Oranges were on sale at the grocery store today and I picked up a big bag of them and got my orange groove going in the kitchen.

Among other things, I made a batch of Cranberry & Orange Ginger Mango Chutney which had the added bonus of making my house smell phenomenal.

I had picked up an extra bag of cranberries before Thanksgiving, but never made anything with them before we left for Aruba on December 2.


They’ve been parked in the freezer and taking up valuable space so I used them along with some of the new oranges in a fresh batch of cranberry sauce which is almost no work.  Toss things in a saucepan with sugar and let them simmer for a half hour.  I can handle that.

Skylar adores cranberry chutney and it’s packed with vitamin C.

Being that my little princess is going to be around even more snotty-nosed sick rugrats other children in her new school, I figure the extra does of Vit C can’t hurt.

I also baked something with the oranges.  Which involved a cream cheese glaze.  There’s always a way to fatten up even fruit.  Just add butter, cream cheese, and sugar.  Smart thinking, right?

And I made something to drink with the oranges.

One of my best drinkey-drink recipes in awhile.

Kind of like Peaches & Coconut Cream Smoothie but different enough.  Recipe coming soon on the new orange drink.

I’ve definitely gotten my Vitamin C in today.

I haven’t had enough chocolate or peanut butter.

I’m about to change that with a Nutter Butter Special K Bar (No Bake)

Do you like oranges?  Do you make things with them or just eat them plain?

I have mango recipes, lemon recipes, apple recipes, and banana recipes in case you need fruit-based recipe ideas.  All recipes include pictures with links in those posts.

How do you peel your oranges?  Knife, peeler, keeping them in sections, wedges, other?

I used to peel them carefully with a peeler, keeping the sections in tact, but that’s much slower than just chopping them down the middle with a knife and quickly removing the peel with my knife.

Sometimes I’ll make orange wedges and keep the peel the “butt” of the wedge on but I find the family is more likely to eat them if they’re totally peeled and ready to pop in the mouth, sans peel.

That’s the one downfall of oranges compared to apples, bananas, or grapes for lunches is that the peeling situation is not as desirable for husbands or little kids who can’t manage to get that orange peel off.  That’s when I hear, “Mom, can you help me with this…”

Have a great weekend!

55 comments on “Oranges”

  1. I just love peeling oranges and eating them with my hands :) That cranberry-orange chutney is a fantastic idea!

  2. Cranberry orange chutney goes with just about any white meat in my house, as a condiment. Its awesome!

  3. I don’t know if I’ve ever actually made anything with oranges other than fruit salad, but I don’t think that counts. I usually eat them plain and peeled, or sliced if they aren’t really peel-able. To peel them, I either bite them or dig in with my thumbnail and just peel from there.

  4. mmm I love oranges & cranberries :) I don’t know how to peel oranges with a knife — i’m too scared to slice my fingers off! Haha, I usually just cut them in wedges and then peel off the peel or i start a little hole at the top and peel from there!

  5. I like orange juice, but I hate oranges! Orange-flavored things were always my favorite too. But I can’t stand the texture of oranges. I hate the pith and just the plain weird texture. A smoothie is the best because you can get the awesome flavor without any of the weird texture.

  6. Made your wonderful chutney recipe and it was fantastic! Also, followed your recommendation to use it in those amazing “brie sticks” (can’t remember whose blog it was on). Absolutely amazing. I love hearing about your finds at TJ’s. The closest one to me is 2 hours away, so I don’t really get there, but, love hearing about what you find! Thanks for sharing so much of your life with us.

    • Oh thank you soooo much for this comment! The fact that you made the cran chutney AND that you made the brie bites in puffed pasty (Joy the Baker’s site). I have had so many other baking projects since getting home from Aruba not even two weeks ago (but feels like a lifetime ago!) that I haven’t even made those yet. But I’m going to!

      Thanks so much for reading and for this note. Made my day :)

  7. That chutney looks fantastic! I love oranges, such a refreshing fruit. I’m like you, just cut them down the middle and peel with a knife. I tend to just eat my oranges in segments or in a fruit salad… i love the simple combination of orange, apple, banana and grapes or berries. It always hits the spot!
    I really should get a bit more creative with oranges in my food creations… the drink looks delish! Thanks for the inspiration.

  8. I love oranges and eat one every day in winter. The lazy way: cut in half, then make three slices from each half. Cut those in half. Eat orange stuff out of the peel. The juicier the better!

  9. Hi I just found your blog through CNC, I have to say it’s awesome! So many pretty pictures, yummy looking desserts. I love your cranberry and chutney idea. Definitely will be checking out your recipes page.

  10. I love oranges. This week I’ve been eating a lot of clementines. I usually eat oranges plain, but I also love orange juice. I don’t bake with oranges often enough, but I should! I’ll make it one of my to-do’s soon :)

  11. Hmm! Oranges! I wish I was in California right now :P

  12. Love oranges and my kitchen is overflowing with them thanks to our little tree going nuts and getting a bag in our farm box, so thanks for the recipe inspiration! :-) I’ve been eating 4-5 at a time straight up as a snack or dessert lately, or using them in salad dressing and stir fry sauces. I’ll also peel them, split in half, and freeze for smoothies.

  13. Generally, I just eat oranges in wedges. But, I also bought an extra bag of cranberries at Christmas time, so it’s actually perfect that you posted this cranberry & orange chutney! You can’t go wrong with Vitamin C during chillier winter months!

  14. That chutney looks amazing. Thanks for sharing!

  15. Love oranges! When I have time I like to peel them and seperate the wedges, in a rush I just chop it up. For lunches I find that clemintines are much easier to peel than oranges, so that is the route I take!

  16. I loved this post – citrus fruit is just such a necessity this time of year. Oranges and grapefruits are my go-to. I got a box of Harry&David oranges and grapefruits for Christmas from friends – great gift idea, no? When I’m on my usual citrus kick in the winter, I bake chocolate chip cookies, but grate 1 TBS of orange zest into the batter and use dark chocolate chips instead of semi-sweet. Its deliciousss and just enough of a twist on a classic you know we all love ;) Speaking of chocolate chip cookies, LOVED the snickers stuffed cookies recipe, Averie! Baked them last night and they were almost too sinfully delicious… almost!


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