Not literally, but I may as well have been. After reading this recipe for gnocchi made with a grater (rather than a ricer or other implement I don’t own), I was determined to make it myself. The only problem? I’ve never had gnocchi. I have seen them in the grocery store and been intrigued, but I’ve never actually eaten them, and I had only a vague idea of what the final product should be.
Still, the recipe could hardly have been simpler, and with relatively little effort, I ended up with a quart ziplock packed full of pasta. For the first meal, I heated oil and butter in a pan till it was very hot, tossed in some asparagus and garlic, and then the gnocchi. I cooked it without disturbing it much, to allow everything to brown, then added some cooked chicken and served. Voila! I don’t know if it’s what it was supposed to be, but holy moly, it was good.