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Karl’s Tuscan Chicken Soup without Garlic and Onions

This Sunday’s dinner was a bit of a negotiation. Daughter Miriam has had difficulty with garlic and onions lately. She had thought that it was getting better, but she pushed it too far and paid the price.

Karl’s Tuscan Chicken Soup without Garlic and Onions

Karl’s Tuscan Chicken Soup
without Garlic and Onions

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Karl’s Oyster Mushroom Chicken with Bok Choy

Stir-fries are a popular weekday meal at my house. I try to keep things interesting by mixing up my sauces. From the basic Chinese sauces, you can blend new combinations every time you make a dish.

Karl’s Oyster Mushroom Chicken with Bok Choy

Karl’s Oyster Mushroom Chicken with Bok Choy

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Karl’s Ahi, Avocado, and Green Onion Futomaki 

My wife Jan has her college friends staying over the weekend. Her friends come with a long list of food restrictions—no wheat, rye, barley, tomatoes, citrus, or lactose—so it is quite the challenge. Japanese cuisine tends to have few of the ingredients I needed to avoid. I decided I would make miso soup, sushi, and a selection of Japanese pickles—cabbage and mixed vegetables.

Karl’s Ahi, Avocado, and Green Onion Futomaki 

Karl’s Ahi, Avocado, and Green Onion Futomaki

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Karl’s Pinto Beans and Hominy

My wife Jan has her college friends staying over the weekend. Her friends come with a long list of food restrictions—no wheat, rye, barley, tomatoes, citrus, or lactose—so it is quite the challenge. Vegetarian beans and hominy struck me as one solution to meet their needs.

Karl’s Pinto Beans and Hominy

Karl’s Pinto Beans and Hominy

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Karl’s Ham Steak with Apple Butter Clove Glaze

My sister Karen has several fruit trees in her yard that produce far more fruit than she and her husband can possibly eat. She came to the same decision that I made with my marmalade that she could make Christmas gifts with them. This year she sent us apple butter.

Karl’s Ham Steak with Apple Butter Clove Glaze

Karl’s Ham Steak
with Apple Butter Clove Glaze

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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 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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Claudia’s Meatloaf

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

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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 French Provincial Bourride Fish Stew

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

Karl’s French Provincial Bourride Fish Stew

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