Category Archives: Main Dishes

Karl’s Spinach and Prosciutto Calzone

Last week, son-in-law Chris asked for calzone for his birthday meal, but he waited too long—the pizza dough takes at least 3 day to be properly cold-risen. When I make pizza dough it produces enough to make 3 pizzas—a calzone is really just a folded over pizza. I plan to use only tow thirds of this dough for this meal. This dough freezes really well and I will save the third portion for another day. A Caesar salad completes the meal.

Karl’s Spinach and Prosciutto Calzone

Karl’s Spinach and Prosciutto Calzone

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Karl’s Artichoke and Basil Calzone

Last week, son-in-law Chris asked for calzone for his birthday meal, but he waited too long—the pizza dough takes at least 3 day to be properly cold-risen. When I make pizza dough it produces enough to make 3 pizzas—a calzone is really just a folded over pizza. I had planned to use only two thirds of this dough for this meal, but the fillings I made required me to use all of the dough—dinner for tomorrow. A Caesar salad completes the meal.

Karl’s Artichoke and Basil Calzone

Karl’s Artichoke and Basil Calzone

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Karl’s Restaurant Style Stir Fried Rice

I’m making a simple broiled salmon—with just a little lemon juice and salt—for a weeknight meal, but I wanted something more than plain rice to go with it. I had some left over rice in the refrigerator, so I thought that fried rice would be nice. Tonight I decided to try to make it like Chinese restaurant rice with the finely diced vegetables.

Karl’s Restaurant Style Stir Fried Rice

Karl’s Restaurant Style Stir Fried Rice

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Japanese Chicken Curry チキンカレー

Adapted from a Just One Cookbook recipe

Wife Jan is teaching the Anthropology of Food this semester. She had gotten to the English introducing curry to the Japanese and she thought “Japanese curry, yum!” The Japanese have made this dish their own—it is much milder and sweeter than an Indian curry.

Japanese Chicken Curry チキンカレー

Japanese Chicken Curry チキンカレー

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Karl’s Corned Beef without Garlic and Onions

Sunday was St. Patrick’s Day, and around here that means corned beef and colcannon. Daughter Miriam is off onions and garlic—although she has recently been OK with just a little green onion (see colcannon without garlic and onions). For this meal, I adapted my regular corned beef for one adapted to my daughter’s needs. Most recipes for corned beef include onions and frequently garlic. I decided to replace these aromatics with celery and carrots.

Karl’s Corned Beef without Garlic and Onions

Karl’s Corned Beef without Garlic and Onions

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Karl’s Hawaiian Hamburger

Wife Jan asked for Japanese teriyaki burger for dinner. In chatting with the teller in the market he asked if I was going to use pineapple in the dish. I responded that that would make it an Hawaiian burger. Jan said yes to the idea.

Karl’s Hawaiian Hamburger

Karl’s Hawaiian Hamburger

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Karl’s Eggs Benedict Salad

As I said, my wife does not like Hollandaise sauce. When I suggested making Eggs Benedict salad for her Ethno Breakfast, her response was a definite “NO!” I made a curried egg salad for her function, but I still though my suggestion was a good one. I substituted the mayonnaise—usually used in an egg salad with Hollandaise sauce.

Karl’s Eggs Benedict Salad

Karl’s Eggs Benedict Salad

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Karl’s Rustic Shepherd’s Pie

I have done several variations of shepherd’s pie—1, 2, 3, 4, 5, & 6. The traditional recipe calls for a stew covered in mashed potatoes. For this dish, I decided to try a break from tradition and—instead of mashing the potatoes—covered the stew with my mother’s parsley potatoes.

Karl’s Rustic Shepherd’s Pie

Karl’s Rustic Shepherd’s Pie

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Karl’s Coca-Cola Pulled Pork Lettuce Cups

Broadly adapted from an Epicurious recipe

Thinking about what to make for this Sunday’s dinner. I suggested Coca-Cola pork. This idea was well received, so I started looking up recipes and sides to go with it.

Karl’s Coca-Cola Pulled Pork Lettuce Cups

Karl’s Coca-Cola Pulled Pork Lettuce Cups

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Karl’s Gruyère Melted Cheese Sandwiches for a Crowd

Daughter Miriam asked for tomato soup and melted cheese sandwiches for Sunday’s dinner. She was quite particular about what she wanted on the sandwiches—melted Gruyère cheese with fig spread and Japanese mayonnaise. She had recently had a Blue Apron order that combined these ingredients.  I suggested that if she was going to have all that, that you should throw in some Dijon to top it all off—she agreed.

Karl’s Gruyère Melted Cheese Sandwiches for a Crowd

Karl’s Gruyère Melted Cheese Sandwiches for a Crowd

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