Category Archives: Main Dishes

Karl’s Fish Tacos with Sautéed Peppers

This is a recipe that has evolved over time. Originally, my fish taco filling was simply broiled fish with spices. Recently, I have started making chicken fajita tacos—seasoned chicken with sautéed peppers. Jan is always encouraging me to be more vegetable forward—less meat, more healthy vegetables. I decided to try mixing the peppers with the broiled fish. It has turned into a frequent weekday meal at our house.

Karl’s Fish Tacos with Sautéed Peppers

Karl’s Fish Tacos with Sautéed Peppers
(Sorry, we waz hongry)

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Claudia’s French Toast Casserole

I posted the recipe for my mother Claudia’s French toast a while ago. For a few people it is a treat, but it is a bit finicky in that you have to soak the bread slices and then cook them two at a time. If you are having a crowd at the table, this leaves some people hungry while they wait for the next batch. My memory is that she made this when we had breakfast company.

Claudia’s French Toast Casserole

Claudia’s French Toast Casserole

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Karl’s Chicken Wonton Soup

Jan’s friends from childhood—she has known Barbara since the second grade—are coming once again for the Quilt Festival. One will not eat anything with chunks of cooked tomatoes and the other will only eat chicken or fish. To top it off, Jan has just had two crowns and needs soft foods like soups. How to please everyone?

Karl’s Chicken Wonton Soup

Karl’s Chicken Wonton Soup

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Karl’s Wonton Soup

My brother-in-law Dee is coming for another of his innumerable medical appointments at the VA. He is getting tired of the biscuits and gravy that I have been serving the last two times he came. He has requested wonton soup.

Karl’s Wonton Soup

Karl’s Wonton Soup

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Karl’s Negima Yakitori (Chicken Thigh and Green Onion Skewers)

Adapted from a Just One Cookbook recipe

My original idea for this Sunday was to make a teriyaki beef stew, but Miriam said, “Too sweet.” I suggested chicken skewers and she agreed to that, as long as the meal was vegetable forward and low sugar.  Japanese dishes seem to have a lot of added sugar, but I could work with that.

Karl’s Negima Yakitori (Chicken Thigh and Green Onion Skewers)

Karl’s Negima Yakitori
Chicken Thigh and Green Onion Skewers

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Karl’s Nayarit Pozole Roja

Adapted from a Family Cookbook Project recipe

Jan and Eilene went to Hopi this summer and came back loving hominy. I made some Hopi beans and hominy, but I used canned corn for the dish. I bought a bag of pozole corn with the intent of making it fresh, but Eilene said she wanted Mexican pozole instead.

Note: In some American recipes it is spelled posole.

Karl’s Nayarit Pozole Roja

Karl’s Nayarit Pozole Roja

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Karl’s Chicken Enchiladas

A few weeks ago, I tried to make some enchiladas the way I thought my mother, Claudia, had made them. While this was not one of the recipes that I took down when I left home, I had watched her make them several times. While my enchiladas looked good in the pan, they were hard to serve without them completely falling apart.

Karl’s Chicken Enchiladas

Karl’s Chicken Enchiladas

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Karl’s Beef Bulgogi with Lettuce Wraps

Adapted from a KimchiMari recipe

For this Sunday’s Korean Dinner, I decided to make separate starch and meat main dishes, because my son-in-law is again avoiding starches. I am making beef bulgogi  and a vegetarian japchae. That way my diners can adjust their servings as it pleases them. In addition I am serving three vegetable sides: chive stem kimchiKorean cucumber salad; and a Korean bok choy dish.

Karl’s Beef Bulgogi with Lettuce Wraps

Karl’s Beef Bulgogi with Lettuce Wraps

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Karl’s Vegetarian Japchae

Adapted from a My Korean Kitchen recipe

Daughter Eilene goes out with her friends a fair amount—which in San Jose means a lot of culinary options. She came home with a new favorite dish, Korean japchae.  She asked me to learn how to make it. My first attempt want not a total disaster, but my noodles were over cooked and gummy—decidedly not good enough to post.

Karl’s Vegetarian Japchae

Karl’s Vegetarian Japchae

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Karl’s Jolokia Chocolate Chicken Fajita Tacos

Tacos are a favorite meal around my house. I usually make some version once a week—although rarely on Tuesday. Jan had brought some ghost pepper products back from a trip to Monterey, one of which was Jolikia Hot Chocolate mix from the Pepper Palace. I decided to try using it in a taco dish—chocolate and chilies is a traditional Mexican combination.

Karl’s Jolokia Chocolate Chicken Fajita Tacos

Karl’s Jolokia Chocolate Chicken Fajita Tacos

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