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Karl’s Japanese Sunday Dinner

Japanese is one of my “go to” cuisines when I am planning a meal. A typical Japanese meal usually includes a selection of different small side dishes—with a variety of textures, colors, and flavors. For this dinner, I have some dishes developed to just the way I like them, some I have made so often that I had never posted any version—doesn’t everyone know how to make norimaki? Finally, there are the dishes I am still experimenting with.

Karl’s Japanese Sunday Dinner

Karl’s Japanese Sunday Dinner

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Karl’s Tekkamaki

I have been making sushi since I was 20 years old. My father was stationed in Japan during the Korean War and returned with a love of all things Japanese. My father brought back the recipes, my mother learned to cook them, and I learned them from her. I grew up eating Japanese food long before it became a fashionable cuisine in the U.S.

Karl’s Tekkamaki

Karl’s Tekkamaki

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Karl’s Japanese Style Potato Salad without Onions II

I am doing a Japanese dinner for our Sunday meal. While there may be a main dish of meat and rice or noodles, Japanese meals usually include many small side dishes with a variety of textures, colors and tastes. The aesthetic— moritsuke—is that it is food for the soul as well as the stomach. I am making chicken teriyaki and this is one of the side dishes I decided should go with it.

Karl’s Japanese Style Potato Salad without Onions II

Karl’s Japanese Style Potato Salad
without Onions II

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Karl’s Miso Sugar Snap Peas

I am doing a Japanese dinner for our Sunday meal. While there may be a main dish of meat and rice or noodles, Japanese meals usually include many small side dishes with a variety of textures, colors and tastes. The aesthetic— moritsuke—is that it is food for the soul as well as the stomach. I am making chicken teriyaki and this is one of the side dishes I decided should go with it.

Karl’s Miso Sugar Snap Peas

Karl’s Miso Sugar Snap Peas

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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 Japanese Potato Salad with Avocado

I love Japanese potato salad, I cannot stop trying to gild the lily. The last time I made this dish it was still lacking something, I tossed out some ingredients and added others. Being a Californian, there is one addition that I knew would make this creamy salad better, avocado!

Karl’s Japanese Potato Salad with Avocado

Karl’s Japanese Potato Salad with Avocado

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Karl’s Simple Shrimp Shoyu Ramen

Wife Jan wanted something warm and noodle-y for a weekday meal. We have been on a search for the perfect bowl of ramen in San Jose—the best we have found so far, near us, is Masa Ramen. While I have made a complex version of this dish, I wanted something simpler and with fewer ingredients.

Karl’s Simple Shrimp Shoyu Ramen

Karl’s Simple Shrimp Shoyu Ramen

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Karl’s Simple Yosenabe

Yosenabe is a type of nabemono or one-pot dish. The traditional nabe pot is a fairly deep, round bottomed pot with a wooden lid that fits inside the edges of the pot.  I had planned to make my usual yosenabe for Sunday’s dinner, but the kids decided not to come over—daughter Eilene also ended up going out—so it was just my wife and myself. I cut down the number of ingredients to be enough for just two.

Karl’s Simple Yosenabe

Karl’s Simple Yosenabe

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Karl’s Chicken Teriyaki (Claudia’s style)

When I was leaving home as a youth, this is one of the first recipes I copied out of my mother’s card file. When Dad returned from Japan in the early ‘50s, he brought back a love of all things Japanese and several Japanese recipes. My mother was making chicken teriyaki when it was still an exotic foreign food in California.

Karl’s Chicken Teriyaki (Claudia’s style)

Karl’s Chicken Teriyaki
(Claudia’s style)

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Claudia’s Chicken Teriyaki

Before I left home for the first time, I sat down with my mother’s recipe box and wrote down my favorite dishes. This is one of the dishes that Dad brought back from Japan in the ‘50s.  When most American families were getting hamburgers and hotdogs, we were getting chicken teriyaki and rice once a week. When Jan and I were living in China I received great praise for my ability to eat with chopsticks. Because of dad’s love of things Japanese, I had been using chopsticks from the time I could hold them.

Karl’s Chicken Teriyaki (Claudia’s style)

Karl’s Chicken Teriyaki
(Claudia’s style)

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