Category Archives: Soups

Karl’s Chicken Wonton Soup

Jan’s friends from childhood—she has known Barbara since the second grade—are coming once again for the Quilt Festival. One will not eat anything with chunks of cooked tomatoes and the other will only eat chicken or fish. To top it off, Jan has just had two crowns and needs soft foods like soups. How to please everyone?

Karl’s Chicken Wonton Soup

Karl’s Chicken Wonton Soup

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Karl’s Wonton Soup

My brother-in-law Dee is coming for another of his innumerable medical appointments at the VA. He is getting tired of the biscuits and gravy that I have been serving the last two times he came. He has requested wonton soup.

Karl’s Wonton Soup

Karl’s Wonton Soup

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Karl’s Enoki Miso Soup

Several of the recipes I am making for this Sunday’s dinner called for dashi—a few tablespoons here and a cup there. If I’m going to make dashi, I might as well make a miso soup. However, since I am making a lot of dishes this meal, I wanted it to be a simple soup with only a few ingredients.

Karl’s Enoki Miso Soup

Karl’s Enoki Miso Soup

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Karl’s Kitsune Udon

Jan’s favorite dish, when we go to a Japanese restaurant is kitsune udon. Udon is a thick wheat noodle that is a standard for a large variety of Japanese soups—both hot and cold. While kitsune refers to a fox, the distinguishing ingredient in this dish fried tofu—apparently the favorite food of the magical, Japanese, shape-shifting foxes.

Karl’s Kitsune Udon

Karl’s Kitsune Udon

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Karl’s Shoyu Ramen

Adapted from a Just One Cookbook recipe

Friday night my family had dinner at a new Japanese Ramen restaurant. While the atmosphere was fairly authentic, the ramen was more than disappointing. The soup was tepid, the noodles under done, and the egg was icy in the middle. Although I have never made anything but instant ramen before, I knew I could do better.

Karl’s Shoyu Ramen

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Karl’s Chicken Taco Soup

Jan had asked for chicken tacos for dinner, but I had a temporary crown put in today. I needed soft food with a small amount of chewing. I decided to turn the tacos into a soup.

Karl’s Chicken Taco Soup

Karl’s Chicken Taco Soup

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Karl’s Chicken Bone Broth Chili Bean Soup

I roasted a chicken with the express intent of having a carcass to make bone broth later in the week. When the kids decided not to come for dinner, I was left with more than the usual amount of leftovers. After the first meal, I made tacos with the breast meat. With the bits that remained I made this soup.

Karl’s Chicken Bone Broth Chili Bean Soup

Karl’s Chicken Bone Broth Chili Bean Soup

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Karl’s Miso Chicken Udon

Eilene has come down with another cold—I do not know what it has been about this year that we keep getting sick. Jan suggested that I make her chicken soup. A favorite of hers is chicken udon.

Karl’s Miso Chicken Udon

Karl’s Miso Chicken Udon

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Karl’s Sukiyaki

Jan asked for sukiyaki for Sunday dinner. This is one of the dishes my mother, Claudia, would make as I was growing up. However, not one of the children thought to take down her recipe.

Note: To hold off my diners while I was making last minute preparations I put out some tsukemono for them to snack on, cucumber pickles and salt pickled cabbage.

Karl’s Sukiyaki

Karl’s Sukiyaki

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Karl’s Meyer Lemon Chicken Soup

Jan and I have colds this week, so she asked for chicken soup for dinner. It is Meyer lemon season and I thought that a garlic lemon soup would be the thing to make. Jan was unsure about this, because she thought it would be too sour. My solution was to add a dollop of lemon curd to cut the citric acid.

Karl’s Meyer Lemon Chicken Soup

Karl’s Meyer Lemon Chicken Soup

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