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Karl’s Minced Cottage Pie

Jan just had two temporary crowns put in and is eating soft food. While she had smoothies and blended Fishyssoise the first days, she wanted something more substantial by the third day. The last time she had a crown put in, I made her Shepherd’s Minced Pie.

Karl’s Minced Cottage Pie

Karl’s Minced Cottage Pie

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Karl’s Orange Infused Rice Pudding II

Tuesday is Jan’s long day, she teaches until 8:45 pm, and she texted that she needed rice pudding when she got home. I live to serve—good food. I started with a Food.com recipe for rice pudding, but I have continued to change it. One of the recipes I had looked at earlier suggested that arborio rice was the best choice. Having made this variation twice now, I must agree.

Karl’s Orange Infused Rice Pudding II

Karl’s Orange Infused Rice Pudding II

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Karl’s Spicy Chicken with Pan Fried Noodles

Every year, my sister Karen renews my subscription to Cooks Illustrated at Christmas time. Over the years, I have tried and usually adapted many of their recipes—I am frequently at odds with some of their philosophies of cooking. In the October 2006 issue, they presented a recipe Stir-Fried Chicken with Bok Choy and Crispy Noodle Cake.

Karl’s Spicy Chicken with Pan Fried Noodles

Karl’s Spicy Chicken
with Pan Fried Noodles

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Karl’s Wild Turkey Barley Soup

Jan’s new job is very stressful. When she is stressed, she wants comfort food. For her this is soup, today it is turkey. The “wild” in this title is the wild rice, not the alcoholic beverage—although if you feel cheated, it would not hurt the dish to add it when you add the leeks and carrots.

Karl’s Wild Turkey Barley Soup

Karl’s Wild Turkey Barley Soup

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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 Cinnamon Scone Pinwheels

I have recently been making excellent scones, but why leave it at excellent? My mother, Claudia, used to make raised dough cinnamon pinwheels. These were heavy, sweet and sticky, and took hours to make. Could I make a lighter, slightly less sweet cinnamon pinwheel that I could make in much less time?

Karl’s Cinnamon Scone Pinwheels

Karl’s Cinnamon Scone Pinwheels

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Karl’s Chicken and Butter Dumplings

When I make chicken and dumplings I usually have to use Bisquick. I have tied to make dumplings from scratch, but Jan has never liked my attempts which usually come out as tasteless, dense sinkers. She only likes the fluffy ones produced from Bisquick, which I find way too salty.

Karl’s Chicken and Butter Dumplings

Karl’s Chicken and Butter Dumplings

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