Karl’s Deconstructed Stuffed Turkey without Onions

Note: Life has been a bit chaotic for the last few weeks, so I am way behind on posting some of my recipes. I have still been cooking and scribbling notes, but organizing them into something anyone else would understand has been slow.

Thanksgiving's Dinner

Thanksgiving’s Dinner

This was a Thanksgiving of two turkeys. Daughter Miriam had gone off with Chris for Thanksgiving with his mother. As a result, we decided to have the feast on the following Sunday. On Thanksgivings Day, Jan though it would be a good opportunity to have two of her half-brothers meet for the first time. Continue reading

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Karl’s Mandarin Sweet Potatoes

I have pretty much found my preferred way of making my Thanksgiving turkey. I use Thanksgiving dinner to create new and interesting sides to go with the bird. Today, I was inspired to make a new twist on sweet potato casserole using the mandarin marmalade I made a few weeks ago.

Karl’s Mandarin Sweet Potatoes

Karl’s Mandarin Sweet Potatoes

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Jan’s Cocktail Cranberry Sauce

While I have many recipes that I tinker with, wife Jan has her own dishes with which to play. She really likes cranberry sauce, but she is still looking for the perfect recipe—sauce 1, sauce 2, sauce 3. She felt that sometimes adding ground spices left some of her sauces “gritty.” This Thanksgiving she decided to use a cocktail of spice/fruit flavored liqueurs.

Jan’s Cocktail Cranberry Sauce

Jan’s Cocktail Cranberry Sauce

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Karl’s Moroccan Meatloaf with Onion Gravy

We have had company for the last several days, so I wanted a Sunday dinner that was not hours of preparation. An American standard meal of meatloaf, potatoes, and green beans seemed like a good idea. Of course, I could not make it that simple I had to get spontaneously creative.

Karl’s Moroccan Meatloaf with Onion Gravy

Karl’s Moroccan Meatloaf with Onion Gravy

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Claudia’s Meatloaf

Before I left home for the first time, I sat down with my mother’s recipe box and wrote down my favorite dishes.  The recipe below is all that was written on both sides of my mother’s 3 x 5 card. When my siblings got together to combine all of the recipes we saved, one of my sisters had a different variation our mother uses of this iconic 1950’s American staple.

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Karl’s Marjoram and Parsley Potatoes

We have had company for the last several days, so I wanted a Sunday dinner that was not hours of preparation. An American standard meal of meatloaf, potatoes, and green beans seemed like a good idea. Of course, I could not make it that simple I had to get spontaneously creative.

Karl’s Marjoram and Parsley Potatoes

Karl’s Marjoram and Parsley Potatoes

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Karl’s Harcourt Verts with Pear Sauce

We have had company for the last several days, so I wanted a Sunday dinner that was not hours of preparation.  An American standard meal of meatloaf, potatoes, and green beans seemed like a good idea. Of course, I could not make it that simple I had to get spontaneously creative.

Karl’s Harcourt Verts with Pear Sauce

Karl’s Harcourt Verts with Pear Sauce

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Karl’s Japanese Curry Chicken Wings

One thing I like to do is to take a traditional recipe and put a California spin on it. Daughters Miriam and Eilene love Japanese curry. I decided to take the curry out of the stew and marinate my chicken wings with it.

Karl’s Japanese Curry Chicken Wings

Karl’s Japanese Curry Chicken Wings

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Karl’s Curry Powder for Japanese Curry

I am making a twist on Japanese curry this Sunday. I did not want to use the commercial curry cubes that most recipes for Japanese curry call for. Looking on-line at some recipes for Japanese curry spice blends, I created my own blend.

Karl’s Curry Powder for Japanese Curry

Karl’s Curry Powder for Japanese Curry

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Karl’s Japanese Lightly Marinated Cucumbers

I had marinated the vegetables for the potato salad that I made to go with my Japanese curry wings. This left a half cup of slightly used pickle marinade that I did not want to waste. I decided to slice some cucumber and lightly marinate it for a second side dish.

Karl’s Japanese Lightly Marinated Cucumbers

Karl’s Japanese Lightly Marinated Cucumbers

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