Category Archives: Vegetables

Karl’s Dill Cucumber and Mesclun Salad

The kids are still on their keto/Atkins low-carb diet. These diets are vegetable/protein forward. I am making brisket and a French onion soup  and I thought a salad of cucumbers and baby greens would go well as a green vegetable.

Karl’s Dill Cucumber and Mesclun Salad

Karl’s Dill Cucumber and Mesclun Salad

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Karl’s Green Beans with Green Onions

One of Jan’s students is coming to dinner with her husband and she had asked for (American) festival food. I decided to do a chicken variation of my Thanksgiving turkey and I wanted a hot vegetable dish to go with it. Green beans are always a good choice, because you can steam them to just tender and then set them aside. Reheat them with some aromatics, just before serving, gives you a quick hot vegetable.

Karl’s Green Beans with Green Onions

Karl’s Green Beans with Green Onions

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Karl’s Arugula and Cabbage Salad with Wild Rice

We are having a “festival dinner” for one of Jan’s students who is Chinese. In China, to show respect for your guest you offer many dishes. Including the gravy, I served ten dishes for this meal.

Karl’s Arugula and Cabbage Salad with Wild Rice

Karl’s Arugula and Cabbage Salad with Wild Rice

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Karl’s Brussels Sprouts with Wild Rice and Pancetta   

A meat and carbohydrates heavy Thanksgiving dinner calls for at least one green vegetable side. This year, I decided on Brussels sprouts, one of Jan’s favorites. However, being a holiday meal I wanted something more than just plain steamed sprouts.

Karl’s Brussels Sprouts with Wild Rice and Pancetta   

Karl’s Brussels Sprouts with Wild Rice and Pancetta

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Karl’s Avocado, Mango Slaw with Lime Dressing

I am making Jan’s birthday meal of chicken mole, beans, and rice. That is a lot of meat and starch, but Jan also likes to be vegetable forward. My original idea was for a mango and avocado salad, but for seven people that would either be very small serving for each person or very expensive.

Karl’s Avocado, Mango Slaw with Lime Dressing

Karl’s Avocado, Mango Slaw with Lime Dressing

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Karl’s Grilled Ponzu Shiitaki Mushrooms

I made a Japanese feast for Sunday’s dinner. Miriam had requested that it be a vegetable forward and a low sugar meal.  Japanese dishes seem to have a lot of added sugar, but I could work with that.

Karl’s Grilled Ponzu Shiitaki Mushrooms

Karl’s Grilled Ponzu Shiitaki Mushrooms

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Karl’s Salt Cabbage with Red Shishito Pepper (Kyabetsu Shiozuke Tsukemono)

I am making several vegetable dishes for my Japanese feast this Sunday, pickled cabbage is an easy choice for me. Japan has many Tsukemono, literally “pickled things.” When my father came back from Japan in the fifties, he introduced my family to Japanese cuisine. One dish that he learned to make was salt pickled cabbage (kyabetsu shio-zuke; キャベツ塩-漬け ). A fond memory of my childhood was this salty crunchy pickle, that he only made occasionally for special occasions.

Karl’s Salt Cabbage with Red Shishito Pepper (Kyabetsu Shio-zuke Tsukemono)

Karl’s Salt Cabbage with Red Shishito Pepper
Kyabetsu Shio-zuke Tsukemono

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Karl’s Mizuna no Ohitashi

I made a Japanese feast for Sunday’s dinner. An ohitashi is basically a Japanese salad. A variety of green are parboiled, lightly dressed with a soy sauce based dressing and then served chilled. Using spinach seemed just too ordinary. I had planned to use komatsuna (Japanese mustard greens), but the greens at the store were yellowed and bug eaten. In the next bin was some fresh mizuna (also called Japanese mustard greens), so I decided to use that for my ohitashi.

Karl’s Mizuna no Ohitashi

Karl’s Mizuna no Ohitashi

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Karl’s Cal-Mex Sautéd Peppers

I had originally planned to make this as a mushroom and green bean dish. I decided to make it as two dishes to please Eilene, who does not like mushrooms. In addition to the mushroom dish, this was to be may side to my ghost pepper chicken.

Karl’s Cal-Mex Sautéd Peppers

Karl’s Cal-Mex Sautéd Peppers

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Korean Cucumber Salad (Oi Muchim)

A Korean Bapsang recipe

For my Korean Sunday dinner, in addition to my main dishes of japchae and bulgogi, I made several vegetable sides. I am new to Korean food, so I made this very closely to the original recipe. To quote the original recipe, “oi means cucumber, and muchim means mixed with seasonings.” I had not bought Korean cucumbers (aka Japanese or East Asian), but I had some Persian cucumbers meant for a meal that did not happen.

Korean Cucumber Salad (Oi Muchim)

Korean Cucumber Salad (Oi Muchim)

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