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I had the very rare good fortune to attend a Parsi feast, when a co-worker invited me to the Navjote Mubarak (have I got that right? of her two children. The ceremony itself was fascinating, as was the opportunity to learn about Zoroastrianism.

But, oh the food! Rivers, oceans of exotic, delicious fabulous food. (And very large ponds of Johnny Walker Black!) I eagerly await anything you can share about your culinary traditition. That was one heck of a party!

Margaret McArthur

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Percy, very happy to see you blogging! Folks, those of you who don't frequent the dinner and breakfast threads have to look through some of their pages to see Percy's amazing creations.

For what it's worth, I'd like to see some Parsi food and a breakfast blowout. As for the rest, I trust you to post things that are fascinating and beautiful.

Michael aka "Pan"

 

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I have been looking forward to this! Go Percyn!

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* Lunch at an Amish restaurant

* Visit to an Amish farm

* Tour of Philadelphia's Reading Terminal Market

* Philly Cheesesteak Kings

* Breakfast Bonanza

* Special "Parsi dishes" like Dhansak or Sali Gosht or Machi (Fish) nu Sauce

* Typical Indian dishes like Tandoori or Goan Curry Rice

* Other food topics of your choice (please specify)

Oooooh! Love the Pennsylvania Dutch Country, and their food! Love Indian food! Always up for seeing the innards of any major food market. Always up for learning more about the cuisine of a culture I'm not yet familiar with (although I had at least heard of Zoroastrianism before). Heck, all the above choices sound lovely.

And also--love that cute little kitty! (The photo of your deck where she's serenely enthroned in its exact center just cracks me up--so typically cat-like.)

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Pan, ....shh....you are raising the bar too high  :hmmm:  :sad:

Don't sell yourself short. I wouldn't have written what I did if I wasn't sure you merited my confidence. But if it makes you feel better, even if your photos in this blog suck, I'll still like it. :laugh:

Michael aka "Pan"

 

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I am so jealous; your wine cooler is gorgeous - who makes it? When we move, this will definitely go on my list.

My vote is for Parsi, Amish and, oh I don't care - they all sound great! We live near the Amish community in S MD and I frequent the Amish market all summer. It'll be interesting to see what they do with the produce.

Burgundy makes you think silly things, Bordeaux makes you talk about them, and Champagne makes you do them ---

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Great to see you blogging, your photos are always hunger inducing.

My votes go for parsi food (please include whatever info and/or links you feel cofortable with that go into the culture, please, please please), and Amish lunch and anything else you would care to regale us with.

Oh, and Peanut looks much more manageable than my 27 lb master of the house - he even bosses the dogs around!

Barbara Laidlaw aka "Jake"

Good friends help you move, real friends help you move bodies.

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Judging from previous blogs, I guess I am supposed to add the obligatory pictures of kitchen, etc, so here goes...

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Your cabinets are the ones we had in our big remodeled kitchen in Delaware, or at least they look just like them (except some of ours had the glass fronts)! Are they QuakerMaid?

Love your deck, of course, and your Man's Room and wine cooler, too... All of it looks beautiful.

I lived in Media for three years and.....

Speaking of Media, Percy and/or Kathy, is the Towne House restaurant still in Media? It was owned by a relative of my father's years ago. I have no idea if it is still in the family or even still there.

Life is short; eat the cheese course first.

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I have been shopping at Wegmans for the past 6-7 years or so, ever since they opened their store in Princeton, NJ, where we used to live.

While I still visit the farmers market almost every weekend when it is open, I find that Wegmans has a good variety of high quality products.

I appologize in advance for the quality of these pics, as I was not aware of Wegman's policy on taking pictures in the store and did not want to be banned from the store :biggrin:

Towards the right is the bakery with brick oven, center is a sushi bar and on the far left is hot food that their chef's prepare everyday.

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Clearer view of the brick oven

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Got a little Caramel apple cider frappe freeze as a late afternoon pick-me-up

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A variety of mushrooms, which you may see appear in the blog, but unfortunately, they were out of truffles, which I was planning to use in dinner today....oh well, change the menu on the fly..

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This is only a very small sampling of their cheese and caviar selection. I remember being at a fromagerie in Paris last year and recognized many of the cheese selections from Wegmans :laugh:

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A decent size International section

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And my favorite...the little D'Artagnan section, which is where the ingredients for tonights dinner came from

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Some fresh baked bagels which you will see me consume

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Great meat and fish selection

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Including these bad boys, which were larger than a baby's arm

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Also bought some Parisian bread and truffle cheese

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OK, should be set for a few days....now on to the cooking...

