…fill the glass that is empty. Don’t ever leave a glass empty..don’t ever leave a glass full….
This week ,The Basic Art of Italian Cooking by Maria Liberati tm wqw invited to be special guest of this year’s A Tavola Con Vino Nobile in the town of Montepulciano that included tastings at local wineries, tours of vineyards and local producers as well as a competition between the local ‘contradas’..the sunflowers, welcomed us into Tuscany as we passed fields of them bowing to the sun…in unison..
Montepulciano was one of the cities that were built as a model for Firenze (Florence). the DeMedicis wanted to first test out their ideas on smaller cities and so Montepulciano was one of them with a smaller version of Palazzo Vecchio .and that was just fine for them since summers were spent here
Here I am with one of the vintners at Palazzo Vecchio Vineyard with a cluster of their prized San Giovese grapes
Gnocchietti Tuscan Style
pinch of salt
garlic, basil, oregano,
extra virgin olive oil
pinch of salt
Mash together the garlic, basil, oregano. Add in chopped cherry tomatoes and add in an abundant amount of olive oil, pinch of salt and pepper. Let this marinate.
In the meantime, boil the potatoes and mix with some flour, water and pinch of salt. Add in 1 egg to pasta and more flour if dough is too sticky. Form this mixture into gnocchi. Dust with semolina flour. Cook gnocchi in a large pot of salted water. Serve with the fresh herb and tomato sauce. Top with aged pecorino cheese.
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