Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Ingredient of the Day: Blood Orange

This is a beautiful and untraditional fruit. I was grocery shopping the other day and I over heard a lovely woman tell the grocery store clerk that the oranges were going bad. She couldn’t believe that there were so many bad oranges. As she felt sorry for the produce person I laughed to myself thinking well, those are actually blood oranges and the beautiful exterior is a normal phenomenon and always look like that. I remember my first introduction to them was when I worked at Michael’s in Santa Monica and the chef was making a pana cota with a blood orange reduction. I was so impressed with the use of such a strange fruit.

Happy Cooking!