When I was in college, my mother sent me a box of January oranges from the good orange tree in our backyard. Imagine Arizona sunshine arriving to heaps of snow — and my mom’s handwriting. The best care package.

Yesterday, I brought this one to my friends, filled with homemade roasted tomato-basil soup (the Barefoot Contessa recipe) and smoked mozzarella paninis. (JW, I love you.)