw cabbage or apples in the pot. Enjoy!
This recipe comes from my friend Littlekarmabomb who is an accomplished baker and long-time vegan. This recipe makes eating chocolate very healthy which is confusing.
Check out the CETV episode from Season One Vegan Baking and Burlesque