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.
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
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
Before I left home for the first time, I sat down with my mother’s recipe box and wrote down my favorite dishes. The recipe below is all that was written on both sides of my mother’s 3 x 5 card. When my siblings got together to combine all of the recipes we saved, one of my sisters had a different variation our mother uses of this iconic 1950’s American staple.
Note: I have not made this dish this way in years, so I do not have any pictures of it. Continue reading
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
I am constantly looking for new recipes to try for our Sunday dinners. I had thought of fish stew, but daughter Miriam has to have her meals without garlic or onions. I had suggested a yosenabe, but she felt that that would be too sweet. I settled on a “French(-ish) fish stew, but these frequently have fennel, which she is also not very fond of—and, truth be told, neither am I.
Karl’s French Provincial Bourride Fish Stew
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
Japanese is one of my “go to” cuisines when I am planning a meal. A typical Japanese meal usually includes a selection of different small side dishes—with a variety of textures, colors, and flavors. For this dinner, I have some dishes developed to just the way I like them, some I have made so often that I had never posted any version—doesn’t everyone know how to make norimaki? Finally, there are the dishes I am still experimenting with.
Karl’s Japanese Sunday Dinner
I have been making sushi since I was 20 years old. My father was stationed in Japan during the Korean War and returned with a love of all things Japanese. My father brought back the recipes, my mother learned to cook them, and I learned them from her. I grew up eating Japanese food long before it became a fashionable cuisine in the U.S.
I am doing a Japanese dinner for our Sunday meal. While there may be a main dish of meat and rice or noodles, Japanese meals usually include many small side dishes with a variety of textures, colors and tastes. The aesthetic— moritsuke—is that it is food for the soul as well as the stomach. I am making chicken teriyaki and this is one of the side dishes I decided should go with it.
Karl’s Barbecued Miso Teriyaki Chicken
Wife Jan wanted something to go with the soda bread I was making. She decided that I had not made clam chowder in quite a while. One reason for that was that daughter Eilene has become a bit lactose intolerant. The obvious solution was to make Manhattan clam chowder.
Karl’s Manhattan Clam Chowder