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Karl’s Panettone

Loosely based on a King Arthur recipe

Panettone is a classic Italian Christmas sweet bread. It has been a dish non grata in our house for years—since I almost choked to death on a dry commercial one on a Christmas long ago. Wife Jan thought that if I made a fresh one I would not have that problem. I had my usual problems with other peoples recipes, the quantities seemed a little off and I changed the dried fruits to those we had/preferred.

Karl’s Panettone

Karl’s Panettone

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Karl’s Saffron Challah Dinner Rolls/Crackers II

A few months ago, I made challah rolls and crackers for one of my dinners. This weekend Jan asked for a crab feast, so I thought I would make this delicious bread again. Instead of making a classic braided loaf, I decided to make challah dinner rolls with half of my dough for Miriam. I turned the rest of the dough into crackers to please my wife. Of course, I could not make it exactly the same.

Karl’s Saffron Challah Dinner Rolls/Crackers II

Karl’s Saffron Challah Dinner Rolls/Crackers II

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Karl’s Colorful Coleslaw with Pecans and Crystallized Ginger

Crab season just started and wife Jan asked for a crab dinner. Growing up, her family would cover the table with newspapers and feast on several crabs. Coleslaw is the obvious salad to go with a dinner like this.

Karl’s Colorful Coleslaw with Pecans and Crystallized Ginger

Karl’s Colorful Coleslaw with Pecans and Crystallized Ginger

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Karl’s Red Pear Harcourt Verts

I am making Thanksgiving dinner and I had decided to have green beans as a side dish. However, I wanted something I could prep ahead and just pop under the broiler, when the turkey came out. Harcourt Verts are a thin French green beans that would be perfect for this purpose. Since I was using French green beans I thought that using fancy red d’Anjou pears would  be a go together.

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Karl’s Elderflower Cranberry Sauce

While wife Jan usually makes the cranberry sauce for Thanksgiving, this year she was really busy with work. She and daughter Eilene went for a walking tour of the Devon coast and came back with a love for the taste of elderflower. I decided to adapt her recipe from last year to include her new favorite liqueur.

Karl’s Elderflower Cranberry Sauce

Karl’s Elderflower Cranberry Sauce

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Karl’s Salt and Pepper Sesame Crackers

Since I started making fresh cream crackers, I have made many variations on the basic cream cracker. I have made them with sesame seeds, rosemary and parmesan, raspberries, za’atar, and even French onion soup. This week, I decided to seasoned them with black pepper and thyme.

Karl’s Salt and Pepper Sesame Crackers

Karl’s Salt and Pepper Sesame Crackers

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Karl’s Weekday Beef Chili III

I have posted weekday chili before (1 & 2), but my followers will know that I can rarely make the same dish the same way twice. This time I did not want to make a huge pot of beans, just enough for 4-5 person/meals. I have stripped down the ingredients list, but recently I have discovered that adding some Better than Bouillon greatly enhances the flavor of soups and stews.

Karl’s Weekday Beef Chili III

Karl’s Weekday Beef Chili III

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Karl’s Weeknight Pasta

Eilene’s friends are coming over again. Fortunately, she gave me a two hour notice this time. What do I have on hand to feed them—some leftover Italian sausage, pasta sauce and rotini.

Karl’s Weeknight Pasta

Karl’s Weeknight Pasta
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Karl’s Salt and Pepper Mushrooms

My family loves salt and pepper chicken wings. I wondered if I could make a vegetarian version with meaty tasting mushrooms. Daughter Miriam would love it— daughter Eilene won’t touch it.

Karl’s Salt and Pepper Mushrooms

Karl’s Salt and Pepper Mushrooms

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Karl’s Mango Rice Pudding

Daughter Eilene had wanted Thai mango rice, but we were ordering dinner from a Chinese restaurant. Mother and daughter went on about how much they liked mango—personally I can take it or leaver it. To please them, I decided to make mango rice pudding.

Karl’s Mango Rice Pudding

Karl’s Mango Rice Pudding

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