Perk Up 3 Great Recipes With Fresh Oranges

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When a recipe calls for OJ fresh-squeezed is the way to go. It's always worth the effort to take a few minutes and cut away the peel and membrane so that you end up with only the tender flesh - called Supremes. There's a tutorial on how to supreme an orange on the Pen & Fork blog.

Fresh Orange Vinaigrette is the simplest way to brighten your meal with something orange. Put a supremed orange into a blender with some oil and a little cider vinegar. Puree and season with salt and pepper. It's that simple, and it makes enough to dress a large green salad, or two pounds of grilled or steamed asparagus or broccoli or carrots...

Orange supremes plus avocados (and olive oil, salt and pepper) become a salad that marries culinary opposites in the best of ways. The avocado is rich and creamy while the orange is sweet and tart. The salad ingredients contain the same ratio of flavors that make a good dressing.

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Andy Broder