Category Archives: Starches

Karl’s Herb & Chive Mashed Potatoes For Burning Man

Wife Jan is going off to Burning Man again. Last year she broke her arm, I hope she comes back in one piece this year. As usual, I am making instant meals for her group. Last year, I made three camp meals—saag pilau, za’atar orzo, and pancakes. This year I added two more—mashed potatoes and tabbouleh. Dehydrated potatoes are pretty bland just on their own, but a few herbs, some chives, powdered cream and butter should work wonders.

Karl’s Herb & Chive Mashed Potatoes For Burning Man

Karl’s Herb & Chive Mashed Potatoes
for Burning Man

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Karl’s Za’atar Orzo with Pine Nuts for Burning Man

Wife Jan is going off to Burning Man again. Last year she broke her arm, I hope she comes back in one piece this year. As usual, I am making quick cooking camp meals for her group.

Karl’s Za’atar Orzo with Pine Nuts for Burning Man

Karl’s Za’atar Orzo with Pine Nuts
for Burning Man

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Karl’s Shiitake Green Beans

Broiled salmon with ginger peach glaze has become a standard weekday meal at my house. The question is what vegetable do I serve with it this meal. Frequently that choice is broccoli, but wife Jan has not been well and broccoli is a bit hard to digest. Jan decided that she could handle green beans, but plain steamed beans is a bit boring. Jan has already decided that she is having no difficulties with mushrooms, so off I went on a spur of the moment creation for two.

Karl’s Shiitake Green Beans

Karl’s Shiitake Green Beans

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Karl’s Coconut Rice Pudding

I have dozens of pictures on my desktop of dishes I that have created and never gotten around to posting. Rice pudding is a comfort dessert in our house. When one of my girls has had a rough day they ask for rice pudding. Over the years, I have made many variations—1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, and 10. I had bought some shredded coconut for another dish, but when it came time to use it I was not able to find where I had put it away. Having found it I decided to use it in a rice pudding.

Karl’s Coconut Rice Pudding

Karl’s Coconut Rice Pudding

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Karl’s Barbecue Roasted Potatoes

I have dozens of pictures on my desktop of dishes I that have created and never gotten around to posting. I had decided to barbecue a meatloaf, because it was so hot I did not want to cook indoors. Potatoes  go well with meatloaf, but cooking them created the same problem. I decided to cook the potatoes on the barbecue as well. Large potatoes, like Russets, can take too long to cook, so I used small Dutch yellow potatoes.

Karl’s Barbecue Roasted Potatoes

Karl’s Barbecue Roasted Potatoes

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Karl’s Ginger White Peach Harcourt Verts

I have dozens of pictures on my desk top of dishes I have created and never gotten around to posting. I am constantly looking for new combinations to keep my meals interesting. I had made some white peach jam and thought that would go well with my green beans. Harcourt Verts—“beans green,” literally in French—are French green beans which are a bit thinner than the Blue Lake variety commonly used in America.

Karl’s Ginger White Peach Harcourt Verts

Karl’s Ginger White Peach Harcourt Verts

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Karl’s Vegetarian Futomaki 

I am making grilled salmon for Sunday’s Japanese feast. While I could have served just plain steamed rice to go with the salmon that is not my style. While I am making several pickles to go with dinner, I decided to make vegetable makizushi as well.

Karl’s Vegetarian Futomaki 

Karl’s Vegetarian Futomaki

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Karl’s Rosemary Potatoes au Gratin

I am making chicken with French flavors and ratatouille for Sunday’s dinner. While wife Jan and daughter Miriam love ratatouille , I am not overly fond of overcooked vegetables. I wanted a potato dish for me, cheesy potatoes—potatoes au gratin—seemed the ticket. I decided to add a bit of a twist on a standby dish and include rosemary.

Karl’s Rosemary Potatoes au Gratin

Karl’s Rosemary Potatoes au Gratin

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Karl’s Shrimp Rice Pudding

I recently had a medical procedure that required me to be on a restricted diet for several days—nothing with fiber: no fruit, nuts, vegetables, or whole grains; no beef, milk products, or vitamins with iron. The foods that remained included most of the things that my wife has been trying to get me to give up—white bread, white rice—and white meats—chicken, eggs, fish and pork. How do you make a soft, bland diet taste good?

Karl’s Shrimp Rice Pudding

Karl’s Shrimp Rice Pudding

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Karl’s Patatas Bravas

I am making Spanish tri-tip for Miriam’s birthday dinner. Spanish flavored meat calls for Spanish patatas bravas—roasted potatoes with a spicy tomato sauce. As served in Spain as a tapas, small chunks of potato are deep fried and the tomato sauce is poured over them. More modern—and fat conscious—recipes call for roasting the potatoes and then roasting them a second time after tossing them with the spicy sauce—producing a dryer, tomato-crusted tapas.

Karl’s Patatas Bravas

Karl’s Patatas Bravas

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