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Karl’s Cock-a-Leekie Soup

Wife Jan has just had dental work and needs something soft and filling, a tasty soup would fit the bill. Cock-a-leekie soup is a traditional Scottish soup from the 16th Century when Scotland and France were aligned against England. Originally a French chicken and onion soup, the Scots used their local ingredients—leeks and barley to make a similar soup.

Karl’s Cock-a-Leekie Soup

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Karl’s Tofu and Wakami Miso Soup

I am making barbecued salmon for Sunday’s dinner. A traditional Japanese meal consists of a soup and three sides—the rice goes without saying—and this usually means miso soup. Miso soup can be as simple as dashi and miso, but frequently other ingredients are added to enrich this simple broth. Today, I am adding tofu—that I trimmed off my block of tofu for my salad—a few enoki mushrooms, and some wakami seaweed.

Karl’s Tofu and Wakami Miso Soup

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Karl’s White Gazpacho

Adapted from a Food and Wine recipe

Daughter Miriam asked for Spanish tri-tip for her birthday dinner. Looking for side dishes to go with the beef, gazpacho would be an obvious choice, but Miriam has been “off” garlic and onions lately—and gazpacho is really just salsa (tomatoes, onions, chilies, cilantro, and garlic) that has been blended into a cold soup. Searching the internet, I found a recipe for “white gazpacho“—made with apples, grapes, almonds and cucumber. A little tinkering and it would meet Miriam’s dietary needs.

Karl’s White Gazpacho

Karl’s White Gazpacho

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Karl’s Fresh Tomato Soup without Garlic and Onions

Daughter Miriam—who is still avoiding garlic and onions—has requested tomato soup and melted cheese sandwiches for Sunday’s dinner. She had bought a store “fresh” tomato soup and it had so much garlic that she could not eat it. Looking on-line for ideas, I find that virtually all of the recipes called for using at least one of the forbidden ingredients.

Karl’s Fresh Tomato Soup without Garlic and Onions

Karl’s Fresh Tomato Soup
without Garlic and Onions

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Karl’s Tuscan Chicken Soup without Garlic and Onions

This Sunday’s dinner was a bit of a negotiation. Daughter Miriam has had difficulty with garlic and onions lately. She had thought that it was getting better, but she pushed it too far and paid the price.

Karl’s Tuscan Chicken Soup without Garlic and Onions

Karl’s Tuscan Chicken Soup
without Garlic and Onions

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Karl’s Mushroom Leek Soup

Daughter Eilene—who hates mushrooms—was off with her friends. I wanted to make some mushroom soup. Jan had also wanted a leek soup—a creamy soup that is mostly potatoes and leeks.  I thought that I could combine two recipes to make a mushroom-y leek soup.

Karl's Mushroom Leek Soup

Karl’s Mushroom Leek Soup

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Karl’s Tofu Miso Soup

My wife Jan has her college friends staying over the weekend. Her friends come with a long list of food restrictions—no wheat, rye, barley, tomatoes, citrus, or lactose—so it is quite the challenge. Japanese cuisine tends to have few of the ingredients I needed to avoid. I decided I would make miso soup, sushi, and a selection of Japanese pickles—cabbage and mixed vegetables.

Karl’s Tofu Miso Soup

Karl’s Tofu Miso Soup

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Karl’s French Provincial Bourride Fish Stew

I am constantly looking for new recipes to try for our Sunday dinners. I had thought of fish stew, but daughter Miriam has to have her meals without garlic or onions. I had suggested a yosenabe, but she felt that that would be too sweet. I settled on a “French(-ish) fish stew, but these frequently have fennel, which she is also not very fond of—and, truth be told, neither am I.

Karl’s French Provincial Bourride Fish Stew

Karl’s French Provincial Bourride Fish Stew

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Karl’s Manhattan Clam Chowder

Wife Jan wanted something to go with the soda bread I was making. She decided that I had not made clam chowder in quite a while. One reason for that was that daughter Eilene has become a bit lactose intolerant. The obvious solution was to make Manhattan clam chowder.

Karl’s Manhattan Clam Chowder

Karl’s Manhattan Clam Chowder

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Karl’s Thai Chicken Soup

Jan asked for chicken soup with rice—props to Maurice Sendak—for a weekday dinner, but that seemed too common to me. I decided to make Thai Chicken soup with rice stick. I can make it a bit less spicy than it is made authentically.

Karl’s Thai Chicken Soup

Karl’s Thai Chicken Soup

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