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Ingredient Spotlight: Lemons


After so many great recipes and table decorating came from our Citrus-Themed Potluck last month, I thought it would be great to feature lemons in our Ingredient Spotlight!

Lemons are always a must in stocking my pantry supplies to always have on hand.  These fruits enhance almost any dish from meats to vegetables to sauces to drinks.  Lemons are rich in vitamin C and are very aromatic.  They also make great garnishes.  One of the best things about lemons is that you can utilize the whole fruit.  The zest, juice, and fruit meat can all be used in a variety of different ways and dishes.  Lemons can also be used for a variety of ‘non-edible’ solutions including face scrubs, cleansers, and according to my friend Cat over at ‘Things My Belly Likes’, Flea Spray!

The most common variety found in supermarkets is the ‘Eureka’ lemon.  Another popular variety in cooking is the Meyer Lemon.  This fruit is actually is a cross between a lemon and an orange or mandarin.  Their taste is sweeter and less acidic which accounts for their popularity in dishes.  For some more information on Meyer Lemons, check out Adam’s awesome post discussing them on Food Snob Chronicles!

Lemons can be stored for 2-3 weeks in a refrigerator.  When selecting lemons at the market, look for smooth, brightly colored skin.

Below are some great dishes from Green Door Hospitality that include Lemons and/or Lemon Juice.  Simply click on the image to be taken to recipe!

Avocado Pesto over Penne

Chicken with Hot Lemon Butter Sauce

Creamy Lemon Asparagus Soup

Hollandaise Asparagus Tart

Lemon Baked Cod

Candied Lemon Zest

Lemon Chicken Piccata

Lemon Garlic Shrimp

Meyer Lemon Bars

Meyer Lemon Curd

Meyer Lemon Granita

Pound Cake with Candied Lemon Peel

Raspberry Lavender Lemontini

Roasted Asparagus

Roasted Asparagus with Goat Cheese Bacon Sauce

Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Bacon and Parmesan

Roast Chicken Provencale

21 comments on “Ingredient Spotlight: Lemons

  1. thesinglegourmetandtraveller
    February 21, 2013

    I love lemons and it’s great to see how versatile they are.

  2. Cloches & Lavender
    February 21, 2013

    I love lemons, the are a staple in my kitchen. They go with such a great variety of food.

  3. gentlestitches
    February 21, 2013

    Delicious post!

  4. Home Seasons
    February 21, 2013

    We love keeping lemons around our kitchen. They’re so versatile and the smell is just amazing 🙂

  5. petit4chocolatier
    February 21, 2013

    Kenley, I love lemons too! Excellent post and reminder of how good they really are!

  6. thethinkingcloset
    February 23, 2013

    Wow! You’re a lemon master. Love how many recipes you’ve done that utilize lemon. As a Floridian now, citrus is on my radar.

    • Green Door Hospitality
      March 1, 2013

      Thanks Lauren! I felt the same way when I moved to Texas. All of a sudden citrus was a must with cooking! 😉

  7. gotasté
    February 25, 2013

    A must have in my fridge.

  8. Time With Thea
    February 25, 2013

    I was grocery shopping on Saturday and came across the Meyers Lemon. Thanks to your post I knew what they were. I didn’t buy them yet but thought I would next time. They look they will be something different and I am quite curious about the taste! `Yhea

    • Green Door Hospitality
      March 1, 2013

      So glad that you saw them while you were shopping! I think you’ll enjoy the taste when you do purchase them. 🙂

  9. Time With Thea
    February 25, 2013

    Oops typo time! Thea

  10. mmmarzipan
    March 18, 2013

    Wonderful ideas! I LOVE lemons! 🙂

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