Category Archives: Starches

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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Karl’s Indian Taco Bar

Mother’s Day is here and wife Jan has requested Indian tacosto be clear American Indian. Indian tacos are most simply served as pinto beans on fry bread. Variations on the basic taco depends on tribe, available ingredients, and imagination.

Karl’s Indian Taco Bar

Karl’s Indian Taco Bar

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Karl’s Improved Parsley Potatoes

I make my parsley potatoes almost exactly like my mother—with the exception of almost everything. My mother would use White Rose potatoes that she would cut into small pieces. I use small Dutch yellow potatoes cut into larger chunks. My mother would use one clove of garlic, one green onion and one tablespoon of parsley. I triple all of these ingredients. Today, I had some leek left over from making my meatloaf and I decided to add that as well.

Karl’s Improved Parsley Potatoes

Karl’s Improved Parsley Potatoes

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Karl’s Restaurant Style Stir Fried Rice

I’m making a simple broiled salmon—with just a little lemon juice and salt—for a weeknight meal, but I wanted something more than plain rice to go with it. I had some left over rice in the refrigerator, so I thought that fried rice would be nice. Tonight I decided to try to make it like Chinese restaurant rice with the finely diced vegetables.

Karl’s Restaurant Style Stir Fried Rice

Karl’s Restaurant Style Stir Fried Rice

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