March 21, 2011

Zest Friends

You can pick your friends and you can pick your nose. But you can’t pick your friend’s nose. Because that is gross.

Unless that friend is a best friend.

And then, if they ask you to pick their nose – because both of their hands are in a cast or are currently caught in a drain – you’d totally do it. Because that is what best friends are for. They are there in a time of need. They are there to scratch your back (or that itch in your nasal cavity). They are there to brighten your day.

And when it comes to low sodium food, citrus is your best friend.

Just a little juice or zest can instantly light up a plate, much like salt does. Even the most drab dishes suddenly smile with the sweet pucker of lemon or the sassy spring of lime. Orange juice can energize gamier dishes and the most played out BBQ recipes. Blood orange pulled pork, learn about it.

And don’t you dare forget about the other more elusive varieties like kumquats, pomelos, and Buddha’s hand.

Shave it on salads or use it for a Halloween prank – either way, this edible appendage is bound to make your food and life more interesting.

So like the many awesome people you’ve collected throughout your life, be sure to similarly stock up (and fill your fridge) with some exciting citrus. And when you think that a recipe needs extra zing, pass on the salt, and give your zest friend a loving squeeze.

Ready to try?

Check out some of these recipes that use the power of produce to create fantastic flavor.

Orange Moroccan Lamb

Risotto Cakes


Chow on.

lizthechef March 21, 2011 at 12:16 pm

I am totally with you! The oranges and lemons are ripe on our trees and I use them in almost every meal I prepare. Meyer lemon zest really perked up the Spinach Ricotta Pie currently featured in my blog.

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