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Karl’s Grilled Ponzu Shiitaki Mushrooms

I made a Japanese feast for Sunday’s dinner. Miriam had requested that it be a vegetable forward and a low sugar meal.  Japanese dishes seem to have a lot of added sugar, but I could work with that.

Karl’s Grilled Ponzu Shiitaki Mushrooms

Karl’s Grilled Ponzu Shiitaki Mushrooms

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Karl’s Mizuna no Ohitashi

I made a Japanese feast for Sunday’s dinner. An ohitashi is basically a Japanese salad. A variety of green are parboiled, lightly dressed with a soy sauce based dressing and then served chilled. Using spinach seemed just too ordinary. I had planned to use komatsuna (Japanese mustard greens), but the greens at the store were yellowed and bug eaten. In the next bin was some fresh mizuna (also called Japanese mustard greens), so I decided to use that for my ohitashi.

Karl’s Mizuna no Ohitashi

Karl’s Mizuna no Ohitashi

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Karl’s Takikomi Gohan

I am making a Japanese feast this Sunday and—with my family’s dietary concerns—I need to make the starch dish separately. In most Japanese rice dishes the rice is cooked and then things are added to the plain rice. Takikomi gohan  is “similar to Japanese maze gohan (mixed rice), but where maze gohan involves mixing cooked ingredients and seasonings into precooked rice, to prepare takikomi gohan, ingredients and seasonings are combined with uncooked rice and [then] cooked together.”

Karl’s Takikomi Gohan

Karl’s Takikomi Gohan

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Karl’s Furikake Onigiri

When I made mitsubi for Eilene, I had leftover sushi rice. While onigiri are usually made with plain, unseasoned rice, I decided to turn the remaining rice into small rice balls. Onigiri usually have some kind of filling, with what I had on hand I chose to use Ebi Fume Furikake.

Karl's Furikake Onigiri

Karl’s Furikake Onigiri

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Karl’s Kitsune Udon

Jan’s favorite dish, when we go to a Japanese restaurant is kitsune udon. Udon is a thick wheat noodle that is a standard for a large variety of Japanese soups—both hot and cold. While kitsune refers to a fox, the distinguishing ingredient in this dish fried tofu—apparently the favorite food of the magical, Japanese, shape-shifting foxes.

Karl’s Kitsune Udon

Karl’s Kitsune Udon

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Karl’s Japanese Bar Style Pickles

I found a book Izakaya: Japanese Bar food. A few weeks ago I made some pickled cucumbers for my Japanese bar meal. Because it was a last minute decision, I did not have the hours necessary to marinate the cucumbers and carrots. For my ramen meal, I took the time to make the bar style pickles more like the book’s recipe.

Karl’s Japanese Bar Style Pickles

Karl’s Japanese Bar Style Pickles

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Karl’s Shoyu Ramen

Adapted from a Just One Cookbook recipe

Friday night my family had dinner at a new Japanese Ramen restaurant. While the atmosphere was fairly authentic, the ramen was more than disappointing. The soup was tepid, the noodles under done, and the egg was icy in the middle. Although I have never made anything but instant ramen before, I knew I could do better.

Karl’s Shoyu Ramen

Karl’s Shoyu Ramen

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Karl’s Shrimp and Scallop Udon Soup

The usual quandary of what will I make for dinner tonight? I have been looking at several Japanese cookbooks and I started craving udon soup. Thinking about what ingredients I had in my kitchen, I decided on a seafood udon soup.

Karl’s Shrimp and Scallop Udon Soup

Karl’s Shrimp and Scallop Udon Soup

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Karl’s Japanese Coleslaw

Last week, I was being Papa’s Uber for Eilene—she was being paid to be a professional “pedestrian,” during an autonomous vehicle test. While I waited for her, I was pursuing the cookbooks at the library. One of the books was Everyday Harumi.

Karl’s Japanese Coleslaw

Karl’s Japanese Coleslaw

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Karl’s Japanese Bar Style Santa Maria Tri-tip and Green Onion Skewers

Last week, Jan and I went over the hill to Santa Cruz to visit her “new” brother. While we were there, we stopped by a large book store that was going out of business. The cookbook section was fairly picked over, but as I was perusing the fiction section I found a book Izakaya: Japanese Bar food—someone had obviously picked it up and then changed their mind, leaving it “where ever.” Their loss, my gain. This Sunday, I decided to make a Japanese bar style dinner.

Karl’s Japanese Bar Style Santa Maria Tri-tip and Green Onion Skewers

Karl’s Japanese Bar Style Santa Maria Tri-tip and Green Onion Skewers

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