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Karl’s Beef and Spinach Bierocks

Eilene’s friends are coming over again—one has just returned from visiting family in the Philippines. The last two times I have made dinner for them it has been pasta—a tomato based sauce and an Alfredo sauce. I wanted to do something different and I have not made bierocks in quite a while, Eilene liked the idea.

Karl’s Beef and Spinach Bierocks

Karl’s Beef and Spinach Bierocks

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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 Taco Stuffed Avocados

Tacos are an almost weekly meal at my house. To keep it interesting I change up the meat—wife Jan likes fish and chicken, daughter Eilene likes pork, and I like beef. I usually make enough taco filling that there is some left over for another meal, if you stretch it in some way. This week Jan spotted a recipe in a magazine for stuffed avocados and said, “make these.”

Karl's Taco Stuffed Avocados

Karl’s Taco Stuffed Avocados

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Karl’s Salt and Pepper Barbecued Tri-tip

Daughter Miriam has been sick lately and cannot eat anything in the pepper or lily families— no chili powders, garlic, leeks, onion, or peppers (even bell peppers).  This has made Sunday dinners quite a challenge lately. I needed to make something that was both flavorful, but without the things that would make her feel ill.

Karl's Salt and Pepper Barbecued Tri-tip

Karl’s Salt and Pepper Barbecued Tri-tip

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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 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 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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Karl’s Beef Tacos

Before I left home for the first time, I sat down with my mother’s recipe box and wrote down my favorite dishes. About twice a month, my mother would make tacos. While I have very fond memories of them, they were neither very healthy nor really Mexican cuisine.

Karl’s Beef Tacos

Karl’s Beef Tacos

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Claudia’s Tacos

Before I left home for the first time, I sat down with my mother’s recipe box and wrote down my favorite dishes. About twice a month, my mother would make tacos—in those days, that meant beef tacos. While I have very fond memories of these grease bombs, they were neither very healthy nor really Mexican cuisine. Continue reading

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