Category Archives: Potatoes

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 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 Ying and Yang Cottage Pie

Jan asked for a “healthier” shepherd’s pie for dinner on a weeknight. By “healthier” she meant no lamb or beef and no white potatoes. I decided to use ground turkey as my meat and—since I still wanted a Russet potato topping—I would make a fifty-fifty topping with sweet potatoes.

Karl’s Ying and Yang Cottage Pie

Karl’s Ying and Yang Cottage Pie

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Karl’s Tapas: Tortilla Española (Spanish Potato Omelette)

Adapted from a Mario Batali recipe

I am making a Spanish tapas dinner for this Sunday. Tortilla Española is a traditional Spanish tapas. In simple recipes, with only a few ingredients, technique can be all. It is important to precook the potatoes and onions before adding the eggs. With Jan’s dietary restrictions, I have reduced the amount of oil and eggs. This is a tapas that you may make ahead and serve cold.

Karl’s Tapas: Tortilla Española (Spanish Potato Omelette)

Karl’s Tapas
Tortilla Española
Spanish Potato Omelette

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Karl’s Memorial Day Potato Salad

This salad is based loosely on my mother’s potato salad. Although I remember my mother’s salad having celery, it was not on her 3×5 card. I also could not conceive of potato salad without black pepper.

Karl’s Memorial Day Potato Salad

Karl’s Memorial Day Potato Salad

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Karl’s Leftovers: Corn Beef Hash

When I make my Sunday meals, I usually make enough for one to three leftover meals. Sometimes this means just the same meal again. Other times I use whatever is left over as the basis for a new dish.

Karl’s Leftovers: Corn Beef Hash

Karl’s Leftovers: Corn Beef Hash

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Karl’s Lemon Chicken Habanero with Sautéed Spinach and Fingerling Potatoes

Many times, the inspiration for one of my Sunday dinners is a food challenge by the family. Other times, I look for an untried world cuisine to make my own variation of a traditional dish. This week, I started with a bottle of hot sauce.

Karl’s Lemon Chicken Habanero with Sautéed Spinach and Fingerling Potatoes

Karl’s Lemon Chicken Habanero
with Sautéed Spinach and Fingerling Potatoes

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Karl’s Colcannon III

This is more of a California Fusion revamp of the original, rather than a traditional colcannon. Potatoes are the staple of the traditional Irish diet and colcannon was, most likely, mostly potatoes with a little bit of vegetable added in—usually cabbage. Jan is always pushing me to add more high fiber vegetables and to cut back on the simple starches—i.e. potatoes—so mine is now about a 50/50 ratio of potato to veg. I also doubt that chicken broth or garlic were readily available in a humble traditional Irish cottage.

Karl’s Colcannon III

Karl’s Colcannon III

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Karl’s Sweet Potato Mash

I am making a Southern-ish buttermilk roast chicken, this kind of main dish calls for a sweet potato side. I could have done just a simple roast potato, but I decided spice up a mash. The question is, of course, what spices? Today, I chose ginger, cinnamon, allspice and nutmeg.

Karl’s Sweet Potato Mash

Karl’s Sweet Potato Mash

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