156 09/12/2011 life Food

Potato Gnocchi with Chicken and Wild Mushroom Ragu

Our Family & Friends blog series is hosted by Generation Seven wines. At Generation Seven we celebrate family, friends and the connections we create while sharing delicious food and wine. This blog series will tell these stories while celebrating the Bosc family’s commitment to sustainability and giving back.As you may have guessed, food plays a very central role in our household. With two really good cooks living under the same roof, we often gear our evenings or weekends around the kitchen table. I come from a family where dinner time was a mandatory event. It didn’t matter what you were doing, what assignment you may have due the next day, or which TV show was premiering that night. When it was time for dinner the entire family got together to enjoy it and each other’s company.

Growing up I assumed it was the same in every household, until I reached high school and friends would start commenting how nice it was that my family all ate dinner together at the same time. We’ve incorporated that same tradition into our own household now. On a regular evening that’s just the five of us – but the dinner table is often a place we find ourselves with extended family catching up, exchanging stories, and laughing until late into the night. We’re blessed with a large family located both in and out of the city, and whether we are on the road or at home, our family gatherings always seem to revolve around good food and good wine. Many of my fondest memories revolve around the family table.

The following recipe, Gnocchi with Chicken and Wild Mushroom Ragu, is such a warm, cozy dish. It really is the perfect meal for a large gathering around your own table, and goes beautifully with a glass of wine on a cold evening. Whether catching up with your own family on a weeknight, or sharing it with out-of-town visitors who are in for the weekend, the rich homemade sauce makes for a mouthwatering meal.

Michèle Bosc from Château des Charmes has been kind enough to offer the following pairing suggestion for this dish:

Wow, this sounds so yummy! Since this is a chicken dish we should enjoy
it with a white wine. Right? Not necessarily. Food and wine pairing for me
starts with “weight”. This means how heavy or light the dish feels in your
mouth. The wine that is likely a good match will be around the same weight as
the dish. In the case of this gnocchi and ragu (tomato-based goodness), I
would say this dish is medium in weight. So the wine should be too.

Tomatoes are notoriously challenging to pair with wine because of their
natural high acidity. So the wine should have some serious zip to meet
the tomatoes head on. Put this all together and a mid-weight, unoaked or
lightly oaked red from Niagara would definitely fit the bill. As luck
would have it we make a few terrific ones! I would love to try Chef
Dad’s recipe with our 2009 Generation Seven Red. It’s a blend of five
grape varieties, like a ragu is a blend of several vegetables. When you
sip it, it should remind you of red berries with a hint of warm spice.
And it’s smooth and easy drinking.

Generation Seven
is available at the LCBO, at our two Château des Charmes stores in
Ottawa, at the winery in Niagara-on-the-Lake, our website, and several
retailers in Alberta.

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Potato Gnocchi with Chicken and Wild Mushroom Ragu

Serves: 6 to 8

Ingredients:

