Wednesday, November 2, 2011


If you are a Costco member, they sell pre-cooked duck legs that are delicious. I brown them until crispy outside and warm inside. Add some cheesy polenta and sautéed vegetables (carrots, celery and parsnip)! 

They come with a sweet sauce that I rarely use but did this time and, BTW, the ducks come from near my parents in northern Indiana.

Polenta is easy if you stay in the kitchen and "work" it:

4 C of water (chicken stock makes it richer)
1 t salt
1 C of yellow corn meal (I tried the stone ground, more expensive, kind once but found it too coarse)
2 T butter

Boil the water and salt, then slowly whisk in the corn meal. When the corn meal has been absorbed, switch to a big spoon and cook until it pulls away from the pan and doesn't stick. Then add butter, pepper and grate some romano cheese. The recipe calls for 1/4C of parmesan and 1/4C romano. I just use romano and more of it until it tastes nice and cheesy. Oh, and add some coarsely ground pepper at the end too.

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