A quick trick to test the doneness of your beef. The fleshy part of your palm mimics the tenderness of your beef. For example, if you like your steak rare, your beef should be as soft as your palm while it's wide open and relaxed.
For chicken gnocchi soup recipe also. I LOVE this idea! After making soup, freeze it in plastic cups to make individual serving sizes to eat later. (The Redheaded Princess: Creamy Chicken and Gnocchi Soup)