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Posted by Devra First  January 28, 2009 05:03 PM

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"I'll order any dish that has _______ in it."

There are some ingredients I can't resist. It's not even always that I like them on their own, but if a dish contains them, I will order it. For example:

Kumquats, Meyer lemons, or blood oranges

Kumquats are currently in the markets, which makes me happy.


I candied some the other day. Here's how:

Slice thin 2 dozen or so kumquats, removing seeds.
In a saucepan over medium heat, stir about 3/4 cup sugar into about 3/4 cup water till sugar dissolves. Raise heat and bring to a boil.
Add the kumquats. When the mixture comes to a boil again, reduce heat and simmer for about 25 minutes or until kumquats are tender.
Let cool, then store in a clean jar. You can also make this with more sugar and water for a greater amount of syrup.


They 're great on pound cakes, tapioca pudding, ice cream with hot fudge, and so on. The syrup is also good in cocktails.

I've been putting them in my yogurt.


What ingredients almost always get you to order a dish?

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