1 ounce dried porcini mushrooms 
1 1/2 cups boiling water 
3 tablespoons olive oil, divided 
8 ounces sliced cremini mushrooms 
2 garlic cloves, minced 
Kosher salt 
2 ½ cups dry white wine 
1 pound boneless chicken breast, cut into 1/2 inch cubes 
2 ounces smoked meat, chopped into 1/4 inch cubes 
6 ounces fresh, mild Italian sausage, casings removed (about 2 links) 
1 medium onion, finely chopped 
1 carrot, peeled, finely chopped 
1 celery stalk, finely chopped 
2 cups crushed tomatoes 
1 cup chicken broth 
2 bay leaves 
1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil 
2 pounds potato gnocchi, prepared 
Preparation: 
  1. Place dried porcini mushrooms in medium bowl; pour 1 1/2 cups boiling water over. 
  2. Let stand until mushrooms are soft, about 45 minutes. Using slotted spoon, transfer mushrooms to cutting board and chop coarsely. Reserve soaking liquid. 
  3. Meanwhile, heat 1 tablespoon oil in heavy large skillet over Medium-High heat. Add cremini mushrooms and garlic, sprinkle with salt and pepper and sauté until beginning to soften, about 2 to 3 minutes. 
  4. Add 1/2 cup wine and simmer until mushrooms are soft, about 4 minutes. Set aside (there may still be some liquid). 
  5. Heat remaining 2 tablespoons oil in heavy large pot over Medium-High heat. Sprinkle chicken with salt and pepper. Add chicken to pot and sauté until browned in spots, about 6 minutes. Using slotted spoon, transfer chicken to medium bowl. Reduce heat to medium, add sausage and cook until brown, breaking into small pieces with back of spoon, about 3 minutes. Add smoked meat and stir 1 minute. 
  6. Add onion, carrot, and celery. Cover pot and cook vegetables until soft, stirring occasionally, about 8 minutes.
    Add remaining 2 cups wine, bring to boil, scraping up any browned bits. 
  7. Simmer until almost all liquid is absorbed, about 10 minutes. Add tomatoes, 1 cup broth, bay leaves, reserved chicken, and porcini mushrooms. Pour in reserved porcini soaking liquid, leaving any sediment behind in the bowl. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to Medium-Low and simmer uncovered until chicken is tender, about 30 minutes. 
  8. Meanwhile prepare the potato gnocchi. Add gnocchi to boiling water and simmer until gnocchi float to surface. 
  9. Stir cremini mushroom mixture into the ragu. Season with salt and pepper. Gently stir in basil. 
  10. Divide gnocchi and ragu among bowls.
    • Liam

      I will have to make these recipes tonight. Looks great! White wine usually does the trick for me

    • swaany

      We connect with a homemade pie and a good cry! :)

    • swaany

      We connect over homemade pie and a good cry! :)

    • JNRELOCATED

      With Autumn soon approaching, the thought of entertaining family and friends indoors, is suddenly come to mind after viewing the receipe for Potato Gnocchi with Chicken and Wild Mushroom Ragu, should be a big hit around my table. Great receipe thank you.

    • mommy3024

      Best way to connect is to turn off the TV and have a family game night with lots of great snacks.

    • tobyhir

      Do whatever you can for them and let them know you’ll always be there. Contact them whenever you can…but not to the point of bothering them! LOL And I love Potato Gnocchi…one of my faves when serving at an Italian Restaurant.

    • tobyhir

      Do whatever you can for them and let them know you’ll always be there. Contact them whenever you can…but not to the point of bothering them! LOL

    • Keisha

      Sunday dinner is usually the favorite. We all have busy lives and Sundays is our way of coming together, making our favorite dishes and sitting down at the table and sharing what is going on in our lives. After dinner we usually play a round of scrabble, after a long week it is great to look forward to a good Sunday meal.

    • gjoa21

      Sounds like a very tasty recipe to try! Our family is vegetarian so I would just leave out the meat or use a substitute. As for reconnecting with loved ones, I really enjoy hosting family and friends, and cooking and baking for them. Conversations are lively paired with wine and homemade food!

    • baker7

      My fave way to connect is to invite family and friends for a pot-luck dinner weekly

    • Mommy4Times

      My favourite way to connect with family is everyone around a table with lots of good food and laughter!!

    • angelmom3

      My favourite way to connect with our loved ones is by cooking together. My husband and I and our three boys cook a delicious meal once a week and then sit down and enjoy. The boys choose the meal and then we all help to prepare it. This is a wonderful opportunity to connect with the children and have fun! I think we will try the Potato Gnocchi with Chicken next!

    • lisaleem

      I love Gnocchi, and would LOOOOVE to try this recipe, looks very yummy! and I could really use some R&R at my fave Ontario winery!

    • vivi

      Gnocchi are one of my most favourite comfort foods. I make them from scratch. This recipe sounds fantastic!

