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Duck a l’Orange


Readers know I’m a huge fan of duck and I’m so fortunate that it is both readily available and incredibly affordable here in Belgium.We actually don’t eat it all that often but when we do, it is always a huge hit. And once again, that was the case with my take on the ultimate duck recipe–duck a l’orange—which I adapted from  Bon Appetite .

Despite its fancy reputation, duck a l’orange is incredibly easy to make. The orang sauce can be made ahead of time then reheated before adding in the butter, orange zest and orange slices. And depending upon your preference, searing your duck breasts can be done in a matter of minutes. Just be sure to use a heavy skillet- I like to use my trust cast iron one– and start with a cold pan. This way you’ll get both a better sear and more delicious pan drippings.

For an extra special treat serve alongside duck fat roasted potatoes. After all, half of the reason for eating duck in my house is to make these potatoes with the drippings.


1/4 cup sugar

2 tablespoons water

2 tablespoons Sherry wine vinegar

1 1/2 cups fresh orange juice

2 tablespoons minced shallots

2 tablespoon Grand Marnier, or other orange flavored liqueur

4 large oranges

2 1-pound boneless, skin on duck breast halves,

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

1/4 cup  unsalted butter

2 tablespoons grated orange peel


  • Stir sugar and water in heavy medium saucepan over medium heat until sugar dissolves.
  • Increase heat and boil until the syrup turns deep amber, occasionally swirling the pan,for about 8 minutes.
  • Remove the pan from the heat and mix in the vinegar (mixture will bubble vigorously).
  • Add the orange juice and shallots; boil until reduced to 1/2 cup, stirring occasionally, 15 minutes.
  • Add in the orange liqueur and return the syrup to a boil. Remove from the heat and set aside.
  • Using a paring knife, cut off peel and white pith from the oranges.
  • Working over bowl, cut between membranes to release segments. Set aside.
  • With a small knife, score the duck skin (do not pierce meat) in a crosshatch pattern. Sprinkle duck with the salt, pepper and garlic powder.
  • Place the duck, skin side down in a cold heavy skillet. Turn the temperature to medium low and render the fat, cooking the duck until the skin is brown and crisp, about 12-15 minutes.
  • Turn the duck and continue to cook until the meat is to your desired liking, about 10 minutes longer for medium-rare.
  • Transfer the duck to a cutting board and allow to stand for ten minutes before slicing. Save the rendered duck fat for another use.
  • Meanwhile, return the sauce to a simmer.
  • Add the butter and 1 tablespoon of the grated orange peel, whisking just until the butter melts.
  • Drain the reserved orange segments and stir them into the sauce.
  • Arrange the sliced duck breast on a patter and spoon the orange slices and sauce over the top. Serve immediately.

Serves 4



Spicy Orange & Ginger Chicken


This easy and spicy chicken recipe from Food 52 is the perfect weeknight dinner for those nights when you are craving an Asian inspired dish. Because the chicken needs to marinate for one hour it falls outside of the parameters for my Fast Friday meals but it is fast just the same. If I know I’m going to be pressed for time I mix up the marinade in the morning then toss the chicken into it the minute I walk in the door in the evening. By the time I’m ready to start cooking the chicken is ready for the wok.

The original recipe uses boneless skinless chicken breasts but I am partial to boneless chicken thighs. I think the meat is more flavorful and juicier as well. If you like your food spicy as I do, add in a bit more of the fiery sriracha sauce. Serve the chicken over your favorite grain–I prefer brown rice– and dinner is ready. Enjoy!


