Karl’s Chicken Teriyaki (Claudia’s style)

When I was leaving home as a youth, this is one of the first recipes I copied out of my mother’s card file. When Dad returned from Japan in the early ‘50s, he brought back a love of all things Japanese and several Japanese recipes. My mother was making chicken teriyaki when it was still an exotic foreign food in California.

Karl’s Chicken Teriyaki (Claudia’s style)

Karl’s Chicken Teriyaki
(Claudia’s style)

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Claudia’s Chicken Teriyaki

Before I left home for the first time, I sat down with my mother’s recipe box and wrote down my favorite dishes. This is one of the dishes that Dad brought back from Japan in the ‘50s.  When most American families were getting hamburgers and hotdogs, we were getting chicken teriyaki and rice once a week. When Jan and I were living in China I received great praise for my ability to eat with chopsticks. Because of dad’s love of things Japanese, I had been using chopsticks from the time I could hold them.

Karl’s Chicken Teriyaki (Claudia’s style)

Karl’s Chicken Teriyaki
(Claudia’s style)

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Karl’s Lion’s Head Meatballs with Baby Bok Choi (Shanghai Meatballs)

While we lived in China—1988-1990—we would occasionally be invited to a family meal by our Chinese friends. One Chinese New Year, Mrs. Wong made us lion’s head meatballs—with her own family’s recipe. Lion’s head meatball is one of the good luck dishes of Chinese New Year’s. The big round meatball is meant to represents the lion guardian spirit that will protect you through the next year.

Karl’s Lion’s Head Meatballs with Baby Bok Choi (Shanghai Meatballs)

Karl’s Lion’s Head Meatballs with Baby Bok Choi
(Shanghai Meatballs)

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Karl’s Biscuits and Andouille Sausage Gravy

My wife, Jan, is reading the Longmire mystery series. In the final book, Longmire has biscuits and Andouille sausage gravy. My wife came to me and said, “Make this.” Fortunately, I had some sausages left over from Fat Tuesday’s red beans and rice.

Karl’s Biscuits and Andouille Sausage Gravy

Karl’s Biscuits and Andouille Sausage Gravy

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Karl’s Red Beans and Rice

February 13th was Fat Tuesday and wife Jan asked for Louisiana food for dinner. As much as I try to avoid “add can A to can B” recipes, I will sometimes make do for a weekday meal. Of course, the brand of canned food matters.

Karl’s Red Beans and Rice

Karl’s Red Beans and Rice

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Karl’s Louisiana Green Beans

February 13th was Fat Tuesday and wife Jan asked for Louisiana food for dinner. I had decided on red beans and rice as my main dish. Since that dish is mainly meat and starch, I thought that I wanted a vegetable side dish.

Karl’s Louisiana Green Beans

Karl’s Louisiana Green Beans

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Karl’s Cajun Shrimp Salad

February 13th was Fat Tuesday and wife Jan asked for Louisiana food for dinner. She sent me several URLs for “Louisiana salads.” Some had ingredients that were very un-Louisianan. Others were very starchy—since I had decided on red beans and rice as my main dish, I wanted something a bit lighter.

Karl’s Cajun Shrimp Salad

Karl’s Cajun Shrimp Salad

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Karl’s Moroccan Chicken Tajine II

Adapted from a The Guardian recipe

I have made a Moroccan chicken tajine before, but there is no set recipe for that title. This leaves open a wide variety of options in what to include in this dish. The last time I made this I heavily spiced the chicken, but in reading the discussion of The Guardian recipe, I learned that you may make it so that the chicken is the star attraction of this stew.

Karl’s Moroccan Chicken Tajine II

Karl’s Moroccan Chicken Tajine II

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Karl’s Moroccan Carrot Salad

I am making Moroccan chicken tajine and I wanted a vegetable dish. While many tajine recipes include the vegetables in the stew, I wanted something on the side. Wife, Jan really likes carrot salads.

Karl’s Moroccan Carrot Salad

Karl’s Moroccan Carrot Salad

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Karl’s Moroccan Couscous II

I had decided to make Moroccan chicken tajine for this Sunday’s dinner. Couscous is an obvious side dish—especially since some of my diners are on a low carb diet. The chicken would be well spiced so I thought that the side dish should be a bland-ish canvas for the flavorful sauce.

Karl’s Moroccan Couscous II

Karl’s Moroccan Couscous II

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