Duck l’orange: How to Make a Gourmet Meal at Home

Duck l'orange: How to make a gourmet meal at home

 

If you are looking for a new gourmet recipe to try for your family or for an upcoming dinner party, check out this recipe for duck l’orange.

 

Ingredients:

 

For duck:

  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 (5- to 6-lb) Long Island duck
  • 1 juice orange, halved
  • 4 fresh thyme sprigs
  • 4 fresh marjoram sprigs
  • 2 fresh flat-leaf parsley sprigs
  • 1 small onion, cut into 8 wedges
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • 1/2 cup duck stock, duck and veal stock*, chicken stock, or reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 1/2 carrot
  • 1/2 celery rib

 

For sauce:

  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup fresh orange juice (from 1 to 2 oranges)
  • 2 tablespoons white-wine vinegar
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 2 to 4 tablespoons duck or chicken stock or reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon fine julienne of fresh orange zest, removed with a vegetable peeler
  • Special equipment: an instant-read thermometer; a 13- by 9-inch flameproof roasting pan

Preparation:

 

Cooking the duck:
1) Preheat oven to 475°F.

2) Stir salt, coriander, cumin, and pepper together and sprinkle on outside and inside of duck. Cut one half of an orange into quarters and put it, thyme, marjoram, parsley, and 4 onion wedges in the duck cavity.

3) Squeeze juice from remaining half of orange and stir together with wine and stock and set it aside.

4) Spread remaining 4 onion wedges in roasting pan with carrot and celery. Place the duck on top of vegetables and roast 30 minutes.

5) Reduce oven temperature to 350°F and pour the wine into a roasting pan. Continue to roast duck until thermometer inserted into a thigh (close to but not touching bone) registers 170°F. Turn on broiler and broil duck 3 to 4 inches from heat until top is golden brown, about 3 minutes.

6) Tilt duck to drain juices and transfer it to a cutting board, reserving juices in pan. Let stand for 15 minutes.

 

Cooking the sauce:

1) While duck roasts, cook sugar over medium heat in a dry 1-quart heavy saucepan until it begins to melt. Continue cooking, stirring occasionally with a fork, until sugar melts into a deep golden caramel. Add orange juice, vinegar, and salt (be careful with this step, as the mixture will bubble and steam vigorously) and simmer over low heat, stirring occasionally, until caramel is dissolved. Remove from heat.

2) Discard vegetables from roasting pan and pour pan juices through a fine-mesh sieve into a 1-quart bowl, then skim off and discard fat. Add enough stock to pan juices to total 1 cup liquid.

3) Stir together butter and flour to form a beurre manié. Bring pan juices to a simmer in a 1- to 2-quart heavy saucepan, then add beurre manié, whisking constantly to prevent lumps. Add orange syrup and zest and simmer, whisking occasionally, until sauce is thickened slightly and zest is tender. Serve it with duck.

 

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Shopping for a Crock Pot?: The Top 5 Slow Cookers

Slow Cookers

Slow cookers can, sometimes, be life changing! You can throw in all the ingredients and set it on low heat in the morning before work and then voilà—dinner is ready to be served by the time you get home. So the real question is: Which slow cooker should you buy? There are hundreds of different brands out there on the market with a broad range in costs. I have narrowed down the top 5 Slow Cookers to help you decide which one is best for you.

 

  1. The All-Clad 6.5 Quart Electric Slow Cooker

This slow cooker has it all! It is a great looking appliance, as it is stainless steal. It also features an electronic timer that can cook food for 26 hours. Whether you want to cook on high for 3 hours or on low for 8, the All-Clad will automatically switch to the “keep warm” setting once the cook time runs out. This slow cooker also features a ceramic insert, allowing for easy cleaning. Lastly, it comes with a one-year warranty. The only con about this product is the weight—it’s about 18 pounds! This is good because it means that it is durable, however moving the slow cooker and cleaning the insert may seem tedious due to its weight.

The All-Clad 6.5 Quart Electric Slow Cooker costs $179.99 and can be found at Macys, CHEFS catalogue, Bed Bath & Beyond, Crate and Barrel, and Sur La Table, just to name a few.

  1. The Cuisinart Programmable Slow Cooker

This slow cooker is very similar to the All-Clad slow cooker: It is a stainless steal appliance with a six and a half quart stoneware insert. It also features the electronic timer and controls that will allow you to cook food for up to 24 hours. And, it also will automatically switch to the “keep warm” setting after the cook time runs out. This cooker is also very heavy—at about 20 pounds, it is one of the heaviest on the market today.

