Apr 302017
 

Castelvetrano olives are a real joy. I discovered them in the Olive Bar at our local Heinan’s grocery store and have become addicted. They are buttery in flavor and not overly salty. They are great for snacking or in recipes. (Buy from the olive bar, the bottled ones are a little too briny.) So here’s a recipe I came up with to use them for a quick, but elegant dinner. I’ve made this 4 or 5 times in the past couple of months, so it’s time to add it to the website.

Tortellini with Castelvetrano Olives, Grape Tomatoes, & Basil

Prep Time: 45 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour

Yield: 4 generous servings

Ingredients

  • Pasta - 20 oz. fresh cheese tortellini
  • 1 large shallot, finely diced (about ¾ cup)
  • 2 large Jalapeno peppers, finely diced
  • 3 large cloves garlic, finely diced
  • 1 10 oz. package grape tomatoes, halved
  • 1 ½ cups Castelvetrano olives, pitted and quartered
  • 1 cup Parmesan cheese, grated
  • 1.5 oz. fresh basil, chopped (About 1 cup loose)
  • ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil

Instructions

  1. Cook pasta. Reserve ½ to 1 cup of water.
  2. Saute shallots, jalapeno peppers, and garlic in olive oil until translucent and slightly brown.
  3. Add halved grape tomatoes and pitted and quartered Castelvetrano olives and saute just a little bit.
  4. Add pasta water and parmesan and mix until slightly thickened.
  5. Mix with pasta and fresh chopped basil and serve.
http://karneyfamilyrecipes.com/2017/04/30/tortellini-with-castelvetrano-olives-grape-tomatoes-basil/

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Apr 092017
 

There is nothing like freshly made croutons to add the perfect finishing touch to a soup or a salad. I’ve been making these for a while and never thought much of it. I recently made them with soup for my friends Danielle and Bill. When they called me for the recipe, I knew it was time to add it to the website, so here we go. The trick is to use a good quality bread and extra-virgin olive oil.

Croutons (For Soup or Salad)

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

After you have made this a couple of times you'll figure out the amounts and how much heat to use. Really, it's pretty hard to screw up unless you aren't keeping an eye on it while it is toasting. Again, use a good quality bread (Avoid sandwich bread if possible) and your best extra-virgin olive oil.

Ingredients

  • Good quality Bread, a bit stale is OK
  • Extra-Virgin Olive Oil
  • Granulated Garlic
  • White Pepper, preferably freshly ground
  • Salt (If Desired)

Instructions

  1. Start with a good quality bread, Italian, French, Multi-Grain or any combination thereof. It's OK if the bread is a few days old and a good way to get rid of the ends of loaves. Slice the bread and dice into approximately 1 inch cubes.
  2. Heat a generous amount of olive oil,several tablespoons (Use a really good quality of oil) in a large frying pan over medium heat and throw in the bread cubes. Toss until coated with olive oil.
  3. Toast the bread for a few minutes and then sprinkle generously with granulated garlic, white pepper and a bit of salt if desired.
  4. Spray the tops of the cubes with more olive oil, and keep turning every few minutes until the cubes are browned. Adjust the heat so you don't burn the cubes. Fresh bread will take longer than stale bread.
  5. Remove from heat and enjoy! The cubes should be crisp on the outside but soft on the inside.
http://karneyfamilyrecipes.com/2017/04/09/croutons-for-soup-or-salad/

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Jan 192017
 

Apple Bran MuffinsThis is one of my favorites for a quick, healthy breakfast. I developed this recipe when the boys were young to try and come up with a muffin that wasn’t loaded with sugar, saturated fat and empty calories. It has reduced sugar, no trans-fat and lots of fiber and all the nutrients from apples and nuts.

As with many others, I’ve updated the recipe with Vegan options and have fun testing out these recipes on my Vegan friends. There are probably other Vegan substitutions, but this is the one I have tested.

Apple Bran Nut Muffins

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes

Yield: 12 Muffins

Serving Size: 1 Muffin

Calories: 250

Ingredients

  • 1 cup flour
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • ½ cup canola oil
  • 1 whole egg (1 Tbsp. ground chia and flax seeds & 3 Tbsp. water for Vegan)
  • ¾ cup milk (Almond milk for Vegan)
  • 1 ½ cup Kellogg's All-Bran Original cereal
  • 2 apples – sliced, peeled & chopped. Granny Smith apples are best.
  • ¾ cup walnuts or pecans (chopped)
  • 1 Tbsp. baking powder

Instructions

  1. Mix all ingredients together until well blended.
  2. Spoon into paper baking cups in a muffin tin. You'll need to heap the batter up over the top of the cups.
  3. Bake at 375° until done. (About ½ hour)

Notes

This is a very stiff batter that seems to be mostly apples, so you will need to heap it up over the top of the cups. This is OK, it will hold it's shape and just raise up a little bit.

http://karneyfamilyrecipes.com/2017/01/19/apple-bran-nut-muffins/

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Dec 212016
 

I created this recipe a number of years ago for Natalie when she was suffering from a bit of a cold since she is a big fan or ginger, garlic, and hot pepper. It provided some relief and we’ve been making ever since, whether we need it for its curative properties or not. Despite the fresh vegetables, we usually eat it in the fall and winter, as it is soothing for stuffed up noses and sore throats. Of course, spicy soup is always comforting in cold weather.

