Category Archives: Sauces and Spices

Karl’s Japanese Curry Chicken Wings

One thing I like to do is to take a traditional recipe and put a California spin on it. Daughters Miriam and Eilene love Japanese curry. I decided to take the curry out of the stew and marinate my chicken wings with it.

Karl’s Japanese Curry Chicken Wings

Karl’s Japanese Curry Chicken Wings

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Karl’s Curry Powder for Japanese Curry

I am making a twist on Japanese curry this Sunday. I did not want to use the commercial curry cubes that most recipes for Japanese curry call for. Looking on-line at some recipes for Japanese curry spice blends, I created my own blend.

Karl’s Curry Powder for Japanese Curry

Karl’s Curry Powder for Japanese Curry

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Karl’s Barbecued Miso Teriyaki Chicken

I am doing a Japanese dinner for our Sunday meal. While there may be a main dish of meat and rice or noodles, Japanese meals usually include many small side dishes with a variety of textures, colors and tastes. The aesthetic— moritsuke—is that it is food for the soul as well as the stomach. I am making chicken teriyaki and this is one of the side dishes I decided should go with it.

Karl's Barbecued Miso Teriyaki Chicken

Karl’s Barbecued Miso Teriyaki Chicken

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Karl’s Sichuan Pepper and Salt Tri-tip

Daughter Miriam has been “off” onions and garlic for several months now. As a result I have been adapting some of my old recipes. The last time I made a Sichuan pepper tri-tip I used a wet overnight marinade with lots of ingredients and garlic. This time, I greatly simplified the recipe and I used a dry rub. This came out very well.

Karl’s Sichuan Pepper and Salt Tri-tip

Karl’s Sichuan Pepper and Salt Tri-tip

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Karl’s Burning Man Food

Wife Jan got back from Burning Man on Monday. She broke her arm while she was there and I have spent much of the week “doing for her”—tying shoes, driving, etc. Getting the pictures she took on her trip has not been a top priority. Jan did get pictures of some of the dishes, before they were gobbled down. I had made enough of each dish that her group could gift the remaining mixes to the camps around them. Continue reading

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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 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 Tomato Sauce

Jan visited her friends in Fresno this weekend. One of them owns a farm and tomato bombed her. What am I going to do with 15 pounds of small Roma tomatoes?

Karl’s Tomato Sauce

Karl’s Tomato Sauce

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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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Karl’s Middle Eastern Baharat Lamb

Since daughter Miriam became sick with something that gives her a lot of food restrictions Sunday dinners have become a challenge. Trying to find/create recipes that do not include garlic, onions (or anything else in the leek family), peppers (of any kind), and light on tomatoes is almost unimaginable. Fortunately these are still a lot of herbs and spices that she can still eat.

Karl's Middle Eastern Baharat Lamb

Karl’s Middle Eastern Baharat Lamb

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