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Karl’s Mitzvah Beef Stew

My neighbors are taking care of one of their aged mothers. I went to speak with the wife and when she came to the door it was obvious that she as was exhausted. She was in clear need of a  mitzvah.

Karl’s Mitzvah Beef Stew

Karl’s Mitzvah Beef Stew

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Karl’s Braised Lamb Shanks with Middle Eastern Flavors

It it Father’s Day, so I get to pick the menu. Being a Lueck I will, of course, pick lamb. I have been craving lamb shanks lately.

Karl’s Braised Lamb Shanks with Middle Eastern Flavors

Karl’s Braised Lamb Shanks
with Middle Eastern Flavors

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Karl’s Corned Beef

I have never been overly fond of corned beef and cabbage, but like most part Irish-Americans I have usually made it on St. Patrick’s Day.  One reason for this dislike was that—like most Americans—I would go to Safeway and buy the plastic package of bright red meat. This sour meat would be tossed in the pot with potatoes, carrots and cabbage to be boiled to death.

Karl’s Corned Beef

Karl’s Corned Beef

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Karl’s Spanish Style Oxtails

I have been craving oxtails recently. I do not make them very often, because of Jan’s dietary restrictions and because, for the same reason, they are not exactly a health food—they are very fatty. One way to reduce the fat is to make them the day before, skim off the congealed lard, and reheat them the next day.

Karl’s Spanish Style Oxtails

Karl’s Spanish Style Oxtails

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Karl’s Lamb Stew with Leeks

Jan is off on her yearly stitching retreat with her friends for four days. While she will tolerate barbecued lamb, she will not eat it any other way. Her absence allows me to make dishes that Jan will not eat.

Karl’s Lamb Stew with Leeks

Karl’s Lamb Stew with Leeks

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Karl’s Pot Roast and Smashed Potatoes

Jan wanted comfort food after her family’s visit and she requested pot roast. I have made more complex versions of this dish, but I wanted this to be a home-y version. A hearty “meat and potatoes,” closer to what my mother, Claudia, would have made.

Karl’s Pot Roast and Smashed Potatoes

Karl’s Pot Roast and Smashed Potatoes

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Karl’s Chicken Cacciatore (Hunter’s Chicken)

Many European countries have some variation of hunter’s chicken: the Italian pollo alla cacciatore, the French poulet chasseur and coq au vin, and the German hühnchen nach jägerart. The general idea of this dish is that you make it with the ingredients that a hunter would have on hand while out in the woods. Many modern versions include tomatoes and are served over pasta.

Karl’s Chicken Cacciatore (Hunter’s Chicken)

Karl’s Chicken Cacciatore (Hunter’s Chicken)

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Karl’s Japanese Coca-Cola Braised Pork

I love Japanese pickled vegetables and I frequently get the urge to make them. The day before my Sunday dinner I started to make a bunch. Sometimes the side dishes lead you to the main dish, rather than the other way around.

Karl’s Japanese Coca-Cola Braised Pork

Karl’s Japanese Coca-Cola Braised Pork

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Karl’s Broiled Lamb Rogan Josh

Adapted from a The Kitchen recipe

Everyone in my family loves lamb in any form—it is a Lueck thing. Jan unfortunately—or fortunately depending on your point of view—is a Lueck by marriage and she only likes barbecued lamb. Stewed, simmered, braised lamb is right off her menu.  A classic lamb rogan josh is lamb braised for hours in a spicy sauce. My challenge was to adapt this recipe to her tastes.

Karl’s Broiled Lamb Rogan Josh

Karl’s Broiled Lamb Rogan Josh

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Karl’s Deconstructed Bedouin Mansaf (braised lamb in aged yogurt sauce)

Miriam and Chris went to Dishdash and had mansaf, lamb in aged yogurt. They asked me to replicate this dish for Sunday dinner. This is originally a Bedouin dish that is claimed by the Jordanians as a national dish. One site even claimed that mansaf is what Abraham served the angels.

Karl’s Deconstructed Bedouin Mansaf (lamb in aged yogurt sauce)

Karl’s Deconstructed Bedouin Mansaf
(lamb in aged yogurt sauce)

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