Category Archives: Side Dishes

Karl’s Japanese Style Potato Salad without Onions

Daughter Miriam has been sick and cannot eat anything with onions or peppers. As a result, I have adapted my Japanese potato salad to meet her needs for our Sunday dinner. Removing these ingredients left the salad a bit vegetable deprived, so I boosted the amounts of celery and grated carrot.

Karl’s Japanese Style Potato Salad without Onions

Karl’s Japanese Style Potato Salad without Onions

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Karl’s Za’atar Orzo for Burning Man

Wife Jan is going to Burning man and a lunch side dish had been requested. I put forward several options and a variation of a dish I made a few weeks ago has been requested. I wanted something that would be quick and easy, so I decided to use orzo spiced up with za’atar.

Karl’s Za’atar Orzo for Burning Man

Karl’s Za’atar Orzo for Burning Man

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Karl’s Za’atar Deviled Eggs

Jan’s Ethno Breakfast has come around again. For the last one I had made 2 dozen Cajun deviled eggs. I did not want to make exactly the same thing again, so I thought I would make these Middle Eastern with za’atar.

Karl’s Za’atar Deviled Eggs

Karl’s Za’atar Deviled Eggs

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 Karl’s Dinner Rolls

I started with a recipe from a King Arthur, each time I make it a tweak it a bit further from the original. Today, I am making some rolls to go with my simple cioppino. These rolls started out as pull-apart-rolls, but I decided to space them further apart as individual loaves.

 Karl’s Dinner Rolls

Karl’s Dinner Rolls

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Karl’s Za’atar Orzo

I needed a starch dish to go with my ham steak and coleslaw for a week night dinner. I wanted something that would be quick and easy, so I decided to use orzo—instead of rice. To keep things interesting, I chose to spice it up with za’atar.

Karl’s Za’atar Orzo

Karl’s Za’atar Orzo

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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 Marinated Artichoke, Cucumber, and Orange Salad

I am making middle Eastern lamb for Sunday and I would usually do a tomato and cucumber salad to go with it. However, Miriam is off of onions, garlic, and (mostly) tomatoes. I am discovering new things to pair with cucumbers in a salad.

Karl's Marinated Artichoke, Cucumber, and Orange Salad

Karl’s Marinated Artichoke, Cucumber, and Orange Salad

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Karl’s Chopped Vegetable Salad

Nephew Braden is coming to Sunday dinner. When Miriam told him about my New York Style pizzas he expressed interest. I decided that I wanted a salad to go with it.

 Karl’s Chopped Vegetable Salad

Karl’s Chopped Vegetable Salad

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Karl’s Soft Food Chicken Orzo Italiano

Daughter Miriam is coming over to work on an article with her mother. She is on a soft food diet for her TMJ and is suffering from an illness that prevents her from eating anything in the leek family. Her sister, Eilene, just had a dental implant, so she is on a soft food diet as well.

Karl’s Soft Food Chicken Orzo Italiano

Karl’s Soft Food Chicken Orzo Italiano

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Karl’s Savory Rice Pudding

Daughter Eilene just got a dental implant and is on soft foods for a few days. She is getting tired of soups, so I thought I would make a savory rice pudding. Looking on-line, I couldn’t seem to find anything that was even close to what I had in mind—herby, super-eggy, and filling.

Karl’s Savory Rice Pudding

Karl’s Savory Rice Pudding

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