Adapted from a Bon Appetit recipe
I’m making calzoni for son-in-law, Chris’s birthday. While I am putting vegetables in both kinds of calzone—1, 2—I still think the meal needs more vegetable matter. A Caesar salad seems culturally appropriate for an Italian meal.
Karl’s Caesar Salad without Garlic
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
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)
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
Originally adapted from Sinful Curry
I wanted a vegetable dish for my birthday dinner to go with my Mughal lamb and rice dishes. My family really likes saag paneer, which has become my go-to dish for Indian meals. The only ingredient in modern Indian cuisine that would have been uncommon 500 years ago is tomatoes.
Karl’s Mughal Saag Paneer
I was looking for a vegetable side dish to go with my meatloaf. A few weeks ago, I discovered that letting the root vegetables marinate in a marmalade base worked really well as a salad dressing. This is what I settled on for tonight’s salad.
Karl’s Asian Pear-apple , Radish,
and Arugula Salad
I wanted a starch dish to go with my fried salmon. I wanted something that was quick and easy. Couscous cooks in just minutes and can be a very versatile starch. A bit of this and a bit of that and viola, dinner is served.
Karl’s Couscous Florentine
This week I wanted a fast weekday meal. Fried salmon, a quick starch dish, and a simple salad. This does not mean that I could not be creative. In a burst of inspiration, I came up with a new way of making salad dressing.
Karl’s Carrot and Spinach Salad
with Orange Tarragon Dressing
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 ).
Karl’s Salt Pickled Cabbage
with Pickled Ginger and Japanese Chili
Kyabetsu Shio-zuke Tsukemono
Since I was using alcohol in my main dish—port—I thought I should keep it up and add some brandy to my vegetables. Mushrooms and green beans are very popular at our house. They also go very well with barbecued beef.
Karl’s Brandied Mushrooms and Green Beans