Karl’s Sichuan Pepper Chicken Wings

Jan asked for chicken wings for Mother’s Day dinner. She is also very fond of Sichuan pepper. To go with the wings, I made Jan’s favorite coleslaw and Japanese potato salad and rice pudding for dessert.

Karl’s Sichuan Pepper Chicken Wings

Karl’s Sichuan Pepper Chicken Wings

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Karl’s Blueberry Waffles

Since I learned to make pancakes from scratch, I no longer have any commercial pancake  mix in the house. I had adapted a Martha Stewart pancake recipe—less sugar for diabetics—and I went on to adapt a waffle recipe—which turned out to be very close to Martha Stewart’s recipe (again lower sugar). Now, I decided to take it one step further by adding some dried blueberries for Jan’s Mother’s Day breakfast.

Karl’s Blueberry Waffles

Karl’s Blueberry Waffles

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Karl’s Apple Rice Pudding

Jan just had a temporary crown put in so she asked for one of her favorite comfort foods, rice pudding. As usual, I had to change something. Today, I decided to throw in some apple.

Karl’s Apple Rice Pudding

Karl’s Apple Rice Pudding

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Karl’s Japanese Potato Salad with Avocado

I love Japanese potato salad, I cannot stop trying to gild the lily. The last time I made this dish it was still lacking something, I tossed out some ingredients and added others. Being a Californian, there is one addition that I knew would make this creamy salad better, avocado!

Karl’s Japanese Potato Salad with Avocado

Karl’s Japanese Potato Salad with Avocado

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Karl’s Cajun Deviled Eggs for a Crowd

Jan’s Ethno Breakfast has come around again. For the last one I had made two dozen curried deviled eggs with chives. I did not want to make exactly the same thing again, so I thought I would make this batch Cajun. Cajun cuisine calls for “the holy trinity”—bell pepper, celery and onions.

Karl’s Cajun Deviled Eggs for a Crowd

Karl’s Cajun Deviled Eggs
for a Crowd

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Karl’s Simple Shrimp Shoyu Ramen

Wife Jan wanted something warm and noodle-y for a weekday meal. We have been on a search for the perfect bowl of ramen in San Jose—the best we have found so far, near us, is Masa Ramen. While I have made a complex version of this dish, I wanted something simpler and with fewer ingredients.

Karl’s Simple Shrimp Shoyu Ramen

Karl’s Simple Shrimp Shoyu Ramen

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Karl’s Chicks in Blankets (AKA Sausage Rolls)

Several years ago, I posted a fancier version of pigs in blankets two ways—in one I had made homemade sausage.  In America, “pigs in blankets” can refer to either a sausage baked into a bun—what the British would call a sausage roll or bun—or a breakfast sausage rolled up into a pancake. Today, I am switching chicken breakfast sausages for pork.

Karl's Chicks in Blankets (AKA Sausage Rolls)

Karl’s Chicks in Blankets
AKA Sausage Rolls

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Karl’s Simple Yosenabe

Yosenabe is a type of nabemono or one-pot dish. The traditional nabe pot is a fairly deep, round bottomed pot with a wooden lid that fits inside the edges of the pot.  I had planned to make my usual yosenabe for Sunday’s dinner, but the kids decided not to come over—daughter Eilene also ended up going out—so it was just my wife and myself. I cut down the number of ingredients to be enough for just two.

Karl’s Simple Yosenabe

Karl’s Simple Yosenabe

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Karl’s Cajun Chicken Tacos

I like to mix things up to keep weekday meals interesting. Taking one culture’s ingredients and combining it with cooking techniques and presentation of another culture’s dishes. This time, I am combining Cajun ingredients with a Mexican taco.

Karl’s Cajun Chicken Tacos

Karl’s Cajun Chicken Tacos

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Karl’s Cajun Salsa

I had decided to blend Cajun and Mexican cuisines to make chicken tacos. Tacos call for salsa. I decided to make a salsa out of the “holy trinity” of Louisiana cooking—bell peppers, celery, and onions.

Karl’s Cajun Salsa

Karl’s Cajun Salsa

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