Strawberry Citrus Salad

Every Spring my excitement for strawberries overshadows my sorrow for the dwindling citrus season.It’s so weird. I feel like juicy, bright-colored fruit, like citrus, should be celebrated in the summer. And I guess it is, hello lemonade. Growing up in Florida I took for granted the ability to pluck an orange from the tree whenever…

A Tart Tart

I love Spring, but I hate saying goodbye to one of my favorite flavors: the Meyer lemon. Its season runs through April. I feel like The Fresh Market could sense my sadness, because the store put the luscious lemon on sale in the last week or so. When it comes down to it, the lemon,…

Mission Pastable: Homemade Fast Food

Every weekend involves my grandiose plans for a well thought out, deeply complicated Sunday dinner. I’m serious. I spend Saturday feeding visions of a trip to the store to frolic amongst the many fresh ingredients that will leave my stove, and ultimately my stomach, singing. Then, Sunday gets here, and by 6pm I realize that…

Ingredient Introduction #11 – Kumquats

My mom’s house, which she recently sold, sat across the street from one with a big tree in the yard. To a kid, the little, fiery olive or pear-shaped things that fell from the limbs were intriguing to say the least. I can remember picking them up, peeling them, and eating the sweet flesh. We…

Must-Try: Meyer Lemon Pudding

I could kiss Pinterest for introducing me to this plush pudding. It’s light, creamy, and silky smooth. The Meyer lemon, which as you know, is one of my absolute favorite foods, really is the star here. I adore the tiny pieces of zest that light up this yellow cloud like only a constellation could. The…

Ingredient Introduction #7 – Cara Cara Oranges

It may be Winter, but you can still bask in the bright light of Summer. Put away your cask of Coppertone and your frequent fryer card from the local tanning tank. Instead, reach for citrus. Lemons, limes, oranges, and grapefruit can lift any dish, dessert, or drink from dull to delightful. Use the zest for…