    • turbosir

      I connect with loved ones by telephone and emails as my family live in the UK. The prize is wonderfull and would be great for the wife and I

    • lpappas

      Dinner and then a walk afterwards

    • cc

      Sounds amazing. I like to connect by getting together for dinner.

    • dipstick_77

      We connect as a family by having a weekly games night. Each week another member gets to pick the game.

    • ashley

      My favourite way to connect as a amily is during the holidays, I love to do holliday crafts and bake with my sister and my sister in law, and the rest of the family loves to eat it!

    • MELISSA

      I love to play board games!!

    • dmhaen

      We connect as a family by having at least one meal together each day!

    • waiman

      my fav. way is to teleconference thru the net on sun moring

    • AMYV123

      familiy is so important and food is so important. They both connects all of your senses and have the power to completely reenergize your whole being. Pairing a great meal with great family and friends and you have a recipe for a long happy life.

    • Debbie

      Definately through food is how we always connect with family. Whether it by a big dinner at one of our homes, or a dinner at a favorite restaraunt…food always seems to be in the center of it all. I have recently become a “Food Network” junkie, so I like to host the dinners and try out all of the new recipies I stumble across.

    • carol_berreth

      Big family dinner, lots of laughs and good conversation. Oh and good wine too :D

    • Beth

      My favourite way to connect with family is Sunday dinner.. my boyfriend and myself regularly host Sunday dinner for a variety of people.. my kids, our friends.. even my ex husband comes over (pretty much every week!) We have a great time cooking together and love sharing our “talents” with family and friends.. and of course, there’s always wine!

    • Nancy T

      I very much agree with no matter what is going on around us, dinner time is spent at the table together! I grew up with dinner as a family and continue the tradition with my family!
      It’s also tradition that at least once/year we get together (everyone – I’m one of 5 kids with 16 first cousins – on one side alone) to have a giant potluck, with games and fun….it’s evolved into a weekend with everyone there (who is able to).
      Along with many other get togethers throughout the year with great food, great conversation and of course some great wines!

    • CJ

      Love this recipe, our favourite way is to cook as a family as much as possible, kids love to help and it’s a good way to connect.

    • courtreporter

      my favourite way to connect with family is around dinner table, good food and good company.

    • brooklynn

      Baking apples pies with Nana. Fresh baked goods always brings the family together, whether to make it or eat it.

    • candibabymay

      wine and food. Great company and music.

    • momof3bucks

      I can smell the goodness!!
      I love entertaining so when ever I have the chance I invite friends and family over for good food, wine and some good old catching up.

    • mwatt

      This sounds so good, I just may have to try it. My favourite way to connect with everyone is by throwing a party. I love entertaining people in our home.

    • Neckdoctor

      I connect with my family at dinnertime by calling everyone together to join in a hearty meal…I yell, “Everybody get into the van, right now…we’re going to the Chinese buffet restaurant!”

    • tinad

      The best way to connect is over good food, good wine, and great company and conversation!

    • stellaashdown

      I like to connect oer good food, good wine with good friends

    • LaurenF

      My favourite way to connect with family is to see them in person. That’s not always possible, as often as we’d like, so talking with video on our computers is a close second, and calling on the phone for a quick “good night” or “love you” is good too.

    • FitzL

      Catching up over dinner. I love that we all talk about our days and reconnect. It brings a sense of calm and connectedness to us (even our 2 year old participates) :)

    • Bidchka

      I love to call them up and tell them to put a kettle on cuz I’m coming over.

    • nutritionbites

      I love sending cards in the mail for birthdays PLUS unexpected (just thinking about you) reasons. Usually it ends up with an email or call sent back to me which keeps me in touch with my friends and family, no matter how often or not I see them.
      (Gnocchi is my favourite dish – love it with spinach and a red sauce – plus lots of romano cheese! Very easy to make – especially with ricotta cheese instead of potatoes).

