Karl’s Guinness Beef Stew

I decided to do a beef stew for my Sunday’s dinner. I have posted a beef Bourguignon before, so I wanted to do something different this time. Many cuisines have some form of beef stews, so there are numerous potential recipes from which to choose. Flipping through the possibilities, I finally settled on a Irish Guinness based stew.

Karl’s Guinness Beef Stew

Karl’s Guinness Beef Stew

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Karl’s Japanese Orange Cucumber Pickles

I made sukiyaki this Sunday for the family dinner. The final simmer takes place on the table and I decided that I should have some pickles on the table for my diners to snack on while they waited for the dish to finish cooking. I made some salt cabbage (kyabetsu shio-zuke; キャベツ塩-漬け ) and some cucumber pickles.

Karl’s Japanese Orange Cucumber Pickles

Karl’s Japanese Orange Cucumber Pickles

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Claudia’s Chocolate Chip Cookies

Jan asked me to make some cookies for a bake sale at the university. Before I left home for the first time, I sat down with my mother’s recipe box and wrote down my favorite dishes.  Her chocolate chip cookies was one of my favorites, growing up.

Claudia's Chocolate Chip Cookies

Claudia’s Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Karl’s Ying and Yang Cottage Pie

Jan asked for a “healthier” shepherd’s pie for dinner on a weeknight. By “healthier” she meant no lamb or beef and no white potatoes. I decided to use ground turkey as my meat and—since I still wanted a Russet potato topping—I would make a fifty-fifty topping with sweet potatoes.

Karl’s Ying and Yang Cottage Pie

Karl’s Ying and Yang Cottage Pie

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Karl’s Meyer Lemon Chicken Soup

Jan and I have colds this week, so she asked for chicken soup for dinner. It is Meyer lemon season and I thought that a garlic lemon soup would be the thing to make. Jan was unsure about this, because she thought it would be too sour. My solution was to add a dollop of lemon curd to cut the citric acid.

Karl’s Meyer Lemon Chicken Soup

Karl’s Meyer Lemon Chicken Soup

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Karl’s Corn Crackers with Chili Pepper Salt

Jan was visiting her graduate friends in Santa Barbara last weekend. She brought me back some chili salt. She suggested that using it to top corn meal crackers would be something to do.

Karl’s Corn Crackers with Chili Pepper Salt

Karl’s Corn Crackers with Chili Pepper Salt
and (on right) Flor de Sel

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Karl’s Mughal Gosht Dopiaza – Two Onion Lamb

It is my birthday feast and my first choice is always lamb. I could do the usual barbecued lamb, but I wanted something a bit different this year. I drifted toward a lamb curry.

Karl’s Mughal Gosht Dopiaza - Two Onion Lamb

Karl’s Mughal Gosht Dopiaza – Two Onion Lamb

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Karl’s Masoor dal Pulao – Red Lentil Rice

I wanted a rice dish to go with my Mughal gosht dopiaza and saag paneer. Looking for Mughal rice dishes, the ones I found all seemed to be modern recipes that included tomatoes. Tomatoes would have been an uncommon ingredient in India in the 1500’s. Picking ingredients from several recipes, I created my own pulao, using spices that would have been common in the 16th Century Mughal Empire.

Karl’s Masoor dal Pulao - Red Lentil Rice

Karl’s Masoor dal Pulao – Red Lentil Rice

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Karl’s Mughal Saag Paneer

Originally adapted from Sinful Curry

I wanted a vegetable dish for my birthday dinner to go with my Mughal lamb and rice dishes. My family really likes saag paneer, which has become my go-to dish for Indian meals. The only ingredient in modern Indian cuisine that would have been uncommon 500 years ago is tomatoes.

Karl’s Mughal Saag Paneer

Karl’s Mughal Saag Paneer

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Karl’s Cumin Water Crackers

To go with the red lentil soup I was making for Jan’s friend, Jan asked me to make crackers. Her friend is allergic to dairy, so I could not make my usual butter crackers. I decided to change the spicing of my water crackers to match the soup by adding cumin.

Karl’s Cumin Water Crackers

Karl’s Cumin Water Crackers

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