Orangettes

The idea of candying an orange peel had always intimidated me.  I thought it would take too long or that I would need a candy thermometer, which I for some reason have neglected to buy all these years.  At worst I feared it would end up a huge disaster involving burnt peels and hard candy stuck to the inside of my pans.  But the process was surprisingly easy! It’s a great way to use those large, bulky oranges which are usually reserved... Read More

Natural Blood Orange Soda

I used to be a big soda fiend when I was a kid.  When I got older and learned how terrible the stuff is for you, I tried to just give it up all together.  Occasionally I would have a root beer or coke made with cane sugar, but it become a real treat for me. Then a few months ago I started drinking sparkling mineral water.  It gives the same fizzy sensation that we all love so much, but without any added sugar.  Sometimes I add a little... Read More

Roasted Fennel over Couscous

Fennel is an interesting vegetable.  When eaten raw I find it to have a celery-like texture with a hint of licorice flavor, which is not my favorite of all the flavors.  But like most vegetables, when roasted it mellow out and gains a toasty and buttery quality. I don’t roast the stems because i find them quite stringy, but I do save some of the fuzzy greens to chop up and season the bulbs with while they cook.  Afterward, they’re... Read More

Grapefruit and Mandarin Oranges in Chamomile Jelly

I saw the inspiration for this post on Foodgawker a while back and the idea has since stuck in my head.  I wanted to make the dish with my own twist so I chose chamomile tea instead of white, agar agar as a vegan alternative to gelatin, and a mix of seedless Mandarin oranges with sweet oroblanco grapefruits, which are hardly tart at all. If you struggle as I do with sweet cravings, this is a lovely little snack that helps satisfy.  The flavors... Read More

marmalade cookies for my valentine

it’s probably too late for anyone to actually make these for valentine’s day but i thought i would share what i made for my valentine. a few weeks past i exclaimed that it is the peak of orange season. i also mentioned that i used many of the seedless mandarin oranges i got from the farmer’s market to make orange spice and red wine marmalade for chirstmas – which is rich with flavor from a dash of red wine and spicy from ground... Read More

in season: oranges!

for some reason i always thought that oranges were a summer fruit, but much to my surprise they are at the peak of their season right now!  i haven’t gone this bonkers over a harvest since july when the juicy white donut peaches were like nothing i had ever tasted.  like the peaches, i have been toting home upwards of ten pounds of these seedless mandarin oranges every week.  mostly i enjoy squeezing them into a tall glass of the best orange... Read More