Duck Fat Farmer’s Market Potatoes

Posted on September 8, 2013. Filed under: Breakfast Made Simple, Food Made Simple | Tags: , , , , |

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These are the gorgeous blue, red, and fingerling potatoes I snapped up at the farmer’s market.  I came home and fried up some of the fingerlings in the duck fat I’ve been hoarding in the refrigerator since my last duck dinner.  Oh my.  Fresh potatoes were made for duck fat.  That’s all I can say.  I had to severely restrain myself from eating the whole pan-full.  But by doing so I had the leftovers to warm in the pan in the morning and put fresh fried eggs over.  Oh my again!

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Roasted Duck

Posted on July 13, 2013. Filed under: Food Made Simple | Tags: , , , |

Food - Roasting a Duck 1After ruining my last duck in the crock pot by turning it into a piece of rubber, I decided to research how to roast a duck properly.  I found lots of suggestions on the web, but the one that got me was titled, The Best Way to Roast a Duck (Hello, Crispy Skin!)  This title hooked me.  Then, reading through the clear directions with good pictures describing how to get a lot of duck fat to use for other things, tender meat and a glaze that crisps up the skin, I realized I could do this.

I did make some mistakes.  I don’t think I tucked the wings like I was supposed to.  When I tried to pull out the neck and giblets I was convinced I didn’t get any with this duck, but after it was cooked they all fell out.  I sliced the skin too deeply and actually cut the meat a little.

None of this mattered!  This was one of the best meals I have ever cooked ever.  Astoundingly good!

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Food - Roasting a Duck 4And now I have a jar of luscious, creamy duck fat for roasted vegetables.  I can’t wait to try it on roasted potatoes.  This morning, after a night in the refrigerator, the fat has become solidified.  It’s a creamy, golden color and it smells heavenly.

I had to show you the picture of the glaze bubbling away on the stove.  This is the first time I used this copper pot and I must say I do now understand the joy of cooking with such a quality piece of cookware.  This is a French-made small sauce pot.  It is beautifully designed with thick copper all around, lined in stainless steel with a long stainless steel handle which stays cool due to it’s length and shape.  Once that glaze got bubbling away this pot kept it perfectly going without any real intervention on my part other than checking on how thick it was getting.  The kicker?  I found this pot at Goodwill for $1.99.  It was tarnished badly so that you couldn’t read the word, France, on it easily, but it cleaned up beautifully!  Now that I’ve used it, I would pay a lot more for similar cookware.

Now I’m on the lookout for ducks again in the store and I’m going to keep my eyes peeled for locally produced ducks at the farmer’s market too.

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