Duck with Rhubarb and Blood Oranges

2 duck breasts (magrets), each about 1 pound
Salt and ground black pepper
1/2 pound rhubarb, leaves removed, cut in 1/2-inch pieces
1 1/2 tablespoons sugar
1 cup finely chopped red onion
Zest and segments from 2 blood oranges
1 cup dry red wine
1 tablespoon red miso

Heat oven to 175 degrees. With a sharp knife, score the skin side of the duck breasts in a crisscross pattern but do not cut into the flesh. Season with salt and pepper. Heat an ovenproof skillet, preferably cast iron, to very hot. Place duck breasts in pan, skin side down, and sear until browned, about 2 minutes. Remove. Reserve 1 tablespoon of fat and discard rest. Return duck to pan, skin side up, and place in oven for 1 1/2 hours.

Place reserved duck fat in a 10-inch skillet on medium-high heat. Add rhubarb, sprinkle with half the sugar and cook a couple of minutes, until the pieces start to brown but are still somewhat crisp. Remove to a dish. Reduce heat to medium-low. Add onion and sauté slowly until very tender. Stir in orange zest and wine. Simmer until wine is reduced by half. Stir in remaining sugar and the miso. Season with salt and pepper. Set aside.

When duck has finished cooking, remove it to a cutting board, slice it thin on the bias and arrange the slices on a platter. Briefly reheat wine sauce and fold in the rhubarb and orange segments. Check seasonings and spoon sauce alongside duck.

Pickle Slaw

1 small head green cabbage
1 small head red cabbage
2 carrots, peeled and grated
2 tart apples, like Granny Smith, peeled and cut into matchsticks
1/2 cup mayonnaise, preferably homemade or Hellmann’s
3 tablespoons juice from a pickle jar, or of pickle relish
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1 tablespoon cider vinegar
2 teaspoons pepper sauce, like Frank’s, or to taste
Kosher salt
Ground black pepper

Cut the cabbages in half and remove the core from each side. Cut each half in half and slice each resulting quarter into thin ribbons. Mix with carrots and apples in a large nonreactive bowl.

In a separate bowl, whisk together the remaining ingredients.

Pour the dressing over the cabbage and toss. Season to taste. The coleslaw may be covered with plastic wrap and refrigerated. Toss again before serving.

Baked Beans

2 cups navy beans
Salt
1/2 pound slab bacon, cut into cubes
1 medium onion, peeled and chopped
1/3 cup molasses
2 teaspoons dry mustard
1 teaspoon ground black pepper

Soak beans in a large bowl of water for 6 hours or overnight. Drain beans and put them in a large oven-safe pot with a heavy bottom and a tightfitting lid. Add 1 teaspoon salt and enough cool water to cover 2 inches above the beans. Bring to a boil, then lower the heat and simmer gently, stirring occasionally, until the beans are just tender, approximately 30 to 40 minutes. Drain and remove beans.

Heat the oven to 250 degrees. Bring a kettle full of water to a boil on the stove. Return the heavy-bottomed pot to the stove and turn the heat to medium high. Cook the bacon in the bottom of the pot until it begins to brown, then turn off the heat and add the chopped onion and, on top of it, the beans. Mix together molasses, mustard and black pepper, and add the mixture to the pot. Pour in enough boiling water to cover beans, put the lid on and bake, occasionally adding more water to keep beans covered, until they are tender but not falling apart, 4 to 5 hours.

Remove beans from oven, uncover, stir and season with salt. With the lid off, return pot to oven and let beans finish cooking, uncovered and without additional water, until the sauce has thickened and the top is deeply crusty, about 45 minutes more.

Ham with Maple-Balsamic Glaze

1 10- to 12-pound butt or shank portion fresh ham, skin on
4 teaspoons kosher salt
4 teaspoons ground black pepper
1 cup maple syrup
1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 cup pecans, toasted
1/2 cup candied ginger

Heat oven to 450 degrees. Using a sharp knife, score entire surface of ham in a diamond pattern, cutting down just through the skin to the flesh underneath. (If you are cutting to the right depth, the skin will spread apart a bit as you cut.) Rub outside of ham all over with salt and pepper, pressing it into crosshatch spaces between the skin. Put roast on a rack in a large roasting pan and place in oven.

