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Karl’s Blueberry Scones

The last time I made blueberry scones Eilene did not like them. I had thought she simply did not like hot, cooked fruit. In talking to her, I found out that what she did not like was the soggy bread around the fruit. Using dried fruit was the solution.

Karl’s Blueberry Scones

Karl’s Blueberry Scones

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Karl’s Corn Crackers with Chili Pepper Salt

Jan was visiting her graduate friends in Santa Barbara last weekend. She brought me back some chili salt. She suggested that using it to top corn meal crackers would be something to do.

Karl’s Corn Crackers with Chili Pepper Salt

Karl’s Corn Crackers with Chili Pepper Salt
and (on right) Flor de Sel

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Karl’s Cumin Water Crackers

To go with the red lentil soup I was making for Jan’s friend, Jan asked me to make crackers. Her friend is allergic to dairy, so I could not make my usual butter crackers. I decided to change the spicing of my water crackers to match the soup by adding cumin.

Karl’s Cumin Water Crackers

Karl’s Cumin Water Crackers

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Karl’s Fry Bread

Jan had requested meatloaf for dinner and I wanted a bread-like side dish to go with it. Jan has problems with digesting fats and she generally avoids white flour breads. Knowing that Jan would probably eat only a bite or two of this bread—Jan would be happy with just the salad and the meat—freed me to make it how I would really like it to be.

Karl’s Fry Bread

Karl’s Fry Bread (on the left)

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Karl’s Sichuan Pepper Crackers

It is just Jan and me for a Saturday night. Eilene is off at a party, so Jan asked for something with mushrooms, like mushroom soup—something Eilene does not like. Soup calls for a salad and crackers.

Karl’s Sichuan Pepper Crackers

Karl’s Sichuan Pepper Crackers

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Karl’s Dubliner Guinness Bread

In past St. Patrick’s days, I would make quick Guinness beer bread. This year my wife bought me a Fourneau Bread Oven for my birthday, as a result, she gets the recipe updates, not me. She forwarded this one for St. Patrick’s Day for our Sunday dinner with the family. I, kind of, followed their recipe.

Karl’s Dubliner Guinness Bread

Karl’s Dubliner Guinness Bread

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Karl’s Rosemary Valentine Crackers

My wife and I generally do not celebrate Valentine’s Day. Our first date was on February second, and that is the day we  mark as ours—at the time, groundhogs were the furthest thing from our minds. This year, however, Jan took a fancy to a deli dinner with heart shaped crackers. Anything for my wife.

Karl’s Rosemary Valentine Crackers with Brie and Fig Jam

Karl’s Rosemary Valentine Crackers
with Brie and Fig Jam

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Karl’s Biscuits and Gravy

This posting is more of a “what do I do with the leftovers.” When I make a whole roast chicken we will usually eat only about half of it. If I have a left over breast, I will slice it for a Chinese chicken salad. If I have made the pan drippings into gravy, I have the joy of biscuits and gravy for breakfast, today with leftover fruit salad.

Karl’s Biscuits and Gravy

Karl’s Biscuits and Gravy

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Karl’s New Bread Oven

Several years ago, Mark Bittman introduced the world to a no-knead bread recipe created by Jim Lahey of Sullivan Street Bakery. This recipe used chemistry and time to create the gluten sheets necessary for a good loaf of bread. This soft dough was then dropped into a large Dutch oven to bake to crisp crusted perfection.

Fourteau Oven

Fourteau Oven

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Karl’s Cinnamon Sugar Monkey Bread

Every month, Jan and usually, my daughter, Miriam attend the monthly Ethno Breakfast. While many of the larger companies have discovered the usefulness of using Anthropologist to research what their customers need and want, they usually only hire one or two. This leaves these Ethnographers isolated from others who really “get” what they are talking about. The Ethno Breakfast gives them a chance to socialize and discuss problems and solutions—topics that do not really interest the company officers and computer engineers, with whom  they spend much of their days.

Karl's Cinnamon Sugar Monkey Bread

Karl’s Cinnamon Sugar Monkey Bread

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