Pasta Primavera

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Mar 272015

Natalie found this recipe many years ago in a magazine or newspaper and has been making it ever since. It’s been modified a little from the original, but we always try to make recipes our own.  This is a nice summery vegetarian meal that goes extremely well with a glass of crisp white wine.

Pasta Primavera
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Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Category: Main Entrees, Pasta, Vegetarian

Author: Mark Karney

Servings: 8 Main dish servings.


  • ½ lb. mostaccioli or rotini
  • ¾ stick of butter
  • 2 cups sliced fresh broccoli
  • 3 medium carrots, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup diced green onions
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 tsp. dried basil
  • ½ tsp. black pepper
  • Salt to taste
  • 3 cups sliced fresh mushrooms
  • 12 oz. pea pods
  • ½ cup dry white wine
  • Fresh grated parmesan cheese


  • Cook the pasta until tender, drain and keep warm.
  • Melt the butter in a large skillet and stir in broccoli, carrot, garlic, basil, salt and pepper.
  • Cook for 6 to 7 minutes until the broccoli is just tender.
  • Add the mushrooms and cook for two minutes more.
  • Add the peapods, onion, and wine, cover, and cook for two more minutes making sure that the vegetables are crisp tender.
  • Taste and adjust seasonings.
  • Toss the vegetable mixture with the pasta and serve with fresh grated Parmesan cheese.
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Mushroom Walnut Paté

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Dec 072013

I found the basis for this recipe on the web and did my usual modifications to spice it up a bit. We served it for our Friday night group and it was an instant hit. It takes a little more effort than a typical simple spread, but is every bit worth the effort.

Mushroom Walnut Paté
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Prep Time: 45 minutes

Category: Appetizers, Dips and Spreads, Vegetarian

Author: Mark Karney

Servings: 2 cups


  • 2 oz. (4 Tbs.) unsalted butter
  • 1 large yellow onion, halved and thinly sliced into half moons
  • 4 fresh thyme sprigs or about 1 tsp. of dried thyme
  • 12 oz. cremini (baby bella) mushrooms, diced.
  • 8 oz. shiitake mushrooms, stems removed, diced (2 cups)
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp.Porcini powder
  • 4 Tbsp. dry sherry
  • 1 cup walnuts, toasted
  • 1 large clove garlic, minced
  • 1/2 tsp. fresh lemon juice; more to taste
  • Cayenne pepper. (Add a little to taste if desired.)
  • 3 hard-cooked eggs, peeled and roughly chopped
  • Thinly sliced scallion greens or chives, for garnish


  • Preheat oven to 375 F. Put the walnuts on a baking sheet and toast them in the oven until they become lightly browned and aromatic. Be careful not to burn them. Remove them from the heat and set aside to cool. (If you start with whole walnuts, rather than chopped, you'll be less likely to burn them.)
  • Melt the butter in a large skillet over medium heat and add the onions & thyme. Raise the heat and cook the onions, stirring frequently, until they are translucent.
  • Lower the heat and continue cooking until the onions caramelize. Stir the onions frequently, you want them to caramelize to a deep rich brown, but not burn. This will take about 15 minutes.
  • Add the mushrooms and thyme and stir them in to combine.
  • Season with about 1/2 tsp. salt and 1/2 tsp. of black pepper. Raise the heat to medium to high, and continue cooking. Stir occasionally, until the mushrooms have released their liquid and the liquid has evaporated. This will take about 8 to 10 minutes.
  • Stir in the sherry, scraping the pan to remove the browned bits of fond. Cook about a minute or two until most of the sherry has been reduced. Remove the pan from the heat and cool to room temperature.
  • When cool, transfer about half of the mushroom and onion mixture to the food processor. Add the toasted walnuts, garlic, lemon juice, porcini powder, 1/2 tsp. salt and 1/2 tsp black pepper and process until smooth, scraping down the sides of the container as needed.
  • Taste and adjust seasonings adding salt, pepper, lemon juice and cayenne as desired.
  • Add the remaining mushroom and onion mixture and the chopped eggs. Pulse until coarsely chopped and well combined. Again, adjust seasonings to taste.
  • Serve with a sprinkling of chives or scallion greens if desired. This is especially good on dark rye bread.
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Beef-Mushroom Wine Sauce

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Feb 292012

I put this recipe together to put over meatloaf, but it would be excellent on any type of steak. It doesn’t take long to make and is lower in fat than regular gravy.

Beef-Mushroom Wine Sauce
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Category: Main Entrees, Sauce & Condiment

Author: Mark Karney


  • 1 large shallot
  • 6 oz. Cremini or Baby Bella mushrooms
  • 2 Tbsp. flour
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 can (10 ½ oz.) Campbell’s Beef Consomme
  • ½ cup dry red wine
  • 1 ½ tsp. Worcestershire Sauce
  • Black Pepper


  • Slice shallot thinly, slice and chop mushrooms to desired size.
  • Saute shallot and mushrooms in the olive oil over high heat until shallot is translucent the mushrooms begin to shrink.
  • Remove from heat and sprinkle the flour on the mixture and stir in until the flour absorbs the fat and juices and no white flour is visible.
  • Return the pan to medium heat and stir in the Beef Consomme, wine and Worcestershire Sauce and stir continuously until the sauce begins to thicken. Season with black pepper and reduce to desired consistency.
  • Serve over beef and meatloaf.


This sauce is rather thin. If you would like it to be more like gravy, add more olive oil and flour.

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