Today is May 22nd, 2011 and It’s Still a Flavorful World

Photo credit: Anthony Beal

So the hour of yesterday’s vaunted Rapture came and went with nary an apocalyptic implication or any other outward manifestation of divine intervention on the affairs of man.  I can’t say I’m surprised, however this grandest non-event in recent memory didn’t stop the Flavorful world kitchen from doing what it does.

Our May 19th post promised pictures of the dishes from our Doomsday Menu (a collection of foods prepared with the express intention that if May 21st was to be the end of days, then our last meal had better rock our faces off.)  Some of these offerings were personal favorites, and at least one was a first-time attempt.  Here are the photos.  Recipes will go up in the near future.

1st course: Sweet corn chowder

Photo credit: Anthony Beal

Velvety, naturally sweet, this one always evokes happy memories of the first time I ever tasted anything like it (a story for another time, set in Dallas, Texas). It takes some time to make, but it’s always worth the effort.

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2nd course: Baby carrots pan-fried in seasoned duck fat

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Fact: There is virtually no food that cannot be immeasurably improved upon by frying it in duck fat. That is all.

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3rd course: Sliced lamb chops

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Juicy, with the faintest hint of pink in the center, these little darlings did not disappoint. I enjoyed them with a cup of corn chowder, and look forward to enjoying them again soon, preferably before the next threat of imminent cataclysm.

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4th and final course: Duck leg confit

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For a first attempt, this came out better than I could have hoped. Fall-off-the-bone tender, seasoned simply (just salt, pepper, and garlic) I’d make this one every weekend if I could.

As this all went off fairly smoothly, Flavorful World is already looking to the future. The most recent public prediction of world-ending catastrophe was not the first, and is certain not to be the last. That’s why planning has officially begun for what tasty edibles the next Flavorful World Doomsday Menu will feature. Sure, we might never need it, but no one likes to get caught unprepared, right?

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