Monday, December 29, 2014

Dark Chocolate Covered Candied Orange Peels and a Whole Foods Giveaway

                                                         "Dark Chocolate Covered Orange Peels
                                            are simple to make and even easier to eat!"


The year's end is suddenly upon us and it has hit me with a vengeance; a good kind of vengeance though. The kind that says it is good to be begin again. Though we haven't had Alex's company, we have had the pleasure of Zoe's, and I certainly hope she wants to do it again. We've crammed in massages and movies and museums. She's skied and I've cooked and the refrigerator is more full than I remember it in the last year. We've celebrated Hanukkah, eaten banh mi's, chili mac and steak, and last night we had a full fledged Thanksgiving, even though the table wasn't decorated with pumpkins and gourds.

We still have New Year's to go, but she will be with friends so it looks like I'll be cooking for just my friends. I do expect though that she and the boyfriend will probably be coming back in time for dessert and whatever else might be around to stuff into their mouth's! It's been a grand visit and it isn't even close to being over. Today she is with her dad helping him choose new glass frames and I thank her for that!


It is freezing in no uncertain terms outside, so I figured it best to dream of places where citrus grows on trees. No, Whole Foods didn't tell me to say that, but they do want us to think abut citrus and it sure seems like a good thought right now. Seriously though, the stores are ripe with oranges and grapefruits and Buddha's hands. They look like mysterious ghostly hands made of giant lemon peels. Pick one up and inhale its aroma. I adore the smell of Buddha's hands!



I am not a big user of citrus because I never ever liked things like orange marmalade or lemon meringue pie. Lemon in sweet food never really did it for me, nor did orange, and after being on the grapefruit diet in high school; well, I never really liked grapefruit much after that. However I will imbibe a Salty Dog now and then, but only if the conditions are right.

One thing I do love though, is freshly squeezed orange juice. Winter often found us in Phoenix visiting my parents and way back when, one was able to find orange groves with juice stands just standing by the side of the road. My dad would pick up gallons of juice for us to drink and that was always so special. It's been awhile since I've seen an orange grove in Phoenix. I guess the orange groves have now become shopping malls and I do miss them. Blossoming orange trees are just the best.


Well, this month begins the citrus deluge in our local groceries. What a perfect thing to start a new year with! I,of course, was wanting to make a little something sweet with them, so seeing how chocolate covered orange peels were always a favorite of Manservant's, I decided they probably wouldn't be too hard to make. Every year around Passover I buy him these treats, but they seem to be getting harder and harder to find. Well, I've solved the problem. These are so easy to make as long as you can peel an orange. Please don't tell me you can't peel an orange. All right. I admit, my mom used to peel them for me. They always seemed to taste better that way.



Whole Foods has some favorite foods in the market right now. Hopefully you will still be able to find their brand of gingerbread sandwich creams. These would taste great with a slice of chocolate covered orange peels. I also can't wait to try the Madecasse  chocolate bar (made in Africa) that I splurged on. I'm taking that to the movies today to eat with my popcorn and I don't know if I'm more excited about going to the movies, or eating the chocolate bar!

Check out Whole Foods for citrus, but also be sure to check around for hidden goodies. They have lots of items that you can't find any other time of year. Take advantage now. After all, the year is quickly coming to a close. Get it while you can!



Dark Chocolate Covered Candied Orange Peels
Makes about 1 cup
Time to make: About 30 minutes
Ingredients:
Peel from several large oranges, pith cut away and sliced into thin strips
1/2 c water
2 T sugar
A few tablespoons of super fine sugar (optional)
1 c dark chocolate

Directions:

Blanch peel in saucepan of boiling water for one minute. Drain and run under cool running water. Repeat the process.

Line a baking sheet with parchment or waxed paper. Boil water and sugar in a small heavy saucepan over medium low heat, until sugar dissolves. Add peel and simmer until almost no liquid remains. Transfer peel to prepared sheet, separating into strips. Cool completely. When almost cooled, I sprinkled these with superfine sugar on one side.


When peels have cooled, melt your chocolate in a small bowl. I do this in a microwave on a low power for about one minute each time, whisking in between until chocolate is smooth. Now dip each individual peel into chocolate and carefully lay then back on the paper. Let harden in fridge and then enjoy!


