Having a cosy Sunday afternoon, staying out of the rain and warm by the fire. JC Bach Symphonies (all of them one after the other) are playing on the stereo, and duck is on tonight's menu. Kaly is stuffing the breast with garlic, crushed fennel seeds, fresh chopped rosemary, grated Parmesan, olive oil, salt and Tellicherry pepper. Later, it will be pan seared and finished in the oven. She will then confit the legs, thighs and wings for a future winter supper. I will produce a stock from the carcass and a duck liver pâté with cognac for which I would be willing to share recipe (the recipe and the cognac for the matter.) We have a great friend from New York showing up for dinner and a night stay. We are completely out of Pinot Noir and I am not going to the store in the rain. I guess it is time for another Pinot gathering trip to Santa Barbara Wine Country. Cabernets are a bit too powerful. I have rummaged through the wine pile and found a bottle of Tesoro 2006, mostly Merlot with some Cabernet from the Esterhazy Estate in Eisenstadt, Austria. I have been saving it for a special occasion, so I guess this is it. I should change the Symphonies on the stereo to Haydn. I will when I open the bottle.