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Karl’s Shrimp Miso Soup

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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

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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

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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

Karl’s Shoyu Ramen

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