This recipe can be very flexible and you can adjust the amounts to your taste and by what vegetables are available. However, the key ingredients are lots of ginger and garlic, and some type of hot pepper. Mirin and Soy Sauce also help give the broth it’s characteristic flavor, so don’t omit or skimp on these items. You can leave the soup with just vegetables — I usually add shrimp but cooked pork would probably be good, or tofu to keep it vegan or vegetarian. If your head is really stuffed up, increase the amounts of ginger, garlic, and hot pepper. You have my word that you’ll feel a lot better after a hot bowl of this soup.

Ginger-Garlic Spicy Oriental Vegetable Soup

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes

Yield: 4 Servings

Ingredients

  • 3 to 4 inch piece of ginger, grated
  • 3-4 large cloves of garlic, minced
  • I large jalapeno pepper, finely diced, or hot pepper flakes
  • 2 Tbsp Olive oil
  • 1 package Shitake mushrooms, stems removed and sliced
  • 1 large carrot, matchstick cut
  • 1 Baby Bok Choy, sliced at about 1/4 inch, including leaves
  • 1 cup snow pea pods sliced on an angle
  • Green onions, diced
  • Bean sprouts
  • 48 oz. broth, I use "Imagine" vegetarian no-chicken broth
  • 3 Tbsp Aji Mirin, rice wine
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp Lite soy sauce
  • Tofu, shrimp or pork (If desired)

Instructions

  1. Fry the ginger, garlic and pepper in oil over medium heat until softened.
  2. Add the mushrooms and continue cooking a few minutes until the mushrooms are softened.
  3. Add the broth, turn the heat to high, and add the Mirin and part of the soy sauce.
  4. Stir and taste, adding soy sauce to get the proper amount of saltiness. The amount needed will vary depending on your choice of broth.
  5. Keep the broth warm until you are ready to serve, then add all of the vegetables except the bean sprouts and green onions. Turn up the heat and bring to a boil and cook for a minute or two.
  6. Add the shrimp, pork or tofu if desired and heat through.
  7. Put some bean sprouts in the bottom of each bowl and ladle the soup in.
  8. Everyone can top with green onions to their taste.

Notes

As stated in the description, you can vary most of the amounts and the ingredients according to your preferences. The key ingredients are lots of garlic and ginger and some type of hot pepper, so don't omit or skimp on these The Mirin and soy sauce give the broth it's flavor so don't omit those. i think the Shitake or at least some type of mushroom is essential also. Experiment with vegetable types and amounts. The protein is optional. i always add shrimp, but tofu or pork or nothing is acceptable. Enjoy!

http://karneyfamilyrecipes.com/2016/12/21/ginger-garlic-spicy-oriental-vegetable-soup/

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Oct 272016
 
Butternut Squash Soup

Butternut Squash Soup

I always hate to see the warm days of summer go, but one bright spot as the cold short days of fall and winter arrive is a nice hot bowl of Butternut Squash soup and a fresh warm piece of good, hearth baked multi-grain or rye bread. This is a savory, spicy soup with just a hint of sweetness. It’s relatively easy to make if you have an immersion blender and a large batch will provide meals for a couple of days along with some to freeze.

I tend to modify the recipe according to which vegetables I have on hand. To change up the recipe a bit, add a couple of large chopped jalapeno peppers and saute with the onions. My current recipe uses 2 large parsnips and 4 large carrots instead of the potatoes.

Butternut Squash Soup

Prep Time: 25 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 Butternut Squash (2-3 pounds each)
  • 2 Tbsp. Olive Oil
  • 2 large or 3 medium Onions
  • 2 large jalapeno peppers (optional)
  • 2 large parsnips and 4 large carrots or 2 large Potatoes
  • 10 cups Low-Sodium Chicken Broth or Vegetable Broth
  • 15-20 Fresh Sage leaves (or dried sage)
  • Paprika
  • Fresh-Ground Nutmeg
  • White Pepper to taste
  • Salt if needed
  • Green Onions or Chives (chopped)

Instructions

  1. Peel, seed and cube the squash.
  2. Peel and cube the parsnips and carrots or the potatoes.
  3. Chop the onions and the peppers if you are using them.
  4. In a large pot, saute the onions and peppers in the oil until they are translucent and just start to brown.
  5. Add the squash and the parsnips and carrots, or the potatoes to the pot and then add the broth until the vegetables are almost covered.
  6. Bring to a simmer and cook until the vegetables are tender, about 15-20 minutes.
  7. When the cooking is almost done, Chop the sage and add it to the pot.
  8. Use a hand blender to puree the soup.**
  9. Season with paprika, nutmeg, salt and white pepper.***
  10. Taste and add more salt and white pepper if necessary.
  11. Serve with chopped green onions or chives.

Notes

* I use my favorite vegetable broth called "No Chicken", made by Imagine, which makes for a vegetarian and vegan recipe. You can substitute chicken broth or your favorite vegetable broth.

** If you don't have a hand blender, you can remove the cooked vegetables with a slotted spoon and puree them in a blender or food processor and then return the puree to the soup pot. This is a messy and time-consuming way of doing this, so if you like the recipe, splurge and buy yourself a hand blender.

*** For this recipe I usually grate a whole nutmeg seed into the pot and also season with a considerable amount of white pepper to give the soup a bit of a bite, but add it to your own taste. I add some paprika for color. Taste before you add salt as the soup may be salty enough from the broth.

http://karneyfamilyrecipes.com/2016/10/27/butternut-squash-soup/

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