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Claudia’s Chocolate Chip Cookies

Jan asked me to make some cookies for a bake sale at the university. Before I left home for the first time, I sat down with my mother’s recipe box and wrote down my favorite dishes.  Her chocolate chip cookies was one of my favorites, growing up.

Claudia's Chocolate Chip Cookies

Claudia’s Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Karl’s Leftovers: Chili Dogs

When I make my Sunday meals, I usually make enough for one to three leftover meals. Sometimes this means just the same meal again. Other times I use whatever is left over as the basis for a new dish.

Karl’s Leftovers: Chili Dogs

Karl’s Leftovers: Chili Dogs

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Karl’s Mac & Cheese with Bacon and Leek

Eilene is having some friends over. I decided to make their favorite Mac & Cheese. When she and her friends make this for themselves they, of course, use the “orange stuff in a box.” This is just starch, fat, and chemicals, not a meal.

Karl’s Mac & Cheese with Bacon & Leek

Karl’s Mac & Cheese with Bacon & Leek

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Karl’s Ham and Beans for a Crowd

Jan, my wife, is an anthropologist at SJSU. When she can, she arranges for her students to do “real world” projects for their assignments. This semester, she will be and her students will be part of a team, organized by NUMU Los Gatos, interviewing relocated American Indians who live in the South Bay—having moved to the city from various reservations in the 1950s, ‘60s, and 70s—if they are not recorded now their stories will soon be lost to history.

Karl’s Ham and Beans for a Crowd

Karl’s Ham and Beans for a Crowd

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Karl’s Shrimp and Clam Chowder

For weekday meals I have been known to take short cuts, like starting with a canned soup. Usually I boost the “tinned” flavor with some fresh seafood, but my daughter, Eilene, objects—“But fresh is so much better!” I have created a monster.

Karl’s Shrimp and Clam Chowder

Karl’s Shrimp and Clam Chowder

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Karl’s Barbecued Hamburgers

When I made hamburgers—a long time ago—I simply  took the meat out of the package, formed it into patties and threw it on the grill. While I still think there is a place for a plain burger, you can do so much more to make simple ground beef into something to write home about. Of course, fancy burgers require fresh buns.

Karl's Barbecued Hamburgers

Karl’s Barbecued Hamburgers

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Karl’s “Potato” Salad – Two Ways

These salads are based on my mother’s potato salad, but the kids are coming over and this is a dilemma. They are on the Adkins diet, which means no potatoes. I decided that I would make two almost identical salads: One with potatoes for those of us eating starchy foods and a second with the potatoes replaced with cauliflower.

Karl's Potato Salad Karl’s “Potato” Salad (Cauliflower)

Karl’s Potato Salad          Karl’s “Potato” Salad (Cauliflower)

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Karl’s American Biscuits

For some reason, I have never made biscuits from scratch.  I frequently make scones for breakfast, but I have always depended on Bisquick for biscuits. Part of the reason for this is that I really did not understand the difference between the two. While I was making biscuits for biscuits and gravy, I discovered that they are easy and, by themselves, the are a delicious and versatile bread.

Karl’s American Biscuits

Karl’s American Biscuits

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Karl’s Pigs in a Blanket Two Ways

I thought the kids were not coming over this weekend, they have been on and off on a low carb diet. Myr just got back from Italy and they had a friend’s wedding on Saturday, so I thought they were not coming over.  Jan had challenged me to do a gourmet “pigs in a blanket.” The kids have changes their minds and are coming over, but they will eat high carb.

Karl’s Pigs in a Blanket

Karl’s Pigs in a Blanket

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Karl’s Deviled Eggs

Jan and I did not have eggs for breakfast today, so I thought I would make deviled eggs for lunch. Jan is constantly worried about her cholesterol, so she keeps a strict limit on the number of egg she eats. Plain soft boiled eggs are the rule at this house, but I like to spice things up occasionally.

Karl’s Deviled Eggs

Karl’s Deviled Eggs

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