Category Archives: Holidays

Karl’s Christmas Tri-tip Tacos

It is always a challenge to decide what to make for Christmas Eve dinner. I have done lamb, crab & lobster bisque, and last year I made tamales—since Jan discovered that she is a quarter Cora, we have been trending toward Mexican cuisine in our Christmas celebrations. This year, Miriam asked for tri-tip tacos—and tacos call out for beans.

Karl’s Christmas Tri-tip Tacos

Karl’s Christmas Tri-tip Tacos

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Karl’s Depression Era Goulash

Jan’s family Christmas Eve traditional meal was Grandpa Von Hausen’s goulash. This was a Depression era dish of bacon, hamburger, onions, a whole bottle of ketchup, garlic, paprika, and cans of peas, kidney beans, and pork & beans. The idea was that this dish would sustain the family throughout the days of Christmas—without anyone needing to stop and cook.

Karl’s Depression Era Goulash

Karl’s Depression Era Goulash

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Karl’s Deconstructed Stuffed Chicken

This Thanksgiving, I did a deconstructed stuffed turkey. Jan invited one of her former Chinese students to dinner and she had requested American “festival foods.” Since I still have half a turkey in my freezer, I did not want to do another, but I thought I could adapt my recipe to chicken.

Karl’s Deconstructed Stuffed Chicken

Karl’s Deconstructed Stuffed Chicken

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Karl’s Green Beans with Green Onions

One of Jan’s students is coming to dinner with her husband and she had asked for (American) festival food. I decided to do a chicken variation of my Thanksgiving turkey and I wanted a hot vegetable dish to go with it. Green beans are always a good choice, because you can steam them to just tender and then set them aside. Reheat them with some aromatics, just before serving, gives you a quick hot vegetable.

Karl’s Green Beans with Green Onions

Karl’s Green Beans with Green Onions

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Karl’s Christmas Fine-Shred Orange and Lemon Marmalade

I have a few recipes that I make again and again. However, my penchant for never making the same recipe the same way twice means that they have morphed since I posted them years ago.  My Christmas marmalade is one such recipe.

Karl’s Christmas Fine-Shred Orange and Lemon Marmalade

Karl’s Christmas Fine-Shred Orange and Lemon Marmalade

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Karl’s Deconstructed Stuffed Turkey Updated

This is a simplified variation of the turkey I made two years ago. It produces a really moist bird and a savory stuffing that was well worth repeating. It also has the advantage of roasting in under two hours—true it does not produce a Norman Rockwell turkey, but flavor and convenience over presentation!

Karl’s Deconstructed Stuffed Turkey Updated

Karl’s Deconstructed Stuffed Turkey Updated

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Karl’s Brussels Sprouts with Wild Rice and Pancetta   

A meat and carbohydrates heavy Thanksgiving dinner calls for at least one green vegetable side. This year, I decided on Brussels sprouts, one of Jan’s favorites. However, being a holiday meal I wanted something more than just plain steamed sprouts.

Karl’s Brussels Sprouts with Wild Rice and Pancetta   

Karl’s Brussels Sprouts with Wild Rice and Pancetta

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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 Mashed Potatoes with Chives

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 Mashed Potatoes with Chives

Karl’s Mashed Potatoes with Chives

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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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