• food,  San Diego,  WorldWide

    Celebrate a Fire-Quacker Fourth with Duck on the Grill for Independence Day

    Grills will soon be heating up across the country for the Fourth of July holiday. Make your backyard barbeque a standout this year with duck. If you’re burned out on the usual beef, pork or chicken, duck is a versatile and delicious alternative to other meats — and it’s just as easy to prepare.

    Just in time for Independence Day, Maple Leaf Farms has created a duck grilling kit complete with ready-to-grill duck products, duck grilling guide with duck recipes and an exclusive “Fire Quacker” apron. Its farm-raised White Pekin duck products have a tender, mild flavor that adapts to a variety of flavor profiles. Plus, duck is surprisingly healthy and is leaner and has less saturated fat than other meats.

    The Fire-Quacker Duck Grilling Kit features 8 skinless duck breasts for a delicious filet flavor, 4 lbs. of all natural ground duck meat that’s great for burgers and 32 fully cooked duckbrats, a classic sausage made healthier with duck and Maple Leaf Farms’ newest product offering.

    Duck has amazing, mouthwatering flavor when cooked on the grill and will be sure to turn up the heat at your next backyard get-together. This recipe using all new duck brats is a great way to introduce duck to your holiday celebration.

    Find more recipes for the grill and information about cooking with duck at mapleleaffarms.com.

    Tucker Family Duck Brats with Onion Jam

    Servings: 4 to 6


    • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
    • 2 medium sweet onions, sliced into 1/4-inch thick rings
    • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
    • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
    • black pepper, to taste
    • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
    • 4–6 Maple Leaf Farms Duck Brats, thawed
    • 2 cups beef stock or beer
    • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
    • 4–6 hoagie rolls, toasted


    1. In large pan, heat butter until foaming. On low heat add the onions, brown sugar, salt and pepper; stir and let onions caramelize for about 20 minutes. Add Dijon mustard and stir. Addduck brats to the pan and pour beef stock or beer over brats. Add apple cider vinegar and cook to medium heat; braise for 10 minutes. (Duck brats are already fully cooked).

    2. Remove brats and let onion mixture simmer on medium while you finish the brats on a medium-high heat grill about 4–5 minutes on each side.

    3. Serve brats in hoagie roll with onion jam on top.

    Duck Wellington

    Servings: 2


    • 8 to 10 oz. Maple Leaf Farms Duck Breast Meat or Boneless Duck Breast, skin removed
    • Salt & Pepper
    • 1 Tbsp. Olive Oil
    • 10 oz. Portobello Mushrooms
    • 1 Tbsp. Fresh Thyme, roughly chopped
    • 1-3/4 tsp. Garlic Powder (divided)
    • 6 slices Prosciutto
    • Spicy or Course Ground Mustard for brushing meat
    • 1 sheet Puff Pastry (cut in half and prepped to cover 2 Wellingtons)
    • Egg Wash (1 Egg Yolk and 1 tsp. Water)


    1. Season your duck breast meat with salt and pepper. Heat olive oil in a large pan and quickly sear the meat all over, about 1 to 1-1/2 minutes each side. Remove and allow to cool.

    2. Roughly chop the mushrooms and pulse chop in a food processor to form a coarse breadcrumb-like texture. Scrape the mixture into a hot, dry pan. Add thyme, 3/4 tsp. of your garlic powder and season with salt and pepper. Cook to allow the water to evaporate. When sufficiently dry (the mixture should be sticking together easily), set aside and cool.

    3. Roll out a generous length of plastic wrap and lay out 3 slices of prosciutto, each one slightly overlapping each other. Spread half of the mushroom mixture evenly in a thin layer over the prosciutto. Repeat for the second Wellington.

    4. Brush your duck breast meat all over with spicy mustard. Place 4-5 oz. of duck in the middle of each prepped prosciutto, and neatly roll it over the duck. Keeping a tight hold of the plastic wrap from the outside, roll it into a tight barrel shape and twist the ends to secure the plastic wrap. Refrigerate for 20 minutes.

