Category Archives: Vegan

Karl’s Rice Florentine

I am making broiled salmon for a weekday dinner and I usually make some kind of rice dish to go with it. Recently, I learned a new—to me—way of preparing basmati rice. The rice is par-boiled in a lot of water, drained, and then steamed with any additional ingredients. One of the fondly remembered dishes of my mother Claudia was green rice. Today, I decided to expand on my mother’s recipe by adding spinach—al la Florentine.

Karl’s Rice Florentine

Karl’s Rice Florentine

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Karl’s Chili Powder

The term chile (chili) is a complex. It can refer to: 1) a large number of fresh capsicum pods of varying heat levels; 2) the dried and/or smoked pods; 3) the same pods in powdered form (with or without the seeds); and 4) varied spices blends that include one or more of the powdered chilies as a main ingredient.

Karl’s Chili Powder

Karl’s Chili Powder

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Karl’s Sichuan Stir Fried Cucumbers

This is another of those dishes that we were served in at the Panda House restaurant. I have tried to replicate this dish before, but I think this one comes closer than my last attempt. In America, we had always eaten our cucumbers either raw or pickled. It simply would not have occurred to me to fry something like a cucumber. However, because of the dangers of using night soil as fertilizer, the Chinese cook almost all of their vegetables—the rest are pickled.

Karl’s Sichuan Stir Fried Cucumbers

Karl’s Sichuan Stir Fried Cucumbers

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Karl’s Parsley Potatoes with Slow Roasted Leeks

I was making my birthday dinner and I wanted something to go with my barbecued lamb. I looked on-line for suggested side dishes. I saw some things I liked, but mostly it gave me ideas for what I would make.

Karl’s Parsley Potatoes with Slow Roasted Leeks

Karl’s Parsley Potatoes with Slow Roasted Leeks

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Karl’s Slow Roasted Harcourt Verts with Za’atar Breadcrumbs

I was making my birthday dinner and I wanted side dishes to go with my barbecued lamb. I looked on-line for ideas. I decided to have green beans as one of my dishes. I adapted a recipe from Spruce Eats to suit my tastes and needs.

Karl’s Slow Roasted Harcourt Verts with Za’atar Breadcrumbs

Karl’s Slow Roasted Harcourt Verts with Za’atar Breadcrumbs

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Karl’s Trader Joe’s Falafels

Covid19 has restricted my buying habits to a great extent—I can no longer shop multiple ethnic stores to get just the right ingredients. As a result, I have been making mostly “old favorites” that have easily obtained ingredients. This dish has become an almost weekly meal in my house—and not just because it takes only about ten minutes to put on the table. This dish is not so much a recipe, but an assembly of ingredients—the only “cooking” required is a few minutes in the microwave to soften the pita bread and to warm up the falafel balls.

Karl’s Trader Joe’s Falafels

Karl’s Trader Joe’s Falafels

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Karl’s Caldo Verde (Green Soup) without Garlic and Onions

Caldo verde is a traditional Portuguese soup—caldo: broth/soup and verde: green. I have made this soup before, but various food issues with my family have prevented me from making it “authentically.” In its simplest form it is just greens, potatoes, onions, garlic, pepper, and chicken broth. Last time, I had to make this soup without potatoes and this time I need to eliminate the garlic and onions. I am not sure I can still call this a “Portuguese” caldo verde, because—even though it will still be a “green soup”—I am eliminating three of the six basic ingredients.

Karl’s Caldo Verde (Green Soup) without Garlic and Onions

Karl’s Caldo Verde (Green Soup) without Garlic and Onions

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Karl’s Salt and Pepper Mushrooms

My family loves salt and pepper chicken wings. I wondered if I could make a vegetarian version with meaty tasting mushrooms. Daughter Miriam would love it— daughter Eilene won’t touch it.

Karl’s Salt and Pepper Mushrooms

Karl’s Salt and Pepper Mushrooms

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Karl’s Central Asian Tomato and Cucumber Salad with Lemon Dill Vinaigrette

For wife Jan’s birthday, I am making carrot salad. Daughter Miriam is having trouble chewing and eating carrots might be a bit hard for her. I decided to make a tomato and cucumber salad with tender greens just for her.

Karl’s Central Asian Tomato and Cucumber Salad with Lemon Dill Vinaigrette

Karl’s Central Asian Tomato and Cucumber Salad with Lemon Dill Vinaigrette

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Karl’s Farro Salad

One of my preferred salads at Safeway is their orzo salad. I had decided to make an Italian dinner, so I thought I would make something similar using the Italian grain farro. Daughter Miriam always wants things vegetable forward. As I planned my salad, I added more and more vegetables.

Karl’s Farro Salad

Karl’s Farro Salad

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