Category Archives: Vegan

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 Japanese Bar Style Mixed Pickles

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.

Karl’s Japanese Bar Style Mixed Pickles

Karl’s Japanese Bar Style Mixed Pickles

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Karl’s Pinto Beans and Hominy

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. Vegetarian beans and hominy struck me as one solution to meet their needs.

Karl’s Pinto Beans and Hominy

Karl’s Pinto Beans and Hominy

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Karl’s Apricot Oatmeal with Blueberries and Coconut

Still making breakfasts for wife Jan’s college friends. The friend with a gluten allergy closes off my usual breakfast standbys of biscuits, waffles or pancakes. Oatmeal is an acceptable breakfast, but by itself it is a bit dreary.

Karl’s Apricot Oatmeal with Blueberries and Coconut

Karl’s Apricot Oatmeal with Blueberries and Coconut

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Karl’s Pears with Mandarin Marmalade

Wife Jan’s college friends are visiting and I have been cooking up a storm. I had decided to make Hoe-waffles and it seemed a bit of a scant breakfast. I had a couple of pears in the basket I and decide to make a side fruit salad. Pears just by themselves seemed just too plain, so I quickly thought to add some marmalade.

Karl’s Pears with Mandarin Marmalade

Karl’s Pears with Mandarin Marmalade

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Karl’s Oyster Mushrooms in Oyster Sauce II

Sister Grace stopped by this Sunday. Of the several options I gave her for dinner was spicy chicken and pan fried noodles. While this dish is a lot of work, it is one of my family’s favorite meals.

Karl’s Oyster Mushrooms in Oyster Sauce II

Karl’s Oyster Mushrooms in Oyster Sauce II

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Karl’s Chinese Smashed Cucumber Pickles

Sister Grace stopped by this Sunday. Of the several options I gave her for dinner was spicy chicken and pan fried noodles. While this dish is a lot of work, it is one of my family’s favorite meals.

Karl’s Chinese Smashed Cucumber Pickles

Karl’s Chinese Smashed Cucumber Pickles

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Karl’s Mixed Roasties II

Followers of my blog may have noticed that I have not posted many recipes in the last month. It is not that I have stopped cooking—in fact, my desktop is covered with pictures of the dishes that I have made. However, as well as the business of cooking for the holidays, I have been suffering from a bit of writer’s block about what to say about the dishes. Many of my recent were simply slight variations of past posts. Other dishes were seat-of-the-pants recipes—what can you write about when you are grabbing ingredients as the spirit takes you?

Karl’s Mixed Roasties II Baby Potatoes

Karl’s Mixed Roasties II
Baby Potatoes

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Karl’s Marjoram and Parsley Potatoes

We have had company for the last several days, so I wanted a Sunday dinner that was not hours of preparation. An American standard meal of meatloaf, potatoes, and green beans seemed like a good idea. Of course, I could not make it that simple I had to get spontaneously creative.

Karl’s Marjoram and Parsley Potatoes

Karl’s Marjoram and Parsley Potatoes

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Karl’s Harcourt Verts with Pear Sauce

We have had company for the last several days, so I wanted a Sunday dinner that was not hours of preparation.  An American standard meal of meatloaf, potatoes, and green beans seemed like a good idea. Of course, I could not make it that simple I had to get spontaneously creative.

Karl’s Harcourt Verts with Pear Sauce

Karl’s Harcourt Verts with Pear Sauce

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