Category Archives: Vegetables

Karl’s Cabbage Salad with Miso Dressing

I made teriyaki hamburgers and I wanted a vegetable side. It was too late to make pickles, so I decided on a salad. Using what I had on hand I came up with this.

Karl’s Cabbage Salad with Miso Dressing

Karl’s Cabbage Salad with Miso Dressing

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Karl’s Stir-fry with Bok Choi and Chive Stem

I am making a Chinese roast pork for Sunday. A vegetable stir-fry is a necessary compliment to a meat heavy dish. Going to Lion Market, I finally decided on baby bok choi and to add variety chive stem.

Karl’s Stir-fry with Bok Choi and Chive Stem

Karl’s Stir-fry with Bok Choi and Chive Stem

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Karl’s Beech and Oyster Mushroom Stir-fry

Eilene does not like mushrooms. I usually make a separate dish with the mushrooms for everybody else. Today, I am making a slow roasted pork shoulder and thought a mushroom stir-fry with beech and oyster mushrooms would be nice.

Karl’s Beech and Oyster Mushroom Stir-fry

Karl’s Beech and Oyster Mushroom Stir-fry

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Karl’s Sichuan Pepper Pickles

As I was buying the other vegetables for my stir-fries, I had an urge for pickles. For Chinese meals, the number of dishes you serve is a sign of respect. The greater the number of dishes the greater the respect—but also the greater the guanxi debt that person will owe you. I am making roast pork, a vegetable stir fry, and a mushroom dish for Sunday’s dinner.

Karl’s Sichuan Pepper Pickles

Karl’s Sichuan Pepper Pickles

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Karl’s Iraqi Tabbouleh

Adapted from a Recipe Lion recipe

I came upon a recipe for Iraqi barbecued chicken and I wanted some Iraqi side dishes to go with it. I found a recipe for Iraqi pickled vegetables and another for Iraqi tabbouleh.  Just about every country in the Middle East has a variation of this salad of grain, parsley and mint dressed with lemon and oil. Other additions to the basic elements can be tomatoes, cucumbers, red or green onions, olives, and for the Iraqi version pickled artichoke.

Karl’s Iraqi Tabbouleh

Karl’s Iraqi Tabbouleh

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Karl’s Torshi, Iraqi Mixed Pickled Vegetables

Adapted from an Arabic Kitchen recipe

I was making Iraqi barbecued chicken and I wanted an Iraqi vegetable side dish. Many Iraqi vegetable dishes include eggplant, which I cannot digest. One recipe I found, that is frequently serve at Iraqi meals, is turshi, mixed pickled vegetables.

Karl’s Torshi, Iraqi Mixed Pickled Vegetables

Karl’s Torshi, Iraqi Mixed Pickled Vegetables

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Karl’s Arugula Salad with Orange Avocado Dressing

For Memorial Day I made an eclectic California Fusion meal. BBQ chicken wings, couscous, potato salad and three bean salad. I though the meal was a bit starch heavy so I decided to make a green salad.

Karl’s Arugula Salad with Orange Avocado Dressing

Karl’s Arugula Salad with Orange Avocado Dressing

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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  Argentinean Ensalada Mixta (Mixed Greens Salad)

I am barbecuing Argentinean beef and I wanted a salad to go with it. While some Argentinean salads are more Mediterranean  influenced—filled with eggs, potatoes, or fruit—the salad commonly served with asado—barbecue—is almost Japanese in its simplicity. A few high quality ingredients, simply dressed. The flavors of the ingredients should stand proudly on their own.

Karl’s  Argentinean Ensalada Mixta (Mixed Greens Salad)

Karl’s  Argentinean Ensalada Mixta
(Mixed Greens Salad)

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Karl’s Santa Maria Coleslaw

This week I am making Santa Maria tri-tip, which calls for Santa Maria-style beans. While many sites call for serving coleslaw with this meal, I could not find anything called “Santa Maria-style coleslaw.” Having grownup just a few miles away, in Santa Barbara, I decided to fill this obvious need.

Karl’s Santa Maria Coleslaw

Karl’s Santa Maria Coleslaw

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