    • bingop1

      Those family dinners that mark special occasions like birthdays, Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter are a great time to get everyone together to reconnect, unwind from the hustle and bustle of daily life and share stories.

    • bluejay

      A tour of the winw country would be a good win.

    • Ricki911

      It’s hard to stay connected with friends and family. Although the computer helps a lot. I find stopping everything and just visiting them is better. Also, in my family we try to have a year vacation so we all get together and enjoy it.
      I think I will have to try that recipes as it looks very delicious.

    • chrisbet53

      connecting with loved way svia homemade cookes, fire in the fireplace and a scrabble game – allowing for easy conversation and unwinding

    • Kristina

      Just had gnocchi for dinner this week…we connected by all eating together and talking about our days ..my 3 year old has especially lot to say

    • driddles

      My favourite way to connect with loved ones is to actually go and see them. Facebook is great but it is no substitute for seeing family face to face.

    • courtreporter

      My favourite way to connect with loved ones is to cook together. A family that cooks together stays together. We decide what we are having for dinner, open a bottle of wine, and start cooking. It is great fun.

    • Amber

      Hi there, I find the best way to connect with loved ones is to turn off the TV and phones and have a nice quiet meat with no distractions.

    • smack

      my favorite way to connect with loved ones is to take a trip out to see them and hang out. Cooking is always involved…we love share our recipes. Recently tried to make gnocchi from scratch while at my sister’s home…not entirely successful but everyone ate it. That’s family for you!

    • shepherdcampbell

      Favourite way to connect with loved ones is always over a great meal. If this isn’t possible then we connect via telephone, text, skype or email.

    • alpen

      I got so distracted by the recipe….Forgot to add that family time is really important. Both sides of the family routinely get together. Somehow the get-togethers all revolve around food.

    • alpen

      Mmmm That recipe looks so good. I was just telling my daughter today I have a craving for gnocchi soup. Maybe I can make this recipe instead.

    • ek03yr

      The best way to connect with loved ones is to have Sunday dinners and talk about the events of the week!

    • Sweets33

      MY favourite way to connect with loved ones is to get everyone together for an incredible meal! We all indulge in delicious food, vino, lots of laughs and story-telling into the wee, small hours. Just might have to try this delicious recipe of Gav’s at our next family get-together! Mmmmm…

    • erin2470

      I love to connect with my family, face to face. Nothing like getting together to chat, laugh, and eat great food.

    • TammyDennyJennings

      Thnk you Urbanmoms.ca for leading me to this wonderful recipe. I love pasta and it loves me! Yum.

    • nikkipercham

      Well thank you for awakening my saliva glands, this looks delish. My favourite way to connect with family is taking the kids to my moms house on the weekends, my parents always go all out wen it comes to weekend dinners!

    • sara

      meal looks and sounds great! My favorite way to connect with family is to take my mom and youngest daughter to Toronto to visit my older daughter and have some girl time

    • kenaimom

      this recipe sounds really yummy. will have to try it out. Having dinner together regularly is definitely important in our family

    • Diana3

      Enjoying and sharing a great meal is a means of celebrating and embracing life and we do this one weekend of every month getting together with our families including the younger children to instill in them a respect for the traditions of our parents who taught us to appreciate the simple things in life. A great meal and good wine allows us to renew our bonds. This important tradition seems to be waning in a time when it is needed most – so I am busy making gnochhi while the sauce is simmering and then it will be off to the wine store to buy some of this traditional wine to enhance this wonderful meal for our Sunday family dinner. This will bring back some wonderful memories of past generations and encourage all of us to discuss how important family and friends are to us!! Cheers to Generations Seven for knowing how important this is!!

    • donnas

      I don’t live close to family so my way to share is via a telephone call. Ideally it would be great to sit down to a meal and connect that way.

    • Betty

      What a great recipe, it looks and sounds yummy. The instructions are very clear, I can’t wait to try it. My family likes to connect by having large family dinners, especially on holidays. We each take a turn doing the preparation, and we all contribute to the menu.

