Category Archives: Main Dishes

Karl’s Blueberry Pancakes for Burning Man

I recently learned how to make pancakes from scratch. When Jan decided to go to Burning Man this was an obvious choice for one of their meals. There was how ever a hitch, out in the middle of the desert there would be little refrigeration available—which kind of knocks out using fresh milk and eggs.

Karl’s Blueberry Pancakes for Burning Man

Karl’s Blueberry Pancakes for Burning Man

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Karl’s Saag Pilau for Burning Man

A pilau is properly made with rice, and I had originally intended to make this a rice dish. Wife Jan though that rice would take too long to cook. Israeli couscous was invented as a rice substitute when the fledgling state of Israel could not import as much rice as people wanted. This could therefore be called “Israeli pilau.”

Karl’s Saag Pilau for Burning Man

Karl’s Saag Pilau for Burning Man

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Karl’s Simple Cioppino

The kids are not coming over this weekend, so it is just the three of us for dinner. Sundays have been restricted lately because of Miriam’s diet, so I could make something with tomatoes, garlic and onions. When I suggested cioppino Jan was all for it.

Karl’s Simple Cioppino

Karl’s Simple Cioppino

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Karl’s Homemade Pasta Sauce

Last week Jan’s farmer friend dropped pounds of tomatoes on us. To preserve them, I turned them into three quarts of a simple tomato sauce—just tomatoes and a bit of salt. This allowed me the greatest flexibility when I decided what to use the sauce in a recipe— meaning it did not lock me into Italian cuisine, like so many of the sauces on-line.

Karl’s Homemade Pasta Sauce

Karl’s Homemade Pasta Sauce

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Karl’s Creole Gumbo II

Eilene is having friends over, so I needed something to feed hungry 20-somethings. I have made versions of both this dish and jambalaya before, but I wanted one that was simple enough for a weekday meal. The basic difference between a gumbo and jambalaya is whether you pour the sauce over the rice or cook the rice in the sauce.

Karl’s Creole Gumbo II

Karl’s Creole Gumbo II

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Karl’s Mexican Lasagna (Ground Beef Enchilada Casserole)

Several weeks ago I made enchiladas. I made the recipe basically the way my mother, Claudia, made enchiladas. One problem that I had was that even though the enchiladas looked good in the pan, they tended to fall to pieces as you try to transfer them to a plate, leaving an unattractive mess. There had to be a better way.

Karl’s Mexican Lasagna (Ground Beef Enchilada Casserole)

Karl’s Mexican Lasagna
Ground Beef Enchilada Casserole

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Karl’s Carnitas Enchiladas with Avocado

Wandering through Trader Joe’s, wondering what I was going to make for dinner—this is actually not an uncommon occurrence. I saw a package of pre-cooked pork carnitas. I could do a quick pork taco with that, but I make tacos almost every week. Walking down another aisle, I saw Trader Joe’s enchilada sauce, and it clicked—pork enchiladas!

Karl’s Carnitas Enchiladas with Avocado

Karl’s Carnitas Enchiladas with Avocado

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Karl’s Middle Eastern Baharat Lamb

Since daughter Miriam became sick with something that gives her a lot of food restrictions Sunday dinners have become a challenge. Trying to find/create recipes that do not include garlic, onions (or anything else in the leek family), peppers (of any kind), and light on tomatoes is almost unimaginable. Fortunately these are still a lot of herbs and spices that she can still eat.

Karl's Middle Eastern Baharat Lamb

Karl’s Middle Eastern Baharat Lamb

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Karl’s New York Style Za’atar Pizza with Roasted Artichokes and Feta

Nephew Braden is coming to Sunday dinner. When Miriam told him about my New York Style pizzas he expressed interest. I learned to make New York style pizza crusts a few weeks ago. Each batch makes enough dough for 2-3 pizzas. To keep things interesting, I usually make each one differently. In addition to an artichoke and feta pizza with a za’atar sauce, I made a pepperoni pizza and an apple and prosciutto pizza. This recipe is written as if I was making them all the same.

Karl’s New York Style Za’atar Pizza with Roasted Artichokes and Feta

Karl’s New York Style Za’atar Pizza
with Roasted Artichokes and Feta

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Karl’s New York Style Za’atar Ricotta Pizza with Apple and Prosciutto

Nephew Braden is coming to Sunday dinner. When Miriam told him about my New York Style pizzas he expressed interest. I learned to make New York style pizza crusts a few weeks ago. Each batch makes enough dough for 2-3 pizzas. To keep things interesting, I usually make each one differently.

Karl’s New York Style Za’atar Ricotta Pizza with Apple and Prosciutto

Karl’s New York Style Za’atar Ricotta Pizza
with Apple and Prosciutto

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