All’s quite on the western front. The guests have departed, the baby and husband are sleeping, and the older boy is playing quietly by himself. The only noise is the click-clacking of my keyboard.
Duck was the meat of the day. I was the only one at the table who had ever had duck before (once, a long time ago). I cooked it per the package instructions, and it came with an orange glaze (that I had verified as gluten-free with the manufacturer). Everybody liked it, but it’s probably not something we ever need to do again. It is really a fatty meat, and doesn’t serve a lot. We had small portions (which was good for us), and even had some leftover.
Cranberry-orange relish accompanied the duck. Basically, you chop up a bag of fresh cranberries in a food processor, and add sugar to taste (I probably used about a half cup, maybe a whole cup – I was just pouring it as I needed, lol). Cut up 2 oranges and stir into the cranberries. The sugar will cause the cranberries to juice as they sit, so if you want it real juicy, then make it ahead. If not, make it right before the meal. You can add chopped walnuts, but I couldn’t find any in my freezer this morning.
The Slow-Cooked Sage Dressing was excellent, of course. We also had steamed corn, and a mixture of brown rice, steamed broccoli, and a Ragu cheese sauce. It was supposed to have been the cheddar one, but apparently we had used the last one up, so it was creamy parmesan or something like that. That part didn’t make it into the picture.
The Grand Finale was apple pie, with a streusel topping. It was so good, that when I went downstairs to get my camera (to put pictures on this post), I ended up sneaking a tiny slice. So great was our feast, that no one, not even Andy, wanted ice cream (quite a feat in and of itself).