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Four Seasons Crispy Duck

Hi Phaedrus,
I am looking for the Four Seasons Restaurant Recipe
for Crisp Farmhouse Duck with orange sauce, and 
thinly sliced crystallized orange  peels. A waiter 
once told me that the chef cooked the orange peels 
in sugar no less than three times to get the 
crystallization just  right.... 
I've never eaten more delicious duck than at The 
Four Seasons Restaurant, NYC and would love to know 
how they do it!
I've googled and googled, checked the copy cat sites, 
and the food network, gourmet etc. sites to no avail.
Can you help? 
Thanks so much! 

Hello Yasmine,

The duck recipe can be found in a cookbook called "Arthur Schwarz's New York City Food", without the orange sauce recipe, which the author says is far too time-consuming and involved for a home cook.

At the restaurant, it was prepared in a convection oven, and it takes three days to prepare.

The cookbook is available at


Prague Bakery Tea Cookies

I am looking for a tea cookie recipe.The Prague Bakery 
where I grew up in Prague Oklahoma made these. It is a 
hard plain cookie with a big star of buttercream icing 
on top and they have always just called them tea 
cookies. Can you help me?
Thank You 

Lexington Market Hamburgers

Hi Phaedrus,
I need your help. When I was growing up in the 60's and 
early 70's my Mom would take me with her to the 
Lexington Market in Baltimore City, Maryland for the 
family meat order. Sometimes as a treat she would buy 
me this great hamburger at Konstant's stall. It came 
with some type of sauce or gravy on was wonderful! 
I would love to get the recipe for the sauce!!!
Any help would be appreciated.
Happy Eating!
Thank You,

Nordstrom's Café White Chocolate Bread

I was wondering if you have ever come across the recipe 
for Nordstrom Café White Chocolate Bread. It is a dense 
cake consistency which a crunchy top. Served with white 
chocolate sauce, raspberry coulis and white chocolate 
shavings. Nordstrom Café is a restaurant in some of the 
Nordstrom stores. I heard that the recipe is out there 
 – that is was published in a cookbook now out of date.

The bread pudding recipe is below.

Cafe Bistro White Chocolate Bread Pudding

Bread pudding:
Vegetable-oil cooking spray
4 cups heavy (whipping) cream
2 cups milk
1 cup sugar
3 1/2  cups (about 1 1/3 pounds) white chocolate morsels
6 large whole eggs, plus 12 large egg yolks
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 (24-inch) day-old French bread loaf, cut into 1/2-inch-thick 
Unsalted butter for the baking sheet in final preparation, 
plus more for brushing the baked pudding

Raspberry sauce:
1/2  cup water
1/2  cup sugar
2 teaspoons grated orange zest
2 cups fresh or unsweetened frozen raspberries

White chocolate sauce:
1/2 cup heavy (whipping) cream
1 cup white chocolate morsels
To brush on baked pudding:
4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, melted
1 pint fresh raspberries
1 (4-ounce) chunk white chocolate, to be cut into ribbons

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Spray a 9- by 13- by 2-inch 
baking pan with cooking spray. Line the bottom of the pan 
with parchment paper.
In a 4-quart saucepan over medium heat, combine the cream, 
milk and sugar and heat just until hot. Remove from the heat, 
add the chocolate morsels and stir until melted. Set aside 
to cool slightly.
In a large bowl, whisk together the whole eggs, yolks and 
vanilla. Whisking constantly, gradually drizzle the warm 
cream mixture into the eggs, continuing to whisk until 
smooth and well blended. (If the cream mixture is too hot, 
the eggs will curdle. That’s why it’s so important to add 
cream very slowly and whisk constantly.)
Lay half of the bread slices in the bottom of the prepared 
pan. Pour half of the cream mixture over the bread and allow 
to absorb the liquid, about 5 minutes. Layer the remaining 
bread slices on top and pour the rest of the cream mixture 
over them. Press down on the bread, making certain it 
completely absorbs the liquid. Cover the pan with aluminum 
Bake the pudding for 1 hour. Uncover and continue to bake 
until the liquid in the center has evaporated and the 
pudding is golden brown, about 30 minutes longer. Transfer 
to a wire rack and let cool completely.
When the bread pudding is cool, cover and refrigerate until 
cold. Run a sharp knife between the edges of the bread pudding 
and the sides of the pan to loosen the pudding, then invert 
the pan onto a cutting board and tap the bottom to release 
the pudding. Peel off the parchment paper. 
Trim off the crusty edges around the sides. Cut the bread 
pudding into six 2- by 3-inch rectangles, and then cut each 
rectangle in half on an angle to form 2 triangles. Wrap and 
store in the refrigerator.
To make the raspberry sauce, in a small saucepan over 
medium-high heat, combine the water, sugar and orange zest 
and cook, stirring frequently, until the mixture is thick 
and syrupy, about 3 minutes. Add the raspberries, reduce 
the heat to low and cook until the fruit begins to fall 
apart, about 3 minutes. Remove from the heat and let cool 
slightly. Then remove seeds by using the back of a spoon 
to press the sauce through a fine-mesh sieve placed over 
a bowl to catch the berry sauce. Set aside until ready to 
To make the white chocolate sauce, in a small saucepan 
over medium-high heat, warm the cream until hot. Remove 
from the heat, add the chocolate morsels and stir 
constantly until the chocolate is completely melted and 
the sauce is smooth. Keep warm.
To finish and assemble the dessert, preheat the oven to 
350 degrees. Butter a rimmed baking sheet and place the 
bread pudding triangles on it, leaving space between the 
pieces. Brush the triangles with the melted butter. Bake 
the triangles until heated through and lightly browned, 
about 12 minutes.
For each serving, stand a hot bread pudding triangle on 
its side in the center of a large dessert plate. Run a 
stripe of white chocolate sauce across the plate, 
including over the top of the pudding. Pool some of the 
raspberry sauce at opposite edges of the plate. Garnish 
with raspberries and with ribbons of white chocolate cut 
with a vegetable peeler.
Source: Nordstrom

Doyle's Scrambled Hamburgers

do you have the recipe for doyle's scrambled
hamburger from saginaw,mi.?


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