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Karl’s Italian Wedding Soup without Garlic and Onions

Daughter Miriam asked for a vegetable forward soup fir this Sunday’s  dinner. I decided on an Italian Wedding Soup. What defines an Italian Wedding Soup—according to Wikipedia—are green vegetables, meat (usually meatballs), chicken broth, and usually some kind of small pasta. I can see that for a large wedding feast you would want to keep it simple, but this was for a family dinner—I decided to bump up the vegetables.

Karl’s Italian Wedding Soup without Garlic and Onions

Karl’s Italian Wedding Soup
without Garlic and Onions

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Karl’s Minestrone with Chicken Meatballs

Daughter Miriam is having trouble with her jaw, so she needs soft foods. She is also off onions and garlic. I decided that a specially adapted minestrone soup would be a good choice for Sunday dinner.

Karl’s Minestrone with Chicken Meatballs

Karl’s Minestrone with Chicken Meatballs

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Karl’s Baked Italian Chicken

As my main dish to go with my farro salad, I decided to bake some chicken. When I was a child—in the ‘60s—my mother would bake chicken drenched in Wishbone Italian dressing—son-in-law pointed out that her remembered that this recipe was actually on the bottle. Since I had already made more dressing that I needed for my salad I decided to replicate this fondly remembered dish.

Karl’s Baked Italian Chicken

Karl’s Baked Italian Chicken

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Karl’s Italian Dressing

I was planning two dishes for Sunday’s dinner that I needed Italian dressing for—a farro salad and a roast chicken—but I did not want to use bottled dressing. While I looked at several dressing recipes online I did not really follow any of them—I was just seeing what they considered the range of herbs to use might be. Many of them included powdered garlic and onion, but daughter Miriam is “off” these ingredients, so they have been omitted.Note Feel free to add them back, if you wish.

Karl’s Italian Dressing

Karl’s Italian Dressing

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Karl’s Spinach and Prosciutto Calzone

Last week, son-in-law Chris asked for calzone for his birthday meal, but he waited too long—the pizza dough takes at least 3 day to be properly cold-risen. When I make pizza dough it produces enough to make 3 pizzas—a calzone is really just a folded over pizza. I plan to use only tow thirds of this dough for this meal. This dough freezes really well and I will save the third portion for another day. A Caesar salad completes the meal.

Karl’s Spinach and Prosciutto Calzone

Karl’s Spinach and Prosciutto Calzone

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Karl’s Artichoke and Basil Calzone

Last week, son-in-law Chris asked for calzone for his birthday meal, but he waited too long—the pizza dough takes at least 3 day to be properly cold-risen. When I make pizza dough it produces enough to make 3 pizzas—a calzone is really just a folded over pizza. I had planned to use only two thirds of this dough for this meal, but the fillings I made required me to use all of the dough—dinner for tomorrow. A Caesar salad completes the meal.

Karl’s Artichoke and Basil Calzone

Karl’s Artichoke and Basil Calzone

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Karl’s Caesar Salad without Garlic

Adapted from a Bon Appetit recipe

I’m making calzoni for son-in-law, Chris’s birthday. While I am putting vegetables in both kinds of calzone—1, 2—I still think the meal needs more vegetable matter. A Caesar salad seems culturally appropriate for an Italian meal.

Karl’s Caesar Salad without Garlic

Karl’s Caesar Salad without Garlic

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Karl’s Tuscan Chicken Soup without Garlic and Onions

This Sunday’s dinner was a bit of a negotiation. Daughter Miriam has had difficulty with garlic and onions lately. She had thought that it was getting better, but she pushed it too far and paid the price.

Karl’s Tuscan Chicken Soup without Garlic and Onions

Karl’s Tuscan Chicken Soup
without Garlic and Onions

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Karl’s Homemade Pasta Sauce

Last week Jan’s farmer friend dropped pounds of tomatoes on us. To preserve them, I turned them into three quarts of a simple tomato sauce—just tomatoes and a bit of salt. This allowed me the greatest flexibility when I decided what to use the sauce in a recipe— meaning it did not lock me into Italian cuisine, like so many of the sauces on-line.

Karl’s Homemade Pasta Sauce

Karl’s Homemade Pasta Sauce

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Karl’s Soft Food Chicken Orzo Italiano

Daughter Miriam is coming over to work on an article with her mother. She is on a soft food diet for her TMJ and is suffering from an illness that prevents her from eating anything in the leek family. Her sister, Eilene, just had a dental implant, so she is on a soft food diet as well.

Karl’s Soft Food Chicken Orzo Italiano

Karl’s Soft Food Chicken Orzo Italiano

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