1 1/4 cups orange juice 

1/4 cup low-sodium soy sauce

tablespoons grated fresh ginger

tablespoons minced fresh garlic

tablespoons olive oil, divided

tablespoons sriracha

1 1/2 tablespoons rice vinegar

teaspoons light brown sugar

teaspoons orange zest

1/4 teaspoon ground white pepper

1 1/4pounds boneless, skinless chicken, cut into bite sized pieces

tablespoon cornstarch

Brown rice for serving

1/4 cup sliced green onions

  • In small bowl, whisk together orange juice, soy sauce, ginger, garlic, 1 tablespoon oil, sriracha, vinegar, brown sugar, orange zest, and pepper.
  • Place chicken in a large ziploc bag; pour 1/3 cup marinade over chicken. Seal bag and marinate in refrigerator 1 hour.
  • Remove chicken from marinade; discard marinade.
  • Heat a large wok over high heat. Add the remaining oil.
  • Working in 2 batches, add chicken and cook each batch 5 to 6 minutes or until chicken is golden brown and has lost its pink color throughout, stirring frequently. Remove chicken from pan.
  • Reduce heat to medium-high; add remaining marinade to the wok and heat to boiling.
  • In small bowl, whisk together cornstarch and 1 tablespoon water; whisk the cornstarch mixture into the marinade, and boil 1 minute.
  • Return the chicken to the wok; cook 1 minute or until heated through.
  • Serve over rice sprinkled with green onions.

Serves 4


Crepe Suzettes



With their tangy orange appeal, crepe Suzettes are a classic. And while they may seem to be intimidating to make, they reality is that they are quite simple. As I’ve discussed before, making the actual crepes takes some practice but once you have perfected your technique, the options as to how you dress these paper thin pancakes are unlimited. And crepe Suzettes are one of my favorites.


For the crepes:

1 cup cold water

1 cup milk

4 Tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and cooled

4 eggs, slightly beaten

2 cups all-purpose flour

1/4 teaspoon salt

  • Place all of the ingredients in a blender and puree for 1 minutes.  Alternatively, place all of the ingredients in a large deep bowl and use a stick blender to puree for 1 minute.
  • Cover and allow to sit for at least two hours or overnight.
  • When you are ready to cook the crepes, pre-heat a 6″ crepe pan over medium-high heat for 3-4 minutes.  When the pan is hot, lightly spray it with cooking spray.
  • Lift the pan off of the direct heat.  Using a small ladle (a gravy ladle is perfect) place a heaping spoonful of batter in the center of the pan and swirl to evenly coat the bottom of the pan.
  • Return the pan to the stove and cook for 2-3 minutes or until the edges of the crepe begin to curl and small bubbles form on the top of the crepe.
  • Lift the pan off of the heat again and give the pan a firm shake to release the crepe. If it sticks return the pan to the heat again for a few more seconds.
  • Gently flip the crepe with the shake of your wrist.  Return the pan to the heat and cook for an additional 1-2 minutes.
  • Turn the pan upside down over a plate to remove the crepe and repeat the process until all of the batter has been used.

Yields 25-30 6 inch crepes (you will have plenty left over)

For the orange sauce:

Juice from 4 oranges


Finely grated zest from 1 orange


1 small lemon, juice an finely grated zest


1 tablespoons sugar


3 tablespoons Grand Marnier liqueur


4 tablespoons unsalted butter


Extra Grand Marnier, for flaming (optional)

  • Stirring occasionally, combine the orange and lemon juices, the zests and the sugar in a small saucepan set over medium high heat.
  • Once the mixture is hot but not simmering, stir in the Grand Marnier and butter and mix until melted and combined.
  • Move the sauce to a wide, shallow bowl. (A pasta plate works well for this).
  • Working with one crepe at a time, dip the crepe into the sauce, coating it on all sides.
  • Allow the excess liquid to drip back into the bowl before moving the crepe to a plate and folding in half then half again.  Move the folded crepe to a platter.
  • Repeat the process with the remaining crepes.
  • If you want to flame your crepes, heat a small amount of Grand Marnier in a metal ladle. When the alcohol is hot light it with a match and pour the flame over the top of the platter of crepes.
  • Serve immediately, topped with additional sauce if desired.

Serves 8

Cranberry Orange Quick Bread


Quick breads make for the perfect breakfast or snack and if you love cranberries and have cranberry orange relish leftover from Thursday’s big feast, this bread is the perfect way to use it up. The bread literally comes together in minutes, giving a whole new meaning to the term “quick”. And thanks to the cranberries and double dose of orange, the results are tangy and moist. My favorite way to eat the bread is warm with a pat of butter melted on top. Pair it with a nice cup of tea and you’ll be ready to power ahead into the holidays.


