Monthly Archive: December 2012

Dec 31

3 + 2 Duck Recipes

I found a source for fresh duck! Fresh duck compared to frozen duck is…well, no comparison. As a general rule, all meats and fish are best when prepared with fresh, not previously frozen ingredients. This is especially true with duck. Duck can tend to be tough and stringy if you start with a frozen product. …

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Dec 25

The Holiday Beef Roast

On Christmas some Americans will have a turkey for the family dinner. Others families enjoy ham and still others may have roast duck or goose. The tradition in my home has always been to have a beef roast. If we are hosting a large group a rib roast is often preferred. Roasting a rib section …

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Dec 24

Vintage Port

Vintage Port or Porto (Vinho do Porto) is a fortified wine produced in the Douro region of Portugal. The grape varieties that are most widely grown to make port are; Touriga, Mourisco, and Bastardo, producing juice that is full of character and adds finesse to the wine but they are lacking in color and are …

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Dec 06

I awoke today and found a frost perched on the town…

Recently, some of my students have expressed an interest in poetry. First, let us explore and try to learn what poetry is. Some noteworthy poets have proclaimed their definition of what poetry is; Wordsworth (an interesting name for a poet, right?) defined poetry as “the spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings;” Emily Dickinson said. “If I …

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Dec 01

Wine Tasting.

To fully appreciate good wine it is essential that we take the trouble to notice the details, the nuances and the pleasure of the wine. To take the time to notice pleasure is the essence of pleasure! To notice the pleasure of a wine we must employ the senses of sight, taste and touch. When …

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