Cookin’ Up Some Quack

Today I have a guest post from the design team. Rich and Kim had a few friends over Rich and
Mike’s apartment and served them a delicious looking duck dinner. When a bunch of friends get together like
this, it makes me wish I could be back in Boston
hanging out with them. But in a few
weeks, I will be making them jealous with weekly beach trips so it isn’t so
bad. Rich’s comments will be in green,
and I might make a few in black.

“Cookin’ Up Some Quack”

Kim, Mike, Steph, Alex, Amy, and I were the 6 party people
on Friday… good thing there weren’t any more people than that, even
though I invited 5 other people who couldn’t come. The amount of food
ended up literally being just enough and there was only 1 piece of Duck left
over.

10 Duck legs, about 1/2 pound each Leg
Salt Pepper
Blackberry Jam
2 packages Fresh Blackberries
1 Shot Chambord (or Razzmatazz)
1/4 Cup Water
1 Tsp Butter
1 Tbsp Flour

Broccoli
Garlic Bread
Brown Rice

Salad:
2 Packages Arugula
1/2 Cup Walnuts
1 Red Onion
1 Package Fresh Strawberries
1 Cucumber

Dressing:
2/3 Cup Sugar
4 Tbsp Lemon Juice
4 Tbsp White Wine Vinegar
2 Tbsp Vegetable Oil
2 Tsp Poppy Seeds

Begin by laying out all the ingredients necessary and
prepping the duck first. I cut each duck leg across its very thick skin, scoring it
about 4 or 5 times on each leg. I put a ton of Sea Salt and Fresh Ground Black Pepper all
over each leg and squeezed 2 Strawberries and 2 Blackberries over the ducks, I
don’t know how much effect it had on them, but whatever. I placed 5 ducks on each rack, Skin Side down first, at
about 5:30. The oven was 300 degrees.

Next, Kim and I prepped the Salad and Salad Dressing:

Salad:
2 Packages Arugula
1/2 Cup Walnuts
1 Red Onion
1 Package Fresh Strawberries
1 Cucumber

Dressing:
2/3 Cup Sugar
4 Tbsp Lemon Juice
4 Tbsp White Wine Vinegar
2 Tbsp Vegetable Oil
2 Tsp Poppie Seeds


I crushed some of the walnuts in the bag, so they weren’t so
big, but not crushed so much that it turned to powder

At 6:45, I checked the duck for the first time, and rotated
them so that the Skin Side was facing up.

Mike was a big help

I then started the rice, at about 7:00, because it
would take about 45 minutes.

At 7:15, I started the Berry Sauce:

About 9 oz. of Blackberry Jam
1/4 oz. of Razzmatazz (I wanted Chambord,
but already had the Razz, so whatever)
1/4 cup water
1 tsp butter
1 tbsp flour (to make it slightly thicker)
1 package of Fresh Blackberries (put in randomly as the
sauce was simmering)

At 7:30, I prepped the G Bread, French bread, Butter Spread,
and Garlic Powder

At 7:45, I checked the duck to make sure it was at least 160
Degrees, and then set the Oven to Broil

I put the G Bread and Broccoli with EVOO and Parmesan Cheese
on it all in the oven together and kept it in there for about 15-20 minutes.

At 8:00, Steph and I plated everything and we all sat down
to eat.

I added fresh, cold blackberries to the dish after it was
plated

Looks like a good time.
What is mike doing?? Do you think
you have any Lorraine
terrace dinner party pics? Cause that
would be funny to post. Oh yea – I tried to Photoshop some brightness out of this
picture but was unable to make it look right, next time don’t take the picture
with the lamp in the background!!

The Food in Mike’s beard

Aww come on now. That’s
supposed to be MY thing

Afterwards, Steph washed the plates and set the cupcakes and
Vanilla Ice Cream. They were wicked good. We each ate like 3 and
still had like 20 leftover for the rest of the weekend.

The plates are clear – it’s not on the counter – i need a
new dish set

HA I was really
wondering about this. I thought it was
on the counter!

Thanks guys! That was
fun, and I get a day off!