Don Bocarte Anchovies

26879393734_8924c317ea_cI cook a lot because I love it. A lot of that pleasure comes from great ingredients. Beautiful duck breasts, the sweetest salmon and arctic char. A tray of uni. Good olive oil. Even better wine. Boquerones. Anchovies.

For today, Don Bocarte! Thanks to Jee and Fred for the lead on these meaty and clean anchovies. They are the best I’ve had in the US. The best best still goes to Txomin Etxaniz in Getaria. Pressed garlic makes it all wild…

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Moroccan Mint Tea

1 - Moroccan Mint TeaI start and end the day with tea (been all white teas from Darjeeling this week), straight and pure. But in the afternoon and especially when friends visit, it’s fun serving tea-based beverages. Something different.

2 - Moroccan Mint TeaA big part of my job is identifying global trends and integrating them into the US market. I’m often recipe testing and searching for tea beverages when traveling. When I find something extra special, I adapt it for home use. This is a take on Moroccan Mint Tea (wish I was back here for a day), inspired by Mourad in San Francisco…

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Magret de Canard

24422317280_6f30c5799f_bDrinking tea makes me hungry. And because I drink/taste throughout the day for work, I end up snacking a lot. Often cakes and sweets…and duck! I keep duck breasts in the fridge, ready to be cooked in a few minutes. I serve bigger duck breasts for lunch and dinner (and sometimes do a lapsang souchong-crusted version) but these tiny ones (about 1/3 pound) are perfect for snack.

24691578136_cfbd0da880_bIf you’re in NYC, there are three good places to get magret de canard:

  • Dickson’s Farmstand Meats ($12.95/pound)- this is where I get the tiny duck breasts that are 1/3-1/2 pound
  • Eataly ($19.95/pound) – bigger duck breasts, about 3/4-1 pound each
  • Ottomanelli & Sons ($19.95/pound), Bleecker Street location – same size as Eataly
  • D’artagnan ($14.99/pound) – online shop and amazing resource. I’ve spent hours on this website for fun. If they had a store, I’d visit every day. They also have a ton of other duck products. You can get moulard (which is the one you want for this dish) muscovy, peking, and rohan ducks! Heaven.

Here’s how to do it…

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The Morning Detox Tea | Into The Gloss

Happy Tuesday.

Head over to Into The Gloss for a Morning Detox brew. Ginger, turmeric, cayenne, cinnamon, honey, and lemon make for a spicy concoction that I like to keep brewing all day. It’s a forgiving recipe, and more of a guideline. Like ginger? Add more. Don’t want honey? Skip it.

P.S. When making a late night brew, I add chamomile and leave out the turmeric and cayenne. It makes for a super soothing pre-sleep concoction ^-^