Karl’s Tekkamaki

I have been making sushi since I was 20 years old. My father was stationed in Japan during the Korean War and returned with a love of all things Japanese. My father brought back the recipes, my mother learned to cook them, and I learned them from her. I grew up eating Japanese food long before it became a fashionable cuisine in the U.S.

Karl’s Tekkamaki

Karl’s Tekkamaki

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Karl’s Barbecued Miso Teriyaki Chicken

I am doing a Japanese dinner for our Sunday meal. While there may be a main dish of meat and rice or noodles, Japanese meals usually include many small side dishes with a variety of textures, colors and tastes. The aesthetic— moritsuke—is that it is food for the soul as well as the stomach. I am making chicken teriyaki and this is one of the side dishes I decided should go with it.

Karl's Barbecued Miso Teriyaki Chicken

Karl’s Barbecued Miso Teriyaki Chicken

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Karl’s Japanese Style Potato Salad without Onions II

I am doing a Japanese dinner for our Sunday meal. While there may be a main dish of meat and rice or noodles, Japanese meals usually include many small side dishes with a variety of textures, colors and tastes. The aesthetic— moritsuke—is that it is food for the soul as well as the stomach. I am making chicken teriyaki and this is one of the side dishes I decided should go with it.

Karl’s Japanese Style Potato Salad without Onions II

Karl’s Japanese Style Potato Salad
without Onions II

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Karl’s Miso Sugar Snap Peas

I am doing a Japanese dinner for our Sunday meal. While there may be a main dish of meat and rice or noodles, Japanese meals usually include many small side dishes with a variety of textures, colors and tastes. The aesthetic— moritsuke—is that it is food for the soul as well as the stomach. I am making chicken teriyaki and this is one of the side dishes I decided should go with it.

Karl’s Miso Sugar Snap Peas

Karl’s Miso Sugar Snap Peas

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Karl’s Coleslaw with Apple and Pine Nuts

This is a weekday meal of simple hamburgers, but I wanted a salad—rather than fries—to go with them. Jan really likes coleslaw. To make it interesting and different, I decided to add apples.

Karl’s Coleslaw with Apple and Pine Nuts

Karl’s Coleslaw with Apple and Pine Nuts

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Karl’s Manhattan Clam Chowder

Wife Jan wanted something to go with the soda bread I was making. She decided that I had not made clam chowder in quite a while. One reason for that was that daughter Eilene has become a bit lactose intolerant. The obvious solution was to make Manhattan clam chowder.

Karl’s Manhattan Clam Chowder

Karl’s Manhattan Clam Chowder

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Karl’s Traditional Soda Bread

As a family activity, we sometimes lure daughter Eilene out of her room—away from playing her online games—to watch a show together. She introduced us to The Great British Baking Show. While she like the competition of the regular show, we prefer the more educational GBBS: Masterclass (sic)—where you learn more about how to make the actual recipes.

Karl’s Traditional Soda Bread

Karl’s Traditional Soda Bread

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Karl’s Cranberry Pecan Waffles

Since I learned how easy it is to make fresh homemade waffles and pancakes from scratch, I have made them about once a week since then.  To keep things interesting I am always experimenting with new additions—like blueberries and cinnamon. Today, I am adding cranberries and pecans.

Karl’s Cranberry Pecan Waffles

Karl’s Cranberry Pecan Waffles

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Karl’s Sichuan Pepper and Salt Tri-tip

Daughter Miriam has been “off” onions and garlic for several months now. As a result I have been adapting some of my old recipes. The last time I made a Sichuan pepper tri-tip I used a wet overnight marinade with lots of ingredients and garlic. This time, I greatly simplified the recipe and I used a dry rub. This came out very well.

Karl’s Sichuan Pepper and Salt Tri-tip

Karl’s Sichuan Pepper and Salt Tri-tip

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Karl’s Sichuan Dry Fried Green Beans II

I am making Sichuan pepper tri-tip and I wanted a vegetable dish to go with it. It has been a while since I made dry fried green beans. I did not look at the recipe I posted four years ago, I just did what felt right.

Karl’s Sichuan Dry Fried Green Beans II

Karl’s Sichuan Dry Fried Green Beans II

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