TIP OF THE DAY: Customize Your St. Patrick’s Day Bagel

Green bagels are a novelty on St. Patrick’s Day. But here’s a more elegant way to enjoy your bagel, with green fruits and vegetables. The concept can be applied to any holiday or occasion with theme colors (see the lists below), and can be part of a bagel buffet for brunch. Bonus: It’s a way…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Reuse Citrus Rinds As Mini Bowls

As you cook your way through the holidays, consider saving the shells (whole rinds) of halved, juiced lemons, limes, oranges and grapefruit. You can repurpose them as mini serving bowls—for sides, desserts, condiments and more. First, use a serrated grapefruit spoon or other implement to scrape out the empty juice sacs—but leave the white pith…
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RECIPE: Strawberry-Orange Pasta Salad With Lemon Poppyseed Dressing

Bowtie (farfalle) pasta, fruit and oranges: delicious! Photo courtesy Kraft.   What if pasta salad were more sweet than savory? That’s how it is in this recipe, a perfect way to make summer last a little longer (summer ends this Saturday, September 21st). Creamy lemon poppyseed dressing, mandarin oranges and fresh strawberries create this refreshing…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Removing Orange Peel & Pith

Have trouble peeling oranges? Try thin-skinned mandarins instead. Photo courtesyFloridaJuice.com.   We recently received a gift of delicious oranges from Harry & David. But boy, it wasn’t easy to remove the peel and the pith. Then we remembered our Mom’s tip: Roll the orange on a hard surface, pressing down firmly. We then scored the…
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PRODUCT: Clementines

Oh my darling clementines: The sweetestmandarin orange is also the juiciest.Photo courtesy Del Monte.   What are those cute little oranges that have been in the produce section since the holidays? They’re clementines: botanical name Citrus reticulata, for its pebbled skin. Why should you get to know them? They’re a very sweet, juicy, healthy portable…
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