Category Archives: California Fusion

Karl’s Chicken and Butter Dumplings II

Wife Jan has been asking lately for her ultimate comfort food, chicken and dumplings. I am always trying to improve even my best recipes—a change of spice here, a new technique there. Sometimes I will walk into the kitchen and simply follow my instincts on a recipe that I have made several times before. Occasionally it works out rather well.

Karl’s Chicken and Butter Dumplings II

Karl’s Chicken and Butter Dumplings II

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Karl’s Sichuan Pepper Chicken Wings

Jan asked for chicken wings for Mother’s Day dinner. She is also very fond of Sichuan pepper. To go with the wings, I made Jan’s favorite coleslaw and Japanese potato salad and rice pudding for dessert.

Karl’s Sichuan Pepper Chicken Wings

Karl’s Sichuan Pepper Chicken Wings

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Karl’s Apple Rice Pudding

Jan just had a temporary crown put in so she asked for one of her favorite comfort foods, rice pudding. As usual, I had to change something. Today, I decided to throw in some apple.

Karl’s Apple Rice Pudding

Karl’s Apple Rice Pudding

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Karl’s Japanese Potato Salad with Avocado

I love Japanese potato salad, I cannot stop trying to gild the lily. The last time I made this dish it was still lacking something, I tossed out some ingredients and added others. Being a Californian, there is one addition that I knew would make this creamy salad better, avocado!

Karl’s Japanese Potato Salad with Avocado

Karl’s Japanese Potato Salad with Avocado

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Karl’s Cajun Deviled Eggs for a Crowd

Jan’s Ethno Breakfast has come around again. For the last one I had made two dozen curried deviled eggs with chives. I did not want to make exactly the same thing again, so I thought I would make this batch Cajun. Cajun cuisine calls for “the holy trinity”—bell pepper, celery and onions.

Karl’s Cajun Deviled Eggs for a Crowd

Karl’s Cajun Deviled Eggs
for a Crowd

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Karl’s Chicks in Blankets (AKA Sausage Rolls)

Several years ago, I posted a fancier version of pigs in blankets two ways—in one I had made homemade sausage.  In America, “pigs in blankets” can refer to either a sausage baked into a bun—what the British would call a sausage roll or bun—or a breakfast sausage rolled up into a pancake. Today, I am switching chicken breakfast sausages for pork.

Karl's Chicks in Blankets (AKA Sausage Rolls)

Karl’s Chicks in Blankets
AKA Sausage Rolls

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Karl’s Cajun Chicken Tacos

I like to mix things up to keep weekday meals interesting. Taking one culture’s ingredients and combining it with cooking techniques and presentation of another culture’s dishes. This time, I am combining Cajun ingredients with a Mexican taco.

Karl’s Cajun Chicken Tacos

Karl’s Cajun Chicken Tacos

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Karl’s Cajun Salsa

I had decided to blend Cajun and Mexican cuisines to make chicken tacos. Tacos call for salsa. I decided to make a salsa out of the “holy trinity” of Louisiana cooking—bell peppers, celery, and onions.

Karl’s Cajun Salsa

Karl’s Cajun Salsa

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Karl’s Kūbide Bierocks

I love stuffed breads, whether you call them a samsa, a pasty, a samosa, or a bierock. While making them can be a lot of work—you are first making some kind of stew, letting it cool, making the dough, and then filling the dough with the stew, before baking them all together—the payoff is well worth the added labor. Packet breads are a convenient, grab-and-go meal for lunches and I usually get two, or even three, meals for three people out of one recipe.

Karl’s Kūbide Bierocks

Karl’s Kūbide Bierocks

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Karl’s Lime Apples

Many years ago, when my older daughter got her braces I was left with a dilemma. I had usually put an apple in her school lunch, but with the braces she could not longer just bite into them without pain. If I simply cut the fruit into wedges and put them in  a plastic bag they would turn brown and unappealing by her lunch time.

Karl’s Lime Apples

Karl’s Lime Apples

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