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10 Fabulous Duck Recipes Recipe

10 Fabulous Duck Recipes

04.28.15 by Jackie

I think duck meat is very sophisticated. If you've been following my culinary diary throughout the years, you know I don't eat duck often (for health reasons), but I love how succulent and fabulously flavorful the meat is. My daughter Aria is no different. I just bought some duck breast that I'm about to roast for lunch. Since I've already posted countless recipes about this delicacy, I thought I'd gather my best duck recipes for you to see.

Don't forget to save the duck fat; it makes the most wonderful fries or pommes rissolees! Despite the overstated unsaturated fat health claims, for cooking or frying it's a healthy alternative to beef fat, pork fat, palm oil, coconut oil or even butter and it actually has culinary benefits (it has a higher percentage of mono-unsaturated fat that can help lower levels of blood cholesterol). Plus, unlike olive oil and butter, duck fat can be recycled.

Hope you enjoy cooking and tasting duck meat as much as little Aria and I do!


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Coconut Roasted Potatoes Recipe

Coconut Roasted Potatoes

04.14.15 by Jackie

After pan-frying fillets of sole for little Aria and myself last night, I realized pairing the fish with roasted potatoes in coconut oil might lack a toothsome bite. In an attempt to create the perfect balance of texture, I added an extra step to the potatoes by breading them with a mixture of breadcrumbs, Parmesan cheese, garlic and coconut shreds. The crunchy potatoes helped balance the texture of the fish and the addition of coconut shreds might sound a bit unusual but it was a reminder of the coconut oil used previously.

You can also find gourmet potato dishes in my first cookbook, Haute Potato, which is an ode to this root vegetable. In this book, I’ve included one of my favorites, which hails from India: a spicy potato cutlet stuffed with ground beef, or kheema. To illustrate the versatility of potatoes, the book is separated into chapters based on the primary flavor profile or texture of the dish. Each section is an exploration of the ways in which the potato can be used. So, though it may start its life in the ground, when combined with the right techniques and ingredients the potato can truly be haute cuisine.


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Roasted Carrot and Brussels Sprout Pasta Recipe Recipe

Roasted Carrot and Brussels Sprout Pasta Recipe

04.09.15 by Jackie

There are many ways of preparing Brussels sprouts. My favorite is probably roasting them but this can take a long time. This is a different approach with 3 steps: boiling, roasting and sautéing the vegetable. To add extra sweetness I cooked them with baby carrots.

I combined the carrots and Brussels sprouts with pasta, which is a great strategy for tempting my little one to eat healthy, nutritious food. The pasta sauce consisted of simple tomato sauce, Pecorino cheese and a bit of almond butter for extra protein. Voilà!

 


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Lemon Parfait Cups with Blueberry Chocolate Amaretto Sauce Recipe

Lemon Parfait Cups with Blueberry Chocolate Amaretto Sauce

03.28.15 by Jackie

My husband Lulu has been reminding me incessantly about picking the Meyer lemons from our trees. I made a mental note but found my mind wandering and ignored his many warnings. And what he expected would happen eventually happened. The heavy weight from the lemons has completely broken and split in half our beautiful tree. It took a lot of time to heal the wound by trimming and smoothing the damaged wood to avoid and seal out excess moisture. I had to remove the tree bark by cutting a diamond shape around the wound to help it to stay dry and prevent any decay or disease. I spent so much time on the tree and had to make so many trips to the hardware store, I wish I had picked the lemons sooner!

Seeing the severely damaged limb broke my heart, and I was also left with tons of Meyer lemons. I finally prepared many jars of lemon curd and turned a few into mousse. The result was these beautiful lemon parfait cups. I jazzed them up with blueberry chocolate Amaretto sauce. In the end, I'm glad I undertook this epic challenge; it was a great opportunity to turn it into something positive.

 


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10 Healthy Vegetarian Snack Recipes Recipe

10 Healthy Vegetarian Snack Recipes

03.16.15 by Jackie

To fit my Meatless Monday tradition, here's a list of healthy snacks I've been cooking lately. My moto to get back into shape is to cook with fresh ingredients, legumes and grains and create toothsome, tasty  bites packed in protein.

Mushrooms are perfect for a "meaty" texture and nuts and legumes will help fill you up (and keep you satisfied that way throughout the day). Enjoy!


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