Category Archives: California Fusion

Karl’s Leftover Turkey Fajita Tacos

After Thanksgiving you usually have the pleasant problem of what you are going to do with the leftovers.  Usually, I make mulligatawny. This year Jan asked for turkey tacos.

Karl’s Leftover Turkey Fajita Tacos

Karl’s Leftover Turkey Fajita Tacos

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Karl’s Shrimp and Wild Rice Stuffed Mushrooms

Timing is always a challenge when making a Thanksgiving’s day meal, so an appetizer or two is always a good idea to keep the hordes at bay. While Eilene hates mushrooms, everyone else loves them. This is a dish you can cook slightly ahead and quickly re-warm just before serving.

Karl’s Shrimp and Wild Rice Stuffed Mushrooms

Karl’s Shrimp and Wild Rice Stuffed Mushrooms

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Karl’s Smoked Salmon and Avocado Toast

About once a week we have what we call “deli dinner”—smoked salmon or lox, bread, cheeses, and salads. We usually get most of the ingredients for this meal from La Villa Italian Deli. However, since it is a family run business, they close for the entire Thanksgivings Day weekend.

Karl’s Smoked Salmon and Avocado Toast

Karl’s Smoked Salmon and Avocado Toast

We made do by getting our ingredients from Whole Food‘s this week. We had some hot smoked salmon leftover and I decided to use it for lunch the next day. How do you feed three people with only one ounce of fish? I decided to mix it with an avocado and some chives that I had remaining from making Thanksgiving dinner. Avocado toast makes a great lunch when paired with a green salad. Continue reading

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Karl’s Scalloped Sweet Potatoes

I had originally planned on making scalloped Russet potatoes and mashed sweet potatoes for this year’s Thanksgiving meal. My wife said, “It is not Thanksgiving without mashed potatoes! A quick shuffle and I did it the other way.

Karl’s Scalloped Sweet Potatoes

Karl’s Scalloped Sweet Potatoes

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Karl’s Smoked Trout Deviled Eggs

I made some deviled eggs for Jan’s Ethno Breakfast—a local (Bay Area) meeting of corporate ethnologists. We had some leftover smoked trout and I thought I would experiment with it, in case  Jan asked me to make another dish for the next event. Plain deviled eggs are an infinite canvas for creative new dishes.

Karl’s Smoked Trout Deviled Eggs

Karl’s Smoked Trout Deviled Eggs

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Karl’s Avocado, Mango Slaw with Lime Dressing

I am making Jan’s birthday meal of chicken mole, beans, and rice. That is a lot of meat and starch, but Jan also likes to be vegetable forward. My original idea was for a mango and avocado salad, but for seven people that would either be very small serving for each person or very expensive.

Karl’s Avocado, Mango Slaw with Lime Dressing

Karl’s Avocado, Mango Slaw with Lime Dressing

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Karl’s Potluck Curried Deviled Eggs

Being the cook of the family, Jan frequently asks me to make something when she needs a mitzva meal or a dish for a potluck. Last week it was Ethno Breakfast—a local (Bay Area) meeting of corporate ethnologists. Since all except the largest firms hire only one person in this discipline, this can be an isolated job—one anthropologist amongst an entire company of engineers and MBAs. Jan has been pushing this field for several years, so some of the local practitioners are her former students. Ethno Breakfast provides a community to share ideas and problems once a month.

Karl’s Potluck Curried Deviled Eggs

Karl’s Potluck Curried Deviled Eggs
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Karl’s Orange Dinner

In the continued effort to make meals for Jan that she doesn’t have to do any biting—she has two front tooth temporary caps—I suggested salmon for dinner. She thought yams were a good soft starch to go with the fish. She then suggested that this was an Orange Dinner.

Karl’s Orange Dinner

Karl’s Orange Dinner

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Karl’s Mandarin Orange Salad

In the continued effort to make meals for Jan that she doesn’t have to do any biting—she has two front tooth temporary caps—I suggested salmon for dinner. She thought yams were a good soft starch to go with the fish. She then suggested that this was an Orange Dinner.

Karl’s Mandarin Orange Salad

Karl’s Mandarin Orange Salad

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Karl’s Quick Turkey Chili

Jan is on a soft food diet—nothing where she has to bite with her front teeth—and I have spent the last two weeks thinking up interesting foods that she can still eat. She decided that chili with small bits  of vegetables and meat would fit the bill. Although I would prefer beef or pork chili, she has asked for ground turkey.

Karl’s Quick Turkey Chili

Karl’s Quick Turkey Chili

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