Recipes Day 8: Citrus-Ginger Fruitcakes

*This post marks Day 8 of Miss Ginsu’s 2008 Advent Calendar. If you were reading last year, you’ll know I’m batty for citrus around the holidays. It’s just so fresh and tasty this time of year. So this is a fruitcake I can really get behind. Essentially a buttery poundcake filled with candied ginger and citrus, it’s a far cry from the much-maligned shelf-stable drugstore version. Although most fruitcake recipes call for store-bought candied fruit, it’s really easy and economical to make your own, as I discovered last year.

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Waves of Orange, Fluttering, and A Tangerine-Frisee Salad
Recipes Waves of Orange, Fluttering, and A Tangerine-Frisee Salad

NYC restaurants are on a saffron kick these days, all aswirl with excitement over Jeanne-Claude and Christo’s miles of billowing fabric. I went today, and indeed… in just the right beam of sunlight, I could see the saffron. It’s not that I don’t love saffron. Truth is, I’m just mad about saffron. (heh…) But what I saw was tangerine. Miles and miles of tangerine. Flattened Clementines strung up in sheets.

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About Me

Miss Ginsu is a nom-nom-nom de plume of Leitha Matz, who worked at Tabla and FreshDirect in NYC, wrote about the food scene from 2004 to 2009 in Brooklyn and presently lives in Berlin. Occasionally seen on TV cooking segments, Leitha has also written for FreshDirect, contributed to Cee Cee Berlin, The Food52 Cookbook and has been interviewed/quoted in The Food Keeper as well as The Washington Times and Salon.

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