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Sunday, January 17, 2010


Dinner. A very important time in the fire house. It's one of the favorite topics of discussion early in the day at most stations. This particular day we had decided to just head to the store and see what struck our fancy. A lot of times it's whatever is on sale.

This time my captain suggested lasagna. Lasagna is one of my favorite meals so I had no problem with it. Once everyone agreed, the captain asked us, "Who knows how to cook it?" Back to square one. Once over on the pasta aisle (to look for the recipe on the back of a pack of lasagna noodles) my engineer spotted Gnocchi. For those of you who don't know, gnocchi is a potato based pasta. While trying to decide if we were going to make gnocchi we got into a debate as to the proper pronunciation. My captain was pronouncing it nyawnk-kee (kind of like donkey). We gave him a hard time asking where the second `n' was coming from. We laughed about this all the way to check out. Once back at the station, while the captain went back to his dorm, my engineer brought up on the computer and looked up the proper pronunciation of gnocchi. He then turned the volume all the way up and played it over and over again until we heard a very resigned "hey!" The funniest part was when the captain came out and actually listened to it he said, "See!! I was right!" To which my engineer and I looked at each other and burst into laughter.

I guess you had to be there. Dinner was great by the way.


brian said...

My wife was reading over my shoulder...

"Is that gnocchi? I LOVE gnocchi," she said.

"Relax, babe," I told her. "There's no way they actually made gnocchi."

Then we read on. Dang, I was wrong.

BTW, she pronounced it "nyoh-key," kinda like "No key."

Firefighter/Paramedic said...

We actually did make it and loved it. We eat well (almost as well as at my former department but not quite).

Katie said...

I noticed there were two pronunciations on the link, nock-y and nyo-key. So which one is right?? :p

Jeanette K. said...

Mmm, I haven't had gnocchi in FOREVER. I believe the correct pronunciation is nock-y. Or you can just sound it out (like I did the first time I had it) and sound like a complete idiot!

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