Category Archives: Beef

Karl’s Beef Brisket with Spanish Flavors

The kids are still on their keto/Atkins low-carb diet. These diets are vegetable/protein forward. I decided that I wanted to make a brisket. In looking at my blog I found that while I had made corn beef brisket, I have never done a simple brisket recipe.

Karl’s Beef Brisket with Spanish Flavors

Karl’s Beef Brisket with Spanish Flavors

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Karl’s Christmas Tri-tip Tacos

It is always a challenge to decide what to make for Christmas Eve dinner. I have done lamb, crab & lobster bisque, and last year I made tamales—since Jan discovered that she is a quarter Cora, we have been trending toward Mexican cuisine in our Christmas celebrations. This year, Miriam asked for tri-tip tacos—and tacos call out for beans.

Karl’s Christmas Tri-tip Tacos

Karl’s Christmas Tri-tip Tacos

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Karl’s Depression Era Goulash

Jan’s family Christmas Eve traditional meal was Grandpa Von Hausen’s goulash. This was a Depression era dish of bacon, hamburger, onions, a whole bottle of ketchup, garlic, paprika, and cans of peas, kidney beans, and pork & beans. The idea was that this dish would sustain the family throughout the days of Christmas—without anyone needing to stop and cook.

Karl’s Depression Era Goulash

Karl’s Depression Era Goulash

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Karl’s Kūbide Meatballs in Sesame Sauce

I am making a festival meal for one of Jan’s Chinese students. I wanted to make as many dishes as possible to show respect. Last week, I had made kūbide for one of our meals*, but I had some meat mix left over. I decided to serve meatballs an hor d’oeuvre.

Karl’s Kūbide Meatballs in Sesame Sauce

Karl’s Kūbide Meatballs in Sesame Sauce

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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 Koobideh Burgers

Adapted from a Persian Mama recipe

For Labor Day it is tradition to have a barbecue. Just to be different this year, I decided to make koobideh hamburgers (alternate spelling kubideh). In Persia (Iran), this finely ground and seasoned meat is usually grilled on a thick skewer. Forming it into a patty to barbecue is a most California Fusion thing to do. While the burger was international the condiments were all American—well sort of—Japanese mayonnaise, German mustard, tomatoes, sweet onions, Romaine lettuce and the buns of your choice.

Karl’s Koobideh Burgers

Karl’s Koobideh Burgers
(Sorry, I was hungry!)

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Karl’s Mitzvah Beef Stew

My neighbors are taking care of one of their aged mothers. I went to speak with the wife and when she came to the door it was obvious that she as was exhausted. She was in clear need of a  mitzvah.

Karl’s Mitzvah Beef Stew

Karl’s Mitzvah Beef Stew

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Karl’s Japanese Bar Style Santa Maria Tri-tip and Green Onion Skewers

Last week, Jan and I went over the hill to Santa Cruz to visit her “new” brother. While we were there, we stopped by a large book store that was going out of business. The cookbook section was fairly picked over, but as I was perusing the fiction section I found a book Izakaya: Japanese Bar food—someone had obviously picked it up and then changed their mind, leaving it “where ever.” Their loss, my gain. This Sunday, I decided to make a Japanese bar style dinner.

Karl’s Japanese Bar Style Santa Maria Tri-tip and Green Onion Skewers

Karl’s Japanese Bar Style Santa Maria Tri-tip and Green Onion Skewers

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Karl’s Teriyaki Hamburger

My wife and I have been watching the Netflix series Samurai Gourmet—a magical reality ode to the joys of food. When I asked what I should make for dinner Jan said, “Teriyaki Hamburger!” Looking to the series, I made something like what was served to our hero—a retired “salaryman” who is following his ronin spirit guide on a journey of discovery. I made a salad to go with this.

Karl’s Teriyaki Hamburger

Karl’s Teriyaki Hamburger

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Karl’s Meatloaf Hamburgers

Last week, in posting about my meatball chili, I mentioned that I had made meatloaf hamburgers the day before. I did not post it, because I had not taken a photo before I scarfed it down. It was so good that Jan wanted it again for the Fourth of July barbecue. I was not as hungry today, so I took time to take a picture.

Karl’s Meatloaf Hamburgers

Karl’s Meatloaf Hamburgers

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