After 20 minutes, reduce oven to 300 degrees. In a small bowl, whisk together maple syrup, balsamic vinegar and cinnamon. Baste ham hourly with mixture, as well as with fat from the bottom of the pan, roasting until the very center of the ham reaches an internal temperature of 145 degrees, 2 1/2 to 3 hours total cooking time. (Begin checking at 2 hours, inserting a meat thermometer into the absolute center of the roast.)

Put the toasted pecans and candied ginger into a food processor and pulse lightly until crumbled and well combined.

When ham is done, remove it from roasting pan, shower with pecan-ginger mixture and cover it loosely with foil. Allow the meat to rest for 20 to 30 minutes. (Its internal temperature will rise to 150 or more as it rests.)

Tip roasting pan to the side so you can spoon off all the fat from the pan juices, then place pan on stove over medium-high heat. Scrape the bottom of pan to free any browned bits, skim any film off surface and season liquid as needed with salt and pepper. Pour into a gravy boat.

Carve ham into thick slices, drizzle with pan sauce and serve, passing remaining sauce on the side.

Basic Pizza Dough (by weight)

153 grams 00 flour (1 cup plus 1 tablespoon)
153 grams all-purpose flour (1 cup plus 1 tablespoon and 2 teaspoons)
8 grams fine sea salt (1 teaspoon)
2 grams active dry yeast (3/4 teaspoon)
4 grams extra-virgin olive oil (1 teaspoon)

In a large mixing bowl, combine flours and salt.

In a small mixing bowl, stir together 200 grams (about 1 cup) lukewarm tap water, the yeast and the olive oil, then pour it into flour mixture. Knead with your hands until well combined, approximately 3 minutes, then let the mixture rest for 15 minutes.

Knead rested dough for 3 minutes. Cut into 2 equal pieces and shape each into a ball. Place on a heavily floured surface, cover with dampened cloth, and let rest and rise for 3 to 4 hours at room temperature or for 8 to 24 hours in the refrigerator. (If you refrigerate the dough, remove it 30 to 45 minutes before you begin to shape it for pizza.)

To make pizza, place each dough ball on a heavily floured surface and use your fingers to stretch it, then your hands to shape it into rounds or squares. Top and bake.

YIELD: 2 12-inch pizzas

Strawberry Buckle

For Cake
2 cups all purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
3/4 cup sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup milk
2 cups diced strawberries

For Topping
1/2 cup all purpose flour
2/3 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/8 teaspoon salt
5 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, diced
1 teaspoon milk

Adjust oven rack to middle position and preheat oven to 375°F. Grease 9×9 baking pan. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt; set aside.

In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add egg and vanilla and beat to combine. Beat in 1/2 dry ingredients, followed by milk, followed by remaining dry ingredients. Stir in strawberries. Pour batter into prepared pan and smooth top.

Make topping: In a medium bowl, combine flour, sugar, ginger, and salt and whisk to combine. Add cold butter and milk and cut into flour mixture until butter is incorporated. Mixture should have the texture of wet sand and hold together when pressed. Form mixture into small crumbs and scatter over top of buckle.

Bake buckle until golden on top and a cake tester inserted into the middle of the cake comes out clean, about 45 minutes. Let cool completely before serving.

Salted Dark Chocolate Cookies with Cashews

1 cup all purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
6 tablespoons butter, melted and cooled
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup light brown sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 cup cashews, cut in half
1/4 cup dark chocolate chips
Flakey sea salt, such as Maldon

Adjust rack to middle position and preheat oven to 325°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

In a small bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, and salt; set aside. In a large bowl, whisk together melted butter, sugar, and brown sugar. Whisk in egg and vanilla. Change to a wooden spoon and stir in flour mixture until just combined. Stir in chocolate chips and cashews.

Use a cookie scoop to drop dough by rounded tablespoon onto prepared cookie sheets. Sprinkle cookies with sea salt. Bake until golden, about 12 minutes. Let cool for 5 minutes then transfer to a wire rack to finish cooling.

