The Kitchen: My Main SqueezeOur weekly post celebrating and supporting cooking at home

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(Next week Stacie’s Kitchen posts will be moving to the main Kitchen Blog as we consolidate and enlarge the reach of this most important part of the home)

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(Image credit: Apartment Therapy)

Cooking here in sunny southern California wouldn’t be the same without citrus. I use fresh orange, lemon or lime juice in salad dressings, bbq marinades, salsas, on steamed and grilled vegetables, fish, chicken and my favorite ­ Meyer lemon meringue pie.

Then there are a variety of cocktails my improvisational riffs on the classic margarita ­ that require a nice dose of sour juicy tang. None of these would come to life without my favorite squeeze (above).

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(Image credit: Apartment Therapy)
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(Image credit: Apartment Therapy)

Crate and Barrel’s version is aesthetically pleasing but after a year or so I found the bright enamel paint begins to chip away. I have since switched to the OXO Good Grip brand and while I’m happy with the performance I have to say I miss my bright happy yellow one. Both maximize juice extraction without polluting your potion with seeds so whether you want the glory of color, or the utilitarian promise of non-stick coating, there’s no reason not to start squeezing your way toward culinary adventure.

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