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I’ve got friends in word places

I have friends all over the place, most of whom I’ve met the old-fashioned way: in person, through some job or school or work or networking connection. But oh, how the Internet has enriched my life and brought me in touch with people who, otherwise, I might never have met.

Yeah, I’m pretty much going to count 75 percent of my friends in the Bay Area in that number, just by the way.

Let’s just take a look at The Tennessee Locavore, for example. Though we both attended BlogHer Food last year, I managed to miss her entirely during the operation, and instead we have been forced—FORCED, I SAY—to become friends via Twitter and Facebook instead.

What does this mean, you ask? This means that, on a day that was, for the most part, good, but due to a Very Strange and Disturbing Incident on the way home from San Francisco, I arrived home to a care package of local food goodness (Snickerdoodles, people, Snickerdoodles.) either baked in Kristina’s kitchen or procured in her locavore zone. Also, there was a sparkly and blinky ring, which, as a devotee of Burning Man, I promptly announced would make the 2010 trip with me to Black Rock City.

I have been working through the contents of this care package, and this week, made it to the Benton’s prosciutto, which I knew I wanted to save for something special. I cooked it up to add to a dinner of locally-made gnocchi, which seemed only appropriate considering the value Kristina puts on eating in one’s own foodshed. And it was, I must say, delicious. Even if you don’t have Benton’s prosciutto at hand, and even if you aren’t lucky enough to have a care package arrive that contains pork products, this recipe is simple and delicious, and you should make it.

And, Kristina? Though I have adored getting to know you through your words, enough already. We owe each other some in-person cocktails, and some hugs. And I promise the thank you note that I more than owe you is coming shortly.

Gnocchi with Sage and Prosciutto
(Serves 2-3, depending on how hungry you are)

2 Tbsp. butter
½ Tbsp. olive oil
8 oz. prosciutto, chopped
8 oz. sage, leaves stripped and chopped
12 oz. gnocchi

  1. Bring a saucepan of water to a boil and salt it.
  2. Melt the butter in a sauté pan, and add the olive oil. Warm over medium-high heat.
  3. Add the prosciutto and cook it until it’s crispy.
  4. Add the gnocchi to the water and cook until it just starts to float at the top of the boiling water.
  5. While the gnocchi is cooking, add the sage to the prosciutto and sauté until the gnocchi is ready.
  6. Drain the gnocchi and toss it with the butter-sage-prosciutto mixture. Serve immediately, sprinkled, if you would like, with some grated Parmiggiano Reggiano.

6 Comments on “I’ve got friends in word places”

  1. #1 Gudrun
    on Mar 17th, 2010 at 7:01 am

    love the trading idea! Back in the olden days, I remember doing a swap on with a woman from New Zealand. In addition to a cookbook, she also sent wonderful NZ honey. Such a treat. I think I sent her San Francisco A La Carte, but I have no idea what food I might have sent…..

  2. #2 Lydia
    on Mar 17th, 2010 at 7:03 am

    And I count you among those friends I’d probably never have met without the internet! Thanks for introducing us to The Tennessee Locavore.

  3. #3 inadvertentgardener
    on Mar 23rd, 2010 at 10:10 am

    Gudrun, trading with far away friends sounds like a great idea!

    Lydia, right back at ya! So glad we’ve met…both virtually and in person. :-)

  4. #4 Kristina
    on Apr 29th, 2010 at 9:29 am

    Oh Genie – you must think I’m the rudest rude that ever ruded! I opened up my netbook today for the first time since March and found a reply that I thought I had submitted but apparently never did. :/

    Sooooo… made me cry when I read this the first time (and I just got a little sniffly again). But in a totally good way!!! I read this the morning of my grandmothers funeral which for reasons I don’t want to get into now was one of the most tense, stressful experiences I’ve ever had. I got done reading this and turned to Marcus and said “I love this girl” and he said that was a good thing because it’s good to love your co-wives. :D

    Seriously – I can’t believe we didn’t “meet” in real life but like I’ve said before, that just seems a formality at this point. I’m desperately trying to figure out a way to get out there this summer so we can drink those cocktails together. I NEED those hugs so it’s going to happen one way or another. :)

  5. #5 Kristina
    on Feb 17th, 2013 at 4:48 pm

    Looking over your site for recipes and read this again. I’m so glad the virtual became real. So much love to you.

  6. #6 inadvertentgardener
    on Feb 18th, 2013 at 8:36 am

    Formalities? Accomplished. Friendship? Locked down in person. Big <3 to you, Kristina. So much love right back at you.


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