How to Render Duck Fat and Make Duck Cracklins

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“Duck fat!  Hoo ha ha!…*” *Like Shark Bait, Hoo Ha ha! from ‘Finding Nemo’. “crackLINS! crackLINS! crackLINS! crackLINS! Duck, duck, duck, duck, duck. NO GOOSE!”  went the chant from my children who  -just two hours before- were making wet gaggy noises while watching me break down a duck into breasts, leg and thigh portions and…

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Finnish Oven Pancakes (Pannukakku)

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There is a certain type of weather that requires you to fire up your oven;  To combine flour, butter, eggs, milk and various other good things and apply heat. There is something in the low temperatures or rain or snow that obliges you to create baked goods and then eat them.  Since I am a…

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Spicy Cocktail Nuts

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We have a winner!  Connie… You were picked by the random number generator. “Connie November 5, 2010 at 11:38 am I am surprised you are out of the competition. Your recipes are so delicious and extremely helpful. Hope you have a wonderful weekend.” Contact me for instructions on how to redeem your prize!  Congratulations! Aw,…

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Ham and Swiss with Caramelized Onion on Rye Pizza

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Here we are in Challenge #5 in Project Food Blog from foodbuzz.com!  Thank you all many times over for the support you’ve given me in the comments here, via email, and on the Foodie With Family Facebook fan page. (That’s an awful lot of effs.) The competition has been more fun than I ever expected…

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Chai Lattes and Hot Caramel Apple Cider

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Welcome to my third entry post for Project Food Blog on Foodbuzz.com.  The theme of the challenge for this round is “Luxury Dinner Party”. The good folks at Foodbuzz.com prompted thusly: “Celebrate! You’ve made it this far, and the next challenge is to hold a party for your friends and family (at least four guests)….

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Falafel (Savory Chickpea Fritters)

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This post is my entry for the second challenge in Project Food Blog: The interactive competitive series of culinary blogging challenges for the chance to advance and a shot at the ultimate prize: $10,000 and a special feature on Foodbuzz.com for one year.  I want to send out a big “Thank you!” to all of…

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Sweet and Spicy Chipotle Kettle Corn

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A.) It’s rainy. B.) It’s chilly. C.) My husband was on a business trip this week meaning that I parented our five boys solo. D.) My husband got in from that business trip at 1:30 a.m. this morning. E.) I’ve been canning like a maniac for weeks on end. F.) I have a hole in…

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Sweet Black Cherry Pie Filling

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I used to think I despised cherries. This was some high-heresy for a girl raised awfully close to ‘The Cherry Capital of the World’.*  Why I thought cherries were gross I can attribute to two reasons: A) I didn’t like the whole spit-the-pit thing.  I was a tidy child. B) The only way to eat…

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Garden Couscous Salad

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So.  Is the room spinning or is it just me? I keep waiting for the opportunity to arise where I can kick off my shoes, lay on my back in the sand, find Bugs Bunny as Brunhilde hidden in the clouds, swim in a clear blue lake, and turn to a cooler fully stocked with…

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