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Darling Clementine

and other sunshine substitutes to warm up the winter…

I haven’t found that many Darling Clementines this winter…until this week!

clementines

The grocers shelves have been full of Halo Mandarins ( a New York Times story on Mandarin growing in California)

and of course, grapefruit

Grapefruit-Whole-&-Split

 

and mangoes – Van Gogh mangoes, no less

van Gogh mango

Van Gogh painted lots of fruit and veg, but no mangoes…although in the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam there is a painting by Paul Gauguin of Mango Trees

Mango trees Gaugin VanGogh musuem

 

I bought some beets last week…..

Beets-Bundle.jpg

I once had a bunch of beets on the checkout counter. The cashier held them up and asked,”Bunch of radishes?” I shook my head, and he asked,”But they are a BUNCH???” Evidently ‘bunch’ is a category he could look things up by….we finally got to BEET.

With the bunch of beets you get the bonus greens, good by themselves, good for soup. I roasted the beets for salad, and ate them peeled, diced  with some blue cheese dressing. I was going to mix them with orange, but I just kept eating them (beet and orange) separately.

Lemons were in the markdown bin….

lemons

I’ll juice them and put the juice in an ice cube tray in the freezer. When frozen, I’ll pop them into a baggie (I get the freezer bags because they have a place to write what’s inside) and be able to have a little juice whenever…..

ice cube trays

I love the new ice cube trays! I don’t often use ice cubes, but I like to freeze bits of things to use them later.

I’ve had plenty of roasted pumpkin to keep me warm….I used some to make a pasta sauce. Or I could have used dome to top a pizza…..

roasted squash

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I had some red and yellow peppers, and inspired by a recent New York Times story,as well as any excuse to use the oven because it’s SOOOOO cold outside,  I made a red and yellow pepper pizza…EXCEPT (you knew that this part was coming…..)

I didn’t have the sausage or the mozzarella cheese…..actually, I HAD the sausage, it was just in the freezer and a little hard to use at the time, so I left it out. Then I realized that I had no mozzarella or ricotta or cheddar… heavy dairy products were put on the shopping list, and I punted along with what I had.

I had some Parmesan.Actual cheese and not wood pulp.

.I froze half of the dough, because 4 pizzas are more then I can manage for myself.

I topped the piece I used with the peppers, and a little hot red pepper and olive oil and grated cheese.A little onion and garlic chopped very fine to mix it all up.  Peppers really need to be cooked a little ahead and/or cut very very small….So a B minus sort of pizza.

As I was washing up, I remembered that there was a little bacon in the fridge. THAT would have made the pizza into B plus/A minus grade.

I ended my meal with some dried apricots….

apricots Sunsweet

and some Jammin’ Lemon Ginger…..because this cold snap is going to break soon, right?:

Jammin Lemon Ginger

As for soups…..I want to cook beans and lentils and other sorts of pulses …with greens. I feel a soup week coming on.

 

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Orange You Glad, Two

I should have begun with Sunrise

Sunrise

Sunrise

and Sunsets also often have orange.

Sunset

Sunset

A Tequila Sunrise also has an orange layer.

Tequilla Sunrise

Tequilla Sunrise

Tang

We begged begged for Tang when it first came out. Astronauts drank it! One taste - finishing of the jar was it's own form of punishment.

We begged begged for Tang when it first came out. Astronauts drank it! One taste – finishing off the jar was it’s own form of punishment.

Darling clementines  – these are my favorite fruit of winter. I save the peels in a jar in my  kitchen because I love the scent. My mother says that her mother used to keep orange peels on the back of the old black stove for the same reason. And I love the name. Well played clementine people, well played.

Darling Clementines

Darling Clementines. The box says to wash before use. I keep wondering what was lost in that translation . ‘Use’ means eating, right? That’s what I do with them!

Carrots – don’t come in just orange, and originally were violet or black, and yellow and red, as well as white. Violet and red carrots cross to make orange carrots, (it’s not a color wheel, it’s genetics) a hybrid in honor of the Prince of Orange, who was ruling the Netherlands in the 17th century. By the 18th century it was a common color for carrots throughout Europe.

Orange carrot - this is what happens in rocky ground - carrots like sandy soil

Orange carrot – this is what happens in rocky ground – carrots like sandy soil

Sweet potatoes

Sweet Potato

Sweet Potato

Butternut squash

Butternut squash

Butternut squash

Golden Gravy from Valicenti Organics from Hollis NH(www.gimmiespaghetti.com)is made with butternut squash

Apricots,

Dried apricots

Dried apricots

which are pretty darn near close to perfect just the way they are (in dried form), and brought closer to heaven if they’re half dipped in dark chocolate (thank you Judith Campbell)

Mario Batalio’s crocsMario Batali clogs

Racheal Ray’s housewares line

Rachael Ray bread knife

Rachael Ray bread knife

Fiesta Ware

Fiesta Ware Tangerine Orange

Fiesta Ware Tangerine Orange

Red lentils…..which make incredibly great dal and are much more orange then red.

red, brown and green lentils

red, brown and green lentils

Turkey baster – my favorite turkey baster

My favorite turkey baster

My favorite turkey baster

 

Pay As You Throw bags for the town of Plymouth (at last we are getting town trash pick-up!My first day is Tuesday. Welcome to the 21st century, Plymouth)

Orange trash bags for Plymouth's pay As You Throw, which now has pick up!

Orange trash bags for Plymouth’s Pay As You Throw, which now has pick up!

Great Tupperware bowl.

This is  a huge bowl - I think the color is pumpkin...I've had it for so long, they have different names for everything now. Great for holding bread dough in the fridge.

This is a huge bowl – I think the color is pumpkin…I’ve had it for so long, they have different names for everything now. Great for holding bread dough in the fridge.

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