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Karl’s Restaurant Style Stir Fried Rice

I’m making a simple broiled salmon—with just a little lemon juice and salt—for a weeknight meal, but I wanted something more than plain rice to go with it. I had some left over rice in the refrigerator, so I thought that fried rice would be nice. Tonight I decided to try to make it like Chinese restaurant rice with the finely diced vegetables.

Karl’s Restaurant Style Stir Fried Rice

Karl’s Restaurant Style Stir Fried Rice

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Karl’s Fukujinzuke

I’m making Japanese curry for dinner and, in reading Just One Cookbook’s recipe, I learned that fukujinzuke is commonly served on the side. Fukujinzuke is the Japanese version of a chutney to compliment the curry—a cooling, crunchy contrast to the soft and spicy main dish. While this dish may have four main ingredients—daikon, eggplant, lotus root and cucumber—it may also have up to seven in homage to the Seven Lucky Gods. I cannot eat eggplant, wife Jan does not like lotus root, and daughter Eilene does not like shiitake mushrooms—another common ingredient—I adapted the recipe and used what I had on hand.

Karl’s Fukujinzuke

Karl’s Fukujinzuke

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Karl’s Colcannon without Garlic and Onions

Sunday was St. Patrick’s Day, and around here that means corned beef and colcannon. Daughter Miriam is off onions and garlic—although she has recently been OK with just a little green onion. For this meal, I made my regular colcannon for the rest of us and a smaller one adapted for my daughter.

Karl’s Colcannon without Garlic and Onions

Karl’s Colcannon without Garlic and Onions

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Karl’s Apple Wild Rice Pilaf

I’m making broiled salmon and steamed broccoli for a week night dinner. Looking for something different for a starch I thought about a wild rice pilaf. I happened to have a bruised apple on my counter—one that I was not going to put in someone’s lunch bag—that I needed to use up. Throwing it into the pot turned out to work very nicely.

Karl’s Apple Wild Rice Pilaf

Karl’s Apple Wild Rice Pilaf

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Karl’s Coca-Cola glazed Roasted Carrots

I was making a very meat heavy meal with Coca-cola pork and I wanted to work in more vegetables. I added shredded cabbage to my potato salad, but I wanted one more dish. While I am not fond of cooked carrots, my family loves them. Glazing the carrots with the pork’s cola sauce seemed a reasonable next step.

Karl’s Coca-Cola glazed Roasted Carrots

Karl’s Coca-Cola glazed Roasted Carrots

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Karl’s Potato Slaw Salad

I had decided to go with Coca-cola pork as my main dish. Daughter Miriam suggested that Coca-cola pork calls for rice. However, I was doing a more Southern version of Coca-cola pork and that calls for potato salad.

Karl’s Potato Slaw Salad

Karl’s Potato Slaw Salad

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Karl’s Fresh Tomato Soup without Garlic and Onions

Daughter Miriam—who is still avoiding garlic and onions—has requested tomato soup and melted cheese sandwiches for Sunday’s dinner. She had bought a store “fresh” tomato soup and it had so much garlic that she could not eat it. Looking on-line for ideas, I find that virtually all of the recipes called for using at least one of the forbidden ingredients.

Karl’s Fresh Tomato Soup without Garlic and Onions

Karl’s Fresh Tomato Soup
without Garlic and Onions

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Karl’s Gruyère Melted Cheese Sandwiches for a Crowd

Daughter Miriam asked for tomato soup and melted cheese sandwiches for Sunday’s dinner. She was quite particular about what she wanted on the sandwiches—melted Gruyère cheese with fig spread and Japanese mayonnaise. She had recently had a Blue Apron order that combined these ingredients.  I suggested that if she was going to have all that, that you should throw in some Dijon to top it all off—she agreed.

Karl’s Gruyère Melted Cheese Sandwiches for a Crowd

Karl’s Gruyère Melted Cheese Sandwiches for a Crowd

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Karl’s Spinach Salad with Strawberry Vinaigrette

Daughter Miriam asked for tomato soup and melted cheese sandwiches for Sunday’s dinner. I thought that a salad would go well with this meal. Some time ago, Miriam introduced me to balsamic vinegar strawberries and I had the notion that would these would pair well with spinach.

Karl’s Spinach Salad with Strawberry Vinaigrette

Karl’s Spinach Salad with Strawberry Vinaigrette

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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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