Duck is one of my favorite dishes because of the rich flavor produced by the meat and skin combination. The secret to a perfect piece of duck is to render the fat from the skin and crisp it up – the crispier the better. The rich flavor of the duck pairs nicely with creamy polenta, butternut squash and an assortment of wild mushrooms. It is hard for me to not load up my fork with each component of this dish on every bite – the flavors work so well together! Try to cook your duck to a medium rare temperature and allow it to sit before slicing, which allows the juices of the duck to settle.