Duck Breasts in Orange Sauce

That looks so tender

That looks so tender

Here is a really quick and fancy way to serve wild or farm raised duck. Juice the oranges, do not buy orange juice.

Seared Duck Breasts with Orange

  • 8 wild duck breasts or 4 farm raised some fat trimmed off
  • 1 tbsp finely minced ginger
  • 1/2 cup fresh orange juice
  • 1 oz Grand Marnier
  • 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tbsp butter if using wild duck

Melt butter in a frying pan large enough to hold all duck in one layer. Add ginger and fry until fragrant then add duck and sear breasts on each side until very rare over medium high heat. If using farm raised sear fat side of breasts, then add ginger and sear other side. Add liquor and light on fire. Saute meat until fire goes out then remove to a dish and add juice and balsamic to pan. Bring to a simmer and reduce by half. Place meat back into sauce with any juices on plate and quickly coat in sauce. Serve immediately drizzled with pan sauce.

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Salmon and Red Pepper Quiche

That is a flaky pie crust

That is a flaky pie crust

The sweetness of the roasted red bell peppers and the smoky salmon really elevate this quiche.

As does the cream and cheese.

Salmon and Red Bell Pepper Quiche

  • 1 pie crust
  • 8 oz smoked salmon chopped fine
  • 1 red bell pepper sliced in half and seeded
  • 1 cup swiss cheese shredded
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 tbsp fresh dill chopped fine
  • salt/pepper

Broil pepper until skin is charred, about 10 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool, then remove skin and chop flesh into small dice. Bake pie crust at 375 degrees until golden brown, about 15 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool slightly. Beat eggs, cream and dill until light golden. Add half of salmon, chopped pepper and all cheese to egg mixture and mix well. Layer remaining pepper and salmon on bottom of pie crust then pour egg mixture over. Place back in oven at 365 degrees and bake until custard sets and is cooked through about 45 minutes. Let cool for 15 minutes before slicing.

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Scofflaw

That is a lot of red for a drink that is not even orange in color

That is a lot of red for a drink that is not even orange in color

Here is another great way to enjoy bourbon.

For those who do not know simple syrup is 1 part water and 1 part sugar brought to a boil and then cooled.

Scofflaw

  • 2 oz bourbon
  • 1 oz dry vermouth
  • 1/4 oz fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 oz simple syrup
  • 2 dashes agnostura bitters

Pour everything into a shaker filled with ice. Agitate and serve.

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Grit Cakes with Spicy Cheese Sauce

Mmmmmmmm cheese sauce

Mmmmmmmm cheese sauce

Here is another way to use grits. Any sauce can be poured over the cakes and they work as well as polenta with most meats.

Of course a heavy cheese sauce is always a good way to go.

Grit Cakes

  • 1/2 cup regular grits
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1/4 cup romano grated

Bring water, salt pepper and butter to a simmer then add grits. Whisk until smooth, then cook over low heat until thick stirring constantly. Add cheese mix well and pour grits on to a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and smooth out until 1/2″ thick evenly. Let set until cool, then cut into squares and refrigerate at least 1 hour. Can be made the day before. When ready to cook, heat a griddle to medium, grease with butter and fry cakes straight out of the refrigerator until browned on both sides. Serve hot or cold.

Spicy Cheese Sauce 

  • 2 cups cheddar shredded
  • 2 cups monterey jack shredded
  • 2 tbsp flour
  • 4 pickled jalapenos diced
  • 1/4 cup onion finely diced
  • 1/2-1 cup heavy cream
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • Hot sauce

Mix cheese with flour in a bowl. Melt butter over medium heat and saute onion until golden brown. Add peppers and cheese and quickly melt cheese stirring often. Add enough cream to get sauce to a thick but pourable consistency and add more hot sauce to adjust seasoning. Serve over whatever suits you.

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Stout Marinated Venison

Time to break out the colors of spring

Time to break out the colors of spring

Here is another way to cook venison shoulder. This marinade could also be used for a tougher cut of beef. Serve this with rice or bulgur pilaf.

Use Guinness extra stout for this or any recipe. That is the version in a bottle without any widget in it. Use the pub cans for drinking and the pub draft bottles for bar fights.

Braised Venison Marinated in Stout

  • 3-5 lb venison shoulder bone in silver skin removed
  • 1 bottle Guinness extra stout
  • 1 tbsp fresh oregano
  • 1 lime
  • 2 tbsp garlic crushed to a paste
  • 2 lbs potatoes skinned and cut into large chunks
  • 1 lb turnips peeled and cut into large chunks
  • 1 onion diced fine
  • 3 slices bacon cut into small dice
  • 2 cups beef stock
  • Salt/pepper

Season meat with salt and pepper. Mix beer, garlic, oregano zest and juice of lime in a non reactive bowl. Add meat and submerge. Cover and marinate in refrigerator for 24 hours. In a large stock pot fry bacon until fat renders. Remove venison from marinade and pat dry. Add meat to pan and brown on all side. Remove meat to a plate and add onion. Saute onion until golden brown, then add potatoes and turnips and stir to coat in fat. Add beef stock and deglaze pan. Add marinade liquid and bring to a simmer. Return meat to pan and submerge. Cover pan and simmer for 15 minutes on low heat. Remove pan to oven and braise, covered, for 30 minutes at 340 degrees. Remove lid and continue to braise until meat is tender, about 1 hour more. Remove meat to a cutting board and vegetables to a serving dish. Bring sauce to a boil and reduce until thick. Slice meat and place on top of vegetables. Cover in gravy and serve hot.

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Strawberry Pecan Pancakes

They look ripe

They look ripe

Strawberry season is getting close. Here is a good way to use some berries that may have been bought before they should have.

For those who want a lighter cake use all white flour.

Strawberry Pecan Pancakes

  • 3/4 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/4 cup unbleached white flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 1 egg
  • 4-5 large strawberries diced small
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 cup milk

In a large bowl mix dry ingredients well. In another bowl beat egg with milk and honey then add to dry mixture and beat until smooth. Add pecans and strawberries and mix well. Cook 1/2 cup batter on a griddle until golden on both sides. Serve with sliced strawberries mixed in maple syrup.

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Sunday Suppers: Easter Brunch

We thought about going out to a fancy brunch since so many restaurants in town have Easter specials, but we called for reservations to late. Instead of eating brunch on the mezzanine we’ll be eating on the patio.

Now what to make? We have some ideas.

Quiche with Roasted Fennel and Red Bell Pepper

Not to mention the house will smell of roast fennel for the rest of the day

Not to mention the house will smell of roast fennel for the rest of the day

Bagels and Lox

There is no comparison to fresh bagels

There is no comparison to fresh bagels

Strawberry Buttermilk Muffins

Couldn't wait to take a bite

Couldn’t wait to take a bite

Baked Grits with Mushrooms and Green Onions

Just a small slice of heaven

Just a small slice of heaven

Don’t forget libations:

The bellini

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The Bloody Maria

A nice winter background

A nice winter background

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