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    from "Smith & Hawken: The Gardeners' Community Cookbook" by Victoria Wise

    "I like to grow things in large bunches. As the plants grow, first you get the beautiful greens, then the flowers, then the vegetables themselves, as though the garden were a living bouquet developing into good food. When it's time to celebrate the beauty, I throw a backyard barbecue. The idea to layer the duck pieces and herbs in a jar came to me when, admiring the beauty of the duck with its garden-inspired rub, I thought it was a picture that ought to be displayed, and I remembered that jar. Not only is it a practical way to season the pieces thoroughly; it also becomes part of the party amusement. The guests can't help but chuckle at the sight of a jar full of herb-garnished duck parts waiting for the grill. You can also pull the same trick with rabbit, chicken, quail, and game hens. Especially festive is to have also a jar of garden vegetables marinating beside the duck jar. Two such jars make you rich."

    -Arayah Jenanyan (Berkeley, CA)

    Serves 6 to 8

    2 ducks, cut into 6 pieces each
    12 sprigs of fresh thyme
    12 fresh sage leaves
    8 bay leaves
    12 juniper berries, crushed
    1 tablespoon black peppercorns
    1 tablespoon coarse sea salt

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    1. Layer the ducks in a large glass jar or bowl, sprinkling each layer with the seasonings as you go. Refrigerate for 12 to 24 hours.
    2. When ready to cook, prepare a charcoal fire in a grill fitted with a lid and let it burn until white hot with no flames.
    3. Remove the duck from the refrigerator, lift out the pieces, and brush off the salt, leaving as much of the other seasonings as you can. Return the duck pieces to the jar and set it by the grill until the fire is ready.
    4. Place the duck pieces on the grill rack directly over the coals and put the grill lid down. Cook for 20 to 25 minutes, turning once or twice, or until golden all around and cooked through. Serve right away or at room temperature.

    Product nutrition and information
     Quantity Ingredients Est.Price
      Whole Chicken, Fresh, Grade A - $1.99/lb
     Grade A
      Thyme - $1.49/ea
     Farm Fresh
      Sage - $1.49/ea
     Farm Fresh
      FreshDirect Juniper Berries - $3.79/ea
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      FreshDirect Tellicherry Peppercorns - $3.79/ea
      La Baleine Fine Sea Salt - $3.79/ea
      FreshDirect Bay Leaves - $3.79/ea
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