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Karl’s Hoe-waffles

Adapted from a Mount Vernon recipe

Wife Jan’s college friends are visiting and I have been cooking up a storm. Her friends come with a long list of food restrictions—no wheat, rye, barley, tomatoes, citrus, or lactose—so it is quite the challenge. I am making breakfast and I though corn pancakes would fit the bill. I decided to make a pear fruit salad to go with them.

Karl’s Hoe-waffles

Karl’s Hoe-waffles

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Karl’s Pears with Mandarin Marmalade

Wife Jan’s college friends are visiting and I have been cooking up a storm. I had decided to make Hoe-waffles and it seemed a bit of a scant breakfast. I had a couple of pears in the basket I and decide to make a side fruit salad. Pears just by themselves seemed just too plain, so I quickly thought to add some marmalade.

Karl’s Pears with Mandarin Marmalade

Karl’s Pears with Mandarin Marmalade

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Karl’s Oyster Mushrooms in Oyster Sauce II

Sister Grace stopped by this Sunday. Of the several options I gave her for dinner was spicy chicken and pan fried noodles. While this dish is a lot of work, it is one of my family’s favorite meals.

Karl’s Oyster Mushrooms in Oyster Sauce II

Karl’s Oyster Mushrooms in Oyster Sauce II

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Karl’s Chinese Smashed Cucumber Pickles

Sister Grace stopped by this Sunday. Of the several options I gave her for dinner was spicy chicken and pan fried noodles. While this dish is a lot of work, it is one of my family’s favorite meals.

Karl’s Chinese Smashed Cucumber Pickles

Karl’s Chinese Smashed Cucumber Pickles

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Karl’s Ham Steak with Apple Butter Clove Glaze

My sister Karen has several fruit trees in her yard that produce far more fruit than she and her husband can possibly eat. She came to the same decision that I made with my marmalade that she could make Christmas gifts with them. This year she sent us apple butter.

Karl’s Ham Steak with Apple Butter Clove Glaze

Karl’s Ham Steak
with Apple Butter Clove Glaze

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Karl’s Spinach Salad with Lime Tarragon Dressing

I did a ham steak and roasties for Sunday dinner and I decided that I needed more green vegetables. I had a bag of baby spinach and a beefsteak tomato, that I had forgotten to add to a previous dish. Checking for what else was in my kitchen I found some cucumber, celery, and a lime. A quick chop and shake and voilà.

Karl’s Spinach Salad with Lime Tarragon Dressing

Karl’s Spinach Salad
with Lime Tarragon Dressing

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Karl’s Mixed Roasties II

Followers of my blog may have noticed that I have not posted many recipes in the last month. It is not that I have stopped cooking—in fact, my desktop is covered with pictures of the dishes that I have made. However, as well as the business of cooking for the holidays, I have been suffering from a bit of writer’s block about what to say about the dishes. Many of my recent were simply slight variations of past posts. Other dishes were seat-of-the-pants recipes—what can you write about when you are grabbing ingredients as the spirit takes you?

Karl’s Mixed Roasties II Baby Potatoes

Karl’s Mixed Roasties II
Baby Potatoes

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Karl’s Deconstructed Stuffed Turkey without Onions

Note: Life has been a bit chaotic for the last few weeks, so I am way behind on posting some of my recipes. I have still been cooking and scribbling notes, but organizing them into something anyone else would understand has been slow.

Thanksgiving's Dinner

Thanksgiving’s Dinner

This was a Thanksgiving of two turkeys. Daughter Miriam had gone off with Chris for Thanksgiving with his mother. As a result, we decided to have the feast on the following Sunday. On Thanksgivings Day, Jan though it would be a good opportunity to have two of her half-brothers meet for the first time. Continue reading

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Karl’s Mandarin Sweet Potatoes

I have pretty much found my preferred way of making my Thanksgiving turkey. I use Thanksgiving dinner to create new and interesting sides to go with the bird. Today, I was inspired to make a new twist on sweet potato casserole using the mandarin marmalade I made a few weeks ago.

Karl’s Mandarin Sweet Potatoes

Karl’s Mandarin Sweet Potatoes

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Jan’s Cocktail Cranberry Sauce

While I have many recipes that I tinker with, wife Jan has her own dishes with which to play. She really likes cranberry sauce, but she is still looking for the perfect recipe—sauce 1, sauce 2, sauce 3. She felt that sometimes adding ground spices left some of her sauces “gritty.” This Thanksgiving she decided to use a cocktail of spice/fruit flavored liqueurs.

Jan’s Cocktail Cranberry Sauce

Jan’s Cocktail Cranberry Sauce

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