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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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Karl’s Harcourt Vert with Dark Soy Sauce

I needed a vegetable to go with my barbecued tri-tip and mushrooms. I wanted the dish to be Asian, but I did not want to have just a third dish covered in Sichuan pepper sauce. I decided on French green beans, Harcourt vert, that are thinner and more tender than regular American green beans.

Karl’s Green Beans with Dark Soy Sauce

Karl’s Green Beans with Dark Soy Sauce

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Karl’s Lamb Bone Soup with Cabbage and Green Beans

With Jan out of town, I made a lamb stew for Sunday night’s dinner. I also made this lamb soup. Son-in-law, Chris, asked why I did not simply throw everything into one pot. In my mind I had an image of the thick, rich lamb stew and a second vegetable soup with lamb bone broth. While it may all end up in the same place, it would not be the same dining experience to mix the two dishes.

Karl’s Lamb Bone Soup with Cabbage and Green Beans

Karl’s Lamb Bone Soup with Cabbage and Green Beans

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Karl’s Green and Wax Bean Medley

Miriam bought me some really good balsamic vinegar and I decided that I would use it for my Fourth of July dinner. Actually, she bought me two bottles, some Aceto Balsamico Tradizionale di Reggio Emilia (the really good stuff—“do not use this in a salad dressing!”) and some BalsaMela, a Balsamic apple vinegar. I decided to use the second vinegar to dress my bean medley.

Karl’s Green and Wax Bean Medley

Karl’s Green and Wax Bean Medley

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Karl’s Chicken Alfredo Casserole

Eilene’s friends are coming over for their usual Thursday night TV marathon—The Avengers this week. I have made mac & cheese for them several times and I am getting a bit board with it. I decided to do a different cheesy noodle dish using an Alfredo sauce.

Karl’s Chicken Alfredo Casserole

Karl’s Chicken Alfredo Casserole

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Karl’s Mesclun Salad with Lightly Pickled Vegetables

I wanted a salad to go with my bean soupMesclun greens are a combination of baby greens. While these, by themselves, make a perfect acceptable salad it is always better to add a few crunchy veggies for interest. Today, I am using green beans, red radish, and red onion.

Karl’s Mesclun Salad with Lightly Pickled Vegetables

Karl’s Mesclun Salad with Lightly Pickled Vegetables

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