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March 8th, 2010

Duck a l'Orange, and the Oscars [Mar. 8th, 2010|09:36 am]
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I don't blog about food often, but this weekend's cooking bears mentioning. Back when I was a kid, I had a friend named Andy who described fancy, expensive restaurants as "duck a l'orange" restaurants. It was always funny, even though I had never had duck a l'orange and could only piece together what it actually was from the name and my working knowledge of sixth grade French. As the years progressed, I still rarely if ever ate duck a l'orange--circumstances put me more in line with Peking duck, which I love. But still, duck a l'orange remained fetishized in my mind as a dish for the upper crust of society, the blue bloods and aristocrats and those poofy-haired old ladies who live on Madison Avenue with their toy dogs.

Saturday night, my girlfriend and I made duck a l'orange. You can imagine what an experience this was for me as someone who thought duck a l'orange was the lambada of foods--the forbidden dance of poultry. We got a duckling from a local butcher, and it took nearly four hours in the oven total to get it nice and crispy. We made the orange sauce from marmalade, rum (because I didn't have orange liqueur, and rum is one of the few liquors the gf can drink) and apple cider vinegar (because we couldn't find any good white wine vinegar), and then boiled it down to a light syrup. Even with the substitutions, it came out awesome.

Oh, and we roasted potatoes in the duck fat. Then used more duck fat and the leftovers the next morning to make a duck hash for breakfast. Lord have mercy.

More food fun: Sunday night, for the Oscars, we decided to have Brunch-For-Dinner: blueberry gluten-free pancakes, apple and maple sausages, and Bloody Marys (with potato vodka from Poland!). Yum!

Speaking of the Oscars, after suffering through an endless interpretive dance number that "honored" all the musical score nominees, and those insufferable "testimonials" for each of the Best Actor and Actress nominees, it's become increasingly clear that the Oscars need to be produced by someone outside of Hollywood. The whole thing is already self-congratulatory, it doesn't need to be so glaringly self-indulgent too.
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Another Gabriel Hunt Review [Mar. 8th, 2010|10:12 am]
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Bill Crider, author of the Sheriff Dan Rhodes mystery series, has a lovely review of Hunt at World's End on his blog:

Reading this entry in the Gabriel Hunt series is a lot like reading an old Republic serial....The book has everything a good serial needs. Secret codes, ancient death cults, swords, bows and arrows, buried tombs, sunken tombs, mystical jewels of power, constant jeopardy, hairsbreadth escapes, betrayals, and a little romance....If you're looking for escape, this book will give it to you. Check it out.

I'm thrilled there's someone else out there who shares my love of ancient death cults. There should be one in every novel!
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Looks Like It's Review Day On My Blog [Mar. 8th, 2010|04:57 pm]
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Hot on the heels of today's nice review of Hunt at World's End, comes Nick Cato's rave review of Chasing the Dragon for the April issue of The Horror Fiction Review--but until April you can get a sneak peek on Nick's LJ:

Kaufman's (sic) short & sweet novella is chock-full of blood-splattered fun, lightning-fast action and arguably the coolest dragon I've seen in a horror story....Well worth your time.

And speaking of Chasing the Dragon, the trade paperback is finally in stock at Amazon U.S. and Amazon Canada (I'm told Amazon U.K. will have it in stock shortly). So if you've been waiting to order your copy, now's the time! The book will be showing up at other online and real-life bookstores in the coming days, too.

2010, the Year of the Tiger? Nah, let's make this the Year of the Dragon!
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