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Karl’s Cracked Crab and Crackers

This is hardly a recipe, but it is a traditional family meal in California. Crab season was late this year, but it has finally become safe to eat the Dungeness crab. I bought three for five people.

Karl’s Cracked Crab and Crackers

Karl’s Cracked Crab and Crackers

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Claudia’s Potato Salad

I making potato salad for the Fourth of July today, and I am making it based on, my mother, Claudia’s recipe. I have had to make some adjustments—I am not trying to feed seven hungry mouths and—while I remember there being celery in it—there was none listed on her 3×5 card recipe. Another twist is that Myr and Chris are on the Adkins diet, so I decided I would make a second salad—with cauliflower replacing the potatoes—just for them. Continue reading

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Karl’s Refrigerator Chicken Soup III

This is a dish that I make every few months. When I make a chicken dish, I frequently buy whole chickens and cut them up myself. I cut out the back and freeze the necks, wing tips and any trimmings to make chicken stock.

Karl’s Refrigerator Chicken Soup III

Karl’s Refrigerator Chicken Soup III

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Karl’s Santa Maria Barbecued Tri-tip

On the Fourth of July we went to a friend’s house for Santa Maria barbeque. Jan liked it so much that she asked me to make it this Sunday. A Santa Maria Barbecue is not complete without pinquito beans and Santa Maria style salsa.

Karl’s Santa Maria Barbecued Tri-tip

Karl’s Santa Maria Barbecued Tri-tip

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Karl’s Santa Maria-Style Beans II

I am making Santa Maria barbecue this Sunday and this needs a special kind of beans. I finally found a source for heirloom Santa Maria pinquito beans. If you live in the South Bay (San Jose, CA area) it is just a short 30 minute drive down to just south of Gilroy to where the 101 briefly becomes a two lane highway. Garlic World is an overgrown roadside fruit stand that specializes in Gilroy’s primary crop—I love when the wind is out of the south in the morning, it smells of garlic. Garlic World also carries Suzie Q’s pinquito beans.

Karl’s Santa Maria-Style Beans II

Karl’s Santa Maria-Style Beans II

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Karl’s Santa Maria Style Salsa

Santa Maria style salsa is a necessary accompaniment to Santa Maria barbecue. I, of course, could not make it exactly as they do in Santa Maria.

Karl’s Santa Maria Style Salsa

Karl’s Santa Maria Style Salsa

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Miriam’s Balsamic Strawberries

Myr and Jan went to a pot-luck at Pie Ranch yesterday (Hey, for them this is work). Myr’s contribution the meal was Balsamic Strawberries. These are good all by themselves, but they can also go equally well on a mesclun salad or vanilla ice cream.

Karl’s Quick Variation of Miriam’s Balsamic Strawberries

Karl’s Quick Variation of
Miriam’s Balsamic Strawberries

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Karl’s Chinese Chili Roasted Brussels Sprouts

I did not want all of my dishes to be the same, so I decided to leave the Sichuan pepper out of this one. When I am home alone, I will frequently make a lunch of some sautéed vegetables with a tablespoon of Chinese chili garlic sauce stirred in. I decide to carry that idea a step further in these roasted vegetables.

Karl’s Chinese Chili Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Karl’s Chinese Chili Roasted Brussels Sprouts

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Karl’s Szechuan Shrimp Stuffed Mushrooms

A salad, which was my original plan, did not quite an appropriate side dish to such an Asian meal. Eilene had planned to go to a party. I decided on a mushroom dish, which she would never eat.

Karl’s Mushrooms Stuffed with Szechuan Shrimp

Karl’s Mushrooms Stuffed
with Szechuan Shrimp

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Karl’s Rotkohl II

I want to make Charlie B’s tomorrow. This is a leftover breakfast, but to make it you kind of have to have the leftovers. I already had the potatoes, but I needed the sausage. That meant bratwurst for dinner tonight.

Karl’s Rotkohl II

Karl’s Rotkohl II

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