It was a melon dish made with some kind of hard cheese, ricotta salata I think. It was just nasty. It was from one of the Food Network chefs that we have always liked and had success with his recipes.
There have also been a couple of winging it, totally made up, off the cuff dishes, helped along in the process by a beer or 2 or 3, that someone made up in their head as they went along that have gotten thrown out and not eaten by either one of us over the years. But they are long forgotten and never to be discussed again.
There have also been some pretty good dishes made up that way too.
Don't give up on gnocchi cookie69. There's a few threads on here that can give you some pointers, 1 fairly recently when Master Chef had an episode this season with gnocchi being made. I want to try making gnocchi