Welcome to the April 2013 Carnival of Natural Parenting: Family Recipes
This post was written for inclusion in the monthly Carnival of Natural Parenting hosted by Code Name: Mama and Hobo Mama. This month our participants are sharing their recipes, their stories, their pictures, and their memories.
Who doesn’t love a good family recipe that has been passed down from generation to generation? Not only do you get that warm fuzzy feeling when you smell the familiar scent of your grandma’s famous casserole but you also feel connected to your family line, the one that has passed down recipe after recipe, from one generation to the next.
I wouldn’t know a thing about this though. We don’t really have family recipes. While my dad does have his grandmother’s handwritten recipe notes, we really don’t have *A* recipe that has been passed down with a knowing smile and a lots of love.
I need to change that!
It is never too late to start a tradition. At least I don’t think so. Those recipes that have been handed down in your family had to start somewhere, right? So today, I am sharing the recipe that I would like to pass down to Tiny who perhaps will have children of her own to pass it along to.
This recipe is one of my favorites. It is a staple in my dinner arsenal and is always well received. It isn’t fancy. It isn’t complicated. But it is so good!
- Duck Legs (at least one per person although in our house, we gobble up about 2 each)
- Sea Salt
- Rubbed Sage
- Wash and pat the duck legs dry.
- Using a needle, marinade injection needle, or something sharp with a fine point, pierce the duck’s skin all over. You really want to focus on the areas of skin that covers all that delicious fat. DO NOT pierce the meat itself! (The reason you are pricking the skin it to help release the juices. If you don’t do this, the skin will not crisp up properly.)
- Salt the heck out of the duck legs. Seriously. Use more than you think you should.
- Let the duck legs rest at room temperature for at least 30 minutes. One hour is better. Don’t worry…they will be fine. You need to let them sweat!
- Put a thin layer of duck fat (if you have it), butter, bacon grease, or coconut oil in the bottom of a small glass baking dish or dutch oven.
- Put the duck legs in skin side up, touching each other (not overlapping) without extra room in the baking dish.
- Put the baking dish in the over then turn it on to 285 degrees F (and if your oven does not go that low, 300 degrees is fine). And yes – no preheating.
- After 90 minutes check on your duck legs. Somewhere between the 90 minute and 2 hour mark, the duck legs will be partially submerged in delicious melted fat and the skin will be in the mid-stage of crisping up. It is at this point that you want to crank up the temperature to 375 degrees.
- Check on the duck in 15 minutes. You are looking for a golden brown tone to the skin. If it is done, awesome! Take it out of the oven. If not, keep checking on it every 5 minutes. You do not want burnt duck legs.
- After you remove the duck from the oven, let it cool for 10-15 minutes. The dive in!
- The awesome thing about this recipe is that the duck meat, when cooked this way, will last up to 14 days in the fridge! Yay! You can also save the duck fat and use it for cooking or even for body lotion. Seriously. It keeps for a long time in the fridge!
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(This list will be live and updated by afternoon April 9 with all the carnival links.)
- German Red Cabbage: A Family Tradition — At Living Peacefully with Children, Mandy shares her favorite dish and a part of her family’s history.
- Rotisserie Chicken Recipes for Meal Planning — Becky at Crafty Garden Mama shares a new recipe that is in her family’s meal-planning rotation. Check out how she uses a rotisserie chicken to get through the week.
- Grandma Wicken’s Sugar Cookies — Jana Falls at Jananas talks about how special her Grandma’s sugar cookies made her feel.
- Recipe: Seed and Bean Burgers — ANonyMous at Radical Ramblings shares one of her favourite frugal recipes that is also super-healthy and totally delicious.
- Pulled Pork Sandwich — Lisa at The Squishable Baby PULLS dinner together for the kids.
- The Best Banana Muffin Recipe (Gluten Free & Vegan) — Dionna of Code Name: Mama’s adventures in gluten free baking have not been 100% successful. But today she is guest posting at Fine and Fair to share a banana muffin recipe that will knock your socks off!
- The Pierogie Mama Whips Up Strawberry Pierogies! — Bianca at The Pierogie Mama shares her family’s recipe for strawberry pierogies…a sweet, summery version of the Polish dumplings that she affectionately named her daughter after.
- Mom’s Cookbook — Tree at Mom Grooves digs into the big book her mom created for her six daughters and shares a favorite family recipe.
- Crispy Duck Confit — Jennifer at Hybrid Rasta Mama takes the liberty of starting a family recipe tradition with this super simple, totally delicious crispy duck confit.
- Stovetop BBQ Chicken — Amy at Me, Mothering, and Making it All Work shares a yummy BBQ chicken recipe that you can make on the stovetop in less than 25 minutes, fridge to table!
- Twice-Baked Sweet Potato Casserole w/Bacon — Martine at Whey Beyond the Naked Truth shares a naked food twist on an old family favorite!
- Strawberry Panna Cotta — KerryAnn at CookingTF.com shows you her favorite dessert, a quick and easy Strawberry Panna Cotta that she enjoys so much, she had it instead of a birthday cake this year.
- Special crepes for a special day — Mikko at Hobo Mama is learning to cook his grandma’s signature holiday meal alongside his dad.
- Three Favorite Family Recipes: To Eat, To Wash, To Play — Kristin at Intrepid Murmurings is back with three family favorites: gluten-free shortbread, DIY powdered laundry detergent, and something fun for the kids: homemade “Flubber”!
- Black Bean Soup Forever — Mercedes at Project Procrastinot shares a soup recipe that’s been around forever.
- Do you want to know a secret? — SRB at Little Chicken Nuggets lets go of her mac and cheese recipe, a comfort food favourite for friends and family for years.
- Creating Our Own Family Recipes — Emily at S.A.H.M. i AM shares how she’s trying to create meals that her girls will want to pass down to their own children some day.
- Vranameer Chicken: A Family Recipe — Luschka at Diary of a First Child shares a recipe that reminds her of childhood and more specifically, of her mother. It’s a South African take on sweet and sour chicken and what it lacks in healthy it makes up for in tantalising to the taste buds.
- One Recipe, Three Uses: Dishwasher Liquid Detergent, Dish Soap, and Hand Soap — If you love saving money and time, you’ll love this green recipe from Jennifer at Hybrid Rasta Mama, guest posting at Natural Parents Network.
- Our Family’s Favorite Pies — Abbie at Farmer’s Daughter shares recipes and tutorials for the quintessential American dessert.
- Deliciously Easy Crock Pot Chili — Lactating Girl shares her crock pot chili that is not only quick and easy, but awesome.
- All-Purpose Crock Pot Pork — Crunchy Con Mommy‘s simple “recipe” for cooking perfect pork in the crock pot is for whatever mood her family is in!
- Family Rules: A Recipe for Harmony — Cooped-up kids + winter weather + frazzled parents can all blend together into a recipe for disaster. Dionna at Code Name: Mama shares what brought back the peace in her house.
- Favorite Healthy Family Recipes — Deb Chitwood at Living Montessori Now shares her family’s healthy eating experiences along with links to free printable vegetarian recipes that her family has created with love.
- Grandma’s Banana Bread — Megan at The Boho Mama has early and fond memories of her grandma’s banana bread. It’s love in a loaf!
- Family Comfort Food — Jorje of Momma Jorje shares a recipe handed down that moms have made for their kids, for regular meals as well as to comfort.
*Photo credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/ipalatin/5344416610/