Ricotta gnudi from Stir: Mix ricotta, 2 eggs (book calls for 1, but I used 2 because mixture seemed dry), a little flour and Parmesan. Form into small dumplings, score with a fork as you might peanut butter cookies. Freeze for an hour then boil. Serve with Barbara Lynch's basic marinara sauce (tomatoes, red pepper flakes, onion, garlic). Easy. Stupendous. Not a scrap left over for the chickens.
Speaking of which, the chickens have taken to hiding their eggs. In the last two days we've found 24 eggs hidden around the yard, including a cache of thirteen in the overgrown tomato patch. Later, I found the bantam hen sitting on a clutch of 9 tiny eggs on top of the coop. I know they don't harbor salmonella, but how long have they been sitting out there? Weeks? Months?