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Karl’s Fruit Salad with Honey Lime Mint Sauce

This Sunday is Mother’s Day and the following day is Miriam’s birthday. Jan requested something with avocado and Miriam wanted a fruit salad. Most weekends we have Sunday dinner, but Chris wanted to take his wife out for her birthday, so we are having brunch this weekend.

Karl’s Fruit Salad with Honey Lime Mint Sauce

Karl’s Fruit Salad with Honey Lime Mint Sauce

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Karl’s Israeli Couscous With Almonds and Mint

Lamb calls out for a starch of some kind—potatoes, rice, or couscous. Since I am doing Middle Eastern lamb shanks, I decided I would use ptitim. This Israeli couscous was invented in the 1950’s as a substitute for rice.

Karl’s Israeli Couscous With Almonds and Mint

Karl’s Israeli Couscous With Almonds and Mint

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Karl’s Lamb Kofta Hand Wraps with Three Sauces

Miriam wants lamb for her birthday dinner, but because of her TMJ she would like tender meatballs (kofta). Variations of kofta are found over most of the Middle East, the Balkans, and throughout Central Asia and India. Miriam has asked for one of the simpler ones with various sauces.

Karl’s Lamb Kofta

Karl’s Lamb Kofta

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Karl’s Kefir, Lime and Mint Sauce

Miriam was specific on what sauces she wanted for her kofta. She wanted a sauce with kefir, mint, and lime. The recipes on-line were either too simple or had way too many ingredients. I wanted something that was cooling, clean, and fresh.

Karl's Three Kofta Sauces

Karl’s Kefir, Lime and Mint Sauce                                 
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Karl’s Sour Cream and Lemon Sauce

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Karl’s Saag Paneer

Adapted from Sinful Curry

My son-in-law, Chris, just got back from two weeks in Shanghai, so he wanted anything but Chinese food for this Sunday’s dinner.  I decided on Indian and I was trying for 5 dishes: Chicken Dopiaza (Chicken and Onion Curry), Chana Peshawari (Piquant Chickpeas), Split Red Gram (lental) Dal, Saag Paneer, and Pulao Rice.  I have never made the first three dishes and they are definitely works in progress to be posted later. Last year I started making my own Palak Paneer. Once you have made fresh palak paneer you will find it hard to go back to any of the commercial imitations that are available.

Saag Paneer

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Karl’s Tzatziki

Adapted from The Shiksa in the Kitchen

Ingredients

1 English cucumbers
1/4 tsp salt (or more to taste)
1 cup plain lowfat Greek yogurt
3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 tbsp fresh chopped mint
1 clove garlic, crushed (or more to taste)
1 tbsp fresh lemon juice (or more to taste)
Pinch sugar

Fresh mint sprig for garnish (optional)

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Jan’s Mojito Fruit Salad

Jan’s Mojito Fruit Salad

Jan’s Mojito Fruit Salad

Jan had an idea Thanksgiving Day morning of a mojito dressing for the fruit salad she was making. Unfortunately we were out of regular mint and we only had the spearmint that grows as a weed in our yard. We did however have mint and rum extracts in the cupboard. This is what she came up with:

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