Eat: The Power of Citrus Zest
I would consider myself a novice in the kitchen. I am pretty good at following recipes, but I rarely do anything just off of the top of my head. Improvising in the kitchen in generally pretty scary to me. And with the wealth of recipes I can find on the internet, I rarely have to.
Take for example the humble rice krispie treat. Make it according to the standard recipe, but throw some freshly grated orange zest and about 3/4 of a cup of chocolate chips, and you’ve got something a little fancier, a little more adult.
Orange and chocolate is a great combination, so maybe next time you make your standard chocolate cake or chocolate chip cookies, throw a little fresh orange zest in there and see how things are transformed for the better.
I also love lemon zest. Add it at the end of making a soup to add some great freshness (squeeze some of that lemon juice in there, too). Add it to cream cheese frosting (or any vanilla frosting) to turn something already delicious (I mean, it’s frosting!) into something even more so.
So try adding lemon, orange, lime, or even grapefruit zest to the things you’re cooking. You’ll be surprised how much people are impressed by something so small.
And speaking of small, I like my zest to be small, and I love my Microplane citrus tool. It’s easy to use and easy to clean. Win-win.