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Karl’s California Fusion Tomato and Cucumber Salad

When I make shashlik and naan I make a Central Asian salad to go with it. Since I am breaking with the tradition menu for this meal, I do not feel constrained about the ingredients I put in my salad. There is not a lot of the European dill and fennel in Central Asia, but as a Californian I’m going to add it to my salad anyway.

Karl’s California Fusion Tomato and Cucumber Salad

Karl’s California Fusion Tomato
and Cucumber Salad

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Karl’s Chicken Curry

This dish started out as a butter chicken, but as I read about the confusion of this dish with Chicken tikka masala, the only conclusion I could come to was that neither one was a traditional Indian dish before about sixty years ago. Both dishes were adaptations of traditional Indian dishes to British tastes. One origin story for chicken tikka masala is a chef in Scotland, although this is disputed in Punjab.

Karl’s Chicken Curry

Karl’s Chicken Curry

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Karl’s Greek Salad Bar

I am making lamb for Easter and I wanted a salad to go with my lamb and pasta dishes. A Greek salad seemed to be the way to go. This is a rustic salad of tomatoes, cucumbers, red onion, olives, feta cheese dressed with salt and herbed olive oil. In America this is usually serves over a bed of lettuce. I decided to use a mixed herb salad.

Karl's Greek Salad Bar

Karl’s Greek Salad Bar

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Karl’s Cioppino

Last week Jan asked for bouillabaisse for her birthday dinner. As I was looking up recipes, I realized that she was using this term in the sloppy American way we do as a generic word for fish stew. Bouillabaisse is a Provençal fish stew from Marseille that is made with specific fish, cooked in a specific order and served with a rouille, a mayonnaise sauce that Jan would not touch. What Jan was really asking for was cioppino.

Karl’s Cioppino

Karl’s Cioppino

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Karl’s Roasted Broccoli and Tomatoes

Pat and Barbara are visiting and I decided that I needed a green veg to go with the chicken and pears that I am making for dinner. Pat wanted Brussels sprouts and Barbara wanted broccoli. Since I have been making a lot of Brussels sprouts lately I sided with Barbara.

Karl’s Roasted Broccoli and Tomatoes

Karl’s Roasted Broccoli and Tomatoes

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Karl’s Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Tomatoes

Since wife Jan is limiting her carb intake I knew that she would want something in addition to a pasta dish. I had bought a tomato, thinking I would add it to my pesto dish, but I changed my mind. I had bought some small Brussels sprouts, one of Jan’s favorite vegetables, at the farmer’s market on Saturday. However, I had only bought a half a pound, not quite enough for a full side dish. Putting these two things together and roasting them seemed like a good idea.

Karl’s Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Tomatoes

Karl’s Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Tomatoes

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Karl’s Mesclun Salad with Fig Balsamic Dressing

Our garden produced another spectacular cucumber and a few red and yellow tomatoes. I went to the farmer’s market and picked up some mixed baby greens (mesclun).  We are having company this week end, so I did not want to use a bottled dressing. A few weeks ago Jan had bought fig balsamic vinegar at the farmer’s market, a few herbs, some olive oil and garlic and you have a dressing.

Karl’s Mesclun Salad with Fig Balsamic Dressing

Karl’s Mesclun Salad with Fig Balsamic Dressing

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Karl’s Central Asian Tomato and Cucumber Salad

When I make shashlik and naan I always make this salad to go with it.

Karl’s Central Asian Tomato and Cucumber Salad

Karl’s Central Asian Tomato and Cucumber Salad

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Karl’s Salsa Fresca

Topping for the fish tacos. This salsa may be used with any Mexican meal. Indian Chili power is a favorite of mine. It includes the whole chili (seeds and all) and has a lot more flavor than Cayenne pepper. 

Karl’s Salsa Fresca

Karl’s Salsa Fresca

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Karl’s Timitam Salata (Ethiopian Tomato Salad)

Adapted from Ethiopian Food

A cool salad is the perfect counter point to all of the spicy stews and is the standard complementary dish for an Ethiopian feast. It may not be “Ethiopian,” but this salad cries out for garlic and just a bit of spice.

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Karl’s Timitam Salata
Ethiopian Tomato Salad
(at 1 and 7)

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