Friday, July 13, 2012

Fun ways To Cook with Fresh Citrus

**found in July 23rd Issue of People Magazine

L.A. chef Suzanne Goin's tips for adding a twist to your meals.

Cool Marinades
"Add citrus zest to marinades for fish, chicken and steaks," suggests Goin.  "If the dish is spicy, use lime.  Orange gives a Mediterranean flavor, and lemon is great with everything."

Summer Salad
Citrus dressing adds "a freshness" to salads, says Goin.  Mix 1 tbsp. olive oil, 1 tsp. cider vinegar, a dash each of salt and pepper, plus a hearty squeeze of an orange wedge.".  (original article uses Red wine vinegar).

Thirst Quencher:
For a summer cooler, blend 3 cups cubed watermelon until smooth, strain into a small pitcher, and mix juice with 1 1/2 cups cold water, 1/2 cup lime juice and 6 tbsp. simple syrup.  Serve over ice.  "My family drinks this with lunch or dinner," says Goin.

Tangerine Sauce
Makes 6 servings

3 tangerines, peeled and separated into segments
1 1/2 cups tangerine juice
1 tsp. granulated sugar
1/8 tsp. crushed red chili flakes
4 tbsp. unsalted butter
1/4 tsp. salt
Freshly ground pepper

Place juice, sugar and chili in a medium pan, bring to a boil over high heat.  When juice has reduced by half, turn heat down to low and quickly whisk in butter, salt and a pinch of pepper.  Remove from heat and stir in segments.

Enjoy! xoxo Julie

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