It’s kumquat time, and no, I’m not talking about those Kumquat cupcakes. This is a reminder that kumquats are in season. Maybe you remember last year when I wrote about the amazing kumquat preserves recipe in the upcoming book by Su-Mei Yu, The Elements of Life. Well, the book is out now, and it’s pretty cool. (Don’t just take my word for it — look out for a big feature on the book in the upcoming March issue of Food & Wine magazine.) And more importantly, you can make a batch of the preserves and keep them in the fridge for when you get sick. I’m no doctor, but these preserves are some kind of miracle cure for a really bad cough. Just pour hot water over a couple of tablespoons of the preserves to make a “tea.” Then, enjoy the relief. Seriously, don’t take medical advice from me, but I swear by the stuff, and I just made a big batch of the preserves to get me through the season.