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Karl’s Two Bean and Cucumber Salad

Daughter Miriam has been sick lately and cannot eat anything in the pepper or lily families— no chili powders, garlic, leeks, onion, or peppers (even bell peppers).  This has made Sunday dinners quite a challenge lately. I decided to barbecue some tri-tip this Sunday and I thought a cold vegetables salad would go well with the beef.

Karl’s Two Bean and Cucumber Salad

Karl’s Two Bean and Cucumber Salad

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Karl’s Louisiana Green Beans

February 13th was Fat Tuesday and wife Jan asked for Louisiana food for dinner. I had decided on red beans and rice as my main dish. Since that dish is mainly meat and starch, I thought that I wanted a vegetable side dish.

Karl’s Louisiana Green Beans

Karl’s Louisiana Green Beans

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Karl’s Green Beans with Green Onions

One of Jan’s students is coming to dinner with her husband and she had asked for (American) festival food. I decided to do a chicken variation of my Thanksgiving turkey and I wanted a hot vegetable dish to go with it. Green beans are always a good choice, because you can steam them to just tender and then set them aside. Reheat them with some aromatics, just before serving, gives you a quick hot vegetable.

Karl’s Green Beans with Green Onions

Karl’s Green Beans with Green Onions

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Karl’s Three Bean Salad Plus with Kumquat Marmalade Dressing

Eilene’s friends came over to binge watch the last two episodes of GoT. I really do not mind feeding them, as long as Eilene gives me more than a five minutes warning that the hungry hordes are descending. Eilene and her friends like to  be “spontaneous,” but this time they gave me 24 hours notice—one of them even requested three bean salad.

Karl’s Three Bean Salad Plus with Kumquat Marmalade Dressing

Karl’s Three Bean Salad Plus with Kumquat Marmalade Dressing

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Karl’s Green Beans with Balsa Mela Vinegar

I had Stone Soup-ed my plain ham steak for Sunday’s dinner. Simple steamed green beans seemed inadequate. They needed dressing—a bit of butter, green onions and garlic would not be amiss.

Karl’s Green Beans with Balsa Mela Vinegar

Karl’s Green Beans with Balsa Mela Vinegar

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Karl’s Three Bean Salad

I bought a Safeway ham the other day and I was thinking about a weekday dinner. I wanted something other than my usual sweet potatoes and steamed green beans to go with the ham. I decided what I needed was a dish that covered both my starch and vegetable. Three bean salad seemed the way to go.

Karl's Three Bean Salad

Karl’s Three Bean Salad

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Karl’s Brandied Mushrooms and Green Beans

Since I was using alcohol in my main dish—port—I thought I should keep it up and add some brandy to my vegetables. Mushrooms and green beans are very popular at our house. They also go very well with barbecued beef.

Karl’s Brandied Mushrooms and Green Beans

Karl’s Brandied Mushrooms and Green Beans

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Karl’s Garlic and Chive Harcourt Vert

I wanted a green vegetable to go with roasted turkey and stuffing. The traditional American side dish involves overcooked green beans, canned mushroom soup and fried onions. Some people actually look forward to this dish every year.

Karl’s Garlic and Chive Harcourt Vert

Karl’s Garlic and Chive Harcourt Vert

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Karl’s Harcourt Vert with Red Bell Pepper

I needed a vegetable to go with the chicken Madeira that I was serving for Jan’s visiting friends. I decided on French green beans, Harcourt vert, that are thinner and more tender than regular American green beans. Plain green beans are a bit boring, so I decided to add more interest with herbs and red bell pepper.

Karl’s Harcourt Vert with Red Bell Pepper

Karl’s Harcourt Vert with Red Bell Pepper

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Karl’s “Southern” Chinese Green Beans

In this cast the Southern is Southern US. This recipe is from last Sunday’s dinner and I am just now getting around to posting it. I am doing a California Fusion Char Siu Flavored Pork Loin and I wanted a non-traditional vegetable dish to go with it. I decided to adapt a Cook’s Illustrated recipe to my purposes.

Karl’s “Southern” Chinese Green Beans

        Karl’s “Southern” Chinese Green Beans

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