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Karl’s Simple Cioppino

The kids are not coming over this weekend, so it is just the three of us for dinner. Sundays have been restricted lately because of Miriam’s diet, so I could make something with tomatoes, garlic and onions. When I suggested cioppino Jan was all for it.

Karl’s Simple Cioppino

Karl’s Simple Cioppino

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Karl’s Simple Shrimp Shoyu Ramen

Wife Jan wanted something warm and noodle-y for a weekday meal. We have been on a search for the perfect bowl of ramen in San Jose—the best we have found so far, near us, is Masa Ramen. While I have made a complex version of this dish, I wanted something simpler and with fewer ingredients.

Karl’s Simple Shrimp Shoyu Ramen

Karl’s Simple Shrimp Shoyu Ramen

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Karl’s Simple Yosenabe

Yosenabe is a type of nabemono or one-pot dish. The traditional nabe pot is a fairly deep, round bottomed pot with a wooden lid that fits inside the edges of the pot.  I had planned to make my usual yosenabe for Sunday’s dinner, but the kids decided not to come over—daughter Eilene also ended up going out—so it was just my wife and myself. I cut down the number of ingredients to be enough for just two.

Karl’s Simple Yosenabe

Karl’s Simple Yosenabe

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Karl’s Leftover Steamed Chicken Soup

Last Sunday I made steamed chicken for Sunday’s dinner. While my family ate a great deal of it, there was enough left over for soup on Monday. Making soup with leftovers is second nature to me.

Karl’s Leftover Steamed Chicken Soup

Karl’s Leftover Steamed Chicken Soup

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Karl’s Shrimp Miso Soup II

Whenever I make a Japanese feast I usually include miso soup. The soup broth itself is quick and easy to make, by itself it is simply dashi—a Japanese soup base—with some miso added for flavoring. After that, you may add pretty much anything you have available. Today, I decided on bay scallops, tofu, enoki mushrooms, green onion, and I happened to have some daikon sprouts, because I had also made hamachi shots for this meal.

Karl’s Shrimp Miso Soup

Karl’s Shrimp Miso Soup

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Karl’s Chicken with Buckwheat Noodles

While the women in my life are at school/work, I sometimes have only myself to cook for. Usually this is leftovers from the previous dinner. This time I had only a single cooked chicken thigh. Jan does not like buckwheat noodles—soba—but I do. Some chicken, some noodles, this I can work with.

Karl’s Chicken with Buckwheat Noodles

Karl’s Chicken with Buckwheat Noodles

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Karl’s French Onion Soup III

The kids are still on their keto/Atkins low-carb diet. These diets are vegetable/protein forward. I am making brisket and a cucumber salad. I had also decided on making a French onion soup, but the question was how could I make it low car. My solution was to give my diners the option of whether their soups would be topped with bread and/or cheese.

Karl’s French Onion Soup III

Karl’s French Onion Soup III

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Karl’s Shrimp Miso Soup

Miso soup is perfect for a weekday meal. The soup broth itself is quick and easy to make, by itself it is simply dashi—a Japanese soup base—with some miso added for flavoring. After that, you may add pretty much anything you have available—a great way to use up any miscellaneous bits of vegetables that you have lying around. Today, I decided on shrimp, tofu, napa cabbage, green onion, and I happened to have some daikon sprouts and slivers of red jalapeño on hand.

Karl’s Shrimp Miso Soup

Karl’s Shrimp Miso Soup

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Karl’s Chicken Stock

I am doing a dinner for some Chinese friends. She asked for [an American] “holiday dinner.” I decided to do a chicken variation of the deconstructed stuffed turkey that I made for Thanksgiving.

Karl’s Chicken Stock

Karl’s Chicken Stock

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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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