Category Archives: Main Dishes

Karl’s Baked Italian Chicken

As my main dish to go with my farro salad, I decided to bake some chicken. When I was a child—in the ‘60s—my mother would bake chicken drenched in Wishbone Italian dressing—son-in-law pointed out that her remembered that this recipe was actually on the bottle. Since I had already made more dressing that I needed for my salad I decided to replicate this fondly remembered dish.

Karl’s Baked Italian Chicken

Karl’s Baked Italian Chicken

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Karl’s Cheese Fondue

Adapted from Simple Recipes

Wife Jan decided she wanted cheese fondue for Sunday dinner. At the last minute, daughter Miriam bowed out, so I made bread pudding with my bread cubes. I finally made the fondue the next weekend’s dinner.

Karl’s Cheese Fondue

Karl’s Cheese Fondue

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Karl’s Bulgogi Tri-tip

I am doing a barbecued bulgogi tri-tip for our Sunday meal. This popular Korean dish is usually made with thinly shaved marinated beef and then grilled with onions. Daughter Miriam is off garlic and onions—I also did not want to spend time par-freezing an finely slicing my meat—I would have to adapt my recipe to her needs. I finally decided to marinate a whole tri-tip, barbecue it, and then slice the roast at the table.

Karl’s Bulgogi Tri-tip

Karl’s Bulgogi Tri-tip

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Karl’s Poké Chirashi Sushi

Poké is an Hawaiian dish of seasoned raw fish. By itself it is not a full meal, it needs a starch and vegetable side dishes. Normally, I would set these each out in separate bowls, so my diners could take as much or as little as they wanted of each item. However this time I thought I would get a bit fancier. I decided to turn this meal into a Japanese-Hawaiian fusion as a poké chirashi sushi—scatter sushi. Chirashi sushi is sushi rice with various ingredients attractively scattered over and around it.

Karl’s Poké Chirashi Sushi

Karl’s Poké Chirashi Sushi

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Chris’ Poké

Poké is an Hawaiian dish of seasoned raw fish. I have hesitated to make poké as a main dish, because of the expense of buying enough sushi grade ahi from the local Japanese markets for a good sized serving for each of five people. I found an inexpensive source for ahi at my friendly local Hawaiian market—Kumar’s Island Market. I ended up buying 2 pounds. When I told my son-in-law Chris about this he asked me to save him a half a pound for his own poké recipe. Chris went to graduate school in Hawaii for three years, so he knows poké.

Chris’ Poké

Chris’ Poké

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Karl’s Poké

 Adapted from Kumar’s recipe

Poké is an Hawaiian dish of seasoned raw fish. By itself it is not a full meal —as I thought about it—I decided to turn mine into a Japanese-Hawaiian fusion as a poké chirashi sushi—scatter sushi. Chirashi sushi is sushi rice with various ingredients scattered over it.

Karl’s Poké

Karl’s Poké

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Karl’s Burning Man Food II

Wife Jan is going off to Burning Man again. Last year she broke her arm, I hope she comes back in one piece this year. As usual, I am making instant meals—just add water—for her group, the Sage Camp.

If your are unimaginative you go to REI and buy a bunch of dried food packets for $5-10 per person per meal. My wife is in a group of “poor but honest scholars”—貧窮而誠實的學者—so that is not an option. I have created a selection of gourmet box-meals to sustain them in the harsh conditions of the Black Rock Playa. Continue reading

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Karl’s Pistachio Tabbouleh for Burning Man

Wife Jan is going off to Burning Man again. Last year she broke her arm, I hope she comes back in one piece this year. As usual, I am making instant meals for her group. Last year, I made three camp meals—saag pilau, za’atar orzo, and pancakes. This year I added two more—mashed potatoes and tabbouleh. Bulgur—the main ingredient in tabbouleh—is wheat that has been steamed and then dehydrated, so it does not need to be cooked a second time.

Karl’s Mint Pistachio Tabbouleh for Burning Man

Karl’s Mint Pistachio Tabbouleh
for Burning Man

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Karl’s Saag Pilau II for Burning Man

Wife Jan is going off to Burning Man again. Last year she broke her arm, I hope she comes back in one piece this year. As usual, I am making quick cooking camp meals for her group. While this is very similar to what I made last year—which got rave reviews—I had to tweak it just a bit.

Karl’s Saag Pilau II for Burning Man

Karl’s Saag Pilau II
for Burning Man

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Karl’s Broiled Salmon with Liliko’i Glaze

Broiled salmon has become a go to weekday dish when I need a fast meal for the family. I have discovered that my homemade jams make a good glaze and I have used lemon, orange, and my ginger peach jams to great success. Jan has recently discovered that she loves liliko’ipassion fruit—and when I discovered a jar of Liliko’i jam at the local Hawaiian market—Kumar’s Island Market—I knew I had to buy it.

Karl’s Broiled Salmon with Liliko’i Glaze

Karl’s Broiled Salmon with Liliko’i Glaze

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