Category Archives: Main Dishes

Karl’s Manhattan Clam Chowder

Wife Jan wanted something to go with the soda bread I was making. She decided that I had not made clam chowder in quite a while. One reason for that was that daughter Eilene has become a bit lactose intolerant. The obvious solution was to make Manhattan clam chowder.

Karl’s Manhattan Clam Chowder

Karl’s Manhattan Clam Chowder

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Karl’s Sichuan Pepper and Salt Tri-tip

Daughter Miriam has been “off” onions and garlic for several months now. As a result I have been adapting some of my old recipes. The last time I made a Sichuan pepper tri-tip I used a wet overnight marinade with lots of ingredients and garlic. This time, I greatly simplified the recipe and I used a dry rub. This came out very well.

Karl’s Sichuan Pepper and Salt Tri-tip

Karl’s Sichuan Pepper and Salt Tri-tip

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Karl’s Chicken Florentine Bierock

I love stuffed breads, whether you call them a samsa, a pasty, a samosa, or a bierock—the major difference between all of these pockets is the type of bread used to wrap the savory filling. A bierock 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 bread package that you can slip into a pocket or pouch is a solution that many cultures have discovered.

Karl’s Chicken Florentine Bierock

Karl’s Chicken Florentine Bierock

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Karl’s Honey Rosemary Roast Chicken

I had decided on a French(-ish) cuisine roast chicken for Sunday’s family dinner. Daughter Miriam is still off onions and garlic, so I needed to create a tasty recipe that did not include them. However, some habits are hard to break and I added garlic to my marinade without thinking. To make something for Miriam, I bought another chicken breast and marinated it in the same marinade sans garlic.

Karl’s Honey Rosemary Roast Chicken

Karl’s Honey Rosemary Roast Chicken

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Karl’s Burning Man Food

Wife Jan got back from Burning Man on Monday. She broke her arm while she was there and I have spent much of the week “doing for her”—tying shoes, driving, etc. Getting the pictures she took on her trip has not been a top priority. Jan did get pictures of some of the dishes, before they were gobbled down. I had made enough of each dish that her group could gift the remaining mixes to the camps around them. Continue reading

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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 Sausage and Spinach Alfredo

Eilene’s friends are coming over for dinner after a long hike. Wife Jan is still at Burning Man and while she would find this dish “too rich” the kids will like it. While I could have made my own Alfredo sauce I decided to try a short cut. I like to make the dishes that I make for Eilene’s friends one dish meals—protein, starch, and vegetables all in one recipe.

Karl’s Sausage and Spinach Alfredo

Karl’s Sausage and Spinach Alfredo

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Karl’s  Hawaiian Lau Lau Pork

Last week, we were at a local restaurant that served lau lau pork (leaf leaf pork). Miriam bought a side dish of this and it was amazing. In reading about it, it appears that it is usually made with both fish and pork, but the restaurant and many of the recipes I found on-line replace the salted fish with soy sauce.

Karl’s Hawaiian Lau Lau Pork

Karl’s Hawaiian Lau Lau Pork

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Karl’s Thai Chicken Soup

Jan asked for chicken soup with rice—props to Maurice Sendak—for a weekday dinner, but that seemed too common to me. I decided to make Thai Chicken soup with rice stick. I can make it a bit less spicy than it is made authentically.

Karl’s Thai Chicken Soup

Karl’s Thai Chicken Soup

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Karl’s Blueberry Pancakes for Burning Man

I recently learned how to make pancakes from scratch. When Jan decided to go to Burning Man this was an obvious choice for one of their meals. There was how ever a hitch, out in the middle of the desert there would be little refrigeration available—which kind of knocks out using fresh milk and eggs.

Karl’s Blueberry Pancakes for Burning Man

Karl’s Blueberry Pancakes for Burning Man

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