Posts Tagged ‘oranges’

Kitchen Tips Tuesday: How to Get More Juice From Citrus Fruits

April 23, 2013

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When using citrus for cooking, it’s important to extract as much juice as possible from the fruit.
Here’s all the juicy details to help you get the most from your citrus fruits.

Lemons and limes can sometimes be very firm, and hard to juice. Placing them in the microwave for about 10 seconds or so, softens them and brings out the juice. Be careful when you cut into them, the juice can get hot!

Rolling the fruit on the counter before cutting is another way to release the juices. Use firm pressure as you roll the fruit before cutting.

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This little kitchen gadget makes juicing super easy. Just place the cut fruit into one side of the cup, and squeeze! It allows the juice to pass through, keeping excess pulp and seeds inside.

photos: Glasshouse Images

Unrecipe of the Week

August 7, 2012

This wild rice salad is a refreshing summer side dish, that can be made in advance and served at room temperature.

It is filled with juicy oranges, dried cranberries, green grapes and toasted pecans and tossed with a tangy raspberry vinaigrette.

Wild Rice Salad with Fruit and Pecans:

Cook 1 cup of wild rice in 4 cups of salted boiling water and simmer until tneder, about  50 minutes.

Cook 1 cup of brown rice in 2 cups of boiling salted water  until  tender, about 45 minutes

Drain, and mix the rice together in a large bowl.

For the dressing, whisk together about 1/4 cup each of olive oil, orange juice and raspberry vinegar. Add 1/2 cup of dried cranberries and allow the

mixture to sit so that the cranberries start to plump a bit. ( this can be made in advance and refrigerated.)

Toss the rice with the vinaigrette. Sprinkle with freshly ground black pepper to taste.

Mix in  2 oranges, peeled with white pith removed and cut into small pieces, 1 cup of green grapes, cut in half, and 3/4 cups of chopped, toasted pecans. Mix in 2 scallions, thinly sliced.

Let the rice mixture to sit at room temperature for at least 30 minutes to allow the flavors to develop and enjoy!

photo: Spencer Jones / Glasshouse Images exclusively for indigo jones

Unrecipe of the Week

June 29, 2012

I am always looking for new and interesting salads. This blend of frisee and endive is enhanced with fresh oranges,tossed in a honey shallot vinaigrette, and  finished with a dusting of crushed hazelnuts.

Endive and Frisee Salad with Oranges and Hazelnuts

For the salad:

Belgium Endive, sliced thin

Frisee leaves, torn into small pieces

Orange sections, cut in half

For Dressing:

Whisk together  1/2 cup balsamic vinegar, 1 or 2 tablespoons of chopped shallots, 1 tablespoon of honey  and !/3 cup olive oil.

Season with salt and black pepper to taste.

For the topping:

Roast hazelnuts in a hot oven for about 7-10 minutes, until they are browned. Allow to cool slightly.

Rub the nuts between your hands to remove the skin. Chop in the food processor or place in a bag and roll over then with a rolling pin until well crushed.

To assemble:
Toss the lettuce with the dressing, and pile on individual plates. Place orange slices around the edge of the salad decoratively.

Sprinkle with toasted and chopped hazelnuts, and enjoy!

photo: Glasshouse Images

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Unrecipe of the Week

January 28, 2012

Ahh, the glamorous life of a fashionista! I just returned from a week away from home, doing presentations in Scandinavia.  Sounds wonderful, until you realize that every night after work, we got on a train or a plane, skipped dinner and went to bed late, only to wake up and do it all over again. Lunch was served at 11:15, and tended to be a stand up affair.

After finishing my final presentation in Copenhagen, I opted for a short walk and a quiet seated lunch before heading to the airport. I am a little embarrassed to admit that where I ended up was Hard Rock Café!  The real surprise was the delicious salad I had there. It was a light and healthy blend of lettuce, fresh fruit and grilled chicken that they referred to as the “anti Cobb”.  Here is our take on this yummy salad:

Indigo Jones’ Anti Cobb Salad:

shredded lettuce

sliced Granny Smith apples

diced mango

sliced avocado

sliced strawberries

orange sections

dried cranberries

diced roasted chicken breast (optional)

Layer the fruit in rows over the shredded lettuce. Toss with balsamic vinaigrette and enjoy!!!

Balsamic Vinaigrette:
Whisk together 2 parts olive oil and 1 part balsamic vinegar. Add salt and pepper to taste.

photo: Glasshouse Images

 

 

 

 


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