It’s the heart of the citrus season. A rather recent new orange variety is the Cara Cara navel orange. It was believed to have developed as a cross between the Washington navel and the Brazilian Bahia navel. It has a red flesh and a very distinct flavor. It was discovered at the Hacienda La Cara Cara in Valencia, Valenzuela in 1976. This mutation occurred on a Washington Navel Orange tree. It was originally brought to Florida, and then introduced into California where it has thrived.
Cara Cara oranges were brought to the United States in the late 1980’s, and were carried by only specialty markets for many years. Now they are carried by most grocery stores.
Cara Cara oranges come from different growing regions at different times:
South Africa: starting in August
Venezuela: starting in October
California: Late November through January.
Don't throw away the orange peels!
Something that is super easy to do is to create Orange Peel drop-ins for tea and other hot beverages. Just cut your peels into small squares - about 1/2 inch by 1/2 inch, and then pierce with a whole clove. Spread out on a cookie sheet, and place in the lowest temp oven you can. Let them bake until the peels are dried out. But, be careful, it’s easy to burn these. Let air dry for a day or so to ensure they are really dried out.
Drop in cups of hot tea or hot apple cider for a fragrant, spicy beverage. Can also add cinnamon sticks for pretty serving. Get a nice jar or bag them up with ribbon for a homemade gift.
Special Sales and Deals
Fry’s has a buy 6 items get $3 off—not the best deal ever, but it does feature some inexpensive items you might want to stock up on—such as Del Monte tomatoes and 2 liter Coke, Pepsi and 7-Up.
Another great deal is the 25% off Fry’s fresh meat or seafood service case. If you love their peppered bacon (and it’s really good!) now is the time to stock up!
Fry’s is also giving 4x fuel points on gift cards Fri Sat and Sun with the Digital Coupon.
Safeway has many coupons both Click or Clip and digital, also BOGO on many Safeway Brand items.
Links & Definitions:
January 25: Irish Coffee Day
January 26: Peanut Brittle Day
January 27: Chocolate Cake Day —Go ahead, indulge yourself, especially if it’s your birthday.
January 28: Blueberry Pancake Day
January 29: Corn Chip Day
January 30: Croissant Day These are a LOT of work to make yourself. Feeling lazy? Just buy Pillsbury Crescent sheet dough or dinner rolls in the dairy section and then make fun things out of them.
What’s For Dinner?
(or maybe breakfast)
Boiled Yellow Potatoes
Items On Sale
Shank Portion Ham, $.99/lb @ Safeway
Romaine Lettuce Hearts $2.50/3 pk @ Sprouts
Bagged Mini Potatoes, $3.99 BOGO @ Safeway
Slow Cooker Bar-B-Q Chicken Dinner
Items On Sale
B/S Tenders or Thighs $1.99/lb @ Sprouts
Scalloped Potatoes with Ham (Derivative of Day 1)
Iceberg Wedges with Blue Cheese dressing
Items On Sale
Mild Cheddar Cheese, $3,99/lb (bulk) @ Sprouts
Milk, $1.89/gallon @ Fry’s
Iceberg Lettuce, $.99/head @ Safeway
Salad Dressing, $1.49 each with Clip or Click Coupon @ Safeway
Flourless Chocolate Cake
Items On Sale
Beef Chuck Roast, $2.97/lb @ Safeway
Beef Chuck Roast, 50% off (prices marked reflect saving) @ Fry’s
Baby Peeled Carrots, $.98/1 lb bag @ sprouts
Eggs, $$1.88/dz with clip or click coupon @ Safeway
Recipe: Citrus Salad
Chopped lettuce or bagged lettuce mix
4 or 5 cuties or halos
1/4 red bell pepper (about 1/3 cup finely chopped)
1/3 cup green onion tops finely chopped
vinaigrette of olive oil and sherry vinegar
Place lettuce in bowl. Sprinkle chopped pepper and onion tops over lettuce. Arrange cutie or halo segments over. Serve with dressing on the side.
Items on Sale
Salmon Fillet, $7.99/lb @ Sprouts, $7.99/lb @ Safeway
Cuties, $3.77/5 lb box @ Sprouts
Halos, $5/3 lb bag @ Safeway
Red Bell Peppers, $.34/each @ Sprouts
Green onions, $.34/bunch @ Sprouts
Whole Lemon Garlic Chicken
(I see no reason this wouldn’t be great in a slow cooker)
Roasted Butternut Squash
Recipe: Roasted Butternut Squash
1 or 2 butternut squash
1/3 cup melted butter
1/4 cup pure maple syrup (optional but yummy) OR
1/4 cup brown sugar
Have oven at 400 degrees
Peel squash (vegetable peelers work for this). Cut into large chunks (2-3 inches).
Line baking pan with foil, coat with olive oil.
Arrange squash on pan in one layer. drizzle with butter and turn to coat.
Cook, flipping once or twice until all pieces are soft and browned. If some are getting overdone, temporarily remove to a plate. Finally, return all pieces to pan, drizzle maple syrup or sprinkle brown sugar over and cook just till sugar is melted and bubbly.
Items On Sale
Whole Chicken, $,69/lb @ Safeway
Ham, Egg and Cheese Muffins
Fresh Squeezed O.J.
Dessert Any Day—Fruit
Strawberries (Try to get strawberries which are red up to the hull—white shoulders = not ripe)
$2/lb box @ Fry’s
$.97/lb box @ Safeway (limit 2)
$2.50/lb box @ Sprouts
Bunch of Grapes
Red or Green $2.99 @ Safeway
Green $.88 @ Fry’s
Chocolate cake or cupcake variations from a box mix
Use a box mix of your choice, prepare according to directions using some of these adaptations:
—use the high altitude directions (in Prescott you should probably always do this)
—use melted cooled butter instead of oil
—use 1/2 strong coffee and 1/2 cream instead of water
—use brandy or amaretto in place of the water
—add mini chocolate chips
—replace part of the water with the juice and chopped cherries of a bottle of Maraschino cherries
—Use 2 whole eggs and 2 egg yolks instead of 3 whole eggs
(Don’t try more than 2 or 3 of these suggestions at first or you may not be able to tell what effect it’s having on your cakes)