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Karl’s Avocado, Mango Slaw with Lime Dressing

I am making Jan’s birthday meal of chicken mole, beans, and rice. That is a lot of meat and starch, but Jan also likes to be vegetable forward. My original idea was for a mango and avocado salad, but for seven people that would either be very small serving for each person or very expensive.

Karl’s Avocado, Mango Slaw with Lime Dressing

Karl’s Avocado, Mango Slaw with Lime Dressing

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Karl’s Orange Dinner

In the continued effort to make meals for Jan that she doesn’t have to do any biting—she has two front tooth temporary caps—I suggested salmon for dinner. She thought yams were a good soft starch to go with the fish. She then suggested that this was an Orange Dinner.

Karl’s Orange Dinner

Karl’s Orange Dinner

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Karl’s Mandarin Orange Salad

In the continued effort to make meals for Jan that she doesn’t have to do any biting—she has two front tooth temporary caps—I suggested salmon for dinner. She thought yams were a good soft starch to go with the fish. She then suggested that this was an Orange Dinner.

Karl’s Mandarin Orange Salad

Karl’s Mandarin Orange Salad

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Karl’s Hijiki No Nimono (Hijiki and Carrot Salad)

I had decided to make a Japanese feast this Sunday. Miriam had requested that it be a vegetable forward and a low sugar meal.  Japanese dishes seem to have a lot of added sugar, but I could work with that. I found a site with a list of nine Japanese vegetables dishes to go with my main dish of chicken yakitori.

Karl’s Hijiki No Nimono (Hijiki and Carrot Salad)

Karl’s Hijiki No Nimono
Hijiki and Carrot Salad

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Karl’s Mizuna no Ohitashi

I made a Japanese feast for Sunday’s dinner. An ohitashi is basically a Japanese salad. A variety of green are parboiled, lightly dressed with a soy sauce based dressing and then served chilled. Using spinach seemed just too ordinary. I had planned to use komatsuna (Japanese mustard greens), but the greens at the store were yellowed and bug eaten. In the next bin was some fresh mizuna (also called Japanese mustard greens), so I decided to use that for my ohitashi.

Karl’s Mizuna no Ohitashi

Karl’s Mizuna no Ohitashi

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Korean Cucumber Salad (Oi Muchim)

A Korean Bapsang recipe

For my Korean Sunday dinner, in addition to my main dishes of japchae and bulgogi, I made several vegetable sides. I am new to Korean food, so I made this very closely to the original recipe. To quote the original recipe, “oi means cucumber, and muchim means mixed with seasonings.” I had not bought Korean cucumbers (aka Japanese or East Asian), but I had some Persian cucumbers meant for a meal that did not happen.

Korean Cucumber Salad (Oi Muchim)

Korean Cucumber Salad (Oi Muchim)

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Karl’s Mixed Salad with Chicken, Croutons, and Peanut Dressing

I had half a Moorish chicken left over from Sunday’s dinner and Jan had a desire for chicken salad. She also pointed out that she really likes the crunchiness of cabbage and my peanut dressing. To add starch—to make it a full meal—and to give the salad even more crunchiness, I decided to add fresh baked croutons.

Karl’s Mixed Salad with Chicken, Croutons, and Peanut Dressing

Karl’s Mixed Salad with Chicken, Croutons, and Peanut Dressing

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Karl’s Peanut Dressing

This dressing started out as a dipping sauce for Vietnamese summer rolls. Jan really likes it. It has become a standard  dressings for salads at our house.

Karl’s Peanut Dressing

Karl’s Peanut Dressing

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Karl’s Colorful Coleslaw with Kumquat Marmalade Sumac Dressing

For Labor Day it is tradition to have a barbecue. Just to be different this year, I decided to make koobideh hamburgers. Another typical dish for Labor Day is coleslaw, but how to make it more Middle Eastern to go with the meat? Adding sumac seemed the ticket. Sumac is a sour dried berry that is ground to a powder and used as a condiment and spice in Middle Eastern cooking.

Karl’s Colorful Coleslaw with Kumquat Marmalade Sumac Dressing

Karl’s Colorful Coleslaw with Kumquat Marmalade Sumac Dressing

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Karl’s Three Bean Salad Plus with Kumquat Marmalade Dressing

Eilene’s friends came over to binge watch the last two episodes of GoT. I really do not mind feeding them, as long as Eilene gives me more than a five minutes warning that the hungry hordes are descending. Eilene and her friends like to  be “spontaneous,” but this time they gave me 24 hours notice—one of them even requested three bean salad.

Karl’s Three Bean Salad Plus with Kumquat Marmalade Dressing

Karl’s Three Bean Salad Plus with Kumquat Marmalade Dressing

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