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Percy, I am so glad you're doing this. And it reinforces that which I already knew - you're a true and passionately dedicated foodie (as well as a gracious and charming dining companion) and a very interesting person.

Blog on, my friend. This is going to be fascinating...

Love the kitty! :wub:

Katie M. Loeb
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Author: Shake, Stir, Pour:Fresh Homegrown Cocktails

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On to making dinner.

The menu tonight features duck 2 ways - Foie Gras with fig reduction and Duck breast salad. (I was going to make it Duck 3 ways by adding a duck leg confit served on lentils, but got all ducked out :hmmm: ).

Get knives ready (my current favorite is the Japanese Kershaw Shun 8" Chef knife on the top. The bottom one is a Wusthof Trident 8" Chef's knife)

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Score the Foie Gras

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Sear in hot copper frying pan (see the smoke?)

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Remove foie, sear fresh figs (purchased at farmers market over the weekend), deglace with ice wine

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Toast a slice of the Parisian bread, top with some spring greens or firsee, foie and fleur de sel

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Drizzle with some of the melted foie and fig reduction and serve with ice wine

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Look who came running for some foie

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For the main course...a nice healthy (err...yeah... :wacko::rolleyes: ) salad

Score the duck breast and sear

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Chop up some fennel (I know it sounds crazy, but I warned you about my weird tastes)

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Finish the duck breast and fennel in a 350F oven

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Make a vinaigrette with the rendered duck fat and some truffle oil

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Let the duck breast rest and slice

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Dress lettuce, top with duck breast and serve

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Optionally serve with diced raw fennel and crouton made by toasting a slice of bread and dipping it in the rendered foie fat

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You see what I mean by "ducked out"? I was too full and tired to roast the duck leg confit...perhaps one day this week.

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I am so jealous; your wine cooler is gorgeous - who makes it?  When we move, this will definitely go on my list.

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Thanks, I bought it over the Internet from some company in Canada a few years ago. Works great and is cheaper than the $5000 ones in Wine catalogs.

I still have a few cases of wine stored in my basement. Most of the other loose bottles are in here or in a smaller cooler in the kitchen. I am thinking about buying a second one or a larger one as this is full, despite my best attempts to keep it empty :biggrin:

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Your cabinets are the ones we had in our big remodeled kitchen in Delaware, or at least they look just like them (except some of ours had the glass fronts)!  Are they QuakerMaid?

Love your deck, of course, and your Man's Room and wine cooler, too...  All of it looks beautiful.

Thanks Susan :wub:

I have no idea who the cabinets maker is. Unfortunately, I bought this house when it was 1 yr old, otherwise I would have worked with the architect and builder to put in a lot more features, especially a gas stove. Since everything is less than 5 yrs old, I would feel guilty were I to rip everything out and replace it (though I have done that on a few items).

Speaking of Media, Percy and/or Kathy, is the Towne House restaurant still in Media? It was owned by a relative of my father's years ago. I have no idea if it is still in the family or even still there.

I am not familiar with that restaurant or to be honest that area in general. However, I found this via a google search. http://www.townehouse.com/

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You see what I mean by "ducked out"? I was too full and tired to roast the duck leg confit...perhaps one day this week.

My goodness! I'm tired just thinking about that post. Bravo!

What wine did you serve with that meal, Percyn?

Thanks Chris.

I served a 2000 Siegerrebe Beerenauslese (German Icewine style) with the foie. I was about to open a Pinot Noir for the duck salad, but decided against it...saving it for tomorrow...

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You see what I mean by "ducked out"? I was too full and tired to roast the duck leg confit...perhaps one day this week.

My goodness! I'm tired just thinking about that post. Bravo!

What wine did you serve with that meal, Percyn?

Thanks Chris.

I served a 2000 Siegerrebe Beerenauslese (German Icewine style) with the foie. I was about to open a Pinot Noir for the duck salad, but decided against it...saving it for tomorrow...

Icewine, Eiswein - however you spell it - YUM!!!! :biggrin: Gorgeous duck, Percy. Can't wait to see what tomorrow holds!

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There's the duck, where's  the eggs?  :biggrin:  Looks spectacular.

Patience my friend :biggrin:

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BTW, for those watching the season premier of "The Amazing Race" on CBS, the episode was shot in my back yard, so to speak....what timing, to correspond with the premier of the blog :laugh:

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