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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 nuance 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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Nov 14

Thanksgiving and the stuffed bird

At this time of year, most Americans begin to make preparations for the holiday known as Thanksgiving. It is always celebrated on the last Thursday of November. Thanksgiving is a favorite holiday of mine because it is a day to acknowledge and give thanks for the bounty of foods we are so very fortunate to possess. …

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Nov 04

3 Clam Recipes

Long ago, before modern refrigeration and mandatory sanitation standards, it was accepted practice to only eat raw shellfish in cooler weather, in months with an “R”. The primary reason was that the bacteria count in the water tends to be higher in warmer months. Another reason to not harvest oysters in warmer months is due …

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Nov 01

Hurricane Sandy

We knew it was going to be a big one. The big storms always take a long time to build. I could see over the course of last weekend, the sky grew that deep and foreboding tone of gray burl…and it hovered without letting much precipitation release. It actually stalled for a day and arrived …

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Oct 13

Sukiyaki

Sukiyaki My friend, Midori and her daughter, Mimi came from Japan to visit and I requested that she make my favorite Japanese dish; Sukiyaki. Read about Midori’s other visit here. A hallmark of Japanese cooking is that it is simple yet aesthetically pleasing. Throughout Asia, Hot-Pot is a common method of cooking in communal fashion. …

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Oct 04

Is autumn the end of the gardening season?

Autumn is upon us and the leaves have begun to change to their final display of colors. It is a lovely time of year. The daylight hours are noticeably shorter. The air is crisp and cool. I feel the heavy dew each morning as I go to look at the last few crops in my …

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