I want to make some sort of duck for dinner on Valentine's Day but am having trouble figuring out what recipe to use. I really haven't narrowed it down at all. I'm considering everything from, for example, a classic roast duck (with leftovers then - mmmm! - because even a small duck will be too much for the two of us I think) using Julia Child's recipe perhaps? Or just the duck breasts: the new Gourmet cookbook has an Orange-Ancho Chile duck breast recipe (but no skin and fat, the best part of the duck!). Help! I've never made any duck before, so I have no tried and true recipes to depend on. I saw the link in a discussion below to a NY Times article about cooking duck pieces separately, so now I'm adding that to the mix.
One constraint: I'm hoping to have dinner around 8 or 8:30. I can prepare stuff ahead of time that morning, but then will be gone from about 3:30 to 6:45 or 7. So bonus points for a recipe that is easy to adapt to my schedule that day. Thanks for any ideas! --Joanna