2 cups flour
3/4 cup sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/3 cup orange juice
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and cooled
1 egg, well beaten
1 1/2 cups cranberry orange relish

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Lightly coat a 9 x 5 loaf pan with non-stick cooking spray and set aside.
  • Mix together flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and baking soda in a medium mixing bowl.
  • Stir in orange juice, butter and egg, mixing well until blended.
  • Stir in the cranberry relish.
  • Pour into the prepared loaf pan. Bake for 55 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  • Cool on a rack for 15 minutes before removing from pan and cooling completely.

Yields: 16 slices


Vietnamese Beef w/ Black Pepper & Citrus

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It is Fast Friday again and time for another fast and fabulous dinner suggestion. If you are anything like me, by the time Friday rolls around the last thing you want to do to cook a big meal yet we all still have to eat.  The dishes featured in this series aren’t necessarily fancy but they bring together simple ingredients most people already have in their pantries or have easy access to and allow you to put a real meal on the table in between 30 and 45 minutes.  Enjoy and if you have your own fast recipes you want to share, please send them my way and I will in turn share them with all of my readers.

Like so many of the best recipes, this one has been adapted from its original form.  Originally published in Fine Cooking magazine, it was adapted by the Noble Pig food blog and the I made my own alternations to make it my own.  I like to think this recipe, like others before it, just keeps getting better with age.  And even if I must say so myself, this recipe is good.  As is the case with my favorite recipes, this one cooks up quickly.  Because it cooks fast and you don’t want to overcook the meat, make sure you have all of the ingredients prepped before you begin cooking.  I served this over jasmine rice which I started cooking before I began prepping the other ingredients.  The result?  A perfectly timed meal that goes from panty to table in less than 30 minutes.


2 tablespoons low sodium soy sauce

2 tablespoons fresh lime juice

2 tablespoons fresh orange juice

1 1/2 tablespoons light brown sugar

1 tablespoon fish sauce

6 cloves garlic, minced

1″ piece fresh ginger, finely grated

3 tablespoons peanut oil, divided

Salt & freshly ground black pepper

1 1/2 pounds rib eye steak, cut into 3/4 inch pieces

3 tablespoons chopped, salted peanuts

2 scallions, finely sliced

  • In a small bowl, combine the soy sauce, lime juice, orange juice, sugar, and fish sauce, stirring until the sugar dissolves.  Set aside.
  • In another small bowl, stir together the garlic, ginger, 1 1/2 teaspoons of the oil and 1 1/2 teaspoons of the black pepper.  Set aside.
  • Generously season the beef with salt and pepper.
  • In a 12 inch skillet, heat 1 1/2 teaspoons of the oil until it shimmers.  Swirl it to coat the pan then add half of the beef in a single layer.
  • Cook the beef, without stirring, until well browned, 1 to 2 minutes.  Using tongs, turn the pieces over and brown on the other side.
  • Remove the cooked beef to a bowl and add 1 1/2 teaspoons of oil to the pan.  When the oil shimmers, repeat the cooking process with the remainder of the beef.
  • Put the remaining 1 1/2 tablespoons of oil in the skill and heat until shimmering hot.  Add the garlic mixture and cook stirring constantly, until fragrant, about 30 seconds.
  • Return the beef and any of the accumulated juices to the pan and stir to combine.
  • Add the soy sauce mixture and cook, stirring constantly, until the beef is coated and the sauce thickens slightly, 2 to 3 minutes.
  • Serve immediately sprinkled with the peanuts and scallions.

