Saturday, April 20, 2013

Duck Grand Marnier with Spicy Asian Kumquat Sauce

Duck Grand Marnier

Kosher salt
Fresh-ground black pepper
3 SPRIGS Fresh thyme
1 Celery rib, with leaves, rough-chopped
1/2 Small white onion, quartered
1 Shallot, chopped
1 Medium orange, quartered
1/4 C Grand Marnier
3 C Water
Spicy Asian Kumquat Sauce

1. Preheat oven to 375°f.

2. Rinse the duck well. Remove neck, giblets and tail. Rub the inside cavity of the duck with salt and pepper. Fill the ducks inside cavity with a combination of thyme sprigs, celery, onion, shallot, and orange quarters.

3. Lightly salt, pepper, and then paprika the exterior of the duck.

4. Place a wire rack on top of a hotel pan. Place the duck on the rack, breast side down. roast for 45 minutes, and then turn with tongs, breast side up. Roast for 45 minutes to 1 hour, or until the leg joints wiggle easily when pulled and the internal temperature at the center of the thickest part of the thigh is 165°f.

5. Remove from heat. Cut Duck in half, lengthwise and allow to cool down enough to touch. Remove breast and back bones and serve topped with Spicy Asian Kumquat Sauce.

6. Due the extremely high fat content of ducks, it is necessary to use a drip pan. Keep an eye on this the first few times you try it, and be careful. It is not uncommon to find that the cause of a kitchen fire was a duck in the oven!

Spicy Asian Kumquat Sauce

5 Kumquats, sliced into rounds
3 TBL Sugar
1/3 C Rice Wine Vinegar
3 TBL Grenadine
3/4 C Orange juice
2 TSP Soy sauce
1 TBL Fresh-squeezed lime juice
1 TSP Fresh-squeezed lemon juice
2 TSP Dried cherries, minced
1/2 TSP Kosher salt
1/2 TSP White pepper
1 Thai chile, chopped
5 Fresh basil leaves, minced

1. Simmer, over medium-low heat, the kumquats, sugar, vinegar, grenadine, orange juice and soy sauce.  Reduce for another 10-12 minutes, by about half.

2. Remove from heat and whisk in  lime, lemon, cherries, salt,  pepper, and chili.  Carefully stir in basil.   Drizzle over duck just before serving.  Enjoy!

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Chipotle Cilantro Fettuccini

Chipotle Cilantro Fettuccini
Homemade pasta is easy and much better than deied.  With the convergence of cultures in Arizona we are constantly seeing wonderful new dishes like this. Latin meets Latinos!

1 canned chipotle chile
1/4 cup cilantro
1 clove garlic
10 oz. bread flour (2 cups)
1 Tbl. adobo sauce (from the canned chipotles)
2 large eggs
1 tsp. salt
2 tsp. extra virgin olive oil

Chop the chipotle, cilantro and garlic as fine as you can and then chop some more. Using a dough blade of a food processor, combine the chopped ingredients together with the flour, adobo sauce, eggs and salt.  While machine is running, drizzle in the oil.  Dough will come together as a crumbly mixture.  Add water one tablespoon at a time until dough forms a ball.  Remove from food processor.  If dough sticks to your hands it may be necessary to work a little flour into the dough.  Roll into a ball and cut the ball into quarters.  Flatten one of the quarters with the palm of your hand.  Run the dough through the pasta machine four times on the #1 (or the largest) setting.  Each time, folding the dough into thirds.  It may be necessary to dust with flour as you go if the dough is sticky.  Now move the dial to #2 a run the pasta through, the #3, #4, and #5.  Move the handle to the fettuccini blade, dust the pasta with flour and run it through.  Sometimes it is necessary to pull a few strands of the pasta apart, depending on the texture of th dough.  Drop the pasta into boiling water for 30 – 45 seconds or to desired texture. Have fun, top with whatever you like; olive oil, chives and good Romano cheese are a great start.
Serves 4

Monday, April 15, 2013

Old-fashioned Cherry Apricot Bars

Old-fashioned Cherry Apricot Bars

1--1/2 CUBES Sweet butter, cut into chunks
1 TBL All-purpose flour, for topping
1/2 C Dried cherries, minced
1/2 C Dried apricots, un-sulfured, minced
2/3 C Fresh-squeezed orange juice
1/2 TSP Sugar
PINCH Cinnamon

1/2 C Slivered almonds
1/2 C Fresh grated coconut
1-1/4 C All-purpose flour
3/4 C Old-fashioned rolled oats
3/4 C Dark brown sugar, packed firm
PINCH Cinnamon
1/2 TSP Kosher salt

1.pre heat oven to 150°f.

2. Meanwhile, bring the apricots, cherries, orange juice, sugar, and cinnamon to a boil over medium high heat, reduce heat, cover and simmer, on low, until fruit is soft. Remove from heat. Mash fruit in juice until mixture thickens. Allow to cool.

3. Toast nuts and coconut in oven on a cookie sheet until deep golden brown, about 15 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool. Increase temperature to 350°f. In the mixing bowl of a heavy-duty mixer (do not use a food processor for this recipe) combine the almonds, coconut, flour, oats, brown sugar, cinnamon, and salt, and mix well, then add butter. Mix, on medium, until crumb mixture is formed, about 1 minute.

4. Set aside 1C of crumb mixture for topping. Firmly press remaining crumb mixture into the bottom of 8"x8" baking dish. Spoon fruit filling on to crumbs and spread out but do not allow fruit to touch sides of baking dish( leave about 1/8" border.) Mix 1TBL flour with remaining crumb mixture. Sprinkle over fruit filling. Bake for 45-50 minutes, or until golden brown. Allow to cool and cut into squares.