Bakeaholic Mama: Braised Maple Walnut Chicken and Apples with Sweet Potato Gnicchi

It’s official fall has started for me. I know we have over a month before the calender declares it so.

Schools are back in session, the nights and mornings are getting cooler, apples are ripe my garden is almost kaput.

Some of you may not be ready to let go of the beach days, big slices of juice watermelon, iced cold lemonade, the bikini…..

Me I am packing it all away pulling out the turtlenecks and wool socks. Bring it on mother nature this girl is ready for blustery cold mornings, naked trees, and wait for it……. snow.

Because I am so hurriedly trying to push summer out and fall through the door. I have switched cooking modes, no more grilling it’s time for slow cooking, anything that requires using an oven, apples, sweet potatoes, pumpkin.

To kick my “fall” season a whole month early. I have had this recipe for sweet potato gnocchi burning a whole in my brain since June when I helped Mary Ann  Esposito create a similar dish, for the taping of her show, Ciao Italia at King Arthur Flour.

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diana escobar

Dear Mary Ann:

Just to let you know that I love your program and I watch every saturday afternoon at PBS-SoCal and I have made several of your recipes and they turned out delicious.
I know it’s getting harder for you but please don’t stop your program it brings me a lot of joy.
I have been in Italy and I feel that I belong there and I just love the food.
Thank you Mary Ann and God Bless you,

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