Kumquat Jalapeño Marmalade

This marmalade is an amped up version of orange pepper jelly. It’s tangy, sweet, and spicy all in one, and it is fantastic with cheese. I want to spread it all over a wheel of brie, wrap it in puff pastry, and bake it until it’s crispy, melty, and full of complimentary flavors. You could even use this marmalade as a kind of chutney, perhaps as part of your Chinese New Year celebration. What’s most amazing is how easy it … Continue reading

Simple Solutions- Saving Zested Fruit

For a long time, I zested my citrus and then it went to waste. I’d put the fruit in the fridge, but it would quickly turn rock-solid, and I wouldn’t be able to use it. My hardened lemons and oranges became so annoying that I complained to friends, and one of them offered up the perfect solution. If you wrap your zested fruit in plastic wrap and place it in the fridge, the plastic will act as a second skin … Continue reading

The Gift that Keeps on Giving (after 2 years)- An Orange Tree!

When I was in Paris, I noticed that a lot of people had the cutest little orange trees in their windows. I wanted one badly. I thought it would look perfect in a kitchen with white marble countertops and sunlight streaming in through the windows. I didn’t have a kitchen at the time or anywhere else to keep a cute little orange tree. So instead, I bought one for my mom for Mother’s Day. Mistake. I ordered it online and … Continue reading