Gnocchi and women teachers

Sorry I haven’t been posting too much lately. I just haven’t been doing anything terribly interesting to talk about here.  Just some tidbits of things.

I shared this on FB so some of you will see this twice, but I had a really good dinner the other night. I lost the football picks for the first week of the playoffs (fantasy) and John wanted to go to Comfort Kitchen in Saratoga. Their food is so good, especially the macaroni and cheese, but I saw a new item on the menu, which was sweet potato gnocchi!


It was in a brown butter sauce with swiss chard, ricotta cheese and some sort of walnut chunks. Breaded, maybe? So good!  It rivals their mac and cheese now.  Any locals that haven’t been there need to go.  I’d like to try making gnocchi from scratch some time, but I’m afraid it would turn out gummy.

More work in my parents’ kitchen.  It is a little slow going just because I have to go over there to work and there are limited hours in which to do it. I guess that’s what happens when you have free labor 😀

The paint is on the walls and the upper cabinet doors are in place.


Color is a little funny because of the time of day, but you get the idea. Below the cabinets will be tile. Hopefully next weekend John and I will do the laminate countertop.

I got a new soap stamp made to stamp my soaps. I was using a fleur-de-lis, but I wanted my logo made. I went to Etsy and found someone to do a stamp for me and I tried it out this weekend:


I like it! I need to get consistent with how much pressure is needed to imprint.

During my volunteer hours at the Chapman Museum, I was organizing files for the suffragist events going on this year. Even though the US ratified the 19th ammendment in 1920, New York allowed women to vote in 1917, so there are centennial events happening this year.

I came across this nugget of information:


I you can’t read it, here is the text:  “No married woman shall be appointed to any teaching or supervising position in the New York public schools unless her husband is mentally or physically incapacitated to earn a living or has deserted her for a period of not less than one year”.

Gotta love it.  You could only teach if you were single. Now think of how many women — single or married — are a huge part of the teaching workforce.  Progress can happen.  I always wonder if I was born during that time period, would I be on the front lines for womens’ rights?  I like to think so, but I guess you never know.

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16 thoughts on “Gnocchi and women teachers

  1. Biz

    I love how the stamp looks! I always laugh when I find old cookbooks (and by old I mean 1940’s and 1950’s) where it will state: “Make sure your husband comes home to a clean house, with the children already bathed and dinner ready on the table. But if he needs to unwind after a busy day, don’t get angry, because you have no idea how his day has been, you can always reheat the dinner after the children go to bed.” 😛

  2. Helen

    I just love gnocchi – it’s very hard for me not to order it if it’s on a menu. That one in particular looks really, really good.

    I like the change to your soap stamp!

    I’ve always said had I been born a bit earlier I would have been a marching/protesting fool for women’s right and civil rights. I’m very happy that I will be taking part in the Women’s March on Washington next Saturday. Never in my life did I think I’d get the chance!
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  3. debby

    I have never had gnocchi! But the brown butter part sounds good 🙂

    That is so interesting about the teacher’s law. I would say that more than 90% of all the teachers I’ve ever had have been women!
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    1. Lori Post author

      Teaching was considered an acceptable position for women, but only single women. Once a teacher got married – no more job!

  4. Fran

    I haven’t made gnocci myself either, still on the “someday I need to make that” list.

    Love your new stamp.

    As a woman life is so much easier these days, although that’s not the case everywhere in the world.
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  5. Kathy

    I know the painting of the cabinets is tedious, but so worth it in the end. I’ve done it before and I’m in the process of painting some bedroom furniture an antique white color, with a little distress. May I ask you, what poly you are using over the paint on the cabinet doors? I’ve had some go really wrong, and turn my beautiful antique white to an ugly yellow. SO DISAPPOINTED…I’ve got to correct that and I’m just curious if you have experienced that and what you use to avoid…Sorry such a long comment…

    1. Lori Post author

      Hi Kathy. First, the paint is an enamel paint by Valspar specifcally for cabinets. For the sealer, I used Minwax Polycrylic. , so not really a true polyurethane. It’s not supposed to yellow.

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