Jessica E. Thomas: Author, Mother, Vlogger

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Beef and Bean Vegetable Soup

Beef and Bean Vegetable Soup

It’s April and it’s snowing, so I think it’s the perfect time to fix a hearty soup! I have beef and bean veggie soup in my crockpot right now as part of my food prep for the week, and I know it will sustain me […]

Gluten Free Whole Grain Chocolate Chip Cookies

Gluten Free Whole Grain Chocolate Chip Cookies

Today’s post is all about… Chocolate chip cookies!! Who doesn’t love chocolate chip cookies? (Not me! I mean…me!!! Wait. Double negatives are hard.) Whenever we made homemade chocolate chip cookies when I was growing up, I ate through them voraciously. That’s partly because chocolate chip […]

Juice Pops

Juice Pops

The Hubs’ Starbucks bill has been creeping up lately. When I asked him what on earth he’d been drinking, he informed me that minion #3 requires a cake pop every time he goes through the drive through. One of her aunties got her started on […]

Who Is Pretty Odd?

Who Is Pretty Odd?

My name is Jessica E. Thomas. I live in the tension between Pretty and Odd. I am: A girl who grew up on Star Trek and Carl Sagan, who started wearing glasses at the age of nine. A woman who had severe postpartum depression after […]

Let’s Get This Garden Started!

Let’s Get This Garden Started!

Progress on the garden hasn’t been as quick as I’d like it to be, but no worries, we had frost warnings a little over a week ago. Since Spring has been dilly-dallying, I haven’t really lost that much time. We did get the corn planted […]

Novels novels everywhere and not a minute to write…

Novels novels everywhere and not a minute to write…

The Blog Everyday in May thing didn’t last long. I got bored of it real quick. (Or if we’re using proper grammar, that’s “really quickly”.) Oh look! Something shiny! Today’s something shiny is a novel I started about four years ago. I didn’t get very […]

Mother’s Day and other bits

Mother’s Day and other bits

It was a rainy week last week, with bits of sun and color. We’ve started a walking challenge at work, and initially I thought I’d need to buy a pedometer to track my steps, but a friend clued me in that modern phones now have […]

Noah Gabba Gabba and April Wrap Up

Noah Gabba Gabba and April Wrap Up

It’s been a busy spring at the Thomas residence. This past week was particularly…interesting? I came down with a cold last Sunday and missed a total of 8 hours of work between Monday and Tuesday. As soon as my fever broke (it was as high […]

Garden Party

Garden Party

It’s more like February outside, with the snow, sleet, and whatever other frozen thing Mother Nature can concoct, but at my house, we’re still holding out hope that spring will arrive soon. As such, we are preparing for our garden. I’ve had a garden in […]

Guitar Tunes and Gnocchi

Guitar Tunes and Gnocchi

It’s Sunday at the Thomas residence, so what else is there to do but strum out-of-tune guitars and make gnocchi? (See vlog below for full explanation.) The Recipe I’ve never made gnocchi before, and I wanted to start with a simple recipe. I found a […]


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It’s Sunday at the Thomas residence, so what else is there to do but strum out-of-tune guitars and make gnocchi? (See vlog below for full explanation.)

The Recipe

I’ve never made gnocchi before, and I wanted to start with a simple recipe. I found a gnocchi recipe by Martha Stewart and decided to give it a go. I also watched this video, and it’s a good thing I did, because I probably would have kneaded the dough too long. Turns out you hardly have to knead it at all.

Oh, and the simple technique for making authentic looking gnocchi that the lady talks about in the video? (Roll the dumpling down a fork?) Not so simple. I ended up pressing the fork against the dumpling—once on each side—and then, when my feet began to hurt from standing, I simply decided to forego the fork marks altogether.

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Next time I make gnocchi, I’ll make smaller dumplings. I also plan to experiment with whole grain and gluten free alternatives, and maybe even substitute russets with sweet potatoes.

The Soup

I featured my homemade gnocchi in a copycat recipe of Olive Garden’s chicken and gnocchi soup. My gnocchi held together and floated to the top of the simmering soup as they are supposed to.

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I must say, they were quite yummy in the soup. Much better than store bought, pre-made gnocchi. (Lot’s more work too. But worth it. I think.)

The Verdict

My oldest son doesn’t like gnocchi, and he didn’t like mine. My middle child won’t eat anything but hot dogs and cheese quesadillas with the occasional fish stick. And my husband said the soup didn’t taste quite right. So, I’m chalking it up as a success.

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Next time I will alter the copycat recipe by reducing the amount of thyme by half, and by reducing some of the cream in favor of chicken broth, for a slightly lighter soup. And as I mentioned, I will make smaller gnocchi. (Gnocchis?) With those minor adjustments, the soup will no doubt be perfect. I think.

The Vlog

Check out the video of my experiment below: