Category Archives: Starches

Hopi Pinto Beans and Hominy

Jan recently came back from Hopi, and had high praise for Hopi beans and hominy. I decided to do a Hopi/Southwestern Indian meal for last Sunday. In addition, to Hopi beans and hominy, I am making Southwestern Indian chicken and blue corn tortillas.

Hopi Pinto Beans and Hominy

Hopi Pinto Beans and Hominy

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Karl’s Japanese Style Potato Salad II

I made meatloaf hamburgers for the Fourth of July and California fusion burgers call out for an international salad. Japanese potato salad has quickly become a favorite of our house. I have been trying to replicate the potato salad of our favorite Japanese restaurant Gombei.  Last time I came close, but it was still slightly off.

Karl’s Japanese Style Potato Salad II

Karl’s Japanese Style Potato Salad II

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Karl’s Colorful Potato Salad

Daughter Eilene has finally convinced me to try Japanese mayonnaise. Jan and I were wandering through a Farmer’s market and I saw a bin of differently colored marble potatoes—AKA new potatoes, these are simply potatoes that have been harvested while they are still only an inch in diameter. I thought they would make a good Japanese potato salad.

Karl’s Colorful Potato Salad

Karl’s Colorful Potato Salad

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Karl’s Japanese Style Potato Salad

Our favorite local restaurant is Gombei.  When you buy a dinner, they serve a rotating set of tsukemono. These side dishes can be a variety of pickled cabbage, pickled cucumbers, or hijiki salad, pickled pumpkin, or okara—tofu lees. When you place your order, you have no idea which ones you will be getting today.

Karl’s Japanese Style Potato Salad

Karl’s Japanese Style Potato Salad

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Karl’s Moroccan Couscous

I had decided to make Moroccan chicken wings for this Sunday’s dinner. Couscous is the obvious starch to go with them. Since I was using Ras el Hanout—a Moraccan spice blend—for the chicken, I thought it would also work well with the pasta.

Karl’s Moroccan Couscous

Karl’s Moroccan Couscous

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Karl’s Minced Cottage Pie

Jan just had two temporary crowns put in and is eating soft food. While she had smoothies and blended Fishyssoise the first days, she wanted something more substantial by the third day. The last time she had a crown put in, I made her Shepherd’s Minced Pie.

Karl’s Minced Cottage Pie

Karl’s Minced Cottage Pie

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Karl’s Chicken Bone Broth Chili Bean Soup

I roasted a chicken with the express intent of having a carcass to make bone broth later in the week. When the kids decided not to come for dinner, I was left with more than the usual amount of leftovers. After the first meal, I made tacos with the breast meat. With the bits that remained I made this soup.

Karl’s Chicken Bone Broth Chili Bean Soup

Karl’s Chicken Bone Broth Chili Bean Soup

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Karl’s Weekday Beef Chili

I like slow cooked chili with tender chunks of beef, sometimes I just want a quick meal for a weekday. While I have been known to simply use a brand name chili, occasionally I like to go just a step further. This may take a few more minutes than simply opening a can, but the flavor is worth the effort.

Karl’s Weekday Quick Beef Chili II

Karl’s Weekday Quick Beef Chili II

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Karl’s Forbidden Rice Pudding

I keep a wide variety of rice in my pantry—Italian arborio, aged Indian basmati, Spanish Bomba, short grain Japanese rice, Thai Jasmine, Chinese red rice, American wild rice, as well as Californian jasmine and short grain brown rice. Jan has been loving my rice pudding, so when she suggested using Black rice I had it ready to hand. During imperial China, this rice was for the emperor alone.

Karl’s Forbidden Rice Pudding

Karl’s Forbidden Rice Pudding

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Karl’s Greek Artichoke Rice

I make Greek barbecued lamb for Easter and I wanted a Greek starch side dish. I have done Spanakorizo (spinach rice) and Spanakorzo (spinach pasta), but I wanted to do something different. The Persian store near me carries large frozen artichoke caps and I decided to do something with them.

Karl’s Greek Artichoke Rice

Karl’s Greek Artichoke Rice

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