    5. On a lightly floured surface, roll out the pastry thinly to a size which will cover your duck. Lightly egg wash the entire surface of one side of pastry and sprinkle with 1/2 tsp. garlic powder. Unwrap one of the meat logs from the plastic wrap and place the duck meat in the middle of dough. Fold dough over, stretching and pinching as needed, to seal completely. Remove any excess dough and fold any seams neatly to the underside. Place seam side down on a plate and egg wash over the top. Repeat the process for the second duck meat log. Chill again to let the pastry cool, approximately 20 minutes (or up to 24 hours).

    6. When you’re ready to cook, egg wash again and use the back of a knife to lightly score the pastry. Do not cut through your pastry. Place bundles seam side down on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Roast in a pre-heated 425 degree F oven for about 25 minutes. Allow to rest for 10 minutes before serving in thick slices.

    About Maple Leaf Farms:

    Maple Leaf Farms, Inc. is America’s leading producer of quality duck products, supplying retail and foodservice markets throughout the world with innovative, value-added foods. Founded in 1958, Maple Leaf Farms is a fourth generation, family-owned company. For more information, contact Maple Leaf Farms at 1-800-348-2812 or visit www.mapleleaffarms.com.

  • food,  Gift Guide,  Los Angeles,  New York,  San Diego,  WorldWide

    Duck Pizza? Yes, you hear right! And We Love It

    As you may know I am Asian and I have some special taste different than my husband, who is a Sicilian and Scottish mix. For a mix couple, the most important thing is we have to eat together, but sometimes it is difficult since I have a really authentic Asian taste. Luckily, my husband loves exploring different types of foods. He loves traveling, he loves adventures. Lucky me!

    Recently, we did something pretty amazing – we combined my Asian taste with his Italian cook together. We made a Asian duck pizza! You can see the photo above, it is a full-topped pizza. We love adding a lot of toppings on the pizza because we are not thick pizza dough fans. This time, we added duck brat pieces for proteins. It works out amazing.

    The duck brats are sooooo juicy. They come from Maple Leaf Farms. There are tons of great duck products and recipes on their website, and their duck products quality are super great.

    Fire-Quacker Duck Grilling Kit

    It is grilling season.  Gear up with this limited time, grill ready, Independence Day Duck Pack! 

    Kit includes:

    • (32) All New Duck Brats Case (8 packs of 4)
    • Ground Duck Case (4-1 lb. packages)
    • (8) Boneless Skinless Breast (2 packs of 4 breasts)
    • FREE Tucker Family Recipe Card
    • FREE Fire Quacker Apron

    Duck is on the Grill this Independence Day! For a limited time only, get your Maple Leaf Farms Duck Grill Kit here and gear up for the 4th of July. The Duck Grill Kit features a free exclusive holiday themed “Fire Quacker” apron along with delicious & nutritious skinless duck breast, classic ground duck, and the new Duck Brats!

    Grill up some skinless duck breast for a delicious filet flavor with poultry nutrition or cook up some delicious ground duck burgers with all of your favorite toppings. The new duck brats are sure to leave your mouth watering, and a Tucker Family Duck Brat recipe is included in your kit.  

    About Maple Leaf Farms:
    Maple Leaf Farms, Inc. is America’s leading producer of quality duck products, supplying retail and foodservice markets throughout the world with innovative, value-added foods. Founded in 1958, Maple Leaf Farms is a fourth generation, family-owned company. For more information, contact Maple Leaf Farms at 1-800-348-2812 or visitwww.mapleleaffarms.com.

  • New York,  WorldWide

    Something I Prepared for July 4th

    I’m sure if you are like me, you are getting very excited for the holiday weekend! I hope you have some fun get-a-ways planned, but until then, I wanted to present you with some fun holiday weekend essentials.

    What should I wear?

    Time to slide into the holiday weekend with Melissa!

    Melissa Cosmic II
    Price: $90

    The most birkin inspired model, it’s back and better than ever for Summer. Where before they were parallel, the straps now cross. Basic and modern, it’s the perfect model to give some life to your modern chic looks.

