Citrus

Meyer Lemonade w/Rosemary + Thank You Sunset Magazine

Meyer Lemonade w/Rosemary + Thank You Sunset Magazine

It’s been almost 15 years ago since we had our first conversation about growing a garden together. It’s been that long? We still can’t believe it. Back then, our garden inventory was a mere small handful of terra cotta pots filled with herbs on a tiny balcony of a second story apartment. We were only […]

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Winter’s Citrus, Double Tangerine Cocktail

Winter’s Citrus, Double Tangerine Cocktail

We’ve been pounced with rain for well over a week now. The unforgiving rain turned our roads into raging rivers and the dark clouds shut out the sun for about 5 days straight. That’s a rarity in Southern California, to not see the sun for so long. Now we know what the rest of the […]

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Orange & Fennel Salad with Toasted Fennel Vinaigrette – Welcoming Citrus Season

Citrus season has finally arrived in our garden and hopefully in about 4 more weeks, we’ll be able to share a few rounds with friends. Last year we doubled up on an extra blood orange tree (for Katie!) and an extra Eureka lemon tree. Plans for this year are to add 3 more citrus trees […]

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Orange Marmalade Cookies with Orange Zest Icing

Rarely does a new cookie recipe make it into our abode’s “must make” repertoire. With our household favorites being so loved (like the chocolate chunk, snickerdoodle w/ Viet cinnamon, and oatmeal rum raisin recipes), a new find has to be pretty damn good to pass up baking an old favorite. These orange marmalade cookies with […]

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Citrus Tequila Shrimp Skewers – Good Bite Video

There are few things which declare California summers like grilled shrimp and tequilla. Usually in separate moments, or side by side… Margarita anyone?!  However in an instant of lazy brilliance, we combined the twoto form an intoxicating bit of deliciousness.

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Grilled Prawns with a Citrus Garlic Butter -Al fresco Inspiration

A rare day off, the sun was out, and the air springtime warm. A day peacefully spent meddling about in the garden, harvesting the last of the sugar snap peas and planting tomatoes and veggies in their stead, throwing in the occasional play session with the dogs. Video it and soundtrack in some music, and […]

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Blood Orange Chocolate Chunk Muffins

“I want a pastry!” “I want a muffin!” A monster has been created by spoiling her too much.  The latest Strawberry Crossover may have been just a little too good and now the demands for fresh breakfast delights are increasing.  Good thing muffins are quick and easy to make. Not that I mind the demands. […]

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Kentucky Sidecar Cocktail- Cheers to tangerines!

Kentucky Sidecar Cocktail- Cheers to tangerines!

After reaching a triple dozen fruit trees in the garden, it’s hard to pick a favorite.  So many wonderful fruits and ensuing cocktails (among other things) have delighted the senses.  Yet there is one tree which brings particular pride to the WORC household. Our Algerian Tangerine tree (also known as the Clementine). Upon first planting,the […]

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Classic Blood Orange Margarita

Classic Blood Orange Margarita

This is why we love late Winter/early Spring in southern California—–> Blood Oranges! It’s blood orange recipe season and our trees dropping their fruit is our signal that it’s time to eat or drink those precious blood oranges or else lose the precious stash to the squirrels. Oh, those darn squirrels love our citrus and […]

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Meyer Lemon Bars

We’ve been on a bit of a Meyer Lemon kick lately. First we had the Meyer Lemon Margaritas and now we’re inundating everyone with a Meyer lemon bar recipe. “What the hell?”  you may ask.  “Are these bastards just out to torture the population still stuck in the snow?” We can be a bit bratty, […]

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Meyer Lemon Margarita

Meyer Lemon Margarita

I have a little confession.  I didn’t used to be very fond of Meyer Lemons.  In fact, a scratch and sniff of a Meyer lemon rind rekindled memories of small stink bugs that gathered in mini-swarms during the warm summer months on ranch where I first teethed. The bugs were small and innocent, yet when […]

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Sidecar Fizz Cocktail – Time to Celebrate!

Sidecar Fizz Cocktail – Time to Celebrate!

Happy New Year to all and to all a great and safe night of drinking! We’ll be shaking it up on NYE with some great cocktails from our mixed drink archives, but the hardest part is deciding where to start. Celebrating with some fine cocktails from our garden citrus is what we really look forward […]

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Kabosu Citrus – Japanese lemons

Reiko, our lovely Japanese friend, brought over a huge bag of Japanese lemons and obviously, we were thrilled to get so many precious Japanese lemon fruits!! She called them Yuzu’s, a Japanese variety of lemon/citron. But after a closer look, taste, and examination, they look more like Japanese Kabosu. Kabosu and Yuzu are both very […]

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Yuzu Citrus – Japanese Citron Lemon

Yuzu is a Japanese citrus lemon that is valued for it’s highly aromatic rind. Because the yuzu is considered a citron, the juice is very minimal, thus often expensive.  Outside of a few Asian cuisines and particularly in Japanese cultural circles, yuzu is seldom grown or used because it’s rather rare. Used in both green […]

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What is Yuzu? A Yuzu Cocktail Recipe

What is Yuzu? A Yuzu Cocktail Recipe

“What is yuzu?” Don’t feel bad if you have never heard of this beautiful little citrus, since outside of a few Asian cuisines and particularly in Japanese cultural circles it is seldom grown or used, however we are hear to tell you that yuzu is pure culinary gold. Yuzu is a sour, tart and very […]

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French 95 cocktail + Hatfield’s Restaurant

French 95 cocktail + Hatfield’s Restaurant

There’s a little jewel of a restaurant nestled on a bustling street in Los Angeles. In fact, it’s located on a very busy street that if you blink, you’ll pass it four times, like we did. #*&%@!  Like pirates on a hungry looting spree (the sexy Johnny Depp kind of pirate, not the coast of […]

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Candied Citrus Peels

In our last couple dessert posts we finished off the desserts with a couple different candied citrus toppings. Candying citrus is a great, very easy way to “classy” up a dessert. Give it a little eye appeal. You can use whatever citrus you like, grapefruit peels, mandarin peels, orange peels, lime peels.  Most times we […]

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Pi Day (3.14)- Meyer Lemon Curd Pie w/an Espresso Ganache

Happy Pi Day everyone!  (For those out of the loop, check the month and day,  then remember the ole math classes- 3.14.) Often when I’m stuck on a creative idea, (writing, cooking, photo, …) I’ll take a little stroll through the garden.  Somewhere amongst the plants lies the Clever Fairy, and if I’m lucky she’ll […]

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Mandarin Crème Brûlée Recipe

Just before Diane left for Club Med Bahamas, all of you twitter followers may have seen her tweet purring about me making her a mandarin creme brulee.  Yes, I admit, I am a closet pastry fiend.  I loooovve desserts.  It started with a love of eating them (I have not a sweet tooth, but a […]

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Club Med Bahamas- Green Flash Cocktail

I can’t tell you how much I love Curacao, a flavored liqueur made from the dried peels of the laraha citrus fruit which  grown on the island of Curaçao, hence, the name. The brilliant blue color, the bright citrus/orange tones and slight bitterness of this liqueur makes a perfectly delicious and beautiful cocktail. When Brandt […]

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