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Baked Sesame Chicken (grain free)

I have been craving deep-fried, Chinese take out for several days, so I made this baked version of Sesame Chicken to kill the craving–it worked.  While I love my popular recipe for Sesame Eggplant, I wanted something that didn’t require standing over a splattering skillet to pan fry, so I came up with this easy, […]

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Easy Duck Carnitas Recipe with Quick Pickled Onions

Easy Duck Carnitas, Plus a Giveaway

If you crave the meltingly-tender meat with crispy edges that you get with classic pork carnitas, you are going to love this easy recipe for duck carnitas.  This is my one-pot method that braises the meat until it is falling apart and then crisps up the skin and edges to give you some crunchy texture.  […]

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Stuffed Mushrooms with Duck and Fresh Cherries

You may have noticed that I love to stuff things into mushrooms, and my rationale for this is simple.  One, I love mushrooms.  Two, mushrooms provide an easy base for grain-free, gluten-free, and lower-carb ways to have a handy little appetizer.  Finally, appetizers are the new main dish, at least in my world.  For this […]

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Duck, Demystified

A couple of weeks ago I boarded an insanely early flight and headed to Indiana for a few days, courtesy of Maple Leaf Farms.  Many of you know that I was born and raised in Indiana and I still have a lot of family in the area, so while Maple Leaf Farms is really a […]

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Tandoori-spiced Oven Fried Chicken (grain free)

It’s that time of year when you have to start asking yourself: am I pro or anti picnic?  While I am sympathetic to some of the compelling anti-picnic arguments (in particular, ants…), Colorado is one of the best places in the country for picnics, placing me solidly in the pro-picnic camp.  In a typical summer […]

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Early Season Barbecue

We have been talking about breaking in the new grill for weeks now, but the weather and/or our schedules have not been cooperative.  Over the weekend that finally changed and so grilling season has officially started here at the Bucarpenter household.  I had a couple of fully-cooked half ducks from Maple Leaf Farms and I […]

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