Duck Fat Potatoes with Preserved Lemon

Posted by on Jan 23, 2014 in Dinner, Musings, Quick Meals, Recipes | 0 comments

I had the best duck fat cooked potatoes of my life around this time last year, in an out of the way café tucked into the side of the Atlas Mountains, a few hours outside of Marrakesh. After days of eating richly spiced tagines, feather light couscous and a myriad of vegetables salads, I was surprised to find duck confit and Pommes Sarladaises on the menu of this high desert restaurant, surrounded by date palms, fruiting prickly pear cactus and massive agave plants. It was the special of the day. I ordered it, ready for something simple and familiar after the exotic, palate-awakening flavors of Morocco. When the plate arrived, it was just that – a mahogany brown...

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Hoppin’ John and Duck Fat Cornbread

Posted by on Dec 31, 2011 in Musings, Recipes | 1 comment

Every year I make Hoppin’ John, the traditional Southern dish of black-eyed peas and rice eaten on New Year’s Day to bring you luck in the coming year. I have never missed this ritual, even if it meant gobbling the required spoonful minutes before midnight on January 1. But, I have to confess. I don’t really like black-eyed peas that much. Especially the ones that are available this time of year. The fresh-shelled, tender little peas I remember from my childhood are hard to find in California, much less in the dead of winter. Those were delicious. I miss them. Instead, we have the “fresh” ones that show up in small, expensive tubs in the produce sections of...

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