Roasted Duck with Spiced Ginger Cranberry Sauce

Duck is a rare treat for me. I’m not sure why, but given how infrequently I have it, it just always stays in a special place for me. I had been craving the roast duck with orange sauce I’d prepared a few months ago, so I thought I’d revisit it with a seasonal twist and get started on working with one of those autumn-only fruits: cranberries! So today, Roasted Duck with Spiced Ginger Cranberry Sauce.

And just like my memories of the duck with orange sauce, this was simply amazing. The duck was incredibly rich and the sauce was had a deceptively simple appearance while packing a very, full, well-rounded flavor–fruity, spicy (the cloves and anise give a great finish), and acidic–the perfect compliment to cut through the duck. The tartness of the cranberries was balanced by the sweetness of the wine caramel (yeah, you read it right)… click to read more…

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Kona Kampachi in Cognac Cream Sauce

Since my wife has no appetite for fish at the moment, I was alone in tackling that whole Kona Kampachi that Kona Blue had so generously sent my way. I had actually been eating fish for four days straight until I had finished it (I couldn’t dare put that wonderful fish in the freezer), but I thought I’d give you, readers a break from fish for a while, hence the gap from the other Kona Kampachi dishes I’d prepared. So here we are, the very last of my fish. This is a simple and straightforward preparation, the Kona Kampachi is sautéed in butter and topped with a cognac cream sauce.

Since I’d tried this fish cooked in many forms (raw, marinated/”chemically” cooked, and broiled), I thought I… click to read more…

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Honeyed Balsamic Braised Chicken with Figs

I thought I should explore some savory applications of fresh figs rather than just going dessertcrazy. For some reason, a Morrocan chicken I’d made several months ago kept popping up in my head, so I decided to follow a similar tact and braise a chicken with figs and see where it took me.

I began by breaking down a whole chicken. I strangely enjoy this and seem to get better at it every time I do it, so if this is something that intimidates you, there’s only one way to get better at it so do it! With the chicken in more manageable pieces, I then braised it in a flavorful broth of wine, balsamic, honey, leek, herbs, and figs. The result was absolutely delicious–the chicken was incredibly tender and the sauce was sweet, honeyed, with a surprisingly well-rounded, balanced,… click to read more…

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Fig, Fennel, and Prosciutto Pizza with a Shallot Cream Sauce

The rampage of figgy foods continues! As I looked for inspiration for other fun, new things to do with figs, I chanced upon an amazing looking fig and fennel pizza that I knew I had to try. I changed things up a bit and was quite pleased with the outcome. Its one thing to say that I love pizza, but I really loved this pizza.

Fresh figs, fennel bulb, prosciutto, and leek for toppings, roasted shallot cream sauce, and gruyere–yeah, what’s not to love in that mix? These might sound like a lot of big flavors to all have together, but they really all have a phenomenal affinity for one another. Figs and the anisey sweetness of fennel, figs and prosciutto, figs and cheese, figs and the sharpness of shallot and leek–they are all fantastic on their own, and taken together all at once, it was one cohesive,… click to read more…

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Kona Kampachi Ceviche

As I’d mentioned, I was very fortunate to receive a very generous gift from the kind folks at Kona Blue, so as promised, I thought I’d share with you all the ways I put this delicious fish to good use. Today, I opted for another raw preparation of this sushi-grade, tender, fish that really lets it shine: ceviche.

Also known as “cebiche” and “seviche,” the idea to this dish is simple: high quality, fresh fish, “cooked,” but without heat. Instead, you chemically cook the fish by employing a brief bath of acidic marinade composed of citrus. Each country in Latin America puts their own twist on this, but essentially you have a seafood salad where the fish becomes tender and takes on the flavors of the marinade… click to read more…

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Fig & Goat Cheese Swirl Ice Cream

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: I love fresh figs. Rather than just devouring them all as soon as I buy them, I’m trying to experiment with them in a lot more of my cooking this season (stay tuned for more figgy foods!), and if you’re a regular reader, you’ll know that if there is any one thing I have to do with any fruit, its make it into an ice cream. I’ve also been interested in how wonderfully figs pair with a variety of cheeses, so I thought I’d also experiment with another somewhat exotic ice cream flavor that caught my eye. So today, two ice creams for the price of one, swirled together in delicious harmony: Fig & Goat Cheese!

I imagine this flavor might perk up a few (skeptical) eyebrows, but that’s fine by me–more… click to read more…

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