Category Archives: Holidays

Jan’s Drambuie Chocolate Mousse

For me Claudia’s Chocolate Mousse is the mousse by which all others are judged. It is however, not a health food. It has replaced cakes as the go-to dessert for special occasions. Jan has spent years perfecting the techniques of making this mousse, but it took her years more before she dared to tinker with mom’s recipe. This Easter, Jan made chocolate mousse with Drambuie.

Jan’s Drambuie Chocolate Mousse

Jan’s Drambuie Chocolate Mousse

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Jan’s Chocolate Mousse, the Father’s Day Variation

For me Claudia’s Chocolate Mousse is the mousse by which all others are judged. It is however, not a health food. It has replaced cakes as the birthday/holiday treat in our house. Jan has spent years perfecting the techniques of making my mother’s mousse, but it took her years before she dared to tinker with mom’s recipe. This weekend, I am making Israeli couscous with almonds, Jan decided that chocolate mousse with Amaretto would be a good dessert for my Father’s Day dinner.

Jan’s Chocolate Mousse, the Father’s Day Variation

Jan’s Chocolate Mousse
the Father’s Day Variation

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Karl’s Barbecued Mulled Port Tri-tip

I decided to barbecue some tri-tip for Memorial Day. I have done this roast many different ways—California Fusion, Sichuan, Salt and Pepper with Green Pepper Sauce, Moroccan, Santa Maria style, Teriyaki, Cajun, and just plain Barbequed. What could I do that was new and different? I looked at some recipes marinating beef in red wine, but they seemed mundane.

Karl’s Barbecued Mulled Port Tri-tip

Karl’s Barbecued Mulled Port Tri-tip

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Karl’s Memorial Day Potato Salad

This salad is based loosely on my mother’s potato salad. Although I remember my mother’s salad having celery, it was not on her 3×5 card. I also could not conceive of potato salad without black pepper.

Karl’s Memorial Day Potato Salad

Karl’s Memorial Day Potato Salad

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Karl’s Colcannon III

This is more of a California Fusion revamp of the original, rather than a traditional colcannon. Potatoes are the staple of the traditional Irish diet and colcannon was, most likely, mostly potatoes with a little bit of vegetable added in—usually cabbage. Jan is always pushing me to add more high fiber vegetables and to cut back on the simple starches—i.e. potatoes—so mine is now about a 50/50 ratio of potato to veg. I also doubt that chicken broth or garlic were readily available in a humble traditional Irish cottage.

Karl’s Colcannon III

Karl’s Colcannon III

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Jan’s Ginger Chocolate Mousse

For me Claudia’s Chocolate Mousse is the mousse by which all others are judged. It is however, not a health food. Jan has started to make it on anyone’s birthday. Jan spent years perfecting the techniques of making the mousse, but she got bored with making just “chocolate” mousse. She now make a different variation every time she make it.

Jan’s Ginger Chocolate Mousse

Jan’s Ginger Chocolate Mousse

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Karl’s Lamb Klops with Apricot Sauce for Hanukkah

Jan, Miriam, and Eilene all wanted latke for the last day of Hanukkah. I made both regular potato latke and less traditional sweet potato latke. Miriam also wanted roasted Brussels sproutsLatke and sprouts are both side dishs, so I decided I wanted to make a stuffed meatloaf as my main dish, a variation on an Ashkenazi klops.

Karl’s Lamb Klops with Apricot Sauce for Hanukkah

Karl’s Lamb Klops
with Apricot Sauce for Hanukkah

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Karl’s Lemon Thyme Roasted Brussels Sprouts

I am doing a Hanukkah dinner and Miriam asked for Brussels sprouts as the vegetable. I was making a lamb meatloaf that would be using the oven and I wanted a way that I could shorten the time it would take to roast the sprouts. My solution was to half steam my vegetables, so that I could quickly roast them in the oven at the last minute after I took the meat out to rest.

Karl’s Lemon Thyme Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Karl’s Lemon Thyme Roasted Brussels Sprouts

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Karl’s Deconstructed Stuffed Turkey a la Julia Child & Jacques Pepin

Miriam and Chris went to Boston to be with his family this Thanksgiving. However, my sister, Karen and her husband, were passing through town the day after, so I decided that I would make my feast on Friday. With only five dinners, I felt that “all the fixings” would not be necessary, so Jan made the cranberry sauce and I made green beans and a crust-less pumpkin pie for dessert.

Karl’s Deconstructed Stuffed Turkey a la Julia Child & Jacques Pepin

Karl’s Deconstructed Stuffed Turkey
a la Julia Child & Jacques Pepin

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Karl’s Garlic and Chive Harcourt Vert

I wanted a green vegetable to go with roasted turkey and stuffing. The traditional American side dish involves overcooked green beans, canned mushroom soup and fried onions. Some people actually look forward to this dish every year.

Karl’s Garlic and Chive Harcourt Vert

Karl’s Garlic and Chive Harcourt Vert

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