(Feb. 20) Since oranges are at their prime, make juice while the sun shines. Oranges are a treat by themselves, but explore ways to dress them up for elegant meal occasions.

Consider these orange brunch ideas.

  • Chilled oranges with curacao. It only requires four ingredients, but chances are most of your guests never have experienced anything like it. Curacao is an orange-flavored liqueur made from the peel of a bitter orange variety found on the Caribbean island of Curacao. Heat seedless raspberry jam in a saucepan until the jam liquefies. Cool it slightly and stir in curacao or other orange-flavored liqueur. Pour the mixture over peeled orange slices and sprinkle almonds on top.


  • Orange omelet sauce. Combine sour cream, brown sugar and grated peel from half of an orange. For a coordinated effort, mix the orange peel from the other half of the orange in with the omelet egg batter. An orange slice garnish completes the picture.


  • Orange oatmeal brulee. Werner Seyfried, executive chef with the San Diego Marriott Hotel & Marina, developed this recipe for Sunkist Growers Inc., Sherman Oaks, Calif. After you cook the oatmeal, in a separate saucepan combine and boil heavy cream, vanilla bean split lengthwise and a pinch of salt. Separately mix egg yolk and sugar and add the mixture to the cream. Temper it in a water bath until the egg yolk is cooked. Then add orange juice to your cooked oatmeal and add orange zest and orange puree to the brulee mixture. Fill soup cups half full with oatmeal and top it with several orange segments. Then fill the cup with the orange cream brulee mixture to just below the cup rim. Sprinkle over each bowl a mixture of brown sugar and granulated sugar and glaze under salamander until the sugar is caramelized.


BUSINESS CENTS

Denise Vivaldo with Food Fanatics, Los Angeles, offers these tips to market your restaurant or catering service to build sales.

  • Create a catchy slogan or logo for a great first impression.


  • Contribute articles or columns to local newspapers or magazines.


  • Write press releases regarding parties, staff promotions or classes you’re teaching. Fax them to newspapers, industry magazines and past and potential clients.


  • Print on both sides of your business card. You could include customers or clients on the back.


  • Become a guest speaker or lecturer. You’re an expert!


  • Have a professional voice mail message.


  • Conduct a publicity stunt that makes you look good and is for the good of your community. Inform the media beforehand.