Other great foods to start the New Year:
Bacon and Egg Breakfast Salad
Green Chili Egg Souffle
Saigon Crunch Chex Mix
Mussels in White Wine
Green Posole
Portuguese Chicken Stew
Chocolate Lava Cakes

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62 comments:

  1. Simple, easy and chocolate - some of my favorite words ever! These are really beautiful and a classic combination of flavors. Happy New Year Abbe!

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  2. I love to eat clementine's in the winter....easy to peel, no seeds, great taste!

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  3. My favorite way to eat citrus (oranges and tangerine) is to just peel and eat.
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  5. My favorite way to eat citrus is eating it raw

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  8. Abbe, I've been following your blog foe about a year now. Somehow I just noticed your reference to Monical's Pizza. We just returned from visiting my in laws in Arthur IL. We pass the Arcola Monical's every time. My husband grew up on it and we stop there from time to time. Small world! By the way I love lime curd. I use it as a filling in layer cakes. Happy New Year!

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    1. You are so lucky! I loved Monicals. Growing up we went every Wednesday night for family night! Don't know if it is still as good, but I'd sure be happy to give it a try! Thanks for reading!

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  9. My favorite way to eat citrus is simple: eating fresh peeled clementines or tangerines just as they are.

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  12. My daughter and I discovered buddha's hands a few years ago at Whole Foods. I was amazed and have been a fan of their scent ever since. Your chocolate orange peels look so good. Have a great time with Zoe.

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  13. We love to eat oranges with cottage cheese for breakfast.

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  14. I love to eat candied lemon and orange peel when I make syrup. I add the peel in the syrup using 2 cups sugar and 1 cup water and 1 small clove,

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  16. my favorite way to eat citrus is just as it is.

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  18. We love clementines and mandarins! These candied orange slices look amazing, Abbe.

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  19. Glad you have had such fun with Zoe and eaten great food! My daughter and her boyfriend and loving everything I've made for them so far - I guess they kind of got into a food rut before moving in with me.

    My MIL sent me Florida citrus one year for Christmas several years ago as my present, and I told her she never had to think again of what to send me - fresh grapefruit and oranges - so good! I love broiled grapefruit - drizzled with either honey or sprinkles of brown sugar then put under the broiler until browned and bubbly - love the sweet/savory combo.

    Happy almost New Year!

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  20. Kind of boring but I love citrus fruits as they are - plain and delicious.
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  21. Kind of boring but I love citrus fruits as they are - plain and delicious.
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  25. First comment didn't show up.
    I like citrus in salad.

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  26. This is one treat I've never tried making but I love that rich, dark chocolate on yours! I love eating grapefruit and oranges and have one almost every day.

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  28. This is a great way to use the peels! Never had this before. My favorite way is to make a citrus salad.

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  30. My favorite way to eat citrus is with my gluten-free pancakes or waffles- anything to spice up gluten-free breakfast.
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  32. I love citrus straight out of the fridge - navel oranges are one of my faves since they are so easy to peel.
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  35. Ooft I am in love with these peels, they look so tasty :D
    Definitely my favourite to put on cakes!
    Happy New Year!

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  36. Hi Abbe, that is so true about the citrus fields becoming shopping malls and there is even a joke about it. Our lemons and grapefruit trees are just about ready for the pickings. love your chocolate covered orange peels, they are lovely. I try especially this time of year to eat a grapefruit every day. Happy New Year!

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  37. My favorite way to eat citrus is in smoothies. I make smoothies frequently in my Nutribullet and then stick them in the freezer until they become like a sorbet consistency. Very delicious!

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  38. I love having citrus just the way it is! cricketlady29@hotmail.com

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  40. I don't think I've ever really done anything with citrus other than eating as-is or like, orange juice! Might have to try out your recipe, though - almost anything can be improved by adding chocolate!

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  41. I like to slice citrus into wedges to eat! Yummy!

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  42. My favorite way to eat citrus is raw. I love oranges the most.

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    1. Happy New Year!!! My mom used to make candied orange peel---and I certainly didn't appreciate it as a child. Now it's just embarrassing how much I could eat! You've inspired me to make a batch :)

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  44. I love to eat citrus on salads!
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  45. I love citrus a LOT. But I found out a few years ago, you haven't tasted orange juice until you have it fresh off the trees.

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  46. I like to eat oranges or drink orange juice.

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