    • doris

      This sounds like a cozy Autumn recipe. I love mushrooms. Can’t wait to try this.

    • lilolme105

      taking an hour to sit down to dinner and converse is the best way to spend time together.

    • 52scotland

      We don’t always have time every week day to sit down together to eat a meal as a family however we do try to always have a Sunday sit-down dinner filled with lots of chatter of the week’s events.

    • PoignantTuna

      sounds like a delicious recipe! I connect with my family via email and BBM.

    • dewinner

      We have a sit down dinner in the winter and in the summer we bbq, we are not big drinkers but always nice to have a bottle of wine! Our family and extended family always go on vaction together once a year as well :)

    • hmrcarlson

      My favourite way of connecting with my family is over regular family dinners. No matter what activities are going on or what work obligations are calling, we try to sit down as a family every night and enjoy supper together. We can review our days and just keep on top of each others’ lives. So important!

    • corkrose

      Wine, good food = a winning combination.

    • Elizabeth

      This sounds wonderfully delicious. The combinations used are great. I would like a white wine with this. I would be happy to eat this. Making it I just hope it turns out as good as the one he made.

    • pandyonetwo

      The internet has made it so easy to connect with everyone from family to long-lost friends and neighbours. I use all kinds of different social media to stay in contact now: Facebook, Twitter, Livejournal, Google+, Skype, texting…Pretty much anything that makes it easy and convenient and takes away all the excuses for not keeping in touch!

    • momof2

      My fave way to connect with family is with the celebration of the harvest. In the summer its wonderful picnics or BBQ’s with corn on the cob and yummy peaches!

    • JeannetteNL

      Unfortunately my family lives quite far away so when we do get together it is wonderful. We try to go visit 1 or 2 times a year and they do the same. It is always nice to sit and chat after a great meal. Miss them very much though!

    • ourweejeannie

      When my son was away at University in France we used Skype everyday to keep in touch. Made him feel less far away and the seperation more bearable!

    • alice26

      connecting with family is by having family picnics or BBQ’s. Also justing spending the day with family is so much fun and makes life special. The phone calls keep us close too and the emails and text make the sign of their love close at hand!

    • kaydee

      My favorite way to connect with family is with a home cooked meal. We share stories, laugh, enjoy great cuisine and reconnect with one another. As a child our family always gathered for a big meal on Sundays and I will cherish the memories of those times spent together forever.

    • julesmack

      My favourite way to connect is to have a one-on-one chat with each of my girls before they go to bed and then my husband and I have our time after they’ve gone to bed.

    • hgsv1549

      I just love the look of this receipe, it looks very much like warm and fuzzy family comfort food! I’ll have to try it!!!

    • christine25

      My favourite way to connect with loved ones is with a family (and friends!) potluck!

    • artsekh74

      My favourite way to connect with my family is over food and great wine. I know this sounds cliche but a nice dinner does bring the family together. I cannot wait to try this recipe and have many glasses of great wine!
      I would love to win the prize because it will be another thing I can share and connect to family with.

    • Christine

      Our family’s favourite way to connect is: playing cards with lots of laughter and good food!

    • heatherty

      As my parents live quite far away, our favourite way to connect is via Skype video. This way, Mom and Dad can easily see what new things the kids are doing – even if it’s just for 2 minutes. If they’re in town visiting, then our favourite way to connect is with a big family meal and a lovely bottle of wine. :)

    • annbird

      Wow! So many delicious flavors and textures! My family will love this one, if Chef Mom can make it as good as “Chef Dad”! Wish me luck! ;-)

    • ron

      Just a casual gathering at home on Friday nights after busy work week

    • manuelvizcaya

      presenting a fabulous meal brings my family to the dinner table

    • batye123

      I love it we try it and love it, good, really good

    • smartmama

      Barbecues and sitting in our beautiful garden are my favourite way to connect.

