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For the Love of Lemons! 
Feb. 11, 2013 9:20 am 
Updated: Feb. 18, 2013 6:50 pm

                  I don't remember when it was that I first fell in love with lemons. Perhaps, it was those delectable lemon sandwich cookies my mom brought along when we all went on a picnic. I would eat them like an Oreo cookie. First, twist the cookie. Second, eat all the lemon cream. Last, chomp the cookie.

Or was it the lemonheads? Watching a movie and eating sour Lemonheads. The Lemonheads lasted the whole movie if you planned it right.

 Maybe, it was the lemon dressing my mom made for our salads. The tangy dressing was coveted by my 3 brothers and I. When the salad bowl was empty, we would all dip our bread in the dressing left at the bottom of the bowl.  This was just pure lemon bliss. Sadly to say, I am still searching for a lemon dressing like my Mom's since my Mom just whipped it up without measuring anything.

It is time to expand my repertoire of lemon experiences with homemade lemon recipes. I tried a few lemon infused recipes from All Recipes. 

Lemon Infused Recipes

I baked these Easy Lemon Cookies. The cookies are made from a lemon cake mix. 

I was a little worried the cookies wouldn't come out because of the smaller cake mixes these days. However, it didn't seem to affect the recipe. There is also a video attached to this cookie recipe.

Easy Lemon Cookies Video

It was worth watching, when it came to rolling the cookies in a pan by using a spoon. I also used a small cookie scoop which made it easier to scoop the cookies out of the bowl. The scoop holds 2 teaspoons of dough and yields a 2 inch diameter cookie. I bought my cookie scoop at Bed Bath and Beyond.


Next, I tried the Lemon Garlic Tilapia. It was quite easy and tasty. There is also an attached video. I suggested the video to my son. 

Lemon Garlic Tilapia

Unfortunately, he continues to microwave only. The directions in the video suggested baking or grilling the fish. After eating the baked fish, I prefer my tilapia grilled.


Last, I whipped up the Strawberry Lemonade Slushie. I loved this recipe. I have made this sweet liquid concoction more than once. The first time I made it as is. The second time, I made it low calorie. The third time, I just poured it over crushed ice. All were Lemony Luscious!

It uses a dry lemonade mix such as Country Time Lemonade. I downsized the recipe for 2 servings and used my son as a guinea pig. Of course he thought the glass was too fancy, but he drank it, brain freeze and all. 

Strawberry Lemonade Slushie

For myself, I made it a little more diet friendly. One serving is approximately 50 calories.  I couldn't find any diet lemonade mix at Walmart other than this small box. This mix is usually used to add to bottled water. However, it works. I would imagine you could use Crystal Light. However, each drink mix may vary on how much to add. I would start with a heaping teaspoon and then adjust to taste.



Lela's Customized Strawberry Lemonade Slushie 

For 2 servings:

 1/4 cup of water, 1 pkg. of lemonade mix ( I measured it and it is 1 1/2 tsp.), 1 1/2 cups ice cubes and 1/2 cup of strawberries. I used frozen strawberries. I also made this with fresh strawberries which made the drink pink. Now, I must caution you it may be a bit tart. So, if you make this start out with 1/2 pkg. then add to taste. 

Do you have a favorite lemon infused recipe? I would love to hear from you.

