Category Archives: California Fusion

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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Karl’s Moroccan Meatloaf with Onion Gravy

We have had company for the last several days, so I wanted a Sunday dinner that was not hours of preparation. An American standard meal of meatloaf, potatoes, and green beans seemed like a good idea. Of course, I could not make it that simple I had to get spontaneously creative.

Karl’s Moroccan Meatloaf with Onion Gravy

Karl’s Moroccan Meatloaf with Onion Gravy

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Karl’s Harcourt Verts with Pear Sauce

We have had company for the last several days, so I wanted a Sunday dinner that was not hours of preparation.  An American standard meal of meatloaf, potatoes, and green beans seemed like a good idea. Of course, I could not make it that simple I had to get spontaneously creative.

Karl’s Harcourt Verts with Pear Sauce

Karl’s Harcourt Verts with Pear Sauce

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Karl’s Japanese Curry Chicken Wings

One thing I like to do is to take a traditional recipe and put a California spin on it. Daughters Miriam and Eilene love Japanese curry. I decided to take the curry out of the stew and marinate my chicken wings with it.

Karl’s Japanese Curry Chicken Wings

Karl’s Japanese Curry Chicken Wings

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Karl’s Mandarin Rice Pudding

I am making Japanese curry wings for Sundays dinner. Eilene asked for rice pudding for dessert and wife Jan seconded the motion. I have just made mandarin marmalade, so it seemed reasonable to add this to the mix.

Karl’s Mandarin Rice Pudding

Karl’s Mandarin Rice Pudding

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Karl’s Mandarin Marmalade

I have learned over time that you can make marmalade out of any citrus fruit. Jan had asked me to buy some mandarin oranges, but she was having trouble peeling them with her broken arm. I decided that I needed to use them up before they spoiled.

Karl’s Mandarin Marmalade

Karl’s Mandarin Marmalade

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Karl’s Coq au Vin Blanc with Chive Butter Dumplings

Jan’s Fresno friends come to San Jose every year for the Quilt Festival and we feed and put them up every year. Pat likes chicken and Barb does not eat tomato, so a coq au vin came to mind as a dish that they would both would like. In my mind, red wine never seemed to go with chicken, I prefer a coq au vin with a nice white wine.

Karl’s Coq au Vin Blanc with Chive Butter Dumplings

Karl’s Coq au Vin Blanc
with Chive Butter Dumplings

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Karl’s Coleslaw with Apple and Pine Nuts

This is a weekday meal of simple hamburgers, but I wanted a salad—rather than fries—to go with them. Jan really likes coleslaw. To make it interesting and different, I decided to add apples.

Karl’s Coleslaw with Apple and Pine Nuts

Karl’s Coleslaw with Apple and Pine Nuts

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