Category Archives: Seafood

Karl’s Shrimp Miso Soup

Miso soup is perfect for a weekday meal. The soup broth itself is quick and easy to make, by itself it is simply dashi—a Japanese soup base—with some miso added for flavoring. After that, you may add pretty much anything you have available—a great way to use up any miscellaneous bits of vegetables that you have lying around. Today, I decided on shrimp, tofu, napa cabbage, green onion, and I happened to have some daikon sprouts and slivers of red jalapeño on hand.

Karl’s Shrimp Miso Soup

Karl’s Shrimp Miso Soup

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Hamachi Shots

Two weeks ago, I tried making hamachi shotsChef Jeffrey Stout’s signature recipe at The Sea by Alexander—for the first time. I was rushed and forgot to add all of the ingredients. I also took a short cut that did not work well. This time, I am trying to faithfully follow the recipe—not something that is really in my nature.

Hamachi Shots

Hamachi Shots

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Levi Root’s Jamaican Coconut-Baked Fish Parcels

Adapted from Grill it with Levi

The kids are feeling a bit toady after weeks of holiday eating and have decided to go on a keto/Atkins low-carb diet. These diets are vegetable/protein forward. Usually, I go with dishes where I can serve the starch on the side, for those who wish for more.

Levi Root’s Jamaican Coconut-Baked Fish Parcels

Levi Root’s Jamaican Coconut-Baked Fish Parcels

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Karl’s Hamachi Shots

Adapted from a Chef Jeffrey Stout recipe

The kids are feeling a bit toady after weeks of holiday eating and have decided to go on a keto/Atkins low-carb diet. These diets are vegetable/protein forward. Usually, I go with dishes where I can serve the starch on the side, for those who wish for more.

Karl’s Hamachi Shots

Karl’s Hamachi Shots

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Karl’s Shrimp and Wild Rice Stuffed Mushrooms II

Timing is always a challenge when making a large meal, so an appetizer or three is always a good idea to keep the hordes at bay. I made these for Thanksgiving and everyone—except Eilene—loved them. I am making a festival meal for one of one of Jan’s Chinese students, so I thought I would make a variation of them for my guests.

Karl’s Shrimp and Wild Rice Stuffed Mushrooms II

Karl’s Shrimp and Wild Rice Stuffed Mushrooms II

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Karl’s Shrimp and Wild Rice Stuffed Mushrooms

Timing is always a challenge when making a Thanksgiving’s day meal, so an appetizer or two is always a good idea to keep the hordes at bay. While Eilene hates mushrooms, everyone else loves them. This is a dish you can cook slightly ahead and quickly re-warm just before serving.

Karl’s Shrimp and Wild Rice Stuffed Mushrooms

Karl’s Shrimp and Wild Rice Stuffed Mushrooms

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Karl’s Smoked Salmon and Avocado Toast

About once a week we have what we call “deli dinner”—smoked salmon or lox, bread, cheeses, and salads. We usually get most of the ingredients for this meal from La Villa Italian Deli. However, since it is a family run business, they close for the entire Thanksgivings Day weekend.

Karl’s Smoked Salmon and Avocado Toast

Karl’s Smoked Salmon and Avocado Toast

We made do by getting our ingredients from Whole Food‘s this week. We had some hot smoked salmon leftover and I decided to use it for lunch the next day. How do you feed three people with only one ounce of fish? I decided to mix it with an avocado and some chives that I had remaining from making Thanksgiving dinner. Avocado toast makes a great lunch when paired with a green salad. Continue reading

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Karl’s Xiao Long Bao (Introduction)

Note: This recipes for Xiao Long Bao is very complex, basically an article—10 pages—rather than a post. Jan and daughter Miriam suggest that blog readers generally do not like such long posts. This recipe is actually four recipes in one, so I will post three of these as separate posts with an introductory and concluding post. For my readers who do not mind reading a long post, I will also post the entire article separately.

Karl’s Xiao Long Bao (the complete recipe in one post)

Karl’s Xiao Long Bao (aka XLB or Soup Dumplings)

Karl’s Xiao Long Bao (aka XLB or Soup Dumplings)

Note: Of particular interest—to anyone wishing to make Chinese dumplings—will be the discussion of the science of dumpling dough. Continue reading

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Karl’s Xiao Long Bao (The Soup)

Since it is impossible to pour hot soup into a raw piece of dough, there had to be a trick to making these soup filled buns. The secret is to turn the soup into aspic—a meat jelly. Many of the “quick” recipes call for using powdered gelatin. The more traditional recipes call for boiling pig skin for hours to break down its collagen to make the gelatin.  If you are using this technique, it is advisable to begin making the soup the day before you plan to make these dumplings.

Karl’s Xiao Long Bao (the complete recipe in one post)

Karl’s Xiao Long Bao (aka XLB or Soup Dumplings)

Karl’s Xiao Long Bao (aka XLB or Soup Dumplings)

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Karl’s Xiao Long Bao (The Filling)

The most of the fillings, I found, for XLBs were fairly standard for Chinese dumplings. Pork or pork combined with shrimp with the usual set of seasonings—ginger, green onion, salt, soy sauce, and a touch of sugar. This is not to say that than you cannot make chicken or vegetarian versions of this dish.

Karl’s Xiao Long Bao (the complete recipe in one post)

Karl’s Xiao Long Bao (aka XLB or Soup Dumplings)

Karl’s Xiao Long Bao (aka XLB or Soup Dumplings)

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