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Karl’s Deconstructed Stuffed Turkey Updated

This is a simplified variation of the turkey I made two years ago. It produces a really moist bird and a savory stuffing that was well worth repeating. It also has the advantage of roasting in under two hours—true it does not produce a Norman Rockwell turkey, but flavor and convenience over presentation!

Karl’s Deconstructed Stuffed Turkey Updated

Karl’s Deconstructed Stuffed Turkey Updated

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Claudia’s French Toast Casserole

I posted the recipe for my mother Claudia’s French toast a while ago. For a few people it is a treat, but it is a bit finicky in that you have to soak the bread slices and then cook them two at a time. If you are having a crowd at the table, this leaves some people hungry while they wait for the next batch. My memory is that she made this when we had breakfast company.

Claudia’s French Toast Casserole

Claudia’s French Toast Casserole

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Claudia’s Baked Green Rice

Before I left home for the first time, I sat down with my mother’s recipe box and wrote down my favorite dishes.  These were all written to fit on a 3×5 card and written simply to remind her about how to make the dish. As a result, they are often hard for anyone else to “unpack” the sometimes cryptic instructions. I am adapting this recipe for my Japanese feast this Sunday, so I thought to post it for reference. Continue reading

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Karl’s Jolokia Chocolate Chicken Fajita Tacos

Tacos are a favorite meal around my house. I usually make some version once a week—although rarely on Tuesday. Jan had brought some ghost pepper products back from a trip to Monterey, one of which was Jolikia Hot Chocolate mix from the Pepper Palace. I decided to try using it in a taco dish—chocolate and chilies is a traditional Mexican combination.

Karl’s Jolokia Chocolate Chicken Fajita Tacos

Karl’s Jolokia Chocolate Chicken Fajita Tacos

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Karl’s Middle Eastern Seafood Chowder

Last week, Jan really liked the za’atar corn I made and as I was thinking about a weekday meal I suggested that I could add that spice blend to my seafood chowder. She said that if I did, I should also used yogurt—instead if cream—in the dish. So I did.

Karl’s Middle Eastern Seafood Chowder

Karl’s Middle Eastern Seafood Chowder

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Karl’s Cinnamon Sugar Buns

Over the last few years, I have perfected my biscuit recipe. While I usually simply make biscuits, sometimes I use the dough for other purposes.  Today, I was craving my mother’s sweet rolls.

Karl’s Cinnamon Sugar Buns

Karl’s Cinnamon Sugar Buns

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Claudia’s Sweet Rolls

Before I left home for the first time, I sat down with my mother’s recipe box and wrote down my favorite dishes.  These were all written to fit on a 3×5 card, written to remind her about how to make the dish. As a result, they are often hard for anyone else to “unpack” the sometimes cryptic instructions. Continue reading

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Jan’s Drambuie Chocolate Mousse

For me Claudia’s Chocolate Mousse is the mousse by which all others are judged. It is however, not a health food. It has replaced cakes as the go-to dessert for special occasions. Jan has spent years perfecting the techniques of making this mousse, but it took her years more before she dared to tinker with mom’s recipe. This Easter, Jan made chocolate mousse with Drambuie.

Jan’s Drambuie Chocolate Mousse

Jan’s Drambuie Chocolate Mousse

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Karl’s Asian Cabbage Rolls

When my family does not issue me a challenge—a new cuisine, a particular meat, or an untried vegetable to explore—I sometimes struggle to come up with something new for my Sunday dinners. This dish came up in a roundabout way. Jan, my wife, mentioned the other day about how she really liked fresh pea soup. You might ask, “How does pea soup turn into Asian cabbage rolls?”

Karl’s Asian Cabbage Rolls

Karl’s Asian Cabbage Rolls

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Karl’s Sukiyaki

Jan asked for sukiyaki for Sunday dinner. This is one of the dishes my mother, Claudia, would make as I was growing up. However, not one of the children thought to take down her recipe.

Note: To hold off my diners while I was making last minute preparations I put out some tsukemono for them to snack on, cucumber pickles and salt pickled cabbage.

Karl’s Sukiyaki

Karl’s Sukiyaki

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