Karl’s Lemon Ham Steak

When Safeway has a half price sale on hams (after a holiday) I buy a half a ham and cut it into ¾ inch ham steaks to freeze for later. A ham steak is pretty much just a slab of meat. The trick is what glaze do you put on it to dress it up. I have been experimenting with ways to use my marmalades—in other ways than just slathering it on toast and pancakes in the morning.

Karl's Ham Steak with Lemon Marmalade

Karl’s Ham Steak with Lemon Marmalade

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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 & Miriam’s Sous-Vide Santa Maria Tri-tip

Son-in-law Chris has requested tri-tip for his birthday meal. My daughter, Miriam, has been experimenting with her new sous-vide device and we decided to make a joint effort and give it a try. We settled on Santa Maria tri-tip as the seasoning—Myr would sous-vide the meat and I would grill it.

Karl & Miriam’s Sous-Vide Santa Maria Tri-tip

Karl & Miriam’s Sous-Vide Santa Maria Tri-tip

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Karl’s Santa Maria-Style Beans III

This Sunday is son-in-law Chris’ birthday. We settled on Santa Maria tri-tip and the main course. Santa Maria-Style beans are a required side dish for this main dish.

Karl’s Santa Maria-Style Beans III

Karl’s Santa Maria-Style Beans III

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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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Karl’s Corned Beef II

I have finally found a source for really good corned beef. Miriam, however, feels that all corned beef is too salty to eat. I explored ways to “de-salt” my cured meat.

Karl’s Corned Beef II

Karl’s Corned Beef II

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Karl’s Irish Rice Pudding

Adapted from a Food.com recipe

Eilene has been sick, so Saturday I looked up a recipe for rice pudding. Jan thought it was such a success that I should make it again for our St. Patrick’s Day feast on Sunday (two days late).  What would make a rice pudding Irish? Baileys Irish Cream.

Karl’s Irish Rice Pudding

Karl’s Irish Rice Pudding

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Karl’s Orange Infused Rice Pudding

Adapted from a Food.com recipe

Eilene is down with the British flu—nose and throat vs American flu, stomach. She thought that a warm rice pudding would feel good going down. I looked up a recipe and, of course, changed it to my liking.

Karl’s Orange Infused Rice Pudding

Karl’s Orange Infused Rice Pudding

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