Easy Lemon Cookies
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Garlic Lemon Tilapia
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Strawberry Lemonade Slushie
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Feb. 11, 2013 9:39 am
Lemon is one of my favorites, too. I'll look around for some of my faves.
Feb. 11, 2013 9:51 am
Hi Lela :) Love your blog and love lemon too! I have a couple recipes for you.
Feb. 11, 2013 9:52 am
Limoncello (for adults)
Feb. 11, 2013 9:53 am
And this bar cookie:
Deb C 
Feb. 11, 2013 9:59 am
I have to admit I love anything lemon too. Your pictures are so delicious and enticing! I need to try these.
Feb. 11, 2013 10:05 am
Great job on the blog, Lela. I love lemon, too. I have a Meyer lemon tree in bloom right now, and can't wait to try them!!
Feb. 11, 2013 10:45 am
Feb. 11, 2013 10:46 am
These cookies are absolutely amazing! I suggest doubling the lemon zest and juice. I love lemon, too:) Enjoyed your blog!
Feb. 11, 2013 11:22 am
I love those lemon cookies
Feb. 11, 2013 12:32 pm
Hi Lela,my sister's neighbour in Arizona has a lemon tree,and we really enjoyed those lemons when we were there.I have a recipe for you.
Feb. 11, 2013 12:33 pm
Feb. 11, 2013 12:35 pm
Sueb has a really good lemon refrigerator cookie that I make often.
Feb. 11, 2013 12:36 pm
That is the wrong link...
Feb. 11, 2013 12:54 pm
I steep lemons in vodka, after straining I use the vodka in dishes to give it a bit of zip! Love lemons! Nice photos :)
Feb. 11, 2013 1:51 pm
Feb. 11, 2013 1:52 pm
sorry about the double post.
Feb. 11, 2013 3:13 pm
Thank you Lela! I do love lemons and have saved all these wonderful recipes. I'm so excited and can't wait to make them! The cookies, sound so delish! I can not wait to try the tilapia! I love those Archway cookies with the lemon icing! Now I want some!
Feb. 11, 2013 4:47 pm
I don't like sweets but the Easy Lemon Cookies Look so good, I would gladly remove my sweet restriction for one of them. not to keen on TILAPIA but they also look good.
Feb. 11, 2013 10:09 pm
This was really good!
Feb. 12, 2013 5:58 am
I love anything lemon! I'm going to make the Lemon Chicken Piccata and Ann's Rice Pilaf for dinner tonight, both from this site.
Feb. 12, 2013 5:59 am
Hi Marianne! I would love a lemon recipe. The more the better!
Feb. 12, 2013 6:04 am
Hello, AllieGeek! Both of your recipes sound so lemony good. When making the limoncello what kind of bottle do you store it in?
Feb. 12, 2013 6:05 am
Good Morning, Deb C! Thanks for stopping by. I welcome you to the Lemon Lovers Club!
Feb. 12, 2013 6:08 am
Hi, Judy in Delaware! I am so envious of your Meyer lemon tree. Are you growing your lemon tree inside?
Feb. 12, 2013 6:14 am
Good Morning, Grainfree Girl-you cookie expert. I am saving the lemon crinkle cookie recipe. I will make sure I add more zest and juice. Can't wait to try them.
Feb. 12, 2013 6:16 am
Hello, Paula T.! I am with you on loving the lemon cookies!
Feb. 12, 2013 6:17 am
Hi, Manella! Thanks for the lemon loaf recipe. It sounds so lemony delicious! I am saving your recipe.
Feb. 12, 2013 6:19 am
Good Morning, BigShotsMom! I am saving this wonderful lemonlicious cookie. Thanks for the recipe!
Feb. 12, 2013 6:22 am
Hi, Cathill! Hello, you have my attention. Questions: How much vodka? What dishes do you like to use with the lemon steeped vodka?
Feb. 12, 2013 6:26 am
Hello, gammaray! Funfetti and lemon cake oh such a lemony combination! I am saving the recipe in my lemon folder. I wish AR would let us look at people's folders. I would love to raid people's lemon recipes.
Feb. 12, 2013 6:29 am
Good Morning, luv2Cook! I am certainly in agreement with you on eating the lemon cookies! When I was growing up my mom had to hide the lemon sandwich cookies or the cookies would be gone in one day.
Feb. 12, 2013 6:32 am
Hi, King Sparta! Nice to see you here! I bet you have some lemony main dishes you make that are good.
Feb. 12, 2013 6:36 am
Hello, Cookin'Cyn! Winner Winner Lemony Chicken Dinner. Can I come to your house for dinner? The rice pilaf sounds wonderful, too!
Feb. 12, 2013 9:21 am
Seeing someone else's RB the way they have it organized is on my AR wish list, too!
Feb. 12, 2013 9:29 am
Here's another recipe. You can make this non-diet, of you prefer (= I make a lemon version, leaving off the Heath Bar, and using lemon pudding in place of the chocolate. I made the desserts for my friend's wedding rehearsal dinner - and this lemon dessert was one she requested (=
Feb. 12, 2013 8:31 pm
Gammaray-yes wouldn't it be easier to view someone's recipe box by folders? Perhaps, someday. Thanks for the recipe. My husband loves Heath bars.Yum!
Feb. 13, 2013 9:39 am
