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Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Recipes: Carla Neggers

Read our interview with Carla on our Interview Blog.
Carla Neggers' Recipes
SECRETS OF THE LOST SUMMER


Chive Butter

1 cup butter, softened
2 T. chopped fresh chives
2 tsp. chopped fresh parsley
Mix all together and chill for 2 to 3 hours (to blend flavors). Freezes well (up to one month).

Parsnip Chive Soup

1 large onion
1 garlic clove
4 T. olive oil
1 lb. parsnips, peeled, cut up
2 large apples, peeled, cut up
1 cup rutabaga, peeled, cut up
6 cups chicken or vegetable broth
¼ tsp. grated nutmeg
Heat oil and sauté onions and garlic until just starting to brown. Add broth to onion-garlic mixture and heat; add parsnips and rutabaga, bring to a boil, reduce heat, cover and simmer until almost tender; add apples and simmer until tender. Puree in food processor or blender and serve with chopped fresh chives and/or parsley and a sprinkle of fresh grated parmesan.

Oatmeal Dill Bread

Dissolve 1 pkg. yeast in ¼ c. lukewarm water. Soak 2 cups rolled oats in 4 cups of heated milk and let stand for ½ hour. Add ¼ c. melted butter and 1 T. salt. Add ¼ cup molasses or honey and the yeast mixture. Add 4 T. chopped dill or 1 T. chopped chives and 2 T. chopped dill. Stir in 10 to 11 cups all-purpose flour, enough to make a soft dough. Put on floured board or cloth and knead for 10 minutes. Let rise. Divide into loaves (2 to 3), place in pans, let rise again. Brush with melted butter and bake at 400 degrees F. for about 45 minutes (depending on size of loaves).

About the Author:
New York Times bestselling author Carla Neggers is always planning her next adventure – whether in life or for one of her novels. An accomplished wordsmith, she enjoys nothing more than taking her readers on an exciting – and often spine-tingling – journey into new and unexpected experiences. Today, she can claim more than 60 novels published around the world, with translations in 24 languages.
Carla starts most days just before the sun is up, stepping outside her home in the Vermont mountains for a brisk hike. She draws the fresh air into her lungs and lets her mind wander as she thinks about her latest work-in-progress. Once settled into her office overlooking the woods behind her house, she turns her attention to the richly textured, deeply atmospheric stories her readers have come to love.
She takes the craft of creating the world that surrounds the characters in each of her books seriously. Her novels have taken her on a number of adventures of her own, including to the top of the northeast’s highest peaks, onto a shooting range with a police academy instructor and into an ancient Irish stone circle at midnight as she scouts out locations and seeks the authenticity that imbues her writing.
Find the author online at:
www.CarlaNeggers.com
www.facebook.com/carlaneggers
www.twitter.com/carlaneggers
When a new home owner sends her absentee neighbor a letter telling him to clean up his run-down house, she has no idea that her simple request will unearth a generations-old mystery that will change both their lives forever. In SECRETS OF THE LOST SUMMER (MIRA Books, February 2012, $7.99 U.S./$9.99 CAN.) Carla Neggers pens a stirring novel of secrets lost in the shrouds of time, the sometimes rocky road of family relationships and bittersweet memories as she returns to her contemporary romance roots.

1 comment:

Debby said...

HI, great recipe. Thanks for sharing. Happy Valentine's Day
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