Category Archives: Sauces and Spices

Karl’s Fish Tacos with Sautéed Peppers

This is a recipe that has evolved over time. Originally, my fish taco filling was simply broiled fish with spices. Recently, I have started making chicken fajita tacos—seasoned chicken with sautéed peppers. Jan is always encouraging me to be more vegetable forward—less meat, more healthy vegetables. I decided to try mixing the peppers with the broiled fish. It has turned into a frequent weekday meal at our house.

Karl’s Fish Tacos with Sautéed Peppers

Karl’s Fish Tacos with Sautéed Peppers
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Karl’s Negima Yakitori (Chicken Thigh and Green Onion Skewers)

Adapted from a Just One Cookbook recipe

My original idea for this Sunday was to make a teriyaki beef stew, but Miriam said, “Too sweet.” I suggested chicken skewers and she agreed to that, as long as the meal was vegetable forward and low sugar.  Japanese dishes seem to have a lot of added sugar, but I could work with that.

Karl’s Negima Yakitori (Chicken Thigh and Green Onion Skewers)

Karl’s Negima Yakitori
Chicken Thigh and Green Onion Skewers

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Karl’s Grilled Ponzu Shiitaki Mushrooms

I made a Japanese feast for Sunday’s dinner. 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.

Karl’s Grilled Ponzu Shiitaki Mushrooms

Karl’s Grilled Ponzu Shiitaki Mushrooms

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Karl’s Chicken Enchiladas

A few weeks ago, I tried to make some enchiladas the way I thought my mother, Claudia, had made them. While this was not one of the recipes that I took down when I left home, I had watched her make them several times. While my enchiladas looked good in the pan, they were hard to serve without them completely falling apart.

Karl’s Chicken Enchiladas

Karl’s Chicken Enchiladas

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Karl’s Jolokia Chocolate Chicken Fajita Tacos

Tacos are a favorite meal around my house. I usually make some version once a week—although rarely on Tuesday. Jan had brought some ghost pepper products back from a trip to Monterey, one of which was Jolikia Hot Chocolate mix from the Pepper Palace. I decided to try using it in a taco dish—chocolate and chilies is a traditional Mexican combination.

Karl’s Jolokia Chocolate Chicken Fajita Tacos

Karl’s Jolokia Chocolate Chicken Fajita Tacos

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Karl’s Moorish Chicken Tajine

I decided to make a Moorish themed dinner this Sunday. The Moors controlled most of present day Spain from the 8th–15th centuries. While Moorish cuisine is little different from that of Morocco, the Moors had a great effect on the gastronomy of Spain. They introduced almonds, citrus fruit and rice, as well as the irrigation systems necessary to grow them. However, this period was also pre-contact with the New World, so that some items that are common to today’s Spanish and Moroccan cuisines had not yet been introduced to European diets—no tomatoes or chilies, including paprika and cayenne.

Karl’s Moorish Chicken Tajine

Karl’s Moorish Chicken Tajine

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Karl’s Moorish Spice Blend

I decided to make a Moorish themed dinner this Sunday. The Moors controlled most of present day Spain from the 8th–15th centuries. While Moorish cuisine is little different from that of Morocco, the Moors had a great effect on the gastronomy of Spain. They introduced almonds, citrus fruit and rice, as well as the irrigation systems necessary to grow them. However, this period was also pre-contact with the New World, so that some items that are common to today’s Spanish and Moroccan cuisines had not yet been introduced to European diets—no tomatoes or chilies, including paprika and cayenne.

Karl’s Moorish Spice Blend

Karl’s Moorish Spice Blend

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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 Ham Steak with Brandied Peach Sauce

Many weeks I will spend the entire week thinking about and planning Sunday’s dinner.  I have had a rough week—broken car, broken shower, broken refrigerator—and I did not feel I had it in me to plan an elaborate meal ahead of time. A plain ham steak, steamed green beans, a simple coleslaw, and a baked sweet potato would have to do. While this is a meal that started off simply, I got carried away.

Karl’s Ham Steak with Brandied Peach Sauce

Karl’s Ham Steak with Brandied Peach Sauce

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