Chicken Stir Fry with Ginger and Scallions

1/2 pound chicken breast, sliced about 1/8 inch thick
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon sugar
1/8 teaspoon ground white pepper
1/2 teaspoon Shaoxing wine
1/2 teaspoon soy sauce
1 teaspoon plus 3 tablespoons vegetable oil, divided
1/2 teaspoon cornstarch
10 thin slices julienned ginger, plus one 1/4-inch-thick slice
4 scallions, cut into 2-inch segments
1 medium onion, sliced
3 medium cloves garlic, finely minced (about 1 tablespoon)
Steamed rice, for serving

Place the sliced chicken in a large bowl and add salt, sugar, ground white pepper, Shaoxing wine, soy sauce, 1 teaspoon oil, and cornstarch. Mix well and marinate for 30 minutes in the refrigerator.

After 30 minutes, take the chicken out of the refrigerator. Heat 2 tablespoons of oil in a wok over high heat until smoking. Add the 1/4-inch-thick slice of ginger. Cook, stirring, for 30 seconds, then remove and discard the ginger.

Add the chicken. Spread the chicken out with the spatula and cook without moving until slightly browned, about 1 minute. Continue to cook while stirring regularly until nearly cooked through, about 2 minutes longer. Transfer to a bowl and set aside.

Heat remaining tablespoon oil in wok over high heat until smoking. Add the scallions and onions. Season with salt and cook, stirring, until the onions are tender, another 2 minutes. Return chicken to the wok along with julienned ginger and minced garlic. Cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 1 minute. Transfer to serving platter and serve immediately with rice.

Maple Vinegar

3 1/3 cups live vinegar, which contains living yeast (look for the words “unfiltered” or “organic” on a label)
3 cups maple syrup
1 1/3 cups dark rum

Pour vinegar into a large glass or plastic container with a loose-fitting lid. Mix in maple syrup, dark rum and 7/8 cup water. Cover the opening with cheesecloth to keep out dust and allow for airflow so that wild yeasts can find their way in. Place the lid gently on top and store in a cool, dark place for 4 weeks. When it tastes smooth, tart and sweet, with no alcohol burn (this might be in 4 weeks, or it may need more time), the vinegar is ready. Strain it into smaller containers and store at cool room temperature, or in the refrigerator.

Brussels Sprouts with Leeks and Lime-Ginger Butter

2 Tbs. unsalted butter
1 Tbs. minced peeled fresh ginger
1 medium lime, finely grated to yield 1 tsp. zest and squeezed to yield 1 Tbs. juice
3 Tbs. extra-virgin olive oil
1-1/4 lb. Brussels sprouts, trimmed, and quartered lengthwise if large, halved if small
Kosher salt
3 medium leeks, white and light-green parts only, cut into 1/2-inch-thick rounds, rings separated and washed well but not dried

PREPARE THE BUTTER: Melt the butter in a small skillet or saucepan over medium-low heat. Cook, swirling occasionally, until the milk solids turn light brown, about 5 minutes. Add the ginger and stir for a few seconds. Remove the pan from the heat, add the lime zest and juice, and swirl to combine.

STEAM: Heat the oil in a 12-inch nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add the Brussels sprouts and 1 tsp. salt; toss well to coat with oil.

Cover the pan with the lid ajar by about 1 inch. Turn the heat down to medium low, and cook, stirring occasionally, until the sprouts start to brown, 8 to 12 minutes. As the mixture cooks, you should hear a gentle sizzle.

SAUTE: Uncover, turn the heat down to low, add the leeks (with any water still clinging to them) and cook, stirring occasionally and then pushing the vegetables back into a single layer so that most have direct contact with the pan, until the leeks are limp and the sprouts are well browned, about 15 minutes.

FINISH: Remove the pan from the heat. Pour the butter mixture over the sprouts and leeks and stir, scraping the bottom of the pan and tossing well to coat. Season to taste with salt. Serve right away or let sit off the heat, partially covered, until ready to serve, and then reheat gently over medium-low heat.