Jan’s Cardamom Triple Ginger Cookies

Adapted from an Epicurious recipe

Like a lot of house bound people wife Jan is starting to bake. Cookies make her happy. So she decided to bake some.

Chai with Jan’s Cardamom Triple Ginger Cookies

Chai with Jan’s Cardamom Triple Ginger Cookies

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Karl’s New York Style Bagels

Adapted from a Sophisticated Gourmet recipe

My family has been hankering for bagels, but with the current crisis I am not going to rush out and buy some. Looking online, I found a reasonable recipe and I gave it a try. It was incredibly easy and put all of the store bought bagels to shame.

Karl’s New York Style Bagels

Karl’s New York Style Bagels

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Karl’s Apple Oat Muffins

My wife Jan had a hunger for oat muffins/cookies. She sent me a recipe and I disagreed with almost everything about it—too much flour, oil, and sugar, not enough oats or cinnamon. While I very loosely based this on that recipe, I changed almost everything.

Karl’s Apple Oat Muffins

Karl’s Apple Oat Muffins

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Karl’s Crisis Tortilla Soup

In the past, I have railed against “add can one to can two” recipes. Given the current Covid crisis, I find I must change my opinion on this subject. When you cannot go out shopping every day for fresh food, all you may have are a couple of cans of foods. Needs must!

Karl’s Crisis Tortilla Soup

Karl’s Crisis Tortilla Soup

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Karl’s Hamantaschen

Adapted from a Bon Appetit recipe

My daughter Eilene loves hamantaschen. She has been asking for weeks for these Jewish festive treats served for Purim. These triangular cookies are filled with a variety of sweet fillings—wife Jan and Eilene’s favorite is the traditional poppy seed.

Karl’s Hamantaschen

Karl’s Hamantaschen

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Karl’s Super Food Soup with Chicken

Daughter Miriam is on an elimination diet and can only eat protein and leafy greens—no seeds (including black pepper), nuts, or root vegetables. Added to the problem she has with the Allium family—garlic and onions—this is proving quite the culinary challenge. For Sunday dinner, I am making a soup with several greens—kale, escarole, and watercress—leaf herbs—such as thyme and summer savory—and poached chicken.

Karl’s Super Food Soup with Chicken

Karl’s Super Food Soup with Chicken

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Karl’s Pistachio and Apricot Oat Muffins

Wife Jan asked for oat muffins for breakfast, while I was up to my elbows in flour making hand pies, I said I would do it. Normally, I would make banana oat muffins with pecans and blueberries, but when I checked my supplies I found I had neither bananas nor pecans. However I did have plenty of pistachios and apricots—and a new variation of the recipe was born.

Karl’s Pistachio and Apricot Oat Muffins

Karl’s Pistachio and Apricot Oat Muffins

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Karl’s Ham and Cheese Hand Pies

Earlier this week I made beef and spinach hand pies. I ran out of filling and I was left with two lumps of dough. Thinking quickly I shredded some slices of ham and grated some cheese to fill the last two pies. Wife Jan asked me to make more, but not willing to make these pies exactly the same I decided to add some green onion.

Karl’s Ham and Cheese Hand Pies

Karl’s Ham and Cheese Hand Pies
For breakfast stick a poached egg in the hole

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Karl’s Beef and Spinach Hand Pies

I have not posted in a while, between company and other commitments, I found I could cook or write about cooking. I love stuffed breads—a meal in a handy bread pocket,  whether you call them samsa, pasties, samosa, or bierock—the major difference between all of these pocket breads is the type of starch that you use to wrap around the savory filling. These filling delights also have a second advantage in that—with one preparation—you can feed a family of three for several meals.

Karl’s Beef and Spinach Hand Pies

Karl’s Beef and Spinach Hand Pies

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Karl’s Palestinian Kofta with Sesame Sauce

My sister came for a visit and I told her that I was making kūbide—a Persian mixture of lamb and beef with sumac that is grilled and usually served either plain with rice or bread. I was rather free with my ingredients and—when I started to write up the recipe—I realized that what I had ended up with could not really be called kūbide—which is a specific kind of Persian kofta.

Karl’s Palestinian Kofta with Sesame Sauce

Karl’s Palestinian Kofta with Sesame Sauce

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