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Old 06-26-2011, 12:59 AM   #31
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my mom's gingerbread cookies were unsurpassed in our circle. she ended up baking them for all our friends because she didn't want to part with her secret recipe. anna's ginger thins are a close approximation to mom's ginger cookies. i still don't have a recipe for those marvelous, melt-in-your-mouth cookies, but i do know that the "secret" ingredient was duck fat. i'm not much of a baker, but it occurs to me that the duck fat might work marvels for many other cookie varieties as well. anyone out there brave enough to put it to the test?
Don't know about duck fat in cookies, but I do know that my MIL always made her pie pastry with chicken fat, I have done this as well. It makes a nice pie.
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Old 07-01-2011, 11:54 AM   #32
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my shipment of duck fat is finally here! not to beat a dead horse i hope, talking about the pairing of potatoes and duck fat but...for those of you who have a special love for potatoes like i do, this is so worth doing: toss sliced potatoes (same thickness cuts) with sea salt, coarse black pepper, fresh or dried chives and one oz. m/l of rendered duck fat. place potatoes in baking pan in a single layer. bake uncovered in 450 degree oven for about 1/2 hour. the potatoes will get really brown and crisp if you let them. i personally prefer them soft with only minimally browned edges here and there. a simple, easy potato dish that truly shines. i am giddy with delight and feeling positively rich with my new stash of 1 1/2 oz. containers of duck fat. i already have great plans for them in my head - at this rate i'll soon need to order more.....
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Old 07-01-2011, 12:34 PM   #33
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Gather large amounts of duck fat (50 gallons or so), bring to a boil (make very hot) and use it to disourage invading hordes from crossing your mote and trying to break down your door with a battering ram. This is usually done by pouring the hot oil from high above, on the castle walls, onto the invading horde.

Other than that, use it for duck comfit.

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Old 07-01-2011, 06:47 PM   #34
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You mean you don't have a box of mac'n cheese for those that don't want the entree? They have to go OUT for dinner???
Normally we just make something else for the people who don't like what's made. Chicken or some such. But the hubby can't even stand the smell of duck. He worked in a factory where his job was to slaughter and clean mass numbers of them. He said it would take hours before he could get the smell out of his nose and the smell of duck, raw, cooking, cooked, still makes him nauseous. So in this case, yeah, he can go out for dinner with mom. Kind of like I'd never have my dad over to the house if I'd made something that made the whole place smell strongly of mint. Cleaning up after someone who's gotten ill doesn't exactly enhance the dining experience.
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Old 07-01-2011, 09:30 PM   #35
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Duk Fat? Isn't he the brother of the villian Wo Fat, on Hawaii Five-0?
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Old 07-02-2011, 12:07 AM   #36
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Normally we just make something else for the people who don't like what's made. Chicken or some such. But the hubby can't even stand the smell of duck. He worked in a factory where his job was to slaughter and clean mass numbers of them. He said it would take hours before he could get the smell out of his nose and the smell of duck, raw, cooking, cooked, still makes him nauseous. So in this case, yeah, he can go out for dinner with mom. Kind of like I'd never have my dad over to the house if I'd made something that made the whole place smell strongly of mint. Cleaning up after someone who's gotten ill doesn't exactly enhance the dining experience.
I'd make sure they had enough cash for a really good dinner. I don't like those types of reactions.
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Old 07-02-2011, 01:30 AM   #37
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Gather large amounts of duck fat (50 gallons or so), bring to a boil (make very hot) and use it to disourage invading hordes from crossing your mote and trying to break down your door with a battering ram. This is usually done by pouring the hot oil from high above, on the castle walls, onto the invading horde.

Other than that, use it for duck comfit.

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how long should i cook the invaders to achieve nicely browned, medium-rare, dark meat roasts? my mother-in-law used to use boiling water as a cooking medium for preparing such uninvited scoundrels. she served them with her famous glutenous potato bread rolls, and saved her duck fat for her confit.
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"What to do with duck fat" - Sufferin' succotash! Have you tried liposuction, Daffy?
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"What to do with duck fat" - Sufferin' succotash! Have you tried liposuction, Daffy?
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Old 07-02-2011, 02:27 PM   #40
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@ Lizzy........good one.
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