Recipe: Twice-Cooked Duck with Pea Shoots
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Twice-Cooked Duck with Pea Shoots

Serves 4-6

4 Muscovy duck legs, about 1 pound each


1 teaspoon Chinese 5-spice powder

4 thick slices ginger

1 large onion, halved

4 tablespoons rice wine

11/2 tablespoons soy sauce

4 tablespoons brown sugar

1 teaspoon grated orange zest

1 teaspoon spicy black bean paste

1 teaspoon sesame oil

2-inch chunk ginger, peeled and julienned

6 garlic cloves, roughly chopped

8 to 10 small dried red chile peppers

1 teaspoon cumin seed

2 teaspoons cornstarch dissolved in 1 tablespoon cold water

2 tablespoons vegetable oil

6 ounces pea shoots or baby spinach

3 tablespoons slivered scallions

1. With a sharp knife, trim any excess fat from duck legs, leaving skin intact. Season generously with salt, then sprinkle with 5-spice, rubbing the seasoning into the meat. Place the duck legs in a heavy-bottomed pan with the ginger slices and onion. Add 4 cups water; bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer gently, covered, until meat is fairly tender when probed with a knife, about 45 minutes. Remove duck and let cool. Remove meat from bones and chop into rough half-inch pieces. Strain and cool broth; skim any fat. (May be done up to 2…………… continues on San Jose Mercury News

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U.S. Senator Jack Reed wants Rhode Island kids to show off their culinary skills and win a trip to the first-ever kids’ “State Dinner” at the White House.

First Lady Michelle Obama, in conjunction with the U.S. Departments of Education and Agriculture and, are launching a nationwide recipe challenge to promote healthy lunches, and the winner from each state will be invited to a White House Kids State Dinner this summer.

The Healthy Lunchtime Challenge & Kids’ “State Dinner” invites kids between the ages of 8 and 12 to work with their parents or legal guardian to create an original, nutritious lunchtime recipe that is “healthy, affordable, and tasty.” 

Entries should represent each of the food groups, either in one dish or as parts of a lunch meal, including fruit, vegetables, whole grains, and protein and low-fat dairy foods. Entrants are encouraged to reference the nutritional guidelines of the USDA’s site,, to ensure recipes meet the primary criterion of being healthier. 

“This is a great opportunity for kids and their parents to have fun and promote healthy eating.  Plus, everyone knows Rhode Island has the best food in the country.  The real challenge will be for the White House to select just one winner from our state,” s…………… continues on

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