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Duck of Paradise

[Photograph: Sam Sobolewski]

Duck is the perfect creative canvas for the home cook. It can be prepared simply or gussied up—wherever your whims may take you. This relatively straightforward pan-seared duck breast is enlivened by my favorite homemade spice rub, the star of which is grains of paradise. It's floral and citrusy with a hint of cloves and a perfect lingering heat—everything that makes grains of paradise so incredible. This recipe will give you about twice what you need, so the rest can be used on other poultry, fish, pork, or sautéed greens. Keep the rest in an airtight plastic bag and it should last about a week at more or less full intensity, though the lime zest will weaken over time.

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