LOL! My homemade crackers for one. I just came back to tell you your blog inspired me to make a lemon mousse and lemon pound cake tomorrow for V-day. Got everything today hopefully it will turn out as lovely as those cookies you made :)
Feb. 13, 2013 3:23 pm
Hi Cathill! Your lemon mousse and pound cake sounds so yummy. Enjoy Valentine's Day!
Feb. 13, 2013 4:37 pm
Hi, Lela! Everything looks superb! I am making chicken francese with my MIL and SIL right now. Love the mix of wine, lemon, and butter for the sauce!
Feb. 14, 2013 5:56 am
Hello, Jacolyn! Chicken Francese sounds like a great combination of flavors. Do you have a recipe? Happy Valentine's Day!
Feb. 14, 2013 9:01 am
Shall we chat LEMONS? Seems that it was this time last year when my tree was full of fruit, that I begged for lemon rec's... I'd run out of ideas! I juice/freeze most of mine (at least the ones I don't give to friends!) I wonder if lemonade could be made with a sugar substitute like "Splenda...?" We do love our lemonade in the summer! When life gives you lemons.... Be well!
Feb. 14, 2013 9:53 pm
Hello Stevie! I wish I could have a lemon tree here in Colorado. I just don't think it would survive the harsh winters. I was wondering about using Agave nectar for lemonade. Will have to experiment with it what about a honey lemonade?
Feb. 15, 2013 5:06 am
Lela, I made my DIL a cake for her birthday---King Arthur's Vanilla Trifle Cake. I mixed up equal parts of sugar, water, and lemon juice and brushed it all over the still-warm layers before I let them cool to wrap carefully and freeze. That imparts the best lemon flavor at the same time it keeps the layers moist.
Feb. 15, 2013 6:10 am
Marianne, I have read about freezing a cake to keep a cake moist. Sounds wonderful Marianne. How long do you keep the cake in the freezer before using?
Feb. 15, 2013 1:44 pm
I'm with you sista!! Lemon is the best! Nice blog and beautiful pix!!!
Feb. 15, 2013 7:38 pm
Hello, mickdee! Thanks for stopping by.
Feb. 16, 2013 5:44 am
Lela, I usually only freeze the cake layers for a day or two so that I have plenty of time to spend just decorating it (crumb coating, fillings, etc).
Feb. 16, 2013 5:50 am
Lela, we just used an AR recipe for the francese. It was fun!
Feb. 16, 2013 7:15 am
Jacolyn-Thanks. I will check the francese recipes out!
Feb. 17, 2013 2:56 pm
Well, a certain amount of success to report. Made the mousse, kid hated it, DH LOVED it. Made the pound cake, kid will choke it down, DH sneaking it whenever he can. Froze some of the leftover mousse to see what would happen, DH LOVES it says it is great as an ice cream. Deep sigh, I am afraid I don't care for either dessert but they were fun to make. I was afraid of that but it is nice to know I have a knock your socks off dessert for the DH.
Feb. 18, 2013 6:05 am
Hello Cat Hill, I know what you mean about kids not liking a recipe. Well, at least your DH liked the desserts. Sometimes, new recipes sound wonderful, but after whipping up the recipe-it will all depend on my family's vote whether to make it again.
Feb. 18, 2013 3:01 pm
I do a Lemon and tarragon pan cooked chicken. it's not an exact thing since I just make it up as I go along but it's always yummy and the sauce that gathers in the pan is great on rice served with the chicken.
Feb. 18, 2013 6:35 pm
Hi, Sunnydaze! Your lemon and tarragon pan cooked chicken sounds delicious!
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I enjoy cooking for our family sit down dinners. Although my kids are grown, we are a close family that enjoys 4-5 sit down dinners a week together. My family's favorite dinner is chicken enchiladas smothered in green chili. I have a passion for cooking, baking for the holidays and food photography.
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I am on a journey to reclaim family recipes that were lost when the cooks in my family passed away. Cooking traditions are a major part of my passion for cooking. On Christmas Eve, we always had green chili and tamales. Cookie baking, lemon bars, pizzelles , and potica have been a must at Christmas as long as I can remember. My family looks forward to homemade pizza, when we gather as a family to decorate the Christmas cookies. Thanksgiving wouldn't be Thanksgiving without noodles and gravy piled high on mashed potatoes, pumpkin pie, and broccoli and rice casserole. On the 4th of July, there is the 4th of July Potato Salad that I make using 10 pounds of potatoes. Mexican Food is part of our weekly menu--green chili served over mashed potatoes or as a slopper (green chili poured over hamburgers.) I am always making tortillas for someone. They call my tortillas little white pieces of gold. Saturdays are Family night for dinner. It is the one day my kids can request a meal.
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