When Life Gives You Lemons...Put 'Em in Your Food

(Photo courtesy of images.jupiterimages.com) I love everything about lemons—their bright yellow color, their bumpy texture, the mouthwater...


(Photo courtesy of images.jupiterimages.com)

I love everything about lemons—their bright yellow color, their bumpy texture, the mouthwatering tang of their juice, the freshness of their zest, etc…

When we were younger, my sister and I would suck them down to their bitter white rinds and make goofy faces at each other, the long strips of remaining yellow peel over our teeth.

But even if you haven’t had a similar childhood experience, you might agree that some of the best recipes are those that contain lemons; the resulting flavor is comforting and familiar—a sure crowd-pleaser.

Traditional “lemony” dishes in my family that dissolve any dinner-table argument include my grandma’s soft, chilled broccoli with lemon, olive oil, and garlic; her thinly sliced fennel with lemons, oranges, olive oil, and salt; and her egg-dipped chicken sprinkled with breadcrumbs and baked in fresh lemon juice.

Then there’s my favorite whole wheat pasta salad with fresh herbs, olive oil, lemon juice, freshly ground black pepper, and (yes) a sprinkle of parmesan cheese.

All of these recipes make me smile.

Also, summertime would never be the same without freshly squeezed lemonade and lemon ice from Libby’s Italian Pastry Shop in New Haven, CT—sweet Italian ice with bits of lemon in every refreshing bite.

And I’ll never forget the few Nabisco Lemon Coolers a nun handed to me at the Parish Center of my former church. At this time I was six years old and dealing with the harsh reality of my parents’ divorce. Yet, those tart and crispy cookies, lightly dusted with powdered sugar, were pretty darn delicious. They made me feel…happy. Nabisco no longer makes these cookies, but I found a recipe that’s pretty close to the real thing. If you bake these little gems for your friends, sweet memories will be sure to follow.

It's amazing how one ingredient can change your entire outlook on a situation.

I don’t have a memory of eating a lemon for the first time, but I am sure it was similar to the video below. Check it out:









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5 comments

JG said...

I love how you can turn a blog about lemons into something interesting to read. I'm not sure I love lemon just as much as you, but it sure does makes a dish better!

chavi1984 said...

I am also a lemon lover. I like to put lemon on almost everything. I don't if it's because my mom is Mexican and in Mexico people usually put lemon on tacos, soups and even potato chips!

Zeke said...

wow, you are a big fan of this blogging deal eh. Way to talk about lemons for that long

fofa said...

oh my god I am definte a lemon lover!!!!!!! I dont know if its a latin thing but i put lemon to everthing I eat, it makes the food taste great. I love the additional you tube video it was hillarous

fofinis said...

love how you can turn a blog about lemons into something interesting to read. I'm not sure I love lemon just as much as you, but it sure does makes a dish better!

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