Karl’s Ginger White Peach Jam II

Wife Jan has started research for her next book and is interviewing the denizens of Silicon Valley again. She cannot afford to pay the people who talk to her, but she wanted to show her appreciation for taking up their time. She asked me to whip up some jam to give them. It is stone fruit season, so white peach jam seemed appropriate.

Karl’s Ginger White Peach Jam II

Karl’s Ginger White Peach Jam II

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Karl’s Cock-a-Leekie Soup

Wife Jan has just had dental work and needs something soft and filling, a tasty soup would fit the bill. Cock-a-leekie soup is a traditional Scottish soup from the 16th Century when Scotland and France were aligned against England. Originally a French chicken and onion soup, the Scots used their local ingredients—leeks and barley to make a similar soup.

Karl’s Cock-a-Leekie Soup

Karl’s Cock-a-Leekie Soup

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Karl’s Chinese Chive Stem and Sichuan Pickle Stir Fry

I tend to make some Chinese dish at least once a week for a week day meal—this comes from having spent several years in Asia. Wife Jan really likes mapo doufu and it makes frequent appearances on these nights. However, mapo dofu has little in the way of green vegetable matter—beyond some green onion—so I tend to make a vegetable stir fry as a second dish.

Karl’s Chinese Chive Stem and Sichuan Pickle Stir Fry

Karl’s Chinese Chive Stem and Sichuan Pickle Stir Fry

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Jan’s Father’s Day Orange Oatmeal Chocolate Chunk Cookies 

Adapted from Quaker Oats Famous Oatmeal Cookies

Father’s day is here and wife Jan decided to make me cookies. While she wanted to make healthy oatmeal raisin cookies, I usually prefer chocolate chip. We compromised.

Jan’s Father’s Day Orange Oatmeal Chocolate Chunk Cookies 

Jan’s Father’s Day Orange Oatmeal Chocolate Chunk Cookies

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Karl’s Miso Teriyaki Barbecued Salmon

I was craving Japanese food this week, so I decided that that would be the theme for my Sunday dinner. In particular, I wanted barbecued teriyaki salmon. Today, I wondered what would happen if I mixed miso into my teriyaki sauce.

Karl’s Miso Teriyaki Barbecued Salmon

Karl’s Miso Teriyaki Barbecued Salmon

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Karl’s Teriyaki Grilled Green Onions

I am making miso teriyaki salmon for Sunday’s dinner. While I made several pickles I still wanted to have some onions. Daughter Miriam is off onions, so even dishes that I would normally have add onions to I had made them without. The last bag of green onions I had bought had had large white stems (⅜+ inches thick) with very little of the green tops—perfect for grilling.

Karl’s Teriyaki Grilled Green Onions

Karl’s Teriyaki Grilled Green Onions

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Karl’s Tofu and Wakami Miso Soup

I am making barbecued salmon for Sunday’s dinner. A traditional Japanese meal consists of a soup and three sides—the rice goes without saying—and this usually means miso soup. Miso soup can be as simple as dashi and miso, but frequently other ingredients are added to enrich this simple broth. Today, I am adding tofu—that I trimmed off my block of tofu for my salad—a few enoki mushrooms, and some wakami seaweed.

Karl’s Tofu and Wakami Miso Soup

Karl’s Tofu and Wakami Miso Soup

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Karl’s Vegetarian Futomaki 

I am making grilled salmon for Sunday’s Japanese feast. While I could have served just plain steamed rice to go with the salmon that is not my style. While I am making several pickles to go with dinner, I decided to make vegetable makizushi as well.

Karl’s Vegetarian Futomaki 

Karl’s Vegetarian Futomaki

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Karl’s Japanese Salt Pickled Turnips

As I was gathering ingredients for my Sunday Japanese feast, I spotted kabu (カブ)—Japanese turnips. I thought, “Umm, turnip pickles, those would be good.” While I have made these pickles before, I have apparently never posted them. Today, I chose to salt pickle (shiozuke; 塩漬け) my turnips.

Karl’s Japanese Salt Pickled Turnips

Karl’s Japanese Salt Pickled Turnips

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Karl’s Japanese Cucumbers Pickles with Green Seaweed

This Sunday I decided to go with a Japanese feast. A Japanese dinner is not complete without a selection of Japanese pickles. With a constant need to experiment, today I choose to add fujisawa aosako—dried green laver seaweed flakes—to my cucumber pickles.

Karl’s Japanese Cucumbers Pickles with Green Seaweed

Karl’s Japanese Cucumbers Pickles with Green Seaweed

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