We tell ourselves that ice-cream sandwiches are less messy and require less cleanup than a bowl of ice cream -- but really we prefer them because they taste so good. Take one of these recipes for a test-drive and see if you get any drips.
No celebration is complete without a sweet treat to top it off. When the heat rises outside, stay cool in the kitchen with our selection of no-bake desserts. These recipes are a snap to make, easy to enjoy, and completely oven-free!
In Season: Popular for centuries in Spain and Italy, blood oranges are now being cultivated in the United States. Look for blood oranges in specialty supermarkets from November through May. What to Look For: Blood oranges are somewhat smaller than navel oranges, and often have pitted skin mottled with hints of red; the interior flesh is deep crimson. The flavor is sweeter and less tart than other oranges, and may have hints of raspberry or a slightly bitter edge. Choose firm, plump oranges that are heavy for their size. How to Store: Blood oranges will keep at room temperature for several days, kept in a bowl or basket where air can circulate freely. To store oranges for up to two weeks, put them in an airtight bag or container and place them in the produce drawer of the refrigerator.
In Season: Peak season for tangerines lasts from October to April. They are occasionally available during the rest of the year but are best enjoyed in season.What to Look For: A good tangerine is firm or slightly soft, and feels heavy for its size. Choose tangerines with smooth, bright-orange, unblemished skin.How to Store: Tangerines will keep in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.
In Season: Grapefruit-growing season lasts from October through May. Grapefruit keeps well in cold storage, so it can be found in supermarkets year-round.What to Look For: Grapefruit comes in white, pink, and red varieties. Pink and red grapefruit gets their rosy blush from lycopene, the same antioxidant found in tomatoes. Choose fruit that's heavy for its size, with smooth, rather than bumpy skin; these are good indicators that the grapefruit will be juicy.How to Store: Grapefruit will keep at room temperature for a week when stored in a bowl or basket with good air circulation. Kept in an airtight bag in the refrigerator's crisper drawer, it can be stored for up to two months.
In Season: Oranges are at their peak between December and April. Since oranges keep well in cold storage, they can be found in supermarkets throughout the year. What to Look For: The most common variety of orange for eating is the navel orange, so named because the blossom end often resembles a navel. The skin of a ripe navel orange ranges in color from deep orange to yellow-green. Choose fruit that's heavy for its size and free of soft spots. How to Store: Oranges can be stored at room temperature for several days or in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.
For your food-loving friends with grown-up palates, choose from our collection of sophisticated candy for gift-giving. The sweetness of these candies is balanced by bittersweet chocolate, tea, sea salt, toasted nuts, or a splash of rum, bourbon, brandy, or liqueur.