When I think of the best season to enjoy fresh fruit, winter isn’t the first one that comes to mind. But that’s the wrong
attitude! Take oranges
are juicy, ripe and ready for eating right now in both sweet and savory dishes. And since they’re in season, oranges are one
of the cheapest fruits per pound in the produce section (less than $1/pound versus more than $11/pound for blackberries).
Oranges are perfect for an afternoon snack (just peel and eat), but I love the sweet balance they add to savory dishes. Here
are some of my favorite winter
Curry-Roasted Shrimp with Oranges
Shrimp, oranges and curry make a great flavor trio. Serve over rice as a main course.
Pork Chops with Orange & Fennel
: Fennel-crusted pork chops with a warm citrus-and-fennel salad is a terrific antidote to a dreary winter day. Serve
with crusty whole-grain bread or brown rice.
Roasted Halibut with Banana-Orange
: Bananas (another cheap ingredient) really stand up to the powerful tang of orange and lime in this accompaniment
to roasted fish. Try the relish with other seafood, chicken or steak.
Five-Spice Chicken & Orange Salad
Five-spice powder is a Chinese seasoning shortcut combining multiple flavors in one convenient package. Tossed with oranges,
chicken and Asian greens, it makes a terrific salad with a complex, layered taste that belies the simple recipe.