Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Make Lemonade

Very grown up lemonade, that is.  And I don't mean some silly Lemon Drop mixed with designer vodka, either.

I'm talking about giving your favorite foodie personality a sunny treat (this will work particularly well if he/she lives in the frigid midwest and east coast).  I'm talking about Meyer lemons.  These sweet globs of citrus gold are almost impossible to find in markets, almost impossible to locate away from the west coast, and basically require your own backyard tree if you ever want a good ongoing supply. Luckily, the food company Earthy Delights now ships Meyers all over the country.  

Your snowed in friend can use the Meyers' luscious juice for salad dressings and baked goods, the fabulously delicate zest to flavor pasta, soups and stews.  For maximum lemon leverage, they could even preserve the whole shebang, Moroccan style (consult Paula Wolfert for the method).

And while you're at it, throw in some lemon-infused olive oil for good measure.  Just a reminder that sunshine is around the corner (or already exists in California, if you really need to gloat).  Go to for Meyer lemons by the pound.

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