Monday, March 19, 2012

Use your Grill Like a Condiment - it Adds Layers and Layers of Flavor!

This is a post I did for Char-Broil that first appeared here November 16, 2011.

For me the best tasting things have layers and layers of flavors and I am not talking about a muddled jumble of tastes I am talking about clean and distinct flavors. One way to add one more layer of flavor is with your grill. Yes thats right your grill. Who can deny that unique smokiness adds an element that cant be beat.

Faced with some big fat duck breasts and my need for flavor I instantly knew the grill was going enhance my final dish. Once the fat from these breasts hits the grill and that smoky sizzle starts to happen you are already on the flavor train.

Nicely seared duck breasts then get roasted until they reach an internal temp of 120 degrees F allowed to rest then they are chopped up, fat and all and placed into a terrine to simmer in a water bath for another 45 minutes.
After their little cooking water bath they are allowed to cool then I added a bit of gelatine and they are cooled over night, when they are done they look like this.

At this point you can use the duck terrine as an appetizer.

Or you can make larger portions and serve it as a salad or a first course. Whats my point here? My point is the next time you want to add a little more flavor with out adding more seasonings think of your grill, you have a huge and distinct flavor profile waiting to grace your dishes - even dishes that dont seem like BBQ, not one little bit.

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Product Review: A while back I received a faucet

How many are you are familiar with the online shop(s) on Wayfair? Well if you are not then you need to be. They have everything and a little bit more.

Back around December or so I picked out a Moen Faucet from their huge selection. I chose this faucet because it fit in my price range and it was big enough and small enough for my New York City kitchen.

I have been waiting to review it till I had a chance to really use it and I can tell you now, I have had that chance. I love this faucet.

It has a retractable hose, nozzle, sprayer and that feature alone was and is the major selling point. I used to have an antique and tall arching faucet so that I could fill large pots, well with the retractable nozzle I can fill up buckets on the floor if I need to! Don't hesitate to check out the site, Wayfair has a lot to offer.
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