Serves 4

Red Wine Sangria


I drink wine year around.  As a rule I prefer red to white any day but depending on the meal a rich red or a crisp white is the perfect accompaniment to food.  During the cooler months a warm and spicy gluhwein hits the spot.  Gluhwein, or mulled wine, is a staple at Christmas markets throughout Europe and as I’ve discovered, each county–or region for that matter–puts their own twist on this winter staple.  Some may be spicier and others may be sweeter.  Regardless of the ingredients, each cup is sure to please.  However, hot wine doesn’t excite me during the summer months.  Hot weather calls for something lighter and cooler so for this wine drinker, that means sangria.  As my recent trip to Spain showed me, there are just as many varieties of sangria as there are gluhwein.  Within the greater Madrid area alone I sampled sangria that was sweet or spicy or sometimes both.  And this was just the versions made with red wine.

I’ve long had a favorite sangria recipe.  My red wine version includes oranges, lemons, and limes making for a citrus filled and refreshing drink. (Be on the lookout for my white wine version later this summer!)  This recipe calls for a single liter of red wine but the recipe can easily be doubled, tripled, or more depending upon the size of your crowd.  Any dry red wine works for this recipe.  If you like it, use it.  For larger quantities I used to use Trader Joe’s infamous “Two Buck Chuck” since it was drinkable without being too expensive.  (Save your really good wine for drinking as is).  Back in our Norfolk, Virginia days I would mix up a cooler full of sangria for our annual Belvedere block party.  As the summer wore on I’d make up the same amount to enjoy during our long lazy weekends on our boat.  Regardless of the quantity you make, the longer it sits the stronger it becomes.  You can easily dilute it by adding more juice or ice.  However you make it or where ever you drink it, it is sure to refresh.  To me, sangria is the ultimate summer drink.


1 liter dry red wine

1/4 cup (or more) white sugar, depending on taste

1/2 cup fresh orange juice

1/2 cup Triple Sec or other orange liqueur

1 orange

1 lemon

1 lime

ice cubes

  • Thoroughly scrub the rinds of the fruit to remove any waxes.  Thinly slice the fruit taking care to remove any seeds.
  • Place the fruit in a large pitcher.  Add the sugar and using a wooden spoon, muddle to combine the sugar and fruit.
  • Pour the wine, juice, and liqueur over the fruit; stir to combine.
  • Let the sangria sit in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours.
  • Before serving, add ice to the pitcher.

Serves 4


Honey Citrus Grilled Shrimp Skewers

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It is Fast Friday again and time for another fast and fabulous dinner suggestion. If you are anything like me, by the time Friday rolls around the last thing you want to do to cook a big meal yet we all still have to eat.  The dishes featured in this series aren’t necessarily fancy but they bring together simple ingredients most people already have in their pantries or have easy access to and allow you to put a real meal on the table in between 30 and 45 minutes.  Enjoy and if you have your own fast recipes you want to share, please send them my way and I will in turn share them with all of my readers.

When paired with steamed rice, these sweet and tangy shrimp skewers make a fast and healthy dinner choice.  Of course you can also serve them as appetizers or as a part of a buffet table.  However you serve them, they are sure to be a crowd pleaser and will be snapped up in no time so go ahead and double the recipe.


1 pound large raw shrimp, peeled (tails left on is optional)

1/2 cup honey

1/3 cup fresh orange juice plus zest of 1 orange

Zest and juice of 1 lime

Zest and juice of 1 lemon

1 tablespoon freshly grated ginger

4 cloves garlic, crushed and minced

1/4 teaspoon dried chili pepper flakes

Salt and pepper to taste

  • Soak 20 wooden skewers in warm water for 15 minutes.
  • While the skewers soak, combine the honey, juices, zests, ginger, garlic, and pepper flakes in a small bowl.  Whisk well and season with salt and pepper.
  • Drain the skewers and place 3 or 4 shrimp onto each stick.
  • Place the shrimp skewers in a single layer a shallow rimmed dish and pour the marinade over the top of them to cover.  Allow them to sit for 5 minutes.
  • Lightly coat a gas grill with cooking spray  or oil and pre-heat to medium-high.
  • Remove the skewers from the marinade and place on the grill over direct heat.
  • Grill for 4 to 5 minutes until cooked through, carefully turning the skewers and brushing with more of the marinade.
  • When the shrimp are done, turn off the grill and give them a final brushing of glaze.

Serves:  4 as an entrée or 10-12 as an appetizer


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