Category Archives: Starches

Karl’s Soft Food Chicken Orzo Italiano

Daughter Miriam is coming over to work on an article with her mother. She is on a soft food diet for her TMJ and is suffering from an illness that prevents her from eating anything in the leek family. Her sister, Eilene, just had a dental implant, so she is on a soft food diet as well.

Karl’s Soft Food Chicken Orzo Italiano

Karl’s Soft Food Chicken Orzo Italiano

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Karl’s Two Bean and Cucumber Salad

Daughter Miriam has been sick lately and cannot eat anything in the pepper or lily families— no chili powders, garlic, leeks, onion, or peppers (even bell peppers).  This has made Sunday dinners quite a challenge lately. I decided to barbecue some tri-tip this Sunday and I thought a cold vegetables salad would go well with the beef.

Karl’s Two Bean and Cucumber Salad

Karl’s Two Bean and Cucumber Salad

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Karl’s Apple Rice Pudding

Jan just had a temporary crown put in so she asked for one of her favorite comfort foods, rice pudding. As usual, I had to change something. Today, I decided to throw in some apple.

Karl’s Apple Rice Pudding

Karl’s Apple Rice Pudding

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Karl’s Japanese Potato Salad with Avocado

I love Japanese potato salad, I cannot stop trying to gild the lily. The last time I made this dish it was still lacking something, I tossed out some ingredients and added others. Being a Californian, there is one addition that I knew would make this creamy salad better, avocado!

Karl’s Japanese Potato Salad with Avocado

Karl’s Japanese Potato Salad with Avocado

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Karl’s Coconut Rice

I am making a dinner with a lot of restrictions this week—no onions, garlic, bell peppers, “hot” spices—because daughter Miriam has been ill. I finally settled on making chicken satay lettuce wraps and I wanted a side starch dish for the carb-eaters. I had decided to use some coconut milk in the main dish, but this left me with most of a can of coconut milk left over. What to do with it?

Karl’s Coconut Rice

Karl’s Coconut Rice

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Karl’s Tarragon Potato Latkes with Irish Whiskey Pear Sauce

I am making Easter dinner and I decided to make latkes to go with my ham and salmon main dishes. I have more people attending this meal, so I have increased some of the ingredients from the last time I made these popular pancakes. I have also decided to add a touch of mustard seeds.

Karl’s Tarragon Potato Latkes with Irish Whiskey Pear Sauce

Karl’s Tarragon Potato Latkes
with Irish Whiskey Pear Sauce

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Karl’s Xīfàn (Chinese Rice Porridge)

Daughter Miriam has been sick recently and is going in for a procedure in a few days. The doctor has put her on a restricted diet—no fiber; no red, orange or purple foods; nothing from the lily family. This cuts out many foods in our normal diet—no brown rice, whole wheat, tomatoes, carrots, onions, garlic, leeks, or any other “stringy” vegetables. How do I create a Sunday dinner that is both satisfying for everyone, but where she can still keep within this diet?

Karl’s Xīfàn (Chinese Rice Porridge)

Karl’s Xīfàn
Chinese Rice Porridge

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Karl’s Brazilian Seafood Stew

Adapted from Chef John’s recipe

Jan’s school friends—Barb from second grade, Pat from I think about seventh grade—are in town for Stitches. This means another meal to create—with no meat with a face or chunks of tomato. A few ago I made some Jamaican coconut fish parcels that had a very flavorful broth, I decided to look for a soup that was similar, but different.

Karl’s Brazilian Seafood Stew

Karl’s Brazilian Seafood Stew

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Karl’s Red Beans and Rice

February 13th was Fat Tuesday and wife Jan asked for Louisiana food for dinner. As much as I try to avoid “add can A to can B” recipes, I will sometimes make do for a weekday meal. Of course, the brand of canned food matters.

Karl’s Red Beans and Rice

Karl’s Red Beans and Rice

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Karl’s Moroccan Couscous II

I had decided to make Moroccan chicken tajine for this Sunday’s dinner. Couscous is an obvious side dish—especially since some of my diners are on a low carb diet. The chicken would be well spiced so I thought that the side dish should be a bland-ish canvas for the flavorful sauce.

Karl’s Moroccan Couscous II

Karl’s Moroccan Couscous II

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