    • mommakoala

      We love cooking together. It encourages co-operation, organization and we talk about “other” things.

    • Jennie

      I love to host parties, get-togethers, dinners out, wine tasting, picnics, anything at all that combines family/friends, food, and drinks. I’d really love to one day take a big family-wide trip together, too.

    • gerlend

      Gather as many family members together as we can, share good food, good drink and great conversation.

    • Carla

      As much as I love connecting over a good meal, my kids are small and sitting for too long is just not practical or possible. So these days I love just going places and doing things with our little family. It may be just to the playground or out for ice-cream or it may be a day trip to a nature park.

    • Jo

      Sounds delicious! I would love to head down to wine country for some r&r.

    • sapphire1624

      If I can’t be on a vacation far away from home, my favourite way to spend time with family is definitely around a home made meal at the table!

    • ginette4

      This dish sounds so yummy, will definately make this. We also have dinner at the table every night as a family, my husband works late hours but the girls and I still eat together so It’s an added bonus when Dad surprises us and joins us..but we do eat together every Sunday (Dad’s day off) :)
      I’m not a fan of red wine but I am a fan of Chateau Des Charmes ice wine, wonder if this dish would go well with their ice wine

    • Marlene V.

      I forgot to mention … my favourite way to connect with my loved ones. IN PERSON…. with good drinks and food!

    • akskathy

      I connect with with family by making sure no matter what we have a proper family dinner (with aunts and cousins and grann) when ever there is an anniversary or birthday and of course the major holidays. No eating out allowed! I try to make sure we have board games and maybe even a craft for the little ones to do so everyone has something to do before and after the meal. Just eating and leaving is not my style. A nice good visit with yummy home cooked meals is the way to go! And I am saving this recipe to try at the next b-day dinner!

    • jeanten

      Way too much for me to try out but it sounds delicious!

    • katie

      We have lots of fun ways to connect as a family, including outings, board game afternoon, and more, but the best way to stay connected as a family is definitely around the dinner table as many nights a week as we can. So good to keep on top of how everyone’s doing.

    • Marlene V.

      Mmmmm … this sounds amazing. Thanks for the chance to win.

    • chalbe

      That recipe sounds fab. we will certainly try this soon and the wine pairing is perfect. I love blended reds more the single grape wines. A friend and I recently had a tour of Chateau des Charmes and I can only recommande their great guides and programms.

    • wren

      Now that our kids are grown and live away, we try to get together for Sunday suppers. Great way to talk about our week. Thanks for this awesome contest – would love to win it!

    • me_arlene

      Love the sound of this recipe! With the cooler weather coming there’s nothing better then some comfort food!
      Food tends to play a role in how our family connects as well. We often have a movie night with our boys with all our favorite snacks and finger foods. The boys each get to pick what they want and help make it. Then we all cozy in with some pillows and blankets and a good movie! And of course some wine for Mommy and Daddy! :)

    • drmichb

      I love to bake in my free time, and my two children, ages 7 and 5, have both fallen in love with cooking with mommy. we get to spend some quality time together, and they get to eat the end result! I always found the kitchen to be the spot everybody gravitates to in my home, and find that having dinner together as a family every night is a great way to reconnect at the end of the day, and learn a bit about each persons day.
      Chateau des charmes is our absolute favorite winery. My husband and I have visited the winery yearly since we began dating, and actually got engaged after doing a tour then, followed by an evening at the Queen’s Landing. This year we are celebrating our 10th wedding anniversary, and it would be the best present to be able to relive our proposal weekend.

    • vdarsigny

      We love receiving friends and family for a good meal with a good red wine :) but as my husband is in the military and we are moving often we cannot receive them very often (the closest family is at 3h30 travel) so we connect more with facebook, phone and when my husband is away we are doing meal by webcam :)

    • Karbyn

      This sounds awesome!! I put it on our list for the weekend, when I have a little more time to make it.

