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An Open Letter to All the Oranges I've Neglected This Winter

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An open letter to every bag of oranges I've purchased this winter:

I'm sorry. I'm sorry for neglecting you, for piling you into a bowl and storing you improperly, for keeping you in my overheated kitchen, for letting you turn stony and tough. I won't do it again.

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Instead, I pledge to notice when my oranges are starting to look a little wrinklier than they should—and I'll pull out the juicer and the microplane and make the following recipes.

If the skin is still soft enough to zest:

Maialino's Olive Oil Cake
Maialino's Olive Oil Cake
Orange-Fennel Mostarda
Orange-Fennel Mostarda
Molly Stevens' Roasted Fennel, Red Onion, and Orange Salad
Molly Stevens' Roasted Fennel, Red Onion, and Orange Salad
Freekeh Salad with Fennel and Mint
Freekeh Salad with Fennel and Mint
Dutch Baby with Cranberry Orange Compote
Dutch Baby with Cranberry Orange Compote
Pioneer-Style Orange Cake
Pioneer-Style Orange Cake
Citrus Ginger Tofu Salad with Buckwheat Soba Noodles
Citrus Ginger Tofu Salad with Buckwheat Soba Noodles

If the skin's beyond the point of no return:

Fragrant Oranges with Ice Cream, Almonds, and Dates
Fragrant Oranges with Ice Cream, Almonds, and Dates
Caramelized Fennel, Leek, and Orange Salad
Caramelized Fennel, Leek, and Orange Salad
Bourbon, Orange, and Ginger
Bourbon, Orange, and Ginger
Blood Orange, Roasted Root Vegetable, and Barley Salad
Blood Orange, Roasted Root Vegetable, and Barley Salad
My Chocolate-Orange Birthday Cake
My Chocolate-Orange Birthday Cake
Cure for What Ails You Smoothie
Cure for What Ails You Smoothie

Tags: oranges, citrus