The Cuisinart Programmable Slow Cooker costs $99.99 and can be found at Cuisinart.com and Bed Bath & Beyond.

  1. The Crock-Pot 6.5 Quart Touchscreen Slow Cooker

It is another stainless steal cooker that features an electronic timer and settings. It has the easy to use touchscreen and silicon handles that wont burn you. It also switches to the “keep warm” setting once the timer runs out. It weighs about 12 pounds and the insert comes out for easy cleaning.

The Crock-Pot 6.5 Quart Touchscreen Slow Cooker costs $89.99 and can be found at crock-pot.com, Overstock.com, Bed Bath & Beyond and some Walmart stores.

  1. The Crock-Pot Countdown Slow Cooker with Hinged Lid

This is also a stainless steal appliance that features the electronic controls. You can cook food for 20 hours and then the “keep warm” setting will automatically turn on. The insert is removable for easy cleaning and the hinged lid also makes for less splatter and spills when checking on the food. It also comes with a cook book of over 50 recipes. It is not as heavy as the other cookers, only weighing about 11 pounds.

The Crock-Pot Countdown Slow Cooker with Hinged Lid costs $59.99 and can be found at crockpot.com, Overstock.com, and some Walmart stores

  1. The Hamilton Beach 3-in-One Slow Cooker

This slow cooker is just as the name infers:  3 cookers in one slow cooker! It comes with three different sized ceramic inserts- a two quart, four quart, and six quart. These different sizes make it easy to make a variety of meals. I found two downsides to this product. The first is that, like the All-Clad, the cooker weights about 18 pounds. Also, it does not have a digital timer and settings so it will not automatically go into the “keep warm” setting like the All-Clad and Cuisinart.

The Hamilton Beach 3-in-One Slow Cooker costs $75 and can be found at hamiltonbeach.com, Overstock.com, and some Walmart stores.

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Crock Pot Cooking: An Easy Meatloaf Recipe

Easy Meatloaf Recipe

Meatloaf is a common family favorite. It is warm, tender, and has tons of flavor. Here is a recipe that everyone will love that you can make right in your slow cooker. It has been a personal crowd pleaser for many years and will only continue to leave audiences wanting more. The best part is, it only takes about 15 minutes to prep. All together, this meat loaf will take approximately 5 ½ hours to make before serving. Depending on your own likes and tastes, adjust the cook time accordingly—if you like your meat more or less cooked. However, I do not recommend cooking the loaf for under 5 hours.

 

Ingredients (Makes approximately six servings):

 

  • 3 eggs
  • 1 ½ pounds ground beef/turkey/veal
  • 1 cup milk
  • ½ cup ketchup
  • 1 cup bread crumbs
  • 3 teaspoons brown sugar
  • 3 teaspoons minced onion
  • 1 teaspoon brown mustard
  • 1 teaspoon sage
  • ½ tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper

 

What you will need:

 

  • 1 large bowl
  • 1 Slow Cooker (at least 5 quarts)
  • 1 small bowl
  • 1 large spoon (wooden, if possible)
  • 1 whisk

 

Directions:

  1. Beat eggs in a large bowl.
  2. Next, slowly stir in the milk with the eggs.
  3. Add the bread crumbs, onion, sage, salt, and pepper to the egg and milk mixture.
  4. Then, add the ground meat to the mixture. You may use your hands or a large wooden spoon. In essence, you want to make sure that the mixture is evenly mixed with the ground meat.
  5. When finished, shape the mixture into a round oval shaped loaf. Place loaf in your slow cooker (at least 5 quarts). Place the lid on the Crock Pot and set on low heat for approximately 5 hours.
  6. After 5 hours, check the loaf with a meat thermometer. The meat loaf is done when the thermometer reads 160 degrees.
  7. Once the thermometer reads 160 degrees, whisk the ketchup and Worcestershire sauce together in a small bowl.
  8. Once mixed, stir in the brown sugar and the mustard into the mixture.
  9. Once fully mixed, pour the sauce over the meat loaf.
  10. Let the meatloaf continue to cook with the sauce on it for about 15 minutes or until the sauce has fully seeped into the loaf.
  11. Turn the Crock Pot off and let the meat loaf cool for about 10-12 minutes.
  12. Then, cut, serve, and enjoy!

 

This recipe is similar to the recipe found on Allrecipes.com. However, this recipe does not feature mushrooms. If you are looking for a unique meatloaf with new textures and flavors, try adding mushrooms to your meatloaf. Also, consider adding garlic to the mixture for even more flavor.

