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Shredded Pork in Ancho-Orange Sauce (Chilorio) from 'Pati's Mexican Table'

Carnitas make for one of the best taco fillings: slow braised pork, shredded and then crisped up before serving, is perfect unadorned in a warm corn tortilla. But what if you're looking to take it up a notch? In Pati's Mexican Table, Pati Jinich presents a different version of braised and shredded pork, this time fancied up with orange juice and a fragrant, tangy ancho chile sauce. With a generous pour of apple cider vinegar, the finished dish tastes almost like Mexican pulled pork—and I wouldn't consider that a bad thing. More

Shredded Pork in Ancho-Orange Sauce (Chilorio) from 'Pati's Mexican Table'

Carnitas make for one of the best taco fillings: slow braised pork, shredded and then crisped up before serving, is perfect unadorned in a warm corn tortilla. But what if you're looking to take it up a notch? In Pati's Mexican Table, Pati Jinich presents a different version of braised and shredded pork, this time fancied up with orange juice and a fragrant, tangy ancho chile sauce. With a generous pour of apple cider vinegar, the finished dish tastes almost like Mexican pulled pork—and I wouldn't consider that a bad thing. More

Sam Sifton's Basic Cranberry Sauce

Yes, cranberry sauce is a given. You probably make a homemade version to accompany its canned brethren in order to appease the most strident of canned-sauce believers. But often homemade cranberry sauce recipes include a cascade of spices, fruit, and nuts to distract from the fact that the sauce is simply a frozen bag of bouncy fruits cooked up with far too much sugar. In Thanksgiving: How to Cook it Well, Sam Sifton offers a straightforward yet well-balanced Basic Cranberry Sauce to counter all of those overwrought sauces. More

Sam Sifton's Basic Cranberry Sauce

Yes, cranberry sauce is a given. You probably make a homemade version to accompany its canned brethren in order to appease the most strident of canned-sauce believers. But often homemade cranberry sauce recipes include a cascade of spices, fruit, and nuts to distract from the fact that the sauce is simply a frozen bag of bouncy fruits cooked up with far too much sugar. In Thanksgiving: How to Cook it Well, Sam Sifton offers a straight-forward, yet well-balanced Basic Cranberry Sauce to counter all of those overwrought bowls of relish. More

Taste Test: Orange Juice, the Pulp Edition

Everyone's sick or about to catch the sick bug, which makes this as good a time as any to taste orange juices. But how do you like yours—pulpy or pulpless? Since the pulp question can be a polarizing topic—right up there with creamy vs. crunchy peanut butter—we divvied the juices up into two tastings and judged them separately. Today, the results from the pulp round. More

Cook the Book: Blueberry Orange Basil Granita

The solution to my temporary lack of an ice cream maker was simple and refreshing Blueberry Orange Basil Granita. The granita originated in Sicily and I've always thought of it as the Italian version of a slushie. I adapted this recipe from a basic template outlined in The Ciao Bella Book of Gelato and Sorbetto. Blueberries and orange juice are pureed and then placed in a shallow pan in the freezer. The mixture is chilled for 3 to 4 hours, and stirred every half hour to break up the forming ice crystals. When finished the granita should be almost frozen and then scraped into light flakes of shaved ice. More

Ice Cubes in Orange Juice

OJ on the rocks. [Photograph: Serious Eats] Over the holiday weekend, Tim Carman of Washington CityPaper's Young & Hungry blog ranted about ice cubes in orange juice: When I see ice cubes in orange juice, I have two immediate thoughts: The orange juice will suck because it's watered down, and the restaurant is cheap, trying to extend its product at the expense of the product. I agree with him on one point: At a restaurant, they're just trying to cheap out. But at home, I sometimes add ice cubes to get the OJ extra cold. You just have to drink it fast. Which is no problem on a hot day. What's crazier is ice cubes in milk, which is... More

Tropicana, Pepsi Overhaul Packaging

If you're an orange juice drinker, you've already noticed the Tropicana brand redesign. The New York Times had a bit about it last week that explains the motive behind the drastic change: One noticeable change is the disappearance of the longtime Tropicana symbol, a straw stuck in an orange that stood for the juice’s fresh taste. The device is being replaced by a tall glass filled with Tropicana and an orange-colored twist cap atop large cartons that is shaped like a halved orange. Here's what design geeks said about it when previews went up in October: This new packaging feels, at best, like a discount store brand with what looks like, again, at best, rights-managed stock photography if not outright... More

Time for a Drink: The Bronx

Let's be honest: The Bronx is unlikely to be anyone's favorite drink. But while it's not exactly bottled excitement, The Bronx is actually pretty good, and surprisingly refreshing. Be sure to use fresh-squeezed orange juice (and if you add a dash or two of Angostura bitters, you've got a somewhat tastier Income Tax Cocktail on your hands), and approach it with an open mind. More

Lower Impact Orange Juice

Is frozen orange juice concentrate better for the environment than not-from-concentrate orange juice? Yes. Slate's Brendan I. Koerner explains the processes and energy consumed to produce both forms of juice.... More

Snapshots from Italy: Spremuta, Anyone?

The height of citrus season is just starting to wind down here in Rome, and I feel an urgent need to get in on as much of the action as I can in the next month or so. Luckily the tiny fruitteria just outside my door is still piled high each day with an astounding assortment of oranges, tangerines, clementines, and lemons. Other signs of citrus mania are evident on trips to the market. Huge takeaway buckets of sweet oranges are conveniently stacked at the front of my supermercato—there seemed to be one sitting in every creaking, wheeled cart I passed the other day. Even shoppers running in and out for a quart of milk and a pack of... More

OJ: The Real Thriller

Anyone who has over bought fresh-squeezed OJ knows it bears a hefty price. Nick Kindelsperger and Blake Royer, working collectively as The Paupered Chef, turn their frugal eyes on homemade orange juice. More

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