Category Archives: Pasta

Karl’s Israeli Couscous with Toasted Nuts

Adapted from a BBC recipe

I was making a Moroccan goat tagine and couscous is a natural go together with tagines. While regular small grain Moroccan couscous is fine, I prefer the more substantial chew of the larger grained Israeli couscous—which, despite its name, is actually a form of pasta. This dish went well with the goat stew and made a truly memorable dinner.

Karl’s Israeli Couscous with Toasted Nuts

Karl’s Israeli Couscous with Toasted Nuts

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Karl’s Za’atar Orzo with Spinach and Almonds

When wife Jan went off to Burning Man I wanted to give her some quick, easy, and filling camp foods. Two conditions were that it would cook in a short time and not produce any waste water—throwing old pasta water onto the playa was strictly forbidden. I had settled on the idea of making “box” dishes—like RiceARoni®.  A spice packet, pre-measured and mixed ingredients that you just add water to and simmer. My za’atar orzo was very popular with her camp.

Karl’s Za’atar Orzo with Spinach and Almonds

Karl’s Za’atar Orzo with Spinach and Almonds

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Karl’s Lemon Orzo Florentine with Pan Seared Garlic Shrimp

My wife Jan has started on the Noom program, and I am adapting recipes to fit the new restrictions. While there is nothing really restricted on this diet, some foods are better than others—you are meant to fill up on “green foods” with some limited “yellow foods” to keep you happy and satisfied. Finally, there are “red foods”—foods like white flour and sugar that are to be severely limited in this diet. She requested orzo shrimp for dinner and I adapted the recipe to be more Noom friendly. The real goal of Noom is to reduce the amount of “red foods”—like butter and to include more “green foods” like vegetables.

Karl’s Lemon Orzo Florentine with Pan Seared Garlic Shrimp

Karl’s Lemon Orzo Florentine with Pan Seared Garlic Shrimp

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Karl’s Lobster Linguini

This Sunday’s Mercury News food section had a recipe for lobster spaghetti. As my followers may know, I cannot make any recipe as written—I have to add my own twists. Italian food with no onion—“Inconceivable!!!!”

Karl's Lobster Linguini

Karl’s Lobster Linguini

Note: I have not posted any recipes in months. Some have used this time productively—for example my wife who has just written her 11th book. Part of my hiatus was due to the difficulty of shopping these days. The major reason, however, was that my kids—in concern for my mental health during a time of Covid—convinced me to play Dragon Age and Skyrim. It has taken me months to resurface—but their plan did work in the sense that those months just flew by. When I finally tried to post something new, I found that WordPress had taken away my “classic editor” and replaced it with a blank screen where all of the controls were hidden in long drop-down menus. It took me a while to recover from the shock. Continue reading

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Karl’s Weeknight Pasta

Eilene’s friends are coming over again. Fortunately, she gave me a two hour notice this time. What do I have on hand to feed them—some leftover Italian sausage, pasta sauce and rotini.

Karl’s Weeknight Pasta

Karl’s Weeknight Pasta
I forgot to take a picture and this is all that was left

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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 Za’atar Orzo for Burning Man

Wife Jan is going to Burning man and a lunch side dish had been requested. I put forward several options and a variation of a dish I made a few weeks ago has been requested. I wanted something that would be quick and easy, so I decided to use orzo spiced up with za’atar.

Karl’s Za’atar Orzo for Burning Man

Karl’s Za’atar Orzo for Burning Man

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Karl’s Za’atar Orzo

I needed a starch dish to go with my ham steak and coleslaw for a week night dinner. I wanted something that would be quick and easy, so I decided to use orzo—instead of rice. To keep things interesting, I chose to spice it up with za’atar.

Karl’s Za’atar Orzo

Karl’s Za’atar Orzo

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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 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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