 

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Warm Up This Season With Lentil Soup: A Recipe You’ll Save in Your Cookbook

Lentil Soup

This is an easy recipe that will leave everyone wanting more! Lentils are a great source of fiber and have many other health benefits. The recipe below makes approximately 6 servings and includes meat products. If cooking for a vegetarian crowd, you do not need to include the ham and instead of chicken broth use vegetable broth. There are two sets of directions below:

1) slow-cooker directions

2) stove-top cooking instructions.

Please follow whichever suits your needs. Enjoy!

 

Here is a list of ingredients that you will need:

1 ½ cups dried lentils                ½ teaspoon dried thyme                 1 ½ cup chopped celery

3 cloves minced garlic               ½ teaspoon dried oregano              1 ½ cup chopped red onion

2 cups diced cooked ham         ½ teaspoon dried basil                    1 bay leaf

½ teaspoon black pepper         32 oz. chicken broth                         ½ teaspoon salt

1 Slow Cooker (at least 3 ½ quart)

 

Directions:

  1. Combine lentils, garlic, onion, ham, and celery, pepper, oregano, basil, thyme, and bay leaf into the slow cooker.
  2. Stir in the chicken broth.
  3. Put lid on slow cooker and set heat on low
  4. Let cook for 11 hours.
  5. Remove bay leaf before serving.

Prep Time: approximately 20 minutes

Cook Time: 11 hours

Total Amount of Time:  approximately 11 hours 20 minutes.

 

If you do not have a slow cooker, use a large deep pot.

Directions:

  1. Put 3 tablespoons in the pot over medium heat.
  2. When oil begins to sizzle, add in the onion. Stir frequently.
  3. When onion is soft (after cooking for approximately 2 minutes), add the celery, and let cook for another 2 minutes. Stir frequently.
  4. Next, add the garlic, pepper, thyme, oregano, basil, salt, lentils, and ham.
  5. Let cook for 1 minute, stirring constantly.
  6. Stir in chicken broth.
  7. Add bay leaf
  8. Wait until it comes to a boil. Then, turn heat down to low and cover pot with lid. Let cook and stir occasionally for approximately 35 minutes, until lentils are tender.
  9. Add more chicken stock if soup is thicker than desired.
  10. Remove bay leaf before serving.

Prep Time: approximately 20 minutes

Cook Time: 35 minutes

Total Amount of Time: approximately 55 minutes

 

Other vegetables can be added for more flavor. Consider adding carrots, diced tomatoes, snap peas, and/or green beans.

 

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Chicken Noodle Casserole Your Family Will Love

Chicken Noodle Casserole

To Enjoy Tonight and the Rest of The Week

Chances are when you go to cook something for your family there are a few things you have on your mind. How will I use all of this chicken in my freezer and what can I make that will satisfy my family tonight and give us delicious leftovers for the rest of the week. May we suggest the delicious Chicken Noodle Casserole. This quick dish only requires an hour of your time, makes six servings and uses up all that chicken. When you’re done with your meal tonight, wrap it up and save it for tomorrow or even the rest of the week. This casserole will taste great the next day and just as good cold. So lets clear out that pantry and get to cooking a great meal your whole family will love!

Ingredients You Already Have!

You probably already have all of these things in the fridge and your pantry so you can save yourself a trip to the grocery store. Pull out the four skinless, chicken breasts halves from the fridge. You’ll need six ounces of egg noodles as well as that one 10.75 ounce can of condensed cream of mushroom soup you. While you’re in the pantry, pull out one 10.75 ounce can of condensed cream of chicken soup. Scoop out one cup of sour cream and one half cup of butter. Then you’ll need some salt to taste and ground black pepper to taste. Finally, get rid of that crumbled up box of buttery round crackers and crunch the rest of them up into 1 cup. Crushing the crackers is a fun way to get children involved in the kitchen.

Step One

Begin by simmering a large pot of water. Then add the four chicken halves to poach. The chicken will be ready when the center is no longer pink. It should take about twelve minutes. Once the chicken is completely white inside and out, remove it from the pot and set it aside. Save the water in the pot and bring it to a boil. Now you can use that same water to boil the pasta in. Once the pasta has reached the desired tenderness you have used all the water you can so you can now drain. Slice your chicken up into small pieces and stir it in with the noodles.

Step Two

In a new bowl mix your mushroom soup, sour cream and chicken soup together. Toss in some salt and pepper for fun. Mix that bowl with your pasta and chicken then toss it all in a two quart baking dish. Melt your butter and stir in the crumbled crackers. Throw that on top of your casserole.

Step Three

Bake for thirty minutes at three hundred and fifty degrees. You’ll know its ready when it is heated all the way through and brown on top. Distribute to your family and enjoy together tonight!

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