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Karl’s Smoked Salmon and Avocado Toast

About once a week we have what we call “deli dinner”—smoked salmon or lox, bread, cheeses, and salads. We usually get most of the ingredients for this meal from La Villa Italian Deli. However, since it is a family run business, they close for the entire Thanksgivings Day weekend.

Karl’s Smoked Salmon and Avocado Toast

Karl’s Smoked Salmon and Avocado Toast

We made do by getting our ingredients from Whole Food‘s this week. We had some hot smoked salmon leftover and I decided to use it for lunch the next day. How do you feed three people with only one ounce of fish? I decided to mix it with an avocado and some chives that I had remaining from making Thanksgiving dinner. Avocado toast makes a great lunch when paired with a green salad. Continue reading

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Jan’s Hot Peanut Butter and Lettuce Sandwich

Jan grew up eating peanut butter and lettuce sandwiches. Instead of the sugary sweet of jam or honey, she prefers the crunch of the lettuce. She also prefers to toast her bread first, for the added flavor of the Maillard reation. I forgot to toast the bread before adding the peanut butter to both slices of bread, so she had me put them in the toaster oven as is. The bread toasted, but the peanut butter became hot and melted. She thought that it went perfectly with the cool crisp lettuce.

Jan’s Hot Peanut Butter and Lettuce Sandwich

Jan’s Hot Peanut Butter and Lettuce Sandwich

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Karl’s Leftovers: Salmon Cake

When I make my Sunday meals, I usually make enough for one to three leftover meals. Sometimes this means just the same meal again. Other times I use whatever is left over as the basis for a new dish.

Karl’s Leftovers: Salmon Cake

Karl’s Leftovers: Salmon Cake

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Karl’s Leftovers: Eilene’s Bento

When I make my Sunday meals, I usually make enough for one to three leftover meals. Sometimes this means just the same meal again. Other times I use whatever is left over as the basis for a new dish.

Karl’s Leftovers: Eilene’s Bento

Karl’s Leftovers: Eilene’s Bento

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Karl’s Tarragon Potato Latkes with Fresh Pear Sauce

Eilene has been asking for latkes lately. She has a friend coming over for dinner, so this seems like a good day to make them. Always trying new things, I decided to use tarragon and replace the usual apple sauce and sour cream with pear sauce and crème fraiche.

Karl’s Tarragon Potato Latkes with Fresh Pear Sauce

Karl’s Tarragon Potato Latkes
with Fresh Pear Sauce

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Karl’s Open-faced Chicken Salad Sandwiches on Pita Bread

I made chicken stock yesterday, which always leaves me with the problem of what to do with the chicken bits I pick off the neck and back bones. I know that the professional chefs consider this meat “used up” after they have made a stock. They simply discard it as being tough, flavorless, and too much trouble to pick off the bones. As a home cook, I cannot help but think this is wasteful.

Karl’s Open-faced Chicken Salad Sandwiches on Pita Bread

Karl’s Open-faced Chicken Salad Sandwiches
on Pita Bread

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Karl’s Teriyaki Chicken Wings

I was making salmon rice for lunch, but I had very little teriyaki salmon left. I decided that I would supplement the meal with some chicken wings. A simple teriyaki sauce and sometime in the oven and presto—lunch.

Karl’s Teriyaki Chicken Wings

Karl’s Teriyaki Chicken Wings

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Karl’s Dan-Dan Chicken Wings with Noodles

I pack lunches for Jan and Eilene, so I am often end up making lunch just for myself. Usually this will be some variation of last night’s leftovers. Today’s leftover ingredient is one serving of cold pan fried noodles. Plain noodles beg to be topped with something.

Karl’s Dan-Dan Chicken Wings with Noodles

Karl’s Dan-Dan Chicken Wings with Noodles

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