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Many of you know that my FAVORITE meal of all time is duck.

6.75 lbs. of deliciousness....

Yesterday was my 4 year anniversary with Michael.

Together for 4 years!!

We started a tradition the year we met.  For Valentine’s Day, our anniversary, and my birthday he makes me a duck dinner.

Michael hard at work cleaning up the bird....

We started doing this because the service in restaurants is usually pretty horrible on Valentine’s Day, and there aren’t too many restaurants I can go to and get good duck around here.

Notice there is water in the bottom of the pan.

I remember the first time Michael made us a duck.  I think it took 3 days to get all the smoke out of the house!  If you ever attempt to make a duck make sure you put water into the bottom of the pan.  Duck is a very fatty meat and the grease and fat smoke when it burns in the pan.  The water prevents this.

Flambe the plums!

Through the years Michael has made different sauces for with the duck.  Cherry, plum, blackberry….  He did the plum again because we both really liked it.  The tricky thing is that the plum recipe has him flambe the plums!  All I can picture is that Fresh Prince of Bel Air episode where Will says “I can flambe” and he sets the kitchen on fire!  (You can see it HERE)  Don’t worry, we have a fire extinguisher handy in our kitchen just-in-case….  Luckily we’ve never needed it.

The duck is out of the oven ~ Is that like the cat's out of the bag?

The duckling came out so so yummy!  The thing that’s the worst about a duck dinner is that you smell it cooking for a few hours, and it’s over so quickly.  Kind of like Thanksgiving dinner….

The end result

We didn’t care about making things fancy, the duck was getting cold and we just wanted to dig in!!!!

Bella had her own special dinner too!

Even Bella had a bowl with duck and mashed potatoes.  Potatoes stuck to the roof of a doggies mouth is right up there with peanut butter!!  She loved it!

This is what I thought of dinner

All in all it was a very very yummy dinner.
A big thank you to my Michael for taking the time to make me my favorite dinner of all time!!

Bella & I before we started cleaning up....

Do you have any special traditions with your other half?
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