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Karl’s New York Style Bagels

Adapted from a Sophisticated Gourmet recipe

My family has been hankering for bagels, but with the current crisis I am not going to rush out and buy some. Looking online, I found a reasonable recipe and I gave it a try. It was incredibly easy and put all of the store bought bagels to shame.

Karl’s New York Style Bagels

Karl’s New York Style Bagels

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Karl’s Caribbean Sweet Potato Salad

Adapted from a Yummly recipe

My sister is visiting and I always try to make something special when they come to California. Daughter Eilene brought some Nevis jerk spice back for me and I decided to try it out on some chicken. This left me with the dilemma of what to serve with the meat. Scouting around the internet for “Caribbean side dishes,” I found a recipe that met my needs.

Karl’s Caribbean Sweet Potato Salad

Karl’s Caribbean Sweet Potato Salad

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Karl’s Curried Deviled Eggs with Capers

I just learned a new hack for easily peeling hard boiled eggs. Since I was making a dinner for wife Jan’s Burner friends, I decided that deviled eggs would be a good appetizer. It took me 2 minutes to peel six eggs perfectly.

Karl’s Curried Deviled Eggs with Capers

Karl’s Curried Deviled Eggs with Capers

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Karl’s Patatas Bravas II

I am making CaldeiradaPortuguese fish stew—for wife Jan’s Burner friends. This soup sometimes contains potatoes, but I decided to make a second dish Patatas bravas—roasted potatoes with a spicy tomato sauce—with the potatoes. A pickled cucumber and tomato salad and bread from a Portuguese bakery round out the meal.

Karl’s Patatas Bravas II

Karl’s Patatas Bravas II

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Karl’s Portuguese Flavored Cucumber Pickle Salad

Portuguese salad is a fairly standard Mediterranean salad of bell pepper, cucumber, onions, and tomatoes with a red wine vinaigrette. I had several days to plan this meal, so I thought I would pickle the cucumbers—taking a page from Japanese cuisine. While I am calling these pickles Portuguese, they are more “Portuguese flavored,” as I am using common Portuguese seasonings.

Karl’s Portuguese Flavored Cucumber Pickle Salad

Karl’s Portuguese Flavored Cucumber Pickle Salad

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Karl’s Turmeric Rice

I made Kūbide meatloaf for a weeknight dinner, but I had run out of pita bread to go with it. Instead of making another store run I decided to make some Middle Eastern rice as my starchy side dish. I sought inspiration on-line and a found a recipe for garlicy turmeric rice—I then went on to almost completely change it.

Karl’s Turmeric Rice

Karl’s Turmeric Rice

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Karl’s Broa de Milho

I am making caldo verde—“green soup” for dinner and—as I was looking at various recipes—people mentioned that Broa—Portuguese corn bread—was the normal side dish for this soup. My family has developed several food avoidances. Son-in-law Chris is currently avoiding starches, as a result I eliminated the potatoes from my soup. This bread gave me a way to provide a starchy dish for those not on his diet.

Karl’s Broa de Milho

Karl’s Broa de Milho

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Karl’s Spinach Dip

Daughter Eilene is having friends over and she asked that I make sesame crackers. While these crackers are tasty and thoroughly addictive on their own, they do not constitute a meal. I decided to make some spinach dip and lay out some cheese and salami to round out the meal.

Karl’s Spinach Dip

Karl’s Spinach Dip

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Karl’s Broccoli Soup

Wife Jan just had temporary crowns put in, so she is having trouble chewing. I am planning to make a ham and sweet potato dinner—I will be mincing her portion of ham. Normally, I would simply steam some broccoli, but I suggested broccoli soup instead—wife agreed.

Karl’s Broccoli Soup

Karl’s Broccoli Soup

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Karl’s Chinese Smashed Cucumber Pickles II

I was making mapo douf for dinner and I decided that a cucumber side dish would be nice. Since the last time I made this dish I discovered crispy chili oil. While using Sichuan chili oil would be an appropriate choice, it is such a production to make that a commercial version is sometimes useful to have on hand.

Karl’s Chinese Smashed Cucumber Pickles II

Karl’s Chinese Smashed Cucumber Pickles II

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