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Pommes Rissolees (French Browned Potatoes) Recipe

Pommes rissolées are a French classic. They are crisp, cube-shaped, pan-fried potatoes flavored with herbs.

I made one batch the traditional way by cooking it in duck fat, but for the vegetarians in our house, I made a similar version with a combination of oil and butter. I added ground saffron and a hint of cayenne pepper for color and flavor, which are non-traditional but really enhance the final result.

We had a huge bag of potatoes left from Thanksgiving grocery shopping and I couldn't think of a better way to finish them off. I hadn't made this French classic for the family since our last visit to Paris. It immediately took us all back in time to the open air markets, the Rodin Museum, and the picnic we had in the Jardin de Luxembourg. Food can be many things, and today it was a trip down memory lane. And what delicious memories they are!


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Homemade Peking Crispy Roast Duck Recipe

Peking roast duck sounds complicated to make, but it is not. It just takes time to prep. I usually start preparing the duck early in the morning, then finally roast the duck for dinner. It's always a success. The key to a good Chinese roast duck is to get a crispy skin while keeping the meat moist and sweet. The duck is first brined, them boiled and finally roasted and basted with a dark sweet and salty mixture.

Peking Duck Recipe


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Magret de Canard Roti au Miel Epices (Cardamom, Ginger, Mango and Star Anise spiced Honey Roasted Duck Breast) Recipe

I find duck meat to be very sophisticated. So whether you're throwing an elegant dinner or you're having a romantic dinner, duck is the perfect choice.

I'm used to making a French preparation of duck, but I wanted to use oriental flavors for this recipe instead.  I decided to use star anise and honey as the base for the glaze. Star anise is a classic Asian flavor, and I have some very special honey at home that I try to use whenever I need a sweetener for a dish.  Last time I was in Paris I got a jar of raw honey from my sister's in-laws who are honey makers in Amiens, a town in the nothern region of France.  It's just out of this world.


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 Barack Obama's January 20th Presidential Inauguration Luncheon Menu - inspired by Abraham Lincoln Recipe
Regardless of your political persuasion, today is a historic day. President-Elect Obama will be sworn in as the 44th President of the United States. For the Inaugural meal, the "Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies" chose Abraham Lincoln's favorite foods.
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A Brace of American Birds (Pheasant and Duck) Recipe

This is meal fit for a President. Or two. A brace of pheasant and duck was the main course at Abraham Lincoln's Inaugural Dinner and will again be featured at President-Elect Barack Obama's Inauguration. Pheasant is no longer commonly available but I finally was able to get some at Whole Foods.


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