What To Do When Life Gives You Lemons (Literally)


The best thing about winter is citrus, don’t you agree?  The the grocery store shelves (and trees!) are brimming with lemons, grapefruits, one million different kinds of oranges… yum!!  (Brief aside: I really don’t understand people who claim to like the cold and snow.  I try, but I don’t get it.  Even as a child I knew one day I had to get away from that nonsense. Two years as a Peace Corps volunteer in Kyrgyzstan only confirmed this.)  Here are some delicious suggestions to make the most of this winter bounty.

  • Braised Fennel with Meyer Lemon and Parmesan – I made this last weekend along with a roast chicken. It was so (so! so! so!) good. I may or may not have licked the bowl when my husband wasn’t looking.
  • Blood Orange Olive Oil Cake – File under not-too-sweet desserts.
  • Lemon Curd – Please make this and save some for me.
  • Kale and Citrus Salad – Bright, light, healthy. The perfect antidote to the standard winter stick-to-yer-bones fare.
  • Lemon Poppy Seed Pound Cake – There’s a reason it’s a classic.
  • Broiled Grapefruit – Step up your weekday breakfast game. (I feel mildly hypocritical saying this as anyone who knows me knows my weekday breakfast consists of trying not to spill coffee on myself as I drive to work.)
  • Lemon Chiffon Pie with Gingersnap Crust – I made this for Christmas this year. Enjoyed a leftover slice with a cup of coffee the next morning. (Pro tip! To make it vegan, substitute powdered agar agar for gelatin in equal amounts. Bonus: agar agar sets in just an hour and doesn’t need to be refrigerated! This would have saved me from the dreaded holiday-meal-prep-refrigerator shuffle. Definitely ordering some!)

Get thee to kitchen and make something delicious! (Enjoy!)