Category Archives: Sauces and Spices

Karl’s Blackberry Salsa

Adapted from a recipe in The Organic Kitchen Garden calendar (June)

While Jan and Eilene were in Hopi, I made a large pile of tamales for later meals. I served them for Father’s Day dinner and I decided to make two sauces to pour over the somewhat dry tamales. At Miriam’s request I made a mole.  While I was deciding on the second sauce, Jan noticed a recipe on the kitchen calendar. As usual, I could not follow the recipe, but had to make “improvements.”

Karl’s Blackberry Salsa

Karl’s Blackberry Salsa

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Karl’s Simplified Mole Poblano

Several years ago, I tried to make an authentic mole. This is a Mexican sauce—like many others—with no set list of ingredients. Basic ingredients include chilies, fruit, some kind of seeds or nuts, one or more herbs and/or spices, and frequently chocolate. Just about every family, in Mexico and beyond, has their own variation—some with as many as 30 ingredients.

Karl’s Simplified Mole Poblano

Karl’s Simplified Mole Poblano

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Karl’s Moroccan Chicken Wings

It is Memorial Day and barbecue is the traditional way of celebrating. Son-in-law, Chris, is avoiding sugary foods, so many a barbecue sauce was out. I decided that a spice rub would be the way to go.

Karl’s Moroccan Chicken Wings

Karl’s Moroccan Chicken Wings

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Karl’s Argentinean Chimichurri

Chimichurri is the South American sauce that is the go-together with grilled meat. Fresh herbs are minced with onions and garlic to make a piquant green sauce. Unlike similar sauces further north in South America, the Argentinean version does not usually use chilies. Looking at some recipes to get an idea of the range of ingredients, I came up with my own version.

Karl’s Argentinean Chimichurri

Karl’s Argentinean Chimichurri

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Karl’s Salmon Toasts Points with Dill Sauce

This week, I am doing Sunday brunch for Mother’s Day and Miriam’s birthday. Miriam and mom agreed that something with salmon would be good. I decided on salmon toast points with dill sauce.

Karl’s Salmon Toasts Points with Dill Sauce

Karl’s Salmon Toasts Points with Dill Sauce

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Karl’s Fruit Salad with Honey Lime Mint Sauce

This Sunday is Mother’s Day and the following day is Miriam’s birthday. Jan requested something with avocado and Miriam wanted a fruit salad. Most weekends we have Sunday dinner, but Chris wanted to take his wife out for her birthday, so we are having brunch this weekend.

Karl’s Fruit Salad with Honey Lime Mint Sauce

Karl’s Fruit Salad with Honey Lime Mint Sauce

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Karl’s Chicken Bone Broth Chili Bean Soup

I roasted a chicken with the express intent of having a carcass to make bone broth later in the week. When the kids decided not to come for dinner, I was left with more than the usual amount of leftovers. After the first meal, I made tacos with the breast meat. With the bits that remained I made this soup.

Karl’s Chicken Bone Broth Chili Bean Soup

Karl’s Chicken Bone Broth Chili Bean Soup

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Karl’s Four Chile Chili Powder

I had made a chile chicken and was kind of locked into recipes South of the Border for my leftover dishes. To season my chicken tacos and chili chicken soup, I made a batch of chili powder. This was enough seasoning for both dishes.

Karl’s Four Chile Chili Powder

Karl’s Four Chile Chili Powder

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Karl’s Three Chile Roast Chicken

I was thinking of roast chicken for Sunday night’s dinner. Last week, I ran out of ancho chile powder and when I went shopping, I picked up several different ground chilies. Jan had requested bone broth later in the week, so I did not want my chicken to be too spicy.

Karl’s Three Chile Roast Chicken

Karl’s Three Chile Roast Chicken

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Karl & Miriam’s Sous-Vide Santa Maria Tri-tip

Son-in-law Chris has requested tri-tip for his birthday meal. My daughter, Miriam, has been experimenting with her new sous-vide device and we decided to make a joint effort and give it a try. We settled on Santa Maria tri-tip as the seasoning—Myr would sous-vide the meat and I would grill it.

Karl & Miriam’s Sous-Vide Santa Maria Tri-tip

Karl & Miriam’s Sous-Vide Santa Maria Tri-tip

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