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Karl’s Quick Beef and Pork Chili

My sister, Karen, came through town last week and for one of the meals I made chili. As I had not planned  to make a third meal for her it was a bit of a spur of the moment thing. While everyone else went for a hike, I whipped up a quick chili.

Karl’s Quick Beef and Pork Chili

Karl’s Quick Beef and Pork Chili

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Karl’s Trader Joe’s Pulled Pork Enchiladas

Wandering through Trader Joe’s, wondering what I was going to make for dinner—this is actually not an uncommon occurrence. I saw a package of pre-cooked pork carnitas. I could do a quick pork taco with that, but I make tacos almost every week. Walking down another aisle, I saw Trader Joe’s enchilada sauce, and it clicked—pork enchiladas!

Karl’s Trader Joe’s Pulled Pork Enchiladas

Karl’s Trader Joe’s Pulled Pork Enchiladas

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Claudia’s Tacos

Before I left home for the first time, I sat down with my mother’s recipe box and wrote down my favorite dishes. About twice a month, my mother would make tacos—in those days, that meant beef tacos. While I have very fond memories of these grease bombs, they were neither very healthy nor really Mexican cuisine. Continue reading

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Karl’s Jalapeño Cornbread Pudding

Jan is on a soft food diet—nothing where she has to bite with her front teeth—and I have spent the last two weeks thinking up interesting foods that she can still eat. She decided that she could handle chili, but tortillas would not work. She likes bread pudding, so we agreed that I could make a soft cornbread pudding to serve on the side.

Karl’s Jalapeño Cornbread Pudding

Karl’s Jalapeño Cornbread Pudding

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Karl’s Poblano and Bean Enchiladas

Jan had brought some ghost chili products back from a trip to Monterey. As a result, I was doing a Cal-Mex cuisine Sunday dinner. I did not want the usual beans and rice, so I decided to make enchiladas.

Karl’s Poblano and Bean Enchiladas

Karl’s Poblano and Bean Enchiladas

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Karl’s Chile Chicken Spice Blend

I had run out of my usual four chile chili powder, so I threw together a new blend for my chicken soup. Continue reading

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Karl’s Weekend Beef Meatball Chili

I used canned beans for quick weekday chili. Cook’s Illustrated has identified Goya as the best brand of canned beans, because they are processed fresh in the fields, instead of laying around in storage for an unknown length of time. This is more of a weekend variation on the theme.

Karl’s Weekend Beef Meatball Chili

Karl’s Weekend Beef Meatball Chili

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Karl’s Leftover Chicken Fajita Tacos

I had made a chili chicken for Sunday’s dinner and had plenty of chicken to work with in making other meals. If the chicken is already cooked, tacos are a quick and easy weeknight meal. If you have not roasted a chicken, a deli chicken  makes a good substitute.

Karl’s Leftover Chicken Fajita Tacos

Karl’s Leftover Chicken Fajita Tacos

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Karl’s Four Chile Chili Powder

I had made a chile chicken and was kind of locked into recipes South of the Border for my leftover dishes. To season my chicken tacos and chili chicken soup, I made a batch of chili powder. This was enough seasoning for both dishes.

Karl’s Four Chile Chili Powder

Karl’s Four Chile Chili Powder

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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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