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And life hands us Lemons! 
May 26, 2010 1:31 pm 
Updated: May 27, 2010 2:34 am
I do believe that the tree, only a few yrs old, is trying to tell me something...  Each year, it's provided me with more lemons than the year before.  I have to fight J off from picking the entire crop as soon as they are ripe, but it's my opinion that they will keep better if left on the tree, rather than picked and stored inside...  Doesn't seem to make a difference whether or not they are refridgerated, either.  So, when the tree recently began dropping the fruit, it was diligently gathered, and broght inside.  Now, what to do with it all?  Friend Denise loaned me her elec. citrus juicer, which I really must use and return soon, some of the juice will store in the fridge for a while, I plan on freezing cubes, to use later, but kinda figure that I'll still have juice to use.  Recently, made my second ever Lemon Merangue, don't know that I'm ready for another, but who knows!  Lemonade, sure, lemon bars or cake?  I do believe that I should first juice the dozen, and go from there...  I do believe the crazy kitchen will have to get all fired up to make juice!  I just hope I don't burn up her juicer!  After thought, perhaps not keep too much juice on hand, after all, there are still lemons on the tree!  One more item for the "to do" list!

Should you have a fav lemon rec, give me a shout... I'm running out of ideas, faster than running out of LEMONS!  For now, you'll find me in the kitchen, going lemons crazy!
Luv that citrus!
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May 26, 2010 1:36 pm
Nice lemons Stevie ! My lemon tree does the the scent it exudes!
May 26, 2010 1:41 pm
How nice! I would love a lemon tree in my back yard!
May 26, 2010 1:42 pm
Oh man, I would love to live where you can grow citrus! Those are so pretty. I love citrus vinaigrettes, this looks good . . .
May 26, 2010 3:10 pm
Thanks folks! Just added a rec for lemon bars (Lemon Pie Bars) that sounds rather good, 4+ stars... We'll see! Now what to do with the remainder of the 1 1/2 QUARTS of juice from 12 lemons! HELP! lol
May 26, 2010 3:12 pm
Oops, misspoke, I have approx 1 and 1/4 qts of juice total! My bad!
May 26, 2010 5:10 pm
Wow! My only suggestion would be lemonade, but you are probably tired of that by now! You could do the "zucchini drop off" - leave them on your neighbor's porch when they are not home!!
May 26, 2010 7:56 pm
You can freeze lemons whole then use them for juice at a later date. Save a bit of the peel so you can zest it. You can always mail me the extras!
May 26, 2010 9:45 pm
Dang, BSM beat me, I was going to give you the option of sending me your leftovers too. Got a great recipe for you.......try this one......
May 27, 2010 2:34 am
wow stevie, make lemon curd & put in jars, oh man you can only use so much of that tho....those are great looking lemons...oh the bread recipe looks good from avon. oh be sure to zest some of the peel & freeze that....i can see you are going to be real busy what ever you do with them, i would love a lemon tree, but i don't think it would do well here, maybe in the house, you are so lucky to live there & have that great tree...enjoy the lemons ...ttyl judy
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About Me
Started cooking many years ago, and learned as I went. First meal may have been "steak & chips" at age 15, in Birmingham England, where I lived for several years. Mostly grew up in MI, transplanted to the desert 30yrs ago, or so. Favorite cookbook is "Better Homes", also enjoy "Great British Cooking, a well kept secret." Hesitate to call myself "expert," but friends do rave...
My favorite things to cook
Italian has been my "specialty" for some time, and my "signature" meal is Lasagne, salad, garlic bread, which I first made 20yrs ago... from SCRATCH, very first time I made it. (Never again, folks...) Now start with a big jar of sauce!
My favorite family cooking traditions
Thanks to my heritage, I have enjoyed trying foods from different cultures. We still have beer battered fish, and chips of course; ground meat dishes often, chicken occasionally, pork too. I would love to submit a bean dip recipe, however, my ex who gave me the original has passed, and I have no way to verify that it didn't come from another source! I also enjoy British cooking (with a few yankee twists) and once made Plum puddings, also known as Christmas puddings, as far as I know... what an ordeal that was, but well worth the effort. Today, there is mail order!
My cooking triumphs
Greatest triumph was not too long ago, when I held a sit down dinner for 12, Lasagne being the entree. It was a fund raiser I chose to sponsor, and am proud to say that "we" raised over $1000 from that meal alone, minimum donation being $25. All proceeds collected were donated; my partner and I provided the meal and beverages.
My cooking tragedies
MEATLOAF of all things! Went through a stage of "winging" it each time, and I pulled one after another out of the oven that were almost unedible. As yet, not too big on baking... no sweet tooth here! Have dabbled, but find doughs/pastries especially difficult, perhaps as it's 90 degrees in my kitchen much of the year.
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