Friday, June 27, 2014

National Orange Blossom Day, Pizza, In the News, and Enjoy

National Orange Blossom Day - Today is National Orange Blossom Day!

National Orange Blossom Day is the national day of celebration to honor the flower that produces oranges. Orange blossoms have been used in culinary dishes, desserts, and teas worldwide. They add a slight citrus flavor to any dish!

When you think about orange trees, you usually only think about their fruit: bright orange rinds, the juicy citrusy flesh inside, and the many foods and flavors associated with oranges. But those fruits come from flowers. And so the orange blossom is celebrated in its own right.

The official state flower of Florida, the orange blossom is widely used in floral bouquets and as an essence in perfumerie. Culinarily, the orange blossoms are steeped, much like tea, to make orange blossom water, useful for just a slight taste of orange, but lighter, and fainter than using the orange fruit.

In Middle East cuisines, orange blossom water is used much like rosewater—to flavor desserts and baked goods.

Pizza - Last evening, Laura produced one of her delicious pizzas!

She made the pizza dough and shaped it. She topped the dough with traditional red pizza sauce, pepperoni, artichoke hearts, sliced mushrooms, and several cheeses. As always, it was wonderful!

In the News - They walk among us!

  • Vet Could Lose Home for Displaying Small US Flag in Front Yard
  • Vet Fired from Cracker Barrel for Giving Muffin to Needy Person
  • Law Professor Who Specializes in Poverty Makes $205,400 – Teaching One Class a Semester
  • NASA Finds Mysterious Signal that Baffles Astronomers
  • Man Gets 6 Years in Egyptian Prison for 'Liking' Christian Post on Facebook

    Enjoy - Relax and enjoy these images and videos!