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I'm a Greek self-taught cook who lives in Chicago. I learned a lot about cooking from both of my grandmothers, my mom and dad, family and friends. Passing on timeless traditions through food is one thing I strive to do in life.
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Gnocchi in a Pork Ragu from Portobello in the downtown Disney area
One of the sales reps that I work with is Italian so he LOVES to find the best Italian restaurant for dinner. We were discussing what we were going to order and when I said the gnocchi he told me he wanted the same, but was skeptical. He’s very particular about the texture of his gnocchi and was worried they would over cook it as many restaurants do. Trust me, there is nothing worse than a mushy potato dumpling.
I risked it and was more than pleased with my meal. I let the rep have a taste of the gnocchi and he wasn’t disappointed either. They were cooked perfectly - firm on the outside with just the right softness as you bite into them. But the star of the dish was the sauce. This pork ragu is supposedly “grandma’s recipe” and it tasted that way. The shredded pork was plentiful and the sauce was very rich. I won’t be surprised if I find myself in my own kitchen soon trying to recreate this sauce.
(sorry for the poor quality of the photo - had to use the camera on my phone)