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Karl’s Uyghur Naan II

We were looking through some old photos, one of which was baby Eilene holding half a naan that was bigger than her head. Eilene asked, why I have not made them in years. She then asked for shashlik and naan for Sunday’s dinner. Five years ago, I posted a recipe for Uyghar naan. Since that time, I have learned some new techniques in bread making and I decided to use them in making this Central Asian bread.

Karl’s Uyghur Naan II

Karl’s Uyghur Naan II

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Karl’s Honey Rosemary Roast Chicken

I had decided on a French(-ish) cuisine roast chicken for Sunday’s family dinner. Daughter Miriam is still off onions and garlic, so I needed to create a tasty recipe that did not include them. However, some habits are hard to break and I added garlic to my marinade without thinking. To make something for Miriam, I bought another chicken breast and marinated it in the same marinade sans garlic.

Karl’s Honey Rosemary Roast Chicken

Karl’s Honey Rosemary Roast Chicken

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Karl’s French Carrot Salad

I am making a French(-ish) roasted chicken for Sunday’s dinner. My original thought was to make a carrot soup, but daughter Miriam requested a carrot salad instead. Looking at French carrot salads on-line, I found that I did not have fresh parsley and Miriam cannot eat onions at the moment. I had dried chervil—A.K.A. French parsley—and I decided to substitute currents for the onions.

Karl’s French Carrot Salad

Karl’s French Carrot Salad

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Karl’s Japanese Style Potato Salad without Onions

Daughter Miriam has been sick and cannot eat anything with onions or peppers. As a result, I have adapted my Japanese potato salad to meet her needs for our Sunday dinner. Removing these ingredients left the salad a bit vegetable deprived, so I boosted the amounts of celery and grated carrot.

Karl’s Japanese Style Potato Salad without Onions

Karl’s Japanese Style Potato Salad without Onions

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Karl’s Burning Man Food

Wife Jan got back from Burning Man on Monday. She broke her arm while she was there and I have spent much of the week “doing for her”—tying shoes, driving, etc. Getting the pictures she took on her trip has not been a top priority. Jan did get pictures of some of the dishes, before they were gobbled down. I had made enough of each dish that her group could gift the remaining mixes to the camps around them. Continue reading

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Karl’s Beef and Spinach Bierocks

Eilene’s friends are coming over again—one has just returned from visiting family in the Philippines. The last two times I have made dinner for them it has been pasta—a tomato based sauce and an Alfredo sauce. I wanted to do something different and I have not made bierocks in quite a while, Eilene liked the idea.

Karl’s Beef and Spinach Bierocks

Karl’s Beef and Spinach Bierocks

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Karl’s Sausage and Spinach Alfredo

Eilene’s friends are coming over for dinner after a long hike. Wife Jan is still at Burning Man and while she would find this dish “too rich” the kids will like it. While I could have made my own Alfredo sauce I decided to try a short cut. I like to make the dishes that I make for Eilene’s friends one dish meals—protein, starch, and vegetables all in one recipe.

Karl’s Sausage and Spinach Alfredo

Karl’s Sausage and Spinach Alfredo

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Karl’s Thomcord Grape Jam

I found a new produce—new to me at least—at Trader Joe’s this week, Thomcord grapes. These grapes are a crossbreed of Thomson seedless and Concord grapes. They have dark purple skins and a wonderful flavor. While my wife Jan does not like grape jelly—growing up her mother bought nothing but Welch’s grape jelly—daughter Eilene loves it. She asked me to turn these grapes into a jam.

Karl’s Thomcord Grape Jam

Karl’s Thomcord Grape Jam

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Karl’s  Hawaiian Lau Lau Pork

Last week, we were at a local restaurant that served lau lau pork (leaf leaf pork). Miriam bought a side dish of this and it was amazing. In reading about it, it appears that it is usually made with both fish and pork, but the restaurant and many of the recipes I found on-line replace the salted fish with soy sauce.

Karl’s Hawaiian Lau Lau Pork

Karl’s Hawaiian Lau Lau Pork

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Karl’s Thai Chicken Soup

Jan asked for chicken soup with rice—props to Maurice Sendak—for a weekday dinner, but that seemed too common to me. I decided to make Thai Chicken soup with rice stick. I can make it a bit less spicy than it is made authentically.

Karl’s Thai Chicken Soup

Karl’s Thai Chicken Soup

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