Recipes: January 2008 Archives

Duck Confit

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Chef's Recipe Notes:

This was our spin on duck a l'orange. Duck confit takes a real commitment to make. If you are looking for something simpler, you could use two seared duck breasts instead, sliced on top of each salad.
DUSKIE ESTES AND JOHN STEWART - Chefs and co-owners - Zazu

FOOD+WINE PAIRING
Salads can be a tough food to pair with. The aromatics in Viognier work with the bitter and pepper found in salad greens' ginger and five-spice powder. The exotic citrus blossom and honeysuckle notes align with the kumquat dressing. The rich, viscous nature that a Viognier can have works with the duck confit.
-- Chef JOHN STEWART

INGREDIENTS
Serves 6 to 8

DUCK

  • 1 shallot, sliced in rings
  • 1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon Chinese five-spice powder
  • 3/4 cup olive oil
  • Kosher salt and fresh ground black  pepper, to taste
  • 1/2 cup kumquats, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup Viognier
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/4 cup sherry vinegar
  • 1 pound watercress, frisée and other  young lettuces, washed
  • 2 legs duck confit, picked


John Stewart and Duskie Estes
Chefs and co-owners
Zazu

Morel Mushroom and Goat Cheese Toasts

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You will find Morel Mushroom and Goat Cheese Toasts on page 23 of "Mustards Cookbook," the acclaimed winner of the James Beard Award for the Best Americana Cookbook. Chef Cindy Pawlcyn is well known though out the United States, but can be mostly found at her signature restaurant, Mustards Grill, in Yountville and at Cindy's Backstreet Kitchen in St. Helena (CA).

Roasted Pork Loin and Rosemary Potatoes

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Pinot Noir is one of the most difficult wine grapes to grow requiring constant attention and long growing season. When it is made correctly it can be quite sublime. It pairs well with pork and matches well with fennel and rosemary. The following recipe uses both of these spices and the natural earthiness of Pinot Noir make a great combination.

If you want to enhance the recipe a bit, after you make the butterflied pork roast, marinate it with olive oil, Pinot Noir, black pepper up to four hours, then proceed with the recipe.

Ginger's Chocolate Dream

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Hurley's general manager, Jerry Lampe, created this delight with exquisite Callebaut milk chocolate, melted to a smooth drizzle, for a favorite customer.

  • 1 ounce Ketel One Vodka
  • 1 ounce dark crème de cacao
  • Splash of Bailey's Irish Cream
  • 2 teaspoons Callebaut milk chocolate, melted
Shake all ingredients except chocolate over ice and strain.
Drizzle in melted chocolate.

 

Hurley's Restaurant & Bar
6518 Washington Street
Yountville, CA
(707) 944.2345

Braised Beef Short Ribs

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Redd Restaurant 

Chef Eric C. Maczko
Winery Chef, Pine Ridge Winery

Prepared during a Creative Culinary Combinations Class held at the winery on Monday, January 30, 2006. The cooking seminars are $40 per person.

Braising is a great way to help chase away any lingering winter blahs. What is better than the great smell of a long, slow cooked meal - that was easy to prepare and serve? This uncomplicated technique transforms tougher cuts of meats into juicy, tender morsels with a sauce that melds the flavors of the meat and vegetables intricately.


Veramar Mulled Wine

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  • 1 bottle red wine (Veramar Rooster Red)
  • 2 cups apple cider
  • 1/2-cup sugar
  • 4 sticks cinnamon
  • 5 whole cloves
  • 1 orange
     

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