Eight Ways to Use Blood Oranges

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Andy Broder
Meyer Lemons, Blood Oranges, and Navel Oranges

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My favorite way to make food look good isn't with a garnish. I like to bring eye appeal to food with the ingredients in the recipe. Hands-down, blood oranges are the coolest-looking item in the produce aisle. The flesh of blood oranges ranges in color from orange with a pink blush to mottled red and to deep burgundy. Blood oranges often have an intense orange taste, and can have some berry-like flavors as well. Nothing perks up the way your food looks more than a slice or dice of blood orange.

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Andy Broder
Blood Orange Martini
A simple slice of blood orange is the easiest way to add eye-appeal to almost anything. I like to peel the orange and then cut it into thin slices for blood orange martinis. For a bit more orange flavor, you can muddle the slice in the glass before adding the vodka or gin.

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Andy Broder
Blood Orange, Plain Orange, and Pear Salad with Cracked Pepper
The red in blood oranges comes from anthocyanins, which means that they're rich in antioxidants. I've been making a conscious effort to use fruit as part of a meal, and not just for snacks or dessert. Blood and regular oranges with sliced pears and a little freshly ground black pepper combine to make an incredibly simple side dish. Minus the pepper, with some Greek yogurt, it's good for breakfast.

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Thanks for the great ideas to help me take advantage of blood orange season (which ends in March).  

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