Category Archives: Vegetarian MD

Karl’s Mushroom and Barley Soup

Jan really liked the last mushroom soup I made. She asked for a soup just for the two of us, Eilene—who hates mushrooms—was off on an overnight. Reworking that recipe actually improved it quite a bit.

Karl's Mushroom and Barley Soup

Karl’s Mushroom and Barley Soup

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Karl’s Maafe Minus (West African Sweet Potato and Peanut Soup)

Jan’s friend is coming to join Jan in a visit to Santa Barbara—the yearly gathering of women who went through UCSB’s Anthropology Program in the late ‘70’s. I decided to make the sweet potato and peanut butter soup I made earlier this week for their lunch, but she is allergic to both  tomatoes and milk.

Karl’s Maafe Minus (West African Sweet Potato and Peanut Soup)

Karl’s Maafe Minus
(West African Sweet Potato and Peanut Soup)

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Karl’s Maafe, Mafé or Groundnut Chop (West African Sweet Potato and Peanut Soup)

Jan had a temporary crown put in on Monday and she wanted a soft creamy soup for dinner. In times past this would mean some variation of vichyssoise, potato and leek soup. I am always looking for something new, so I started thinking about an African sweet potato and peanut soup/stew.

Karl’s Maafe, Mafé or Groundnut Chop (West African Sweet Potato and Peanut Soup)

Karl’s Maafe, Mafé or Groundnut Chop
(West African Sweet Potato and Peanut Soup)

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Karl’s Italian Vegetable Soup

Jan is hosting this year’s Ladies Christmas Get-together. Some of her friends are vegetarian. I am making a chicken dish for the meat eaters and a pasta dish for the pasta lovers. We decided that a soup would be a good dish for the vegetarians.

Karl’s Italian Vegetable Soup

Karl’s Italian Vegetable Soup

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Claudia’s Cheese Strada

Before I left home for the first time, I sat down with my mother’s recipe box and wrote down my favorite dishes.  I have referenced  my mother’s strada before, but I did not post the original recipe. Today I am posting another variation, so I thought I would put up Claudia’s family recipe. My memory is she was making this in the Fifties, long before it became a fashionable dish in the Seventies. Continue reading

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Karl’s California International Pickles

Two Sundays ago, I bought some Persian cucumbers for a dinner that did not happen. I did not want them to spoil. There were too many of them just to eat on my own, so I decided to make pickles with them.

Karl’s California International Pickles

Karl’s California International Pickles

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Karl’s Japanese Quick Pickled Carrots

I made some shredded pickled carrots for Jan, while her mouth was healing. I did not think they were anything special, but she really liked them. Today, I was at the Japanese store and saw some nice carrots. I decided that I would make some more for my Japanese dinner tonight.

Karl’s Japanese Quick Pickled Carrots

Karl’s Japanese Quick Pickled Carrots

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Karl’s Black and Wild Rice Salad

When Jan was visiting her friends, one of them made a salad out of the January issue of Bon appétit. She bought the magazine and asked for this salad for dinner. While the salad looked good, I wanted to make some changes. I do not like cooked squash, especially cold cooked squash. 

Karl’s Black and Wild Rice Salad

Karl’s Black and Wild Rice Salad

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Jan’s Piña Kalelada

Jan’s is still on her blended food diet, her mouth surgery should heal soon, and she has lost her holiday weight. Every day she has created a new smoothie. Today, she is using coconut water with pulp (El Mexicano brand). This one was good enough that she was tempted to add rum and make it a real Piña colada.

Jan’s Piña Kalelada

Jan’s Piña Kalelada

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Karl’s Curried Sweet Potato Soup with Apple Crème Fraîche

I went to the dentist today, so I have joined Jan’s soft food diet for the day. Despite last night’s yam fail, she sent me a Martha Stewart recipe she wanted me to try. It is not really in my nature “to do” Martha Stewart. I did not change everything about the recipe, but just about. This is more of a “inspired by” rather than an “adapted from” recipe.

Karl’s Curried Sweet Potato Soup with Apple Crème Fraîche

Karl’s Curried Sweet Potato Soup
with Apple Crème Fraîche

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