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Karl’s White Gazpacho

Adapted from a Food and Wine recipe

Daughter Miriam asked for Spanish tri-tip for her birthday dinner. Looking for side dishes to go with the beef, gazpacho would be an obvious choice, but Miriam has been “off” garlic and onions lately—and gazpacho is really just salsa (tomatoes, onions, chilies, cilantro, and garlic) that has been blended into a cold soup. Searching the internet, I found a recipe for “white gazpacho“—made with apples, grapes, almonds and cucumber. A little tinkering and it would meet Miriam’s dietary needs.

Karl’s White Gazpacho

Karl’s White Gazpacho

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Claudia’s & June’s Peanut Butter Stuffed Dates

Note: I mentioned these treats in an earlier post and I felt I could not mention them without giving the recipe.

While I am sure that my mother was not the inventor of this dish—wife Jan insisted that her mother’s name be added to the title—it was a common holiday treat in our house growing up.  Sweet Medjool dates stuffed with crunchy peanut butter and dusted with powdered sugar says “Christmas” in my house. These are easy to make, but they do not last long—even when there are no children around.

Claudia’s & June’s Peanut Butter Stuffed Dates

Claudia’s & June’s Peanut Butter Stuffed Dates

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Karl’s Bacon Wrapped Medjool Dates Stuffed with Chorizo

Adapted from a Food and Wine recipe

Daughter Miriam asked for Spanish tri-tip for her birthday dinner. Looking for side dishes to go with it I found a tapas to use as a started. Dates stuffed with mild chorizo and wrapped with smoky bacon, what was not to love?

Karl’s Bacon Wrapped Medjool Dates Stuffed with Chorizo

Karl’s Bacon Wrapped Medjool Dates Stuffed with Chorizo

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Karl’s Breakfast Pan Quiche

I made mini quiches for wife Jan’s Ethnobreakfast. Since I had never done this before, I was unsure how much of the egg mixture I would need to fill the mini muffin cups. I whipped up a dozen eggs, but found out that I only need to use ten. This left me with two eggs worth of my egg mixture. I decided to use it for my own breakfast.

Karl’s Breakfast Pan Quiche

Karl’s Breakfast Pan Quiche

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Karl’s Mini Quiches

Wife Jan is hosting Ethnobreakfast again and I am getting tired of endless variations of deviled eggs. Recently, I have discovered how to make the perfect short crust. Mini quiches came to mind as something new and different to experiment with. She is expecting 20 people to physically show up—some Skype into the meeting—so that means making at least 40 quiches.

Karl’s Mini Quiches

Karl’s Mini Quiches

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Karl’s Indian Taco Bar

Mother’s Day is here and wife Jan has requested Indian tacosto be clear American Indian. Indian tacos are most simply served as pinto beans on fry bread. Variations on the basic taco depends on tribe, available ingredients, and imagination.

Karl’s Indian Taco Bar

Karl’s Indian Taco Bar

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Karl’s Corn and Mango Salsa

I am making Indian tacos this weekend and daughter Miriam cannot eat most of the salsas I am planning to make to top these Native American treats. Miriam is currently “off” garlic, onions, and chilies—which means I need a salsa that does not include any of these. Corn and mango came to mind and I went to work with that idea.

Karl’s Corn and Mango Salsa

Karl’s Corn and Mango Salsa

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Karl’s a Bierock and a NZ Pie Walk into a Bar

Sunday, I made New Zealand venison hand-pies, they were very popular. One of the recipes wife Jan really likes is Volga German bierock—savory beef, onions and cabbage in a raised dough bun. She asked me to make them using the shortcrust pastry I learned to use for the NZ pies.

Karl’s a Bierock and a NZ Pie Walk into a Bar

Karl’s a Bierock and a NZ Pie Walk into a Bar

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Karl’s New Zealand Venison Hand-Pies without Garlic and Onions

Note: Daughter Miriam is having trouble with onions and garlic. To please all of my diners, I eventually made one with garlic and onions and a second smaller batch without the offending ingredients. I am posting the recipes for both as if I had made a full batch of each.

Almost twenty years ago we visited New Zealand—wife Jan had a series of guest lectures. Since we were already there we scheduled in time to rent a car and drive all over the country looking for LOTR sites. This was our introduction to NZ hand-pies—a quick an easy lunch when you are on the road.

Karl’s New Zealand Venison Hand-Pies without Garlic and Onions

Karl’s New Zealand Venison Hand-Pies without Garlic and Onions

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Karl’s New Zealand Venison Hand-Pies

Note: Daughter Miriam is having trouble with onions and garlic. To please all of my diners, I eventually made one with garlic and onions and a second smaller batch without the offending ingredients. I am posting the recipes for both as if I had made a full batch of each.

Almost twenty years ago we visited New Zealand—wife Jan had a series of guest lectures. Since we were already there we scheduled in time to rent a car and drive all over the country looking for LOTR sites. This was our introduction to NZ hand-pies—a quick an easy lunch when you are on the road.

Karl’s New Zealand Venison Hand Pies

Karl’s New Zealand Venison Hand Pies

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