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Stuck-Up Duck

In Food, Recipes on December 6, 2012 at 10:10 am


Last night my sister came over to help trim the tree. She brought the eggnog; I roasted a duck. I wanted to try using our cousin Klee’s Stuck-Up Rhubarb Bing Cherry Jam as a glaze. Let me stop here. I know he’s my cousin, but even if we weren’t blood related, I would still tell you that his jams are INCREDIBLE. There are just a few jars left of this current batch on Etsy, so I apologize if by the time you read this it’s all sold out.

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I have a feeling Stuck-Up Duck is going to become an instant family tradition—it smells heavenly while roasting and is the perfect festive sustenance for trimming the tree. Here’s the recipe. It’s very simple. If you wanted to get fancy, you could heat the preserves in a small saucepan with a tablespoon of Grand Marnier and stir until smooth, but I just spread the preserves directly on the bird in the interest of time.


5 pound roasting duck

1 small onion, peeled and quartered

1-2 sprigs fresh rosemary

Salt + pepper, to taste

1/4 cup Stuck-Up Rhubarb Bing Cherry Preserves

Preheat oven to 450F degrees. Remove giblets and neck from inside the duck and discard (or give to your little sister, Claire, who likes to fry up giblets in butter and enjoy with a glass of Pinot Noir). Pat dry inside and outside of bird. Place in roasting pan and stuff with fresh rosemary and onion. Tress legs with kitchen string. Liberally salt and pepper outside of duck, and roast in oven for 25 minutes. Remove from oven, and pierce skin with a fork all over. Lower heat to 350. Spread preserves over duck. Return to oven and continue to roast another 1 1/2 to 2 hours until crisp and brown (a total roasting time of about 2 1/4 hours).

Happy trimming!

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All I Want for Christmas: Wreath Edition

In Design, On Location: Out and About in L.A. on December 6, 2012 at 9:40 am


This is the wreath I *really* want for Christmas, and like all good things this one comes to those who wait. Moon Canyon Design‘s gorgeous designs, like the wreath above, will be on sale at the Echo Park Craft Fair on December 15 & 16. Maybe I’ll get this one below for my friend Lizzie as a special thank you for introducing me to Moon Canyon Design in the first place. Plus, I have it on good authority that Lizzie has been extra nice this year. (Which is probably how Santa Claus arranged for her to be featured in the September issue of VOGUE.)



In the meantime, both Lizzie and I will have to settle for the lovely boxwood wreaths we scored yesterday morning downtown at the L.A. Flower Mart. I love Lizzie’s repurposed coal bag from San Fernando Valley Mercantile Co.—perfect for toting wreaths or beer.



Here’s mine hanging in all its understated glory. Let’s not break it just yet that a replacement might be on its way…