A French classic, canard, or caneton, à l'orange can seem intimidating. But it's actually quite easy to prepare. If you can roast a chicken, you can roast a duck. And the trickiest part of the sauce is caramelizing the sugar. Just take care not to leave the saucepan over heat too long, and you should have no problems. Great for dinner parties.
The Thai-style version of duck à l'orange here requires only a little more work. It does not take much time to begin with, but if it makes life easier, prepare the curry base in advance, then cook the duck breasts when guests arrive. Reheat the curry sauce, carve the meat and combine. The fragmenting segments of orange and the deep sourness of the juice perfectly complement the oily richness of the coconut and the fat sweetness of the meat. (Photo: Jonathan Player for The New York Times)