Monday, February 7, 2011

It's Lemon Week--And a Give Away!


Oh my goodness, January came and went in a flurry of school and work, sporting events and birthday celebrations, and most notably, the loss of a beloved grandmother. In these situations sometimes just getting through the basics is a lot to ask. Yes, the house got cleaned, the laundry washed and the kids fed....but what I was slapping on the table (with a sigh each night) wasn't particularly blog worthy, in my opinion.

But February is a new month, and though we are already seven days in, I thought that I'd jump start it a bit by declaring it LEMON WEEK! Here in California they are bursting off trees everywhere I look. In fact, the other day, I pulled to the side of the road, and made my mortified 13 year old jump out of the car to pick some lemons that had strayed to the public side of a neighbor's fence. Crouched down behind some shrubbery, he picked about half a dozen or so tiny, but spectacularly fragrant orbs, acting as if he was thieving. Perhaps he was, but I assured him his illicit activity would be rewarded with something scrumptious from the kitchen.....

I've got some fabulous lemony things lined up for the week. They're just what I need to breathe some zest into my cooking. I hope you'll come back each day to check in and see what's been cooking!

Also, I've got a give away planned too. As if cooking with luscious lemons isn't enough, one lucky person who comments on this post will also get to bathe with them. Do you know Fresh brand soaps, shampoos and cosmetics? If you don't, you should. My sister in law got me hooked--everything smells absolutely wonderful. So wonderful, in fact, that I have to hide this Sugar Lemon Bath and Shower Gel from the kids so they don't dump the entire bottle in the tub. I'm not affiliated with the brand in any way, but love it so much I want to share some with YOU.


To win a bottle of Fresh Sugar Lemon Bath and Shower Gel, simply add a comment here on this post telling me your favorite things to make with lemon. Then head over to my Facebook page, become a fan, and join in on the fun! The contest ends this Friday, February 11th and the winner will be randomly selected from those who leave a comment below. Good luck and don't forget to check back each day this week for some fun and fresh lemon recipes.


16 comments:

authorjaneward said...

I've been eating everything, lime, lemon, orange, and grapefruit. Sunny flavors in our snowy winter.

Kristie