Category Archives: Vegetarian

Karl’s French Carrot Salad

I am making a French(-ish) roasted chicken for Sunday’s dinner. My original thought was to make a carrot soup, but daughter Miriam requested a carrot salad instead. Looking at French carrot salads on-line, I found that I did not have fresh parsley and Miriam cannot eat onions at the moment. I had dried chervil—A.K.A. French parsley—and I decided to substitute currents for the onions.

Karl’s French Carrot Salad

Karl’s French Carrot Salad

Continue reading

Leave a comment

Filed under Salads, Vegan, Vegetarian

Karl’s Burning Man Food

Wife Jan got back from Burning Man on Monday. She broke her arm while she was there and I have spent much of the week “doing for her”—tying shoes, driving, etc. Getting the pictures she took on her trip has not been a top priority. Jan did get pictures of some of the dishes, before they were gobbled down. I had made enough of each dish that her group could gift the remaining mixes to the camps around them. Continue reading

4 Comments

Filed under California Fusion, Main Dishes, Sauces and Spices, Vegetarian

Karl’s Thomcord Grape Jam

I found a new produce—new to me at least—at Trader Joe’s this week, Thomcord grapes. These grapes are a crossbreed of Thomson seedless and Concord grapes. They have dark purple skins and a wonderful flavor. While my wife Jan does not like grape jelly—growing up her mother bought nothing but Welch’s grape jelly—daughter Eilene loves it. She asked me to turn these grapes into a jam.

Karl’s Thomcord Grape Jam

Karl’s Thomcord Grape Jam

Continue reading

Leave a comment

Filed under Breakfast, Treats, Vegan, Vegetarian

Karl’s Ginger White Peach Jam

We have a new neighbor across the street and my usual practice has been to gift new neighbors with a jar of jam as a welcoming to the neighborhood. Surprisingly, I had no  jam on hand—normally I have 4-5 jars ready to distribute or for personal consumption.  I needed to make a new batch.

Karl’s Ginger White Peach Jam

Karl’s Ginger White Peach Jam

Continue reading

Leave a comment

Filed under California Fusion, Vegan, Vegetarian

Karl’s Za’atar Orzo for Burning Man

Wife Jan is going to Burning man and a lunch side dish had been requested. I put forward several options and a variation of a dish I made a few weeks ago has been requested. I wanted something that would be quick and easy, so I decided to use orzo spiced up with za’atar.

Karl’s Za’atar Orzo for Burning Man

Karl’s Za’atar Orzo for Burning Man

Continue reading

1 Comment

Filed under California Fusion, Pasta, Side Dishes, Vegetarian

Karl’s Saag Pilau for Burning Man

A pilau is properly made with rice, and I had originally intended to make this a rice dish. Wife Jan though that rice would take too long to cook. Israeli couscous was invented as a rice substitute when the fledgling state of Israel could not import as much rice as people wanted. This could therefore be called “Israeli pilau.”

Karl’s Saag Pilau for Burning Man

Karl’s Saag Pilau for Burning Man

Continue reading

1 Comment

Filed under California Fusion, Main Dishes, Vegetarian

 Karl’s Dinner Rolls

I started with a recipe from a King Arthur, each time I make it a tweak it a bit further from the original. Today, I am making some rolls to go with my simple cioppino. These rolls started out as pull-apart-rolls, but I decided to space them further apart as individual loaves.

 Karl’s Dinner Rolls

Karl’s Dinner Rolls

Continue reading

1 Comment

Filed under bread, Side Dishes, Vegetarian

Karl’s Stone Fruit Tart / Cobbler

Last week, Jan went to the Central Valley to visit her friends and she came back with a mound of fruit. Since most of it was still not ripe I put it into brown paper bags to ripen. This Sunday it all came ripe at once. What to do? A fruit cobbler came to mind.

Karl’s Stone Fruit Tart / Cobbler

Karl’s Stone Fruit Tart / Cobbler

Continue reading

2 Comments

Filed under Desserts & Treats, Pies & Tarts, Vegetarian

Karl’s Tomato Sauce

Jan visited her friends in Fresno this weekend. One of them owns a farm and tomato bombed her. What am I going to do with 15 pounds of small Roma tomatoes?

Karl’s Tomato Sauce

Karl’s Tomato Sauce

Continue reading

3 Comments

Filed under Sauces and Spices, Vegan, Vegetarian

Karl’s Za’atar Orzo

I needed a starch dish to go with my ham steak and coleslaw for a week night dinner. I wanted something that would be quick and easy, so I decided to use orzo—instead of rice. To keep things interesting, I chose to spice it up with za’atar.

Karl’s Za’atar Orzo

Karl’s Za’atar Orzo

Continue reading

1 Comment

Filed under California Fusion, Pasta, Side Dishes, Vegetarian