Category Archives: Vegetarian

Karl’s Forbidden Rice Pudding

I keep a wide variety of rice in my pantry—Italian arborio, aged Indian basmati, Spanish Bomba, short grain Japanese rice, Thai Jasmine, Chinese red rice, American wild rice, as well as Californian jasmine and short grain brown rice. Jan has been loving my rice pudding, so when she suggested using Black rice I had it ready to hand. During imperial China, this rice was for the emperor alone.

Karl’s Forbidden Rice Pudding

Karl’s Forbidden Rice Pudding

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Karl’s Alpen Mini-muffins

Sometimes, Jan eats Alpen cereal for breakfast. For the last week, she has been saying, “I should make muffins with the Alpen one morning.”  I finally caught on to what she was really saying which was, “You should make Alpen muffins one morning.”  This is that morning.

Karl’s Alpen Mini-muffins

Karl’s Alpen Mini-muffins

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Karl’s Greek Artichoke Rice

I make Greek barbecued lamb for Easter and I wanted a Greek starch side dish. I have done Spanakorizo (spinach rice) and Spanakorzo (spinach pasta), but I wanted to do something different. The Persian store near me carries large frozen artichoke caps and I decided to do something with them.

Karl’s Greek Artichoke Rice

Karl’s Greek Artichoke Rice

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Jan’s Drambuie Chocolate Mousse

For me Claudia’s Chocolate Mousse is the mousse by which all others are judged. It is however, not a health food. It has replaced cakes as the go-to dessert for special occasions. Jan has spent years perfecting the techniques of making this mousse, but it took her years more before she dared to tinker with mom’s recipe. This Easter, Jan made chocolate mousse with Drambuie.

Jan’s Drambuie Chocolate Mousse

Jan’s Drambuie Chocolate Mousse

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Karl’s Four Chile Chili Powder

I had made a chile chicken and was kind of locked into recipes South of the Border for my leftover dishes. To season my chicken tacos and chili chicken soup, I made a batch of chili powder. This was enough seasoning for both dishes.

Karl’s Four Chile Chili Powder

Karl’s Four Chile Chili Powder

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Karl’s Orange Infused Rice Pudding II

Tuesday is Jan’s long day, she teaches until 8:45 pm, and she texted that she needed rice pudding when she got home. I live to serve—good food. I started with a Food.com recipe for rice pudding, but I have continued to change it. One of the recipes I had looked at earlier suggested that arborio rice was the best choice. Having made this variation twice now, I must agree.

Karl’s Orange Infused Rice Pudding II

Karl’s Orange Infused Rice Pudding II

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Karl’s Three Bean Salad

I bought a Safeway ham the other day and I was thinking about a weekday dinner. I wanted something other than my usual sweet potatoes and steamed green beans to go with the ham. I decided what I needed was a dish that covered both my starch and vegetable. Three bean salad seemed the way to go.

Karl's Three Bean Salad

Karl’s Three Bean Salad

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Karl’s Santa Maria Coleslaw

This week I am making Santa Maria tri-tip, which calls for Santa Maria-style beans. While many sites call for serving coleslaw with this meal, I could not find anything called “Santa Maria-style coleslaw.” Having grownup just a few miles away, in Santa Barbara, I decided to fill this obvious need.

Karl’s Santa Maria Coleslaw

Karl’s Santa Maria Coleslaw

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Karl’s Grilled Chili Corn

One thing that son-in-law Chris requested for his birthday meal was corn on the cob. I am making beef and beans, so I though some chili powder would be the spice to use. Since I was making a big pot of Santa Maria beans, I did not want a whole ear per person, cutting them into quarter seemed the solution.

Karl's Grilled Chili Corn

Karl’s Grilled Chili Corn

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Karl’s Blueberry Scones

The last time I made blueberry scones Eilene did not like them. I had thought she simply did not like hot, cooked fruit. In talking to her, I found out that what she did not like was the soggy bread around the fruit. Using dried fruit was the solution.

Karl’s Blueberry Scones

Karl’s Blueberry Scones

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