Karl’s Chicken Satay Lettuce Wraps with Peanut Sauce

This week’s dinner is being a bit of a challenge. Daughter Miriam has been sick and she is off all onions, garlic, and heavily spiced foods. Other diners are off, or limiting, starches. Leafy greens have also been requested, but I am getting tired of “just another green salad.”

Karl’s Chicken Satay Lettuce Wraps with Peanut Sauce

Karl’s Chicken Satay Lettuce Wraps
with Peanut Sauce

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Karl’s Coconut Rice

I am making a dinner with a lot of restrictions this week—no onions, garlic, bell peppers, “hot” spices—because daughter Miriam has been ill. I finally settled on making chicken satay lettuce wraps and I wanted a side starch dish for the carb-eaters. I had decided to use some coconut milk in the main dish, but this left me with most of a can of coconut milk left over. What to do with it?

Karl’s Coconut Rice

Karl’s Coconut Rice

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Karl’s Sautéed Snow Peas with Red Radishes

Making a meal with a lot of restrictions is a challenge. I had decided on my main dish and a starchy side, but just a bit of lettuce did not seem enough green vegetables for this meal. Normally, my vegetable side would include lots of onions and garlic, but today these ingredients are out of bounds. What was I to do?

Karl’s Sautéed Snow Peas with Red Radishes

Karl’s Sautéed Snow Peas with Red Radishes

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Karl’s Chicken Curry Bierocks

Readers of my blog may be beginning to feel that I am in a rut with so many bierock recipes, but these pocket breads are really good and open to a wide variety of fillings. Wife Jan did not like boring German bierocks—beef, onion, and cabbage in a raised bread wrapper. When she found Volga German bierocks she changed she mind—seasonings are good. She then asked that I make Uyghar bierocks—while she like there she would have preferred that I had used chicken rather than lamb. This morning she asked for chicken curry bierocks.

Karl’s Chicken Curry Bierocks

Karl’s Chicken Curry Bierocks

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Karl’s Carrot and Apple Salad

Last week, I made Uyghur bierocks for dinner. I made some Uyghur carrot salad to go with it. However, I got a bit heavy handed with the Indian chili powder. My salad was so spicy not even Eilene—who has a high tolerance for such things—could eat more than a few bites.

Karl’s Carrot and Apple Salad

Karl’s Carrot and Apple Salad

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Karl’s Uyghur Bierocks

The first time I made bierock—German pocket breads—I made it the way it would be done in Germany, with a minimal ingredients list—mostly beef, onions, and cabbage. Wife Jan was unimpressed. She found a Volga German recipe with a fair amount of spices added—these she liked much better. Jan then had a fancy—What if a Volga German traveled east on the Silk Road to Kashgar. What kind of bierock would he make then?

Karl’s Uyghur Bierocks

Karl’s Uyghur Bierocks

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Karl’s Cedar Plank Salmon with Two Dry Rubs

When I proposed my usual Greek lamb for this Easter’s dinner, I was faced with a bit of a revolt. We finally settled on both ham and salmon as the main dishes. For the salmon I eventually decided to use two spice rubs. To go with my salmon I also made a ham steak, arugula salad, latkes with pear sauce, and dinner rolls.

Karl’s Cedar Plank Salmon with Two Dry Rubs

Karl’s Cedar Plank Salmon with Two Dry Rubs

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Karl’s Easter Grilled Ham Steak with Cranberry Orange Marmalade

When I proposed my usual Greek lamb for this Easter’s dinner, I was faced with a bit of a revolt. We finally settled on both ham and salmon as the main dishes. For everyday meals, I usually broil my ham steaks, but—since I was already planning to plank grill the salmon—grilling it this time was an easy decision.

Karl’s Easter Grilled Ham Steak With Cranberry Orange Marmalade

Karl’s Easter Grilled Ham Steak
with Cranberry Orange Marmalade

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Karl’s Bitter Herb Salad

When I proposed my usual Greek lamb for this Easter’s dinner, I was faced with a bit of a revolt. We finally settled on both ham and salmon as the main dishes. While the ham is obviously completely un-Kosher, the salmon somehow put me in a vague memory of the bitter herbs of a seder.  While I am not Jewish—and the meal I came up with has some decidedly non-Kosher dishes—a bitter herb salad seemed like a good side dish.

Karl’s Bitter Herb Salad

Karl’s Bitter Herb Salad

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Karl’s Tarragon Potato Latkes with Irish Whiskey Pear Sauce

I am making Easter dinner and I decided to make latkes to go with my ham and salmon main dishes. I have more people attending this meal, so I have increased some of the ingredients from the last time I made these popular pancakes. I have also decided to add a touch of mustard seeds.

Karl’s Tarragon Potato Latkes with Irish Whiskey Pear Sauce

Karl’s Tarragon Potato Latkes
with Irish Whiskey Pear Sauce

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