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Karl’s Biscuits and Andouille Sausage Gravy

My wife, Jan, is reading the Longmire mystery series. In the final book, Longmire has biscuits and Andouille sausage gravy. My wife came to me and said, “Make this.” Fortunately, I had some sausages left over from Fat Tuesday’s red beans and rice.

Karl’s Biscuits and Andouille Sausage Gravy

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Karl’s Biscuits

The prospect of fresh hot bread is one of the joys and reasons to get up in the morning. Most cultures have some form of baked good, but in the end it is mostly flour mixed with some kind of liquid and then baked—or fried.  However, because of the complex chemistry involved in exactly what other ingredients you add—and how you treat the resulting dough—it produces amazingly different results.

Karl’s Biscuits

Karl’s Biscuits

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Karl’s Cinnamon Banana Nut Mini-Muffins

While I originally adapted this recipe from Joy of Cooking, I am constantly tinkering with it (recipe 1, recipe 2, recipe 3, recipe 4, recipe 5, recipe 6, recipe 7, recipe 8, recipe 9,and recipe 10). Every time I have several overripe bananas it is time to start baking.

Karl’s Cinnamon Banana Nut Mini-Muffins

Karl’s Cinnamon Banana Nut Mini-Muffins

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Karl’s Jalapeño Cornbread Pudding

Jan is on a soft food diet—nothing where she has to bite with her front teeth—and I have spent the last two weeks thinking up interesting foods that she can still eat. She decided that she could handle chili, but tortillas would not work. She likes bread pudding, so we agreed that I could make a soft cornbread pudding to serve on the side.

Karl’s Jalapeño Cornbread Pudding

Karl’s Jalapeño Cornbread Pudding

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Claudia’s French Toast Casserole

I posted the recipe for my mother Claudia’s French toast a while ago. For a few people it is a treat, but it is a bit finicky in that you have to soak the bread slices and then cook them two at a time. If you are having a crowd at the table, this leaves some people hungry while they wait for the next batch. My memory is that she made this when we had breakfast company.

Claudia’s French Toast Casserole

Claudia’s French Toast Casserole

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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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Karl’s  Red, White and Blueberry Biscuits

It is the Fourth of July, so I decided to do something a little patriotic. Red jam, white flour and dried blueberries seemed just the ticket for a holiday breakfast.

Karl’s  Red, White and Blueberry Biscuits

Karl’s  Red, White and Blueberry Biscuits

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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  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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