Smoked Salmon New Potatoes

Quick and easy appetizer for when your friends surprise you and just show up hungry.


  • 12 baby red potatoes
  • 3 oz smoked salmon
  • 1/4 cup  Fennel
  • 1/2 tablespoon lime juice
  • 1/8 cup plain yogurt


  1. Boil potatoes in salt water for 15 minutes
  2. Cool potatoes
  3. Finely chop fennel
  4. Rough chop smoked salmon
  5. Mix fennel, salmon, lime juice and yogurt
  6. Season with Kosher salt and black pepper
  7. Cut bottom of potatoes so the lay flat
  8. Cut potatoes in half
  9. Top with salmon and fennel mixture

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    Chocolate Pots de Creme

    Although I am far from being a pastry Chef or do I have a desire to be one. I do have a few desserts I like to make this being one of them. I make them in coffee cups, and serve cold.


    • 6 egg yolks
    • 1/2 cup of sugar
    • 2 cups of half and half or heavy whipping cream
    • 2oz bittersweet chocolate chips or shaved
    • 6 coffee cups or similar Continue reading
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    It may be a little late in the season for this recipe, but you should still be able to find some nice tomatoes out there. This will yield just about a gallon of soup.


    • 2.5 lbs Tomato  Peeled, seeded & small dice (to peel a tomato make a small “X” in the bottom of it and put it in a pot of boiling water for 2 to 3 minutes. once the skin starts to peel away place in a ice bath to cool).
    • 2.5 lbs Cucumber  Peeled seeded & small dice
    • 1 lbs Green Pepper seeded & small dice
    • 2 quarts plus 2 cups  Tomato juice
    • 1 Red onion Small dice Continue reading
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    Crab Cocktail Martini

    This is a fun one for a dinner party. The crab can be a little pricey so you can substitute any kind of cooked fish you want.


    • 1# Jumbo lump crab meat
    • 1 English cucumber peeled and shredded
    • 2 oz Diced red onion
    • 2.5 Tablespoons mayonnaise
    • 2 Tablespoons Dijon mustard
    • 2 Cloves garlic chopped
    • 1 Tablespoon chopped green onions
    • Juice of one lime
    • 1/2 Bunch of chopped cilantro
    • Kosher salt and fresh pepper to taste Continue reading
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    Canard a l’Orange (for Tom the Colorado kid)


    • 2 duck breasts
    • 1 oz salad oil
    • kosher salt and fresh black pepper
    • 6 oranges juiced
    • Zest from one orange chopped fine
    • 1 cup duck stock or chicken stock
    • 1/4 teaspoon brown sugar
    • 2 tablespoons Grand Marnier
    • 1/2 tablespoon rice wine vinegar or similar (you can use balsamic, red wine, or any flavor you like)
    • 1 oz cold butter


    1. With a sharp knife score the skin side of the breasts to make a checkerboard pattern.
    2. In a sauté pan heat oil over medium high heat just enough to glaze the bottom of the pan. Continue reading
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    Masterfully Choppin’ Garlic

    Watch the the preview outtake from my first video shoot. It took a lot of blood, sweat and tears… I am excited to share the full videos on this site soon. We will be making the fabulous corn bisque below, as well as tender flank steaks with a savory Gorgonzola sauce together. So sharpen your knifes, get the ingredients, and check back soon for the full videos.

    See you in the kitchen!

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    Basic rice wine vinaigrette

    Quick and easy rice wine vinaigrette or marinate


    • 1 cups rice wine vinegar
    • 1.5 cups salad oil or olive oil
    • 2 tbsp freshly ground pepper
    • 1 tbsp kosher or sea salt
    • 2 tbsp Sambal (Asian red pepper sauce) or dried red pepper flakes will work in a pinch
    • 3 large cloves garlic crushed and chopped
    • 2 tbsp whole grain mustard (you can use Dijon if you don’t like the seeds in the whole grain)

    In large mixing bowl add the vinegar, salt, pepper, garlic, sambal (you can buy this at any Asian market or most upscale grocery stores) and mustard. Continue reading

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    Gorgonzola sauce


    • 1 cup gorgonzola cheese
    • 2 oz unsalted butter
    • 2 cup heavy cream
    • 2 egg yolk
    • ½ cup white wine or dry sherry
    • 3 clove chopped fresh garlic
    • 1 tablespoon ground pepper


    Over medium heat melt butter in large sauté pan or sauce pot, add chopped garlic and cook for 2 minutes do not allow garlic to brown, add the wine. Continue reading

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    Welcome to Chef Don Canard

    I spent a lot of time and thought on how to write a bio about myself. Until one afternoon while reading other Chefs bios, it occurred to me that I did not want the website to be about me, I wanted  it to be about the  food. That being discovered I decided to let the recipes speak for themselves. with the hope that someone or preferable multiple someones would be able to learn something that I’ve wanted to pass down. I’ve been a chef for twenty plus years, and have worked with some very talented  Chefs. I’ve also worked with a lot of not so good ones. The skills, techniques and tricks learned from the good Chefs has proved to be priceless. I would like to share them with as many people as possible. believing this website to be the best vehicle for just that. This site will be updated on a regular basis. With videos recipes and good clean fun.

    Happy Cooking!


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    Don’s Corn Bisque


    • 4 oz Butter
    • 4 oz flour
    • 2 cups chopped onions
    • 1 cup chopped carrots
    • 1 cup chopped celery
    • 1 cup brandy
    • 3 crushed garlic cloves
    • 2 bay leaves
    • 4 sprigs fresh tarragon
    • 4 sprigs fresh thyme
    • Chicken stock  to cover (about 1.5 quarts)
    • Salt and pepper
    • 2 cups sweet corn kernels
    • 1 cup heavy cream
    • 1 cup cooked chopped bacon, corn kernels, and chopped chives for garnish.

    Continue reading

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