Category Archives: Side Dishes

Karl’s Avocado Toast

Several weeks ago, this dish was all the rage because Australian millionaire Tim Gurner suggested that it was the reason that young people couldn’t afford to buy a house. While I will admit that the price of avocados has gone up since I was that age, it is still not that expensive if you go to an ethnic store.  You can sometimes find them for $1 apiece at Marina Grocery—as opposed to $2.50 at Safeway.

Karl’s Avocado Toast

Karl’s Avocado Toast

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Karl’s Colorful Potato Salad

Daughter Eilene has finally convinced me to try Japanese mayonnaise. Jan and I were wandering through a Farmer’s market and I saw a bin of differently colored marble potatoes—AKA new potatoes, these are simply potatoes that have been harvested while they are still only an inch in diameter. I thought they would make a good Japanese potato salad.

Karl’s Colorful Potato Salad

Karl’s Colorful Potato Salad

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The Tofu Man’s Salad

The best tofu in San Jose is made at San Jose Tofu on Jackson St. Every day, except Sunday, the Tofu man, Chester Nozaki, makes a batch of fresh tofu. If you want to buy some on Saturday go early, because they sell out around noon. There is nothing like the flavor and texture of super fresh tofu.

Karl's Tofu Salad

Karl’s Tofu Salad

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Karl’s Seasonal Fruit Salad

BBQ is a tradition meal for Memorial Day. I was serving wings and a variety of salads. A fruit salad seemed the right dessert to go with this meal.

Karl’s Seasonal Fruit Salad

Karl’s Seasonal Fruit Salad

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Karl’s Arugula Salad with Orange Avocado Dressing

For Memorial Day I made an eclectic California Fusion meal. BBQ chicken wings, couscous, potato salad and three bean salad. I though the meal was a bit starch heavy so I decided to make a green salad.

Karl’s Arugula Salad with Orange Avocado Dressing

Karl’s Arugula Salad with Orange Avocado Dressing

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Karl’s Japanese Style Potato Salad

Our favorite local restaurant is Gombei.  When you buy a dinner, they serve a rotating set of tsukemono. These side dishes can be a variety of pickled cabbage, pickled cucumbers, or hijiki salad, pickled pumpkin, or okara—tofu lees. When you place your order, you have no idea which ones you will be getting today.

Karl’s Japanese Style Potato Salad

Karl’s Japanese Style Potato Salad

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Karl’s Moroccan Couscous

I had decided to make Moroccan chicken wings for this Sunday’s dinner. Couscous is the obvious starch to go with them. Since I was using Ras el Hanout—a Moraccan spice blend—for the chicken, I thought it would also work well with the pasta.

Karl’s Moroccan Couscous

Karl’s Moroccan Couscous

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Karl’s  Cal-South American Empanadas

I am barbecuing Argentinean beef and I wanted some kind of starchy side dish. Although it is from the other end of the South American continent, I suggested Venezuelan arapas—basically a thick corn pancake—but for some reason Jan said “No.” She was more amenable to empanadas—stuffed pocket bread.

Karl’s  Cal-South American Empanadas

Karl’s Cal-South American Empanadas

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Karl’s Minced Cottage Pie

Jan just had two temporary crowns put in and is eating soft food. While she had smoothies and blended Fishyssoise the first days, she wanted something more substantial by the third day. The last time she had a crown put in, I made her Shepherd’s Minced Pie.

Karl’s Minced Cottage Pie

Karl’s Minced Cottage Pie

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Karl’s  Argentinean Ensalada Mixta (Mixed Greens Salad)

I am barbecuing Argentinean beef and I wanted a salad to go with it. While some Argentinean salads are more Mediterranean  influenced—filled with eggs, potatoes, or fruit—the salad commonly served with asado—barbecue—is almost Japanese in its simplicity. A few high quality ingredients, simply dressed. The flavors of the ingredients should stand proudly on their own.

Karl’s  Argentinean Ensalada Mixta (Mixed Greens Salad)

Karl’s  Argentinean Ensalada Mixta
(Mixed Greens Salad)

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