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 kimchi; Korean cucumber salad; and a Korean bok choy dish.
Karl’s Beef Bulgogi with Lettuce Wraps
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
(Sorry, I was hungry!)
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
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
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
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
I used canned beans for quick weekday chili. Cook’s Illustrated has identified Goya as the best brand of canned beans, because they are processed fresh in the fields, instead of laying around in storage for an unknown length of time. This is more of a weekend variation on the theme.
Karl’s Weekend Beef Meatball Chili
We have not had a Sunday feast in a couple weeks—travel and other events got in the way. As I was trying to come up with Sunday’s meal, Jan first suggested barbecued tri-tip and then Argentina. To Goggle I went, to discover just what that entailed.
Karl’s Argentinean Tri-tip
Jan just had two temporary crowns put in and is eating soft food. While she had smoothies and blended Fishyssoise the first days, she wanted something more substantial by the third day. The last time she had a crown put in, I made her Shepherd’s Minced Pie.
Karl’s Minced Cottage Pie
I like slow cooked chili with tender chunks of beef, sometimes I just want a quick meal for a weekday. While I have been known to simply use a brand name chili, occasionally I like to go just a step further. This may take a few more minutes than simply opening a can, but the flavor is worth the effort.
Karl’s Weekday Quick Beef Chili II