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 Rustic Shepherd’s Pie

I have done several variations of shepherd’s pie—1, 2, 3, 4, 5, & 6. The traditional recipe calls for a stew covered in mashed potatoes. For this dish, I decided to try a break from tradition and—instead of mashing the potatoes—covered the stew with my mother’s parsley potatoes.

Karl’s Rustic Shepherd’s Pie

Karl’s Rustic Shepherd’s Pie

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Karl’s Low Sugar Ginger Strawberry Jam II

The first time I made strawberry jam, wife Jan complained that it was too sweet. I cut the sugar way back and found I had to add some commercial pectin to get my jam to set. I had also tried adding some ginger and I found that it was not enough to rise above the  strawberry flavor. Boosting the amount of fresh ginger did the trick.

Karl’s Low Sugar Ginger Strawberry Jam II

Karl’s Low Sugar Ginger Strawberry Jam II

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Karl’s Coca-Cola Pulled Pork Lettuce Cups

Broadly adapted from an Epicurious recipe

Thinking about what to make for this Sunday’s dinner. I suggested Coca-Cola pork. This idea was well received, so I started looking up recipes and sides to go with it.

Karl’s Coca-Cola Pulled Pork Lettuce Cups

Karl’s Coca-Cola Pulled Pork Lettuce Cups

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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 Cinnamon-Swirl Currant Bread

Wife Jan is interviewing job applicants over the next two weeks. The university will only cater groups of 10 and there will only be five for breakfast during the interviews. Jan asked me to cater the sessions—deviled eggs, a baked good, and fruit salad.

 Karl’s Cinnamon-Swirl Currant Bread

Karl’s Cinnamon-Swirl Currant Bread

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