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Karl’s Broa de Milho

I am making caldo verde—“green soup” for dinner and—as I was looking at various recipes—people mentioned that Broa—Portuguese corn bread—was the normal side dish for this soup. My family has developed several food avoidances. Son-in-law Chris is currently avoiding starches, as a result I eliminated the potatoes from my soup. This bread gave me a way to provide a starchy dish for those not on his diet.

Karl’s Broa de Milho

Karl’s Broa de Milho

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Karl’s Panettone

Loosely based on a King Arthur recipe

Panettone is a classic Italian Christmas sweet bread. It has been a dish non grata in our house for years—since I almost choked to death on a dry commercial one on a Christmas long ago. Wife Jan thought that if I made a fresh one I would not have that problem. I had my usual problems with other peoples recipes, the quantities seemed a little off and I changed the dried fruits to those we had/preferred.

Karl’s Panettone

Karl’s Panettone

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Karl’s Saffron Challah Dinner Rolls/Crackers II

A few months ago, I made challah rolls and crackers for one of my dinners. This weekend Jan asked for a crab feast, so I thought I would make this delicious bread again. Instead of making a classic braided loaf, I decided to make challah dinner rolls with half of my dough for Miriam. I turned the rest of the dough into crackers to please my wife. Of course, I could not make it exactly the same.

Karl’s Saffron Challah Dinner Rolls/Crackers II

Karl’s Saffron Challah Dinner Rolls/Crackers II

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Karl’s Spiced Almond Biscotti

Adapted from Joy of Cooking

Every year we make several Christmas giveaways—food treats to bring joy to our friends. It really started to get serious almost 30 years ago when we moved a house with orange, lemon and grapefruit trees. Since then, we moved across the street to a house without fruit trees, but I found that I could still beg yard fruit from my neighbors.

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Karl’s Salt and Pepper Sesame Crackers

Since I started making fresh cream crackers, I have made many variations on the basic cream cracker. I have made them with sesame seeds, rosemary and parmesan, raspberries, za’atar, and even French onion soup. This week, I decided to seasoned them with black pepper and thyme.

Karl’s Salt and Pepper Sesame Crackers

Karl’s Salt and Pepper Sesame Crackers

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Karl’s Triple Ginger Biscotti

Every Christmas we make cookies to give away and just about every year we think up a new variation of old favorites. I usually make almond biscotti. Jan suggest doing a ginger biscotti this year.

Karl’s Triple Ginger Biscotti

Karl’s Triple Ginger Biscotti

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Karl’s Italian Crackers

Since I started making fresh cream crackers, I have made many variations on the basic recipe. I have made them with sesame seeds, rosemary and parmesan, raspberries, za’atar, and even French onion soup. This week, I decided to seasoned them with Italian spices—oregano and  basil—with Parmesan and Romano cheeses.

Karl’s Italian Crackers

Karl’s Italian Crackers

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Karl’s Saffron Challah Dinner Rolls/Crackers

I’m making big plate chicken, and while this is a Central Asian dish, I decided to make challah as my starch. I thought that the soft bread would be good for daughter Miriam, because TMJ is so bad lately. Wife Jan said, “It’s my birthday and I want crackers.” To please them both, I used the same dough to make some of each.

Karl’s Saffron Challah Dinner Rolls

Karl’s Saffron Challah Dinner Rolls

Karl’s Saffron Challah Crackers

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Karl’s Cheese Soufflé

Jan’s friends, Pat and Barbara, came for the Quilt Festival. Barbara has chickens and brought us 18 fresh eggs. Jan suggested that I make a soufflé to use some of them up.

Karl’s Cheese Soufflé

Karl’s Cheese Soufflé

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Karl’s Zucchini Bread

I made minestrone soup for Sunday dinner. Wife Jan asked for zucchini bread to go with it. While it has been a long time since I have made this bread, there is a family history behind this bread.

Karl’s Zucchini Bread

Karl’s Zucchini Bread

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