Category Archives: Side Dishes

Karl’s Japanese Coleslaw

Last week, I was being Papa’s Uber for Eilene—she was being paid to be a professional “pedestrian,” during an autonomous vehicle test. While I waited for her, I was pursuing the cookbooks at the library. One of the books was Everyday Harumi.

Karl’s Japanese Coleslaw

Karl’s Japanese Coleslaw

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Japanese Bar Style Shiitaki and Sesame Skewers

Last week, Jan and I went over the hill to Santa Cruz to visit her “new” brother. While we were there, we stopped by a large book store that was going out of business. The cookbook section was fairly picked over, but as I was perusing the fiction section I found a book Izakaya: Japanese Bar food—someone had obviously picked it up and then changed their mind, leaving it “where ever.” Their loss, my gain. This Sunday, I decided to make a Japanese bar style dinner.

Japanese Bar Style Shiitaki and Sesame Skewers

Japanese Bar Style Shiitaki and Sesame Skewers

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Karl’s Poke Onigiri

Last week, Jan and I went over the hill to Santa Cruz to visit her “new” brother. While we were there, we stopped by a large book store that was going out of business. The cookbook section was fairly picked over, but as I was perusing the fiction section I found a book Izakaya: Japanese Bar food—someone had obviously picked it up and then changed their mind, leaving it “where ever.” Their loss, my gain. This Sunday, I decided to make a Japanese bar style dinner.

Karl’s Poke Onigiri

Karl’s Poke Onigiri

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Karl’s Poke

I made this poke as a filling for my onigiri, but it could easily be served just as it is with maybe some steamed rice.

Karl’s Poke

Karl’s Poke

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Karl’s Japanese Bar Style Pickled Cucumbers

Last week, Jan and I went over the hill to Santa Cruz to visit her “new” brother. While we were there, we stopped by a large book store that was going out of business. The cookbook section was fairly picked over, but as I was perusing the fiction section I found a book Izakaya: Japanese Bar food—someone had obviously picked it up and then changed their mind, leaving it “where ever.” Their loss, my gain. This Sunday, I decided to make a Japanese bar style dinner.

Karl’s Japanese Bar Style Pickled Cucumbers

Karl’s Japanese Bar Style Pickled Cucumbers

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Karl’s Japanese Bar Style Sunday Dinner

Last week, Jan and I went over the hill to Santa Cruz to visit her “new” brother. While we were there, we stopped by a large book store that was going out of business. The cookbook section was fairly picked over, but as I was perusing the fiction section I found a book Izakaya: Japanese Bar food—someone had obviously picked it up and then changed their mind, leaving it “where ever.” Their loss, my gain.

Karl’s Japanese Bar Style Sunday Dinner

Karl’s Japanese Bar Style Sunday Dinner

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Karl’s Tabbouleh

I came upon a recipe for Iraqi tabbouleh.  Just about every country in the Middle East has a variation of this salad of grain, parsley and mint dressed with lemon and oil. My family like the Iraqi tabbouleh so much that I had to make may own variation.

Karl’s Tabbouleh

Karl’s Tabbouleh

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Karl’s Avocado, Orange and Spinach Salad

It is a weekday meal and I wanted something simple and quick. I decided on broiled salmon and I thought a spinach salad would go nicely with it. I had bought some oranges to make more orange infused sugar and—since that recipe only uses the zest—that always leaves me with the dilemma of what to do with the fruit. Today, I used one for the salad.

Karl’s Avocado, Orange and Spinach Salad

Karl’s Avocado, Orange and Spinach Salad

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Karl’s Cinnamon Sugar Buns

Over the last few years, I have perfected my biscuit recipe. While I usually simply make biscuits, sometimes I use the dough for other purposes.  Today, I was craving my mother’s sweet rolls.

Karl’s Cinnamon Sugar Buns

Karl’s Cinnamon Sugar Buns

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Claudia’s Sweet Rolls

Before I left home for the first time, I sat down with my mother’s recipe box and wrote down my favorite dishes.  These were all written to fit on a 3×5 card, written to remind her about how to make the dish. As a result, they are often hard for anyone else to “unpack” the sometimes cryptic instructions. Continue reading

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