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Month: February 2018

Awesome Overnight Oats

Awesome Overnight Oats

As we transition in this part of the world from winter to spring, so too our daily diets also change. But one thing that tends to stay a constant is the need for a sustaining, healthful, nourishing breakfast. Often called the most important meal of […]

Lovely Little Lentils

Lovely Little Lentils

Lovely Lentils Lentils are a versatile pantry staple. They are legumes, which makes them both versatile and nutritious, but are smaller in size than your average bean, especially compared to larger beans such as Great Northern. With a delicate flavor, they are a blank canvas […]

The Zest for Citrus

The Zest for Citrus

Sweet Citrus

These days, the cold and frigid temperatures permeate the days and nights. But despite this, there’s a superfood here to save you day from boring and humdrum of the same old recipes. Citrus fruits, including, lemons, limes & oranges (as well as many others) peak in traditional wintertime depending on where you live. In northern US, that means January into February.

There’s nothing like a little citrus to brighten up the winter months. So many options! I found resources here and here for picking out and selecting your most favorite options. Once you return from shopping, you will need to figure out what to do with your fruit. In general, your fruit  will make a great accompaniment to chicken or fish, or in salads or on its own. Here is some inspiration to get you started.

A delightful citrus bowl.

The Zest of Life

Citrus, as mentioned, can brighten up your salads, or add a sweet note to chicken or fish. The zest, or grated rind, is also used in some recipes. Zest is a delicious way to capture the very essence of a citrus fruit, as the rind is also edible in small quantities. Some candy shops also carry such delectable treats as candied orange peel or candied grapefruit peel. Check in with your local grocer to see if they carry any of these sweet treats.

Storing Citrus

Citrus keeps best in the refrigerator. I like to keep mine in an airtight container. When it’s time to eat, I like to let it warm up a bit but it tastes delicious right out of the fridge too.