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15 Wintry Citrus Recipes to Sunbathe In

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Each year, my aunt sends a crate of grapefruits north from Texas, where she lives, to Connecticut, where my parents live. It is the most thoughtful gift: When you've been cooped up inside for a week, held hostage by the cold (or a cold, of the sniffling variety) or whatever "wintry mix" has come your way, sticking your thumb under the peel of a grapefruit and getting a whiff of the oil feels like a small miracle, or whatever it must be like to be a hothouse orchid.

Lucky for us, the greyest time of year is also citrus season. Find warmth in citrus' fruit, zest, oil, and peel all winter long, and in everything from salads to pound cakes (and, maybe most of all, straight from the peel):

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Spiced Beet Salad with Citrus-Ginger Dressing
Spiced Beet Salad with Citrus-Ginger Dressing
Lemon Meringue Pie
Lemon Meringue Pie
Grapefruit Marmalade
Grapefruit Marmalade
Blood Orange, Roasted Root Vegetable, and Barley Salad
Blood Orange, Roasted Root Vegetable, and Barley Salad
Texas Ruby Red Grapefruit Cake with a Hint of Mint
Texas Ruby Red Grapefruit Cake with a Hint of Mint
Bowery Punch
Bowery Punch
Clementine Pound Cake
Clementine Pound Cake
Greyhound
Greyhound
Tangerine and Almond Shortbread Tart
Tangerine and Almond Shortbread Tart
Molly Stevens' Roasted Fennel, Red Onion, and Orange Salad
Molly Stevens' Roasted Fennel, Red Onion, and Orange Salad
Yuzu, I zu
Yuzu, I zu
Blood Orange Salad with Olives
Blood Orange Salad with Olives
Meyer Lemon Focaccia
Meyer Lemon Focaccia
Candied Citrus Peel
Candied Citrus Peel
Quick-Candied Kumquats
Quick-Candied Kumquats

How do you get your mid-winter citrus fix? Tell us in the comments below!