After many technical difficulties,
our computer has finally rejoined the living!
I hope that everyone had a wonderful Holiday.
Ours was filled with lots of laughter, visits with family and of course food!!
I wanted to share a couple of Holiday highlights with you.
I opted this year to go a little out of the box with our Christmas Eve meal
and stay away from the more traditional turkey or roast.
I chose duck!
Duck breast to be exact.
Complete with a fig sauce, a heavenly duck fat potato gratin and asparagus.
Inspired from here, but as always tweaked a little by me.
It was incredible!
People often think of duck as fatty and heavy,
but if you render the fat off and then crisp up the skin,
what you are left with is this amazing flavor.
The figs and brandy in the sauce balanced the richness beautifully.
My kids, who at first were "you're making what!?!?"...
went back for seconds!
I wanted a hearty potato dish to stand up the rich duck
and knew I had found it when I saw this recipe made with duck fat and demi-glace!!
Easy to make and so delicious!
The thyme added a subtle freshness to a very substantial dish.
I was very happy with the meal and love to see my kids exposed to new foods.
Now for the gadgets!!
My husband knowing how much I love to cook got me this...
The spiffy All-Clad Slow Cooker that
lets you go from stove top to slow cooker and even in to the oven!!
I love it!
I've already used a few times...
and what an upgrade from my 15 year old crockpot I was using!
And then this...
The Whip-It whip cream dispenser.
Oooohhh...I can't tell you how excited I am about this one!!
I see them used all the time on the cooking shows and now there's one in my kitchen!!
You can make flavored whipping creams, sauces, foams...endless possiblities!
I've picked out our New Years Eve dessert tomorrow based on using this gadget.
More to come on that soon...
So that's my recipe and gadget share!!
What yummy things have you eaten lately?
Any fun things under your tree?
I'd love to hear about them!
I'm glad to be back and wish each and every one of you a very
Happy New Year!!