Category Archives: Main Dishes

Karl’s Chicken Curry Bierocks

Readers of my blog may be beginning to feel that I am in a rut with so many bierock recipes, but these pocket breads are really good and open to a wide variety of fillings. Wife Jan did not like boring German bierocks—beef, onion, and cabbage in a raised bread wrapper. When she found Volga German bierocks she changed she mind—seasonings are good. She then asked that I make Uyghar bierocks—while she like there she would have preferred that I had used chicken rather than lamb. This morning she asked for chicken curry bierocks.

Karl’s Chicken Curry Bierocks

Karl’s Chicken Curry Bierocks

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Karl’s Uyghur Bierocks

The first time I made bierock—German pocket breads—I made it the way it would be done in Germany, with a minimal ingredients list—mostly beef, onions, and cabbage. Wife Jan was unimpressed. She found a Volga German recipe with a fair amount of spices added—these she liked much better. Jan then had a fancy—What if a Volga German traveled east on the Silk Road to Kashgar. What kind of bierock would he make then?

Karl’s Uyghur Bierocks

Karl’s Uyghur Bierocks

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Karl’s Cedar Plank Salmon with Two Dry Rubs

When I proposed my usual Greek lamb for this Easter’s dinner, I was faced with a bit of a revolt. We finally settled on both ham and salmon as the main dishes. For the salmon I eventually decided to use two spice rubs. To go with my salmon I also made a ham steak, arugula salad, latkes with pear sauce, and dinner rolls.

Karl’s Cedar Plank Salmon with Two Dry Rubs

Karl’s Cedar Plank Salmon with Two Dry Rubs

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Karl’s Easter Grilled Ham Steak with Cranberry Orange Marmalade

When I proposed my usual Greek lamb for this Easter’s dinner, I was faced with a bit of a revolt. We finally settled on both ham and salmon as the main dishes. For everyday meals, I usually broil my ham steaks, but—since I was already planning to plank grill the salmon—grilling it this time was an easy decision.

Karl’s Easter Grilled Ham Steak With Cranberry Orange Marmalade

Karl’s Easter Grilled Ham Steak
with Cranberry Orange Marmalade

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Karl’s Biscuits and Chicken Sausage Gravy

I decided that I wanted biscuits and gravy for breakfast, but I did not have my usual sage pork sausage—which wife, Jan, does not really prefer. I did have some Trader Joe’s chicken sausage in the freezer, so I decided to go with that. I did not used to make this kind of thing—except on special weekends—but I just had a hankering.

Karl’s Biscuits and Chicken Sausage Gravy

Karl’s Biscuits and Chicken Sausage Gravy

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Karl’s Dàn Dàn Miàn II (Sichuan Peddler’s Noodles)

I have made this dish before, but son-in-law Chris asked for this hot and sour dish as his birthday meal. Last time, I made this fairly close to the traditional recipe. This time, I decided to add more meat and use some tricks I have picked up to boost the flavor.

Karl’s Dàn Dàn Miàn II (Sichuan Peddler’s Noodles)

Karl’s Dàn Dàn Miàn II
Sichuan Peddler’s Noodles

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Karl’s Quick Beef and Pork Chili

My sister, Karen, came through town last week and for one of the meals I made chili. As I had not planned  to make a third meal for her it was a bit of a spur of the moment thing. While everyone else went for a hike, I whipped up a quick chili.

Karl’s Quick Beef and Pork Chili

Karl’s Quick Beef and Pork Chili

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Karl’s Chicken and Biscuits

Sometimes, I am at a loss for what to make for dinner. I go on-line and search for “dinner ideas.” While I am usually sure—when I see a picture of a dish—about what I do not want to make for dinner, but I sometimes struggle to find what I want. I keep looking, and eventually, I will spot something that just seems right—and off I go.

Karl’s Chicken and Biscuits

Karl’s Chicken and Biscuits

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Karl’s Volga German Bierocks 

A bierock—German stuffed bread—is not now, nor has it ever been haute cuisine, it is essentially a workingman’s lunch. When you are working, traveling, or having some kind of festival event, you do not always have time to sit down for meal. Having a meal in a neat, sealed package that you can slip into a pocket or pouch is a solution that many cultures have discovered.

Karl’s Volga German Bierocks 

Karl’s Volga German Bierocks

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Karl’s Guinness Beef Stew II

We were invited to a potluck this weekend and I decided—since it is close to St. Patrick’s Day—to do an Irish beef stew. I have posted this recipe before, but I am really incapable of doing the same dish the same way twice.

Karl’s Guinness Beef Stew II

Karl’s Guinness Beef Stew II

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