Post-Bar Exam Celebration – Brooklyn Girl Eatery

After three months studying for the bar exam, and existing primarily on coffee shop sandwiches, I am back…Kathleen and I have several posts to share with you. Enjoy!

The evening after the bar exam, Kathleen took me to the new Brooklyn Girl Eatery in Mission Hills. Brooklyn Girl has only been open a couple of months, but is already doing a booming business. There are several communal eating tables for which you do not need reservations, plus a bar area, and a dining room.

Our first court was clams casino. The clams were prepared wonderfully, and the broth was delicious. We did however get a small  amount of grit.

For our main course we shared the Roasted Duck for Two in a Ginger and Honey glaze. Even with a roasted preparation the fat was rendered pretty nicely. The glaze was delicious.

Perhaps the most successful dish (and I never say this) was dessert. Kathleen had the Key Lime Pie in a Jar, and I had the Brooklyn Bomb Shell Brownie with Salted Caramel and Creme.

All in all a very tasty first meal back from the bar.

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Muscovy Duck Breast in Raspberry Sauce with Saffron-Truffle Risotto

Tonight I made a cinnamon and sea salt dusted Muscovy duck breast in a raspberry reduction. I also made a saffron and truffle risotto and roasted asparagus. It was not the simplest meal I have ever made, but it paid off in the end.

I pan roasted the duck in its own fat then dusted it with a cinnamon sea salt mixture. I reduced some burgundy with raspberry preserves in the duck pan, then finished the duck in the oven after topping it with the raspberry sauce. The risotto came out terrific as well, and it only took about an hour…I finished it with some fresh grated Parmesan.

Kathleen thought it was one of the better dishes I have cooked in a while, so it may be added to the rotation.

We also had an incredible wine tonight…a 2005 Les Croix Noires from Domaine de Courcel. Soft a nd decilicious.

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