    • Lily Starlight

      With two boys very busy with sports, we get little chance to sit down as a family for meals. Our way of connecting is to go out, every week, for Saturday lunch. But now that I’m looking at this yummy recipe…I might rethink the “going out” part.

    • loft84

      This recipe sounds delicius and something that the whole family would enjoy which is sometimes hard to achieve!
      Dinner time is definately our way to connect within our immediate and extended family as well as with friends- we love to entertain and try out new recipes and ideas and of course enjoy a good bottle of wine.
      Thanks so much for adding the wine pairing suggestions I sometimes find that is particularly difficult to do myself!

    • alexlv05

      Love to cook and my family loves to eat! Even if it’s a simple as homemade pizza, getting together and enjoying both the food & company.

    • Gav

      For sure! You can definitely cut down the ingredients to make this for one or two people. Simply feel your way through the quantities – this is a hard one to mess up!

    • oomlsoo

      Would be great to do something with the whole family

    • skriksic

      i love to share favourite moments with my family over a good meal

    • Jones

      Easy recipe but packed with flavors–Awesome..

    • MightyMinx

      In our little family, connecting before bedtime is sacred. My husband and I have busy lives that are rich in adventure, but we always make sure that we share what has happened in our days. Bedtime stories are a much-loved ritual and help my baby relax into a cozy sleep.

    • gibberish

      Our favourite ‘family time’ is definitely out by the pool on warm summer days. It’s a great meeting place for family and friends in a relaxing atmosphere.

    • Mandy

      I like to connect with my family everyday especially at dinner time. To me, that time is very special and we take that time to step away from everything else in life that keeps us so busy. No tv allowed, no cell phones, just me, my husband, and my two children talking about our day and sharing that time with each other. Of course we take more than just this time in for each other but dinner time is our family staple and we know that no matter how busy we are or how busy life gets, we have that time together reserved especially for family time everyday no matter what.

    • funkymom

      I like to connect with family and friends through food. We always have pot luck get togethers or bake cookies with my children.
      Eating good food makes people feel good and we always enjoy each others company.

    • bumlingerkid

      Chicken and mushrooms mmm good, not too many spices, wine always adds the best flavour, can’t wait to try this recipe.

    • PDLadybug

      My favourite way to connect with my loved ones is to share a great home made meal with great conversation and stories so that everyone is laughing and smiling and having a great time together.

    • babylove818

      My favourite way to connect with family and friends is everyday especially at meal time. Sit down dinners are so important and it is such a simple thing to do that many over look due to their busy lives. I do this daily with my family. My friends and I meet every month or more for coffee or treats. At the beginning of the year we usually plan two events to go to each year. A dinner to celebrate everyone’s birthday for the year and a theatre event. We find if we plan it at the beginning of the year, we can plan our family and lives around it. It makes great fun and awesome memories.

    • superdee9

      My favourite way to connect with my loved ones is to catch a movie or a nice Sunday dinner!

    • emma

      we make it a point to really connect over meal time and with the whole family for Sunday dinners. It’s one of my most favourite times

    • colder88

      My favourite way to connect with my loved ones is over the phone because it helps keeping in touch fast and easy.

    • jentam

      I love to connect with loved ones with special meals and holiday celebrations.

    • Irish_Girl

      Yum! Is it possible to reduce the serving size for this? It’s just me and 6 to 8 servings is a lot…..

    • sarahbigyear2010

      Ahh gnocci! Oh that pasta will be the death of me, however I will die happy.

    • thealces

      I love connecting with my loved ones by serving family favourite comfort foods during all four seasons. It not only brings back warm memories, but stimulates conversation. Remember when….

    • mycozyhome

      My favourite way to connect is in person. It sometimes requires extra effort to arrange family gatherings, but they are well worth it.