    Link to Retail: http://shopmelissa.com/preview-aw18/32295-50552-5-melissa-cosmic-ii#272=553

    Melissa Fluffy II
    Price: $75

    It its newest version, this flat sandal has a horizontal bow and the elegance of its simplicity stands out with bicolor details.

    Link to Retail: http://shopmelissa.com/preview-aw18/32356-50739-5-melissa-fluffy-ii#272=651

    Melissa Beach Slide Platform
    Price: $105

    The sporty slide gets a novel touch. A sole with a little boost and a new cutout for that extra cool look. Colors are basic and elegant.

    Link to Retail: http://shopmelissa.com/preview-aw18/32350-50600-5-melissa-beach-slide-platform#272=612

    Melissa + The Blonde Salad Collaboration

    Melissa the iconic Brazilian shoe brand, has teamed up with Chiara Ferragni of the Blonde Salad to design a limited edition version of the Soul beach slide. This 100% PVC flat will be available pink, coral and black.

    Link to Retail: https://shop.theblondesalad.com/us_en/shoes.html
    Price: $90 USD

    What should I look like?

    Love the way you look this summer! Celebrating your most beautiful you with these essentials from IT Cosmetics!

    Bye Bye Under Eye Illumination™ Full Coverage Anti-Aging Waterproof Concealer 

    Infused with Drops of Light Technology™ for added radiance, your anti-aging waterproof concealer covers everything, and lasts all day without creasing or cracking!


    Bye Bye Pores Illumination™ Poreless Finish Airbrush Pressed Powder

    This finishing powder makes the look of your pores disappear while adding subtle radiance for the look of instant airbrushing and a lit-from-within glow!

    Heavenly Luxe™ Wand Ball Powder Brush No. 8

    This ultra-soft, round and tapered brush picks up and applies the perfect amount of powder for your most flawless results!

    Don’t show up empty handed at your 4th party!

    4th of July is always a good occasion to celebrate and share quality time with friends & family. Be the perfect party guest by contributing to the festivities with the ultimate gift that’s sure to please. The Bro Basket is spicing things up with its line of creative and ready-made gift baskets designed for all kinds of outdoor fun. From boozy baskets like The Vodka Martini, The Ultimate Whisky Sampler, Ultimate Beer Lover and Viva Tequila to the boozeless Mini BBQ Party and Poker Night, The Bro Basket caters to every event. A quick visit to The Bro Basket’s website will reveal an assortment of fun and affordable goodies that are guaranteed to heat up any party!

    Cali Craft Sampler Gift Basket

    As Pictured $49.95

    The Contents

    1 – Popcornopolis gourmet flavored popcorn – You cant give them beer and no way to soak it up
    2 – Three packs of Ferrero Roche fine hazelnut chocolates
    1 – BroBasket Pint Glass (16oz)
    1 – BroBasket Bottle Opener – So you dont have to sit through them trying to do that beer opening trick they think is cool ever again
    1 – Reusable BroBasket Tin

    The Craft Beer

    A variety pack of four 12oz bottles of craft beer from Firestone Walker, one of Southern California’s premiere craft breweries – Or customize it with a variety pack of the other awesome craft breweries we carry

    The Freebies

    2 – BroBasket Koozies
    1 – Greeting Card with your special message on it

    The Vodka Sampler Gift Basket


    Kick The Holiday Weekend Off Right!

    The Contents

    2 – Popcornopolis Gourmet Flavored Popcorn
    2 – Packs of Snyder’s Pretzels
    1 – BroBasket Branded Rocks Glass
    1 – Can of Sprite
    1 – BroBasket Reusable Tin

    The Booze

    2 – Bottles of Belvedere Premium Vodka (50ml)
    2 – Bottles of Grey Goose Vodka (50ml)
    2 – Bottles of Ciroc Vodka (50ml)

    The Freebies

    1 – Card with your special message

  • WorldWide

    Celebrate This 4th Of July With Minx!

    This patriotic holiday only happens once a year, so celebrate it in style with 4 new designs from Minx Nails!

    Whether you go for fireworks or flags, get in the spirit tonight! Check out the styles below:

    Which one is your favorite? I personally love the flag! It totally twists up the conventional french manicure!

    Get them today at www.minxnails.com