I know some of you are knee deep in snow but here in Texas we are experiencing more spring than winter – but just wait a few hours and who knows what the temperature is going to be! Spring and summer calls for light fruity flavors and for me that means using citrus oils! Well I do it year around, but this time of year is perfect for getting the fresh flavors of spring and summer especially for the Northern folks, when you have just worked your way through several feet of snow! They can be used in a wide variety of dishes including appetizers, salads, pastas, grains, fish, shellfish and poultry. Infused oils are smoother in flavor than using the zest of the fruit or squeezing a lemon, lime or orange over your dish (which can offer a bolder, and sometimes, sour flavor). Spicewood Food Company offers a vast array of infused oils that I enjoy using year-round. Three of my favorites for Spring and Summer are: Meyer Lemon Avocado Oil or Lemon Infused Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Lime Avocado Oil and Blood Orange Infused Olive Oil. They can be purchased at Spicewood Food Company along with other flavors!
I have MANY recipes using citrus oils for you to try or create your own masterpiece!
Chicken Picatta Pasta (Spicewood Meyer Lemon Avocado Oil or Lemon Infused Extra Virgin Olive Oil – FYI: this is a fan favorite and has been tweaked many ways to what they have on hand!)
Grilled Halibut with a Tropical Fruit Salad (Spicewood Lime Avocado Oil – FYI mix the lime oil with Spicewood’s Jalapeño Avocado Oil for a nice smooth kick!)
Pan Seared Orange Roughy with a Sesame Orange Sauce (Spicewood Food Company Blood Orange Olive Oil).