Category Archives: Pork

Karl’s Mini Quiches

Wife Jan is hosting Ethnobreakfast again and I am getting tired of endless variations of deviled eggs. Recently, I have discovered how to make the perfect short crust. Mini quiches came to mind as something new and different to experiment with. She is expecting 20 people to physically show up—some Skype into the meeting—so that means making at least 40 quiches.

Karl’s Mini Quiches

Karl’s Mini Quiches

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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 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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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 Ham Steak with Apple Butter Clove Glaze

My sister Karen has several fruit trees in her yard that produce far more fruit than she and her husband can possibly eat. She came to the same decision that I made with my marmalade that she could make Christmas gifts with them. This year she sent us apple butter.

Karl’s Ham Steak with Apple Butter Clove Glaze

Karl’s Ham Steak
with Apple Butter Clove Glaze

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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 Homemade Pasta Sauce

Last week Jan’s farmer friend dropped pounds of tomatoes on us. To preserve them, I turned them into three quarts of a simple tomato sauce—just tomatoes and a bit of salt. This allowed me the greatest flexibility when I decided what to use the sauce in a recipe— meaning it did not lock me into Italian cuisine, like so many of the sauces on-line.

Karl’s Homemade Pasta Sauce

Karl’s Homemade Pasta Sauce

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Karl’s Creole Gumbo II

Eilene is having friends over, so I needed something to feed hungry 20-somethings. I have made versions of both this dish and jambalaya before, but I wanted one that was simple enough for a weekday meal. The basic difference between a gumbo and jambalaya is whether you pour the sauce over the rice or cook the rice in the sauce.

Karl’s Creole Gumbo II

Karl’s Creole Gumbo II

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Karl’s Carnitas Enchiladas with Avocado

Wandering through Trader Joe’s, wondering what I was going to make for dinner—this is actually not an uncommon occurrence. I saw a package of pre-cooked pork carnitas. I could do a quick pork taco with that, but I make tacos almost every week. Walking down another aisle, I saw Trader Joe’s enchilada sauce, and it clicked—pork enchiladas!

Karl’s Carnitas Enchiladas with Avocado

Karl’s Carnitas Enchiladas with Avocado

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