Category Archives: Side Dishes

Karl’s Oyster Mushrooms in Oyster Sauce II

Sister Grace stopped by this Sunday. Of the several options I gave her for dinner was spicy chicken and pan fried noodles. While this dish is a lot of work, it is one of my family’s favorite meals.

Karl’s Oyster Mushrooms in Oyster Sauce II

Karl’s Oyster Mushrooms in Oyster Sauce II

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Karl’s Chinese Smashed Cucumber Pickles

Sister Grace stopped by this Sunday. Of the several options I gave her for dinner was spicy chicken and pan fried noodles. While this dish is a lot of work, it is one of my family’s favorite meals.

Karl’s Chinese Smashed Cucumber Pickles

Karl’s Chinese Smashed Cucumber Pickles

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Karl’s Spinach Salad with Lime Tarragon Dressing

I did a ham steak and roasties for Sunday dinner and I decided that I needed more green vegetables. I had a bag of baby spinach and a beefsteak tomato, that I had forgotten to add to a previous dish. Checking for what else was in my kitchen I found some cucumber, celery, and a lime. A quick chop and shake and voilà.

Karl’s Spinach Salad with Lime Tarragon Dressing

Karl’s Spinach Salad
with Lime Tarragon Dressing

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Karl’s Mixed Roasties II

Followers of my blog may have noticed that I have not posted many recipes in the last month. It is not that I have stopped cooking—in fact, my desktop is covered with pictures of the dishes that I have made. However, as well as the business of cooking for the holidays, I have been suffering from a bit of writer’s block about what to say about the dishes. Many of my recent were simply slight variations of past posts. Other dishes were seat-of-the-pants recipes—what can you write about when you are grabbing ingredients as the spirit takes you?

Karl’s Mixed Roasties II Baby Potatoes

Karl’s Mixed Roasties II
Baby Potatoes

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Karl’s Mandarin Sweet Potatoes

I have pretty much found my preferred way of making my Thanksgiving turkey. I use Thanksgiving dinner to create new and interesting sides to go with the bird. Today, I was inspired to make a new twist on sweet potato casserole using the mandarin marmalade I made a few weeks ago.

Karl’s Mandarin Sweet Potatoes

Karl’s Mandarin Sweet Potatoes

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Jan’s Cocktail Cranberry Sauce

While I have many recipes that I tinker with, wife Jan has her own dishes with which to play. She really likes cranberry sauce, but she is still looking for the perfect recipe—sauce 1, sauce 2, sauce 3. She felt that sometimes adding ground spices left some of her sauces “gritty.” This Thanksgiving she decided to use a cocktail of spice/fruit flavored liqueurs.

Jan’s Cocktail Cranberry Sauce

Jan’s Cocktail Cranberry Sauce

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Karl’s Marjoram and Parsley Potatoes

We have had company for the last several days, so I wanted a Sunday dinner that was not hours of preparation. An American standard meal of meatloaf, potatoes, and green beans seemed like a good idea. Of course, I could not make it that simple I had to get spontaneously creative.

Karl’s Marjoram and Parsley Potatoes

Karl’s Marjoram and Parsley Potatoes

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Karl’s Harcourt Verts with Pear Sauce

We have had company for the last several days, so I wanted a Sunday dinner that was not hours of preparation.  An American standard meal of meatloaf, potatoes, and green beans seemed like a good idea. Of course, I could not make it that simple I had to get spontaneously creative.

Karl’s Harcourt Verts with Pear Sauce

Karl’s Harcourt Verts with Pear Sauce

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Karl’s Japanese Lightly Marinated Cucumbers

I had marinated the vegetables for the potato salad that I made to go with my Japanese curry wings. This left a half cup of slightly used pickle marinade that I did not want to waste. I decided to slice some cucumber and lightly marinate it for a second side dish.

Karl’s Japanese Lightly Marinated Cucumbers

Karl’s Japanese Lightly Marinated Cucumbers

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Karl’s Japanese Style Potato Salad with Indian Influences

A classic of modern Japanese cuisine is Japanese curry. I decided to deconstruct this dish into barbecued wings, but this left me with all of the other ingredients of the dish—potatoes and carrots, apples, etc. I decided that turning them into a potato salad would be a good side dish for my barbecue.

Karl’s Japanese Style Potato Salad with Indian Influences

Karl’s Japanese Style Potato Salad with Indian Influences

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