Category Archives: Main Dishes

Karl’s Chicken and Butter Dumplings II

Wife Jan has been asking lately for her ultimate comfort food, chicken and dumplings. I am always trying to improve even my best recipes—a change of spice here, a new technique there. Sometimes I will walk into the kitchen and simply follow my instincts on a recipe that I have made several times before. Occasionally it works out rather well.

Karl’s Chicken and Butter Dumplings II

Karl’s Chicken and Butter Dumplings II

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Karl’s Sichuan Pepper Chicken Wings

Jan asked for chicken wings for Mother’s Day dinner. She is also very fond of Sichuan pepper. To go with the wings, I made Jan’s favorite coleslaw and Japanese potato salad and rice pudding for dessert.

Karl’s Sichuan Pepper Chicken Wings

Karl’s Sichuan Pepper Chicken Wings

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Karl’s Simple Shrimp Shoyu Ramen

Wife Jan wanted something warm and noodle-y for a weekday meal. We have been on a search for the perfect bowl of ramen in San Jose—the best we have found so far, near us, is Masa Ramen. While I have made a complex version of this dish, I wanted something simpler and with fewer ingredients.

Karl’s Simple Shrimp Shoyu Ramen

Karl’s Simple Shrimp Shoyu Ramen

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Karl’s Chicks in Blankets (AKA Sausage Rolls)

Several years ago, I posted a fancier version of pigs in blankets two ways—in one I had made homemade sausage.  In America, “pigs in blankets” can refer to either a sausage baked into a bun—what the British would call a sausage roll or bun—or a breakfast sausage rolled up into a pancake. Today, I am switching chicken breakfast sausages for pork.

Karl's Chicks in Blankets (AKA Sausage Rolls)

Karl’s Chicks in Blankets
AKA Sausage Rolls

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Karl’s Simple Yosenabe

Yosenabe is a type of nabemono or one-pot dish. The traditional nabe pot is a fairly deep, round bottomed pot with a wooden lid that fits inside the edges of the pot.  I had planned to make my usual yosenabe for Sunday’s dinner, but the kids decided not to come over—daughter Eilene also ended up going out—so it was just my wife and myself. I cut down the number of ingredients to be enough for just two.

Karl’s Simple Yosenabe

Karl’s Simple Yosenabe

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Karl’s Cajun Chicken Tacos

I like to mix things up to keep weekday meals interesting. Taking one culture’s ingredients and combining it with cooking techniques and presentation of another culture’s dishes. This time, I am combining Cajun ingredients with a Mexican taco.

Karl’s Cajun Chicken Tacos

Karl’s Cajun Chicken Tacos

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Karl’s Kūbide Bierocks

I love stuffed breads, whether you call them a samsa, a pasty, a samosa, or a bierock. While making them can be a lot of work—you are first making some kind of stew, letting it cool, making the dough, and then filling the dough with the stew, before baking them all together—the payoff is well worth the added labor. Packet breads are a convenient, grab-and-go meal for lunches and I usually get two, or even three, meals for three people out of one recipe.

Karl’s Kūbide Bierocks

Karl’s Kūbide Bierocks

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Karl’s Leftover Steamed Chicken Soup

Last Sunday I made steamed chicken for Sunday’s dinner. While my family ate a great deal of it, there was enough left over for soup on Monday. Making soup with leftovers is second nature to me.

Karl’s Leftover Steamed Chicken Soup

Karl’s Leftover Steamed Chicken Soup

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Karl’s Chinese Five Spiced Steamed Chicken

Daughter Miriam is on a very restricted diet—no onions, garlic, or peppers (not even bell peppers). This has made creating my Sunday feasts a bit of a challenge. After a bit of negotiation, we settled on Chinese steamed chicken and pea sprouts for this week.

Karl’s Chinese Five Spiced Steamed Chicken

Karl’s Chinese Five Spiced Steamed Chicken

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Karl’s One-eyed Jacques (French Toast Punch-Out Eggs)

I was making French toast for Jan’s breakfast. My wife never eats an egg as well when she has French toast, but I wanted one. I suddenly remembered her family recipe for One-eyed Jacks and I wondered, why not make it with French toast? Of course that would make it a One-eyed Jacques.

Karl’s One-eyed Jacques (French Toast Punch-Out Eggs)

Karl’s One-eyed Jacques
French Toast Punch-Out Eggs

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