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Karl’s Asian Cabbage Rolls

When my family does not issue me a challenge—a new cuisine, a particular meat, or an untried vegetable to explore—I sometimes struggle to come up with something new for my Sunday dinners. This dish came up in a roundabout way. Jan, my wife, mentioned the other day about how she really liked fresh pea soup. You might ask, “How does pea soup turn into Asian cabbage rolls?”

Karl’s Asian Cabbage Rolls

Karl’s Asian Cabbage Rolls

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Karl’s Asian Salad for a Crowd

Jan, my wife, is an anthropologist at SJSU. When she can, she arranges for her students to do “real world” projects for their assignments. This semester, she will be and her students will be part of a team, organized by NUMU Los Gatos, interviewing relocated American Indians who live in the South Bay. Having moved to the city—from the reservations in the 1950s, ‘60s, and 70s—their stories will soon be lost to history, if they are not recorded now.

Karl’s Asian Salad for a Crowd

Karl’s Asian Salad for a Crowd

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Karl’s Mung Bean and Cabbage Slaw

I am making California Fusion Asian pork “tacos” for dinner. I thought it would be nice to have a cool tart slaw to cut the heavy meaty flavor of the filling. Sort of an Asian “taco” with leafy tortilla, filling, and slightly sour Asian “salsa.”

Karl’s Mung Bean and Cabbage Slaw

Karl’s Mung Bean and Cabbage Slaw

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Karl’s Quick Spicy Cabbage (Kimchi)

I am making a salmon teriyaki with ponzu sauce and I like to have a variety of pickled side dishes with any Japanese style meal.  One of the dishes I made used the ponzu sauce and another I made with just the yuzu skin (the citrus part of the ponzu sauce). I wanted some contrast between my side dishes, so I decided to make a quick spicy kimchi. Real kimchi  should be fermented for days or even weeks, but I wanted some of the flavor with none of the waiting.

Karl’s Quick Spicy Cabbage (Kimchi)

Karl’s Quick Spicy Cabbage (Kimchi)

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Karl’s Sichuan Pickle Salad

This is Eilene’s birthday week, so she got to choose Sunday’s dinner. She wanted spicy chicken and pan fried noodles. While this is a meal in itself, I thought that a cold, vegetable salad would be a nice addition to the meal.

Karl’s Sichuan Pickle Salad

Karl’s Sichuan Pickle Salad

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Karl’s Sichuan Pickled Cabbage with Red Peppers

I needed a vegetable dish to go with my Dàn dàn noodles and Sichuan chicken. The Chinese are not much into uncooked vegetable side dishes, unless they are pickled in some way. This is the closest that Chinese cuisine comes to a “salad.”

Karl’s Sichuan Pickled Cabbage with Red Peppers

Karl’s Sichuan Pickled Cabbage
with Red Peppers

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Karl’s Asian Apple Cabbage Salad II

This seems to be my week for trying to improve recipes I have made recently. Last week I made an Asian influenced salad to go with my salmon teriyaki. I am making salmon again and the salad was good enough that I wanted to try and make it better.

Karl’s Asian Apple Cabbage Salad II

Karl’s Asian Apple Cabbage Salad II

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Karl’s Asian Apple Cabbage Salad

I had decided to have salmon teriyaki for dinner on a week night. Usually I would serve rice and Japanese pickles with this. I decided that I wanted something different, maybe some kind of Asian salad.

Karl’s Asian Apple Cabbage Salad

Karl’s Asian Apple Cabbage Salad

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Karl’s Chive Stem and Napa Cabbage Stir Fry

Jan has not been home for dinner the last several nights (four conferences in one week). The one night she knew she would be home was Thursday and she asked for steamed fish. This is normally Eilene’s night with her friends, but finals are coming up so she had told me that they would not be coming over. My dinner plan was for steamed fish and stir fried chive stem.

Karl’s Chive Stem and Napa Cabbage Stir Fry

Karl’s Chive Stem and
Napa Cabbage Stir Fry

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Karl’s Japanese Pickled Cabbage and Carrots (Hakusai no sokusekizuke)

I decided to have salmon teriyaki for dinner and the meat and rice needs a vegetable. For Japanese cuisine this usually means some kind of tsukemono (漬物; pickled vegetables). The quickest and easiest method is salt preserving (塩漬け; shinozuke).

Karl’s Japanese Pickled Cabbage and Carrots

Karl’s Japanese Pickled Cabbage and Carrots

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