    • Debora Bergeron

      Guests at the cottage this weekend are going to LOVE the recipe!
      Our favourite way to connect (other than having dinner together) is playing 5 holes of golf before or after dinner a few days a week throughout the summer. (lucky for us to have a 9 hole golf course behind us). We have a 10 year old daughter, and she loves it too. Even the dog joins us… and we’ve finally taught her not to chase the balls!

    • Tampa77

      My favorite way to connect with my loved ones is at family dinners, weekend get together with friends and family events. The best is to be able to share and catch up about your life and the others. Food is what usually brings us all together, most memories we have is over fantastic food!
      This recipe looks yummy! Will prepare tomorrow!

    • JWagler

      We love to connect, by baking with my little ones. They love to help out in the kitchen whenever they can.

    • nikkialeta

      the best way my family connects is via Skype. With many people living overseas, we connect with video so my family can see my 1.5 year old daughter grow and learn!

    • KD

      We use food as a placeholder to bring family and friends together for social gatherings.

    • Dddddd

      I have to try this recipe !!

    • Tracey

      My favourite way to connect with loved ones is over a good meal.

    • selbys

      We email during the week and plan what we are going to eat on Saturday or Sunday when we get together. Usually an entirely different meal every week.

    • MELISSA

      we love to have game nights!! thanks for the chance to win.

    • hipmom

      MMM, this recipe sounds so yummy! My family also connects over home-cooked meals, and I find that a delicious, saucy aroma is what really gets everyone to the table.

    • spynaert
    • Truly Medium

      We have them in for dinner. We love to cook and the social component is a great mix with a fabulous meal.

    • LEONA

      Our favorite way to connect as a family is by going camping together

    • Justrose

      Barbecues in the spring, summer and fall. Dinners in my house in the winter. We all love food, and it is a great way to spend time with family (and Friends) and connect and share stories.

    • murphy

      I really enjoy getting together every Sunday for dinner.

    • Tracydeanne

      My favorite way to connect is a wonderful family meal when all of my siblings and nieces are home to visit.

    • FreshnLocal

      I looked at their website and I love the sustainability and environmental focus of this wine! Very impressed.

    • Jenn

      Best way to reconnect is weekly or semi-weekly family dinners!

    • Chrissie

      My favorite way to connect with loved ones is over a great meal. We enjoy having the all the adults and kids around the table (no “kids’” table for us!). The table is crowded but the chatter and laughter fills my heart. The women cook and the men pair the wine and do the dishes. It’s always a great evening.

    • Anu

      I connect with my loved ones over a meal at either my house or their house or talking on the phone.

    • Maria G.

      I connect with my loved ones when I invite them over for a meal and a glass of wine and we sit around the table and talk.

    • BarbyC

      Holidays to me are all about getting together with family. I don’t care about all the other things, the meal is what really matters to me. I taught my kids to cook/bake/ help me from the time they could sit up on the counter. I seem to be famous for my chocolate chip cookies and cheesecake. We are a cookie/cheesecake/chicken family with lots of stories to share around the table. I make my own wine and we share that as well. Now that my children are mostly grown, we don’t get to enjoy this as often, and that makes these occasions even more treasured.

    • Julie

      my favorite way to connect is over a table filled with food and wine!

    • celt

      my favourite way to connect with my loved ones is to bake with my sons. They love measuring the ingredients, licking the bowl, and of course eating the cookies

    • flower

      Sunday dinner!

    • Erin Little

      Yum yum! I’m going to try this one for sure Gav. With the wine.
      I have to ask, do you and Ali manage to pull these dinners off on weeknights too? Or do you have simpler fare…prepare ahead? I have to know, I’m in a rut of the same 5 meals. BORING!

    • MJ

      Romance and wine?? Count me in!

    • Meg

      I would LOVE to win a trip to wine country!

    • Jen

      We just tried the white and we really enjoyed it. I love the input about pairing wines. Yummy looking recipe too, Gav. Looking forward to the next!

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