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191. Spice-Rubbed Quail p.402

191. Spice-Rubbed Quail p.402

The recipe
I like to think of quail and lobster as perverse challenges on a Japanese game show. They’re complicated and messy to eat, but you’re challenged to do it in your finery with your peers looking on. I can imagine the quiet golf claps from the spectators as you deftly separate the leg joint, and [...]

30 August 2008 | Poultry, The Book | Comments Off
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159. Duck Legs and Carrots p.398

159. Duck Legs and Carrots p.398

The recipe is from Fergus “Nose To Tail” Henderson’s London restaurant, St. John.
My dining companion and I adore duck, and eat it often, so a new preparation is always exciting for us. I really like the thinking behind this recipe. It takes an underused part of the duck, and brings out its absolute best. Incidentally [...]

18 April 2008 | Poultry, The Book | 2 Comments
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125. Chicken with Cornmeal Dumplings p.373

125. Chicken with Cornmeal Dumplings p.373

The recipe
I had The Book for a while before I started The Project, and this was one of the recipes I used regularly before The Book and I got serious. Making it again emphasized how much The Project has changed my cooking style. The biggest difference is that I actually read the recipe this time [...]

30 November 2007 | Poultry, The Book | Comments Off
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121. Duck Breasts with Orange Ancho Chile Sauce p.396

121. Duck Breasts with Orange Ancho Chile Sauce p.396

The recipe
This recipe was a show stopper. It’s the only recipe for duck breast in the book, and that’s a real shame. Magret de canard is one of the staples of the Québécois culinary scene, a distinctive take on the seared duck breast is de rigueur for any restaurant interested in cuisine de terroir. Fusion [...]

21 November 2007 | Poultry, The Book | 5 Comments
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116. Grilled Cornish Hens with Basil Butter p.392

116. Grilled Cornish Hens with Basil Butter p.392

The recipe for this one isn’t online, but it was so good I’m going to give it to you here.
3/4 stick (6 tablespoons) unsalted butter, softened
1/4 cup chopped fresh basil
3 garlic cloves minced
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 (1 1/4- to 1 1/2- pound) Cornish hens, rinsed and patted dry
Stir together butter, [...]

6 November 2007 | Poultry, The Book | 4 Comments
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114. Foolproof Grilled Chicken p.363

114. Foolproof Grilled Chicken p.363

The recipe
The blurb before the recipe says that the secret to perfect grilled chicken is to brine it then toss it in a vinaigrette once it’s done. I’ve never really had a problem with my non-brined, non-dressed grilled chicken, but this version does have its charms. Brining makes things taste good by saturating them with [...]

30 October 2007 | Poultry, The Book | 3 Comments
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110. Moroccan-Style Roast Cornish Hens with Vegetables p.392

110. Moroccan-Style Roast Cornish Hens with Vegetables p.392

The recipe
This was my first experiment with Cornish hens, and I think I’m in love. I watched an episode of Freaks and Geeks the other night. In one scene the mother roasts Cornish hens, and serves them to her skeptical family, who use the hens as puppets for a dance routine, and complain that they [...]

25 October 2007 | Poultry, The Book | 4 Comments
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98. Chicken Fricassee p.372

98. Chicken Fricassee p.372

No recipe this time.
This was a fairly successful and simple recipe. It’s real comfort food, chicken in a creamy mushroom sauce served with noodles. Like most comfort food it’s fatty and a bit bland. The preparation was as simple as you could wish for. Break a chicken down into serving size pieces, and brown them [...]

2 October 2007 | Poultry, The Book | 1 Comment
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90. Chicken in Pumpkin Seed Sauce p.360

90. Chicken in Pumpkin Seed Sauce p.360

No recipe for this one.
I had a very mixed reaction to this dish. I made it for friends along with some of the other recipes listed under Mexican in the index. It makes a good deal of food, and we weren’t able to eat it all. On the night of the party I had the [...]

9 September 2007 | Poultry, The Book | 2 Comments
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84. Persian-Syle Chicken with Walnut, Onion, and Pomegranite Sauce (Fesenjan) p.372

84. Persian-Syle Chicken with Walnut, Onion, and Pomegranite Sauce (Fesenjan) p.372

No recipe for this one.
This is a quick chicken stew, made with pomegranate, onions, walnuts, cinnamon, tomato, lemon juice, and molasses. That’s a lot of big bold individualistic flavours in one dish. Apparently this dish is traditionally made with duck instead of chicken. There may have been a very good reason for that. Duck has [...]

31 August 2007 | Poultry, The Book | 8 Comments
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