Category Archives: Beans

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 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 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 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 Pinto Beans and Hominy

My wife Jan has her college friends staying over the weekend. Her friends come with a long list of food restrictions—no wheat, rye, barley, tomatoes, citrus, or lactose—so it is quite the challenge. Vegetarian beans and hominy struck me as one solution to meet their needs.

Karl’s Pinto Beans and Hominy

Karl’s Pinto Beans and Hominy

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Karl’s Carnitas Enchiladas with Avocado

Wandering through Trader Joe’s, wondering what I was going to make for dinner—this is actually not an uncommon occurrence. I saw a package of pre-cooked pork carnitas. I could do a quick pork taco with that, but I make tacos almost every week. Walking down another aisle, I saw Trader Joe’s enchilada sauce, and it clicked—pork enchiladas!

Karl’s Carnitas Enchiladas with Avocado

Karl’s Carnitas Enchiladas with Avocado

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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 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 Drunken Pinto Beans II

Adapted from an America’s Test Kitchen recipe

I am making tri-tip tacos for Christmas and tacos call for beans. I made these a few months ago and they were very popular with my family. The term “drunken” implies that you are using a large amount of an alcoholic beverage in the dish. The trick to keeping it from tasting “boozy” is to cook off the alcohol before adding any water.

Karl’s Drunken Pinto Beans II

Karl’s Drunken Pinto Beans II

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Karl’s Depression Era Goulash

Jan’s family Christmas Eve traditional meal was Grandpa Von Hausen’s goulash. This was a Depression era dish of bacon, hamburger, onions, a whole bottle of ketchup, garlic, paprika, and cans of peas, kidney beans, and pork & beans. The idea was that this dish would sustain the family throughout the days of Christmas—without anyone needing to stop and cook.

Karl’s Depression Era Goulash

Karl’s Depression Era Goulash

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