Karl’s Salt and Pepper Sesame Crackers

Since I started making fresh cream crackers, I have made many variations on the basic cream cracker. I have made them with sesame seeds, rosemary and parmesan, raspberries, za’atar, and even French onion soup. This week, I decided to seasoned them with black pepper and thyme.

Karl’s Salt and Pepper Sesame Crackers

Karl’s Salt and Pepper Sesame Crackers

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Karl’s Triple Ginger Biscotti

Every Christmas we make cookies to give away and just about every year we think up a new variation of old favorites. I usually make almond biscotti. Jan suggest doing a ginger biscotti this year.

Karl’s Triple Ginger Biscotti

Karl’s Triple Ginger Biscotti

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Karl’s Weekday Beef Chili III

I have posted weekday chili before (1 & 2), but my followers will know that I can rarely make the same dish the same way twice. This time I did not want to make a huge pot of beans, just enough for 4-5 person/meals. I have stripped down the ingredients list, but recently I have discovered that adding some Better than Bouillon greatly enhances the flavor of soups and stews.

Karl’s Weekday Beef Chili III

Karl’s Weekday Beef Chili III

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Karl’s Weeknight Pasta

Eilene’s friends are coming over again. Fortunately, she gave me a two hour notice this time. What do I have on hand to feed them—some leftover Italian sausage, pasta sauce and rotini.

Karl’s Weeknight Pasta

Karl’s Weeknight Pasta
I forgot to take a picture and this is all that was left

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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 Spicy Chicken with Pan Fried Noodles without Garlic and Onions

My Spicy Chicken with Pan Fried Noodles is one of my daughters favorite dishes. Unfortunately, daughter Miriam is “off” onions and garlic at the moment. However, this is a dish that is dominated by onions and garlic—a whole large yellow onion, 8-10 cloves of garlic, and tablespoons of chili garlic sauce. Making it taste even close to the original is going to be quite the challenge.

Karl’s Spicy Chicken with Pan Fried Noodles without Garlic and Onions

Karl’s Spicy Chicken with Pan Fried Noodles
without Garlic and Onions

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Karl’s Salt and Pepper Mushrooms

My family loves salt and pepper chicken wings. I wondered if I could make a vegetarian version with meaty tasting mushrooms. Daughter Miriam would love it— daughter Eilene won’t touch it.

Karl’s Salt and Pepper Mushrooms

Karl’s Salt and Pepper Mushrooms

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Karl’s Mango Rice Pudding

Daughter Eilene had wanted Thai mango rice, but we were ordering dinner from a Chinese restaurant. Mother and daughter went on about how much they liked mango—personally I can take it or leaver it. To please them, I decided to make mango rice pudding.

Karl’s Mango Rice Pudding

Karl’s Mango Rice Pudding

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Karl’s Italian Crackers

Since I started making fresh cream crackers, I have made many variations on the basic recipe. I have made them with sesame seeds, rosemary and parmesan, raspberries, za’atar, and even French onion soup. This week, I decided to seasoned them with Italian spices—oregano and  basil—with Parmesan and Romano cheeses.

Karl’s Italian Crackers

Karl’s Italian Crackers

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Karl’s Barbecued Big Plate Chicken (Da Pan Ji)

Jan asked for Central Asian barbecued chicken—at our house this means Uyghur. However—do to the scarcity of fuel—the Uyghurs would never barbecue chicken. A signature dish of the Xinjiang region is Big Plate Chicken (Da Pan Ji). I decided to adapt the flavors of this usually wok sautéed dish into a barbecue sauce for the grill.

Karl’s Barbecued Big Plate Chicken (Da Pan Ji)

Karl’s Barbecued Big Plate Chicken (Da Pan Ji)

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