Monday, January 31, 2011

A Cozy Winter Meal

Welcome back 

Dear Readers,

Dear Friends.

It was a cold wintry afternoon,

and we were 

tired and hungry.

And I knew precisely 

what my friends 

and I needed.

Perhaps you can guess?

Yes, that's right.

A warm 

nurturing meal. 


I grabbed my baking pan

and turned the oven to 350 degrees. 

Into the pan went a few duck legs, that I drizzled 

with olive oil and aceto moscato. 

I sprinkled them with 

sea salt and pepper. 

Threw in

 a halved head of garlic,

a couple star anise,

cinnamon sticks,

and a generous handful of prunes. 

I covered the baking dish

and into the oven this went 

for 1 1/2 hours. 

The house began to smell wonderful

and when the time came,

I uncovered the dish,

and added a couple quartered Bosc Pears. 

Back into a 400 degree oven this went, 

uncovered for another 20 - 30 minutes. 

Could this have been any easier,

or more delicious?

Served on a 

bed of couscous with a

2008 Arterberry Maresh Pinot Noir, Maresh Vineyard

Wine Advocate - Even better is the 2008 Pinot Noir Maresh Vineyard, sourced from 40-year-old vines. Dense ruby red in color, it offers up a sensual perfume suggesting that much more is to come. Asian spices, incense, rose petal, black cherry, and black raspberry aromas lead to a loaded, focused, and impeccably balanced, seamless Pinot...

my friends and I 
warmed to a stunning glow and couldn't have been happier.


  1. sigh of envy from across the ocean...yes, because right now it's 9pm here and i'm about to have some very simple soup with cheese...
    and i can smell this delicious duck from here !
    Bon appétit dear David ! :-)

  2. And Lala Dear, how I wish that you were here to have enjoyed this! That said, I bet your soup and cheese etc.. were delicious! Thanks for stopping by.



  3. I'm pretty good at imagining scents. This one is heaven.

  4. Hi Tess,

    It did smell wonderful. I wonder if it would've been even better if I'd toasted the spices first. Heavenly it was though & you're an Angel. Thanks for stopping by.



  5. As you'll only find at GAT, The incomparable David at work. Mmmnn...

  6. Hey Don!

    So glad you could drop by. Wish you were here to share this wonderful meal with etc... Perhaps some other time.