May 8, 2012


I've been in the mood to experiment in the kitchen lately. Mostly so I can get my mind off the anxiety surrounding all of the house hunting we've been doing. I'm itching to pack our things and get a move on, especially now that the weather is warm, but I can't do that until we find the perfect place.

Right now, we're waiting to hear back on an offer we made just this morning. The problem is that the market is crazy competitive right now, especially in our price range, so it's really hard to get a lock on anything good. We know ours is not the only offer on this home, so we have to hold our breath and wait. Unfortunately, no matter how much I prepare myself, I can't hide from the fact that I want this house, and that I'll be bummed if our offer isn't accepted.

Honestly, I was prepared for the stress involved with this process, but I wasn't anticipating how attached I'd become to certain homes that we've seen. Some homes seem perfect on paper, but fail to capture me for whatever reason. And then there are others I love almost immediately, despite their flaws.

No matter what happens, we'll be okay. As I said before, I'm trying to take my days one moment at a time, to enjoy my present situation, and to keep my creativity flowing.

So, taking this conversation back to the here and now, I decided to experiment with making my own orangettes last week. I first heard about Orangettes a couple years ago from Molly Wizenberg's aptly named blog, and put them on my abstract mental to-do list.

As I said, it's been a couple years since then, but I finally got around it it. I probably would've made these much sooner if we were the type of people to regularly stock our kitchen with oranges, but we aren't. We've always had lemons and limes on hand, but oranges rarely make an appearance. I'm not sure why that is, either. I only occasionally buy them for the zest, which I scrape off and freeze for later use.

Anyway, I decided to make a special effort this time, and bought a few oranges specifically for this recipe. We already had tons of chocolate (thanks to Trader Joe's dark chocolate pound plus bars), and plenty of sugar, so once I had the oranges, I got straight to work on the orangettes.

It's a week later now, and I'm almost completely out of my new favorite snack! Looks like we'll be adding oranges to our grocery list from now on.

2-3 oranges
3 cups sugar
3 cups water
Your favorite bar of dark chocolate (we like Trader Joe's)

Wash and scrub your oranges. Slice off the top (navel) and the bottom. Using your knife, gently slice the peel away from the orange in long, flat strips, leaving as much of the pith on the fruit as you can. Once you have cut all of peels, slice them into thin strips and set aside.

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Heat up 1 quart of water in a saucepan until boiling. Add the sliced orange peels to the boiling water, and let cook for 10 minutes. Remove peels, rinse, and drain.

In another saucepan, pour in the sugar and the water, and bring to a simmer. Add the peels, and let cook for 30-45 minutes, checking frequently until the liquid is syrupy, and the peels are soft and translucent. Remove the peels from the syrup and place them on a wire rack to cool and dry off a bit.

At this point you can roll the peel in sugar and serve as is, or you can continue forth to make orangettes:

Chop up your chocolate and melt it over a double broiler. Prepare two or three sheets of wax paper. Once the chocolate has melted, turn off the heat, and dip the orange slices into the chocolate. You can either dip the whole slice, or only one of the tips. Either way, remove immediately and place on the wax paper to set. Serve as soon as the chocolate has hardened, or store in the refrigerator in an airtight container.

Adapted from this recipe.


  1. Oh my goodness, I can relate! We just decided to put our house on the market (after we do a lot of work on it) then look for a house. So much work, trying to find the right house (can't look until ours is ready) and hoping ours will sell. Yikes! Still, it is exciting and the beginning of a new adventure! I wish you the best of luck!

    Your Orangettes look beautiful!

  2. Oh Lindsay, I am so excited for you. I know just what you mean about the house hunt, we have done it several times and it can be nerve wracking. I also know the feeling of finding that house that you fall real hard for and the sick feeling you get waiting to see if it will be yours. Remember that will find that perfect house and it will be yours, sometimes the hunt is a bit longer than you like though. Please do keep us updated on the progress, it will be so much fun to feel like we are part of it! - Thanks for the recipe, sounds great and seems to come together pretty easily. xo

  3. Hope it goes well! (And can't wait to be inspired by all the wonderful things you'll do to whatever house you end up with!)

  4. I do hope you find something soon and it all falls into place.

  5. We buy oranges all the time, and two of the eight always end up a bit mouldy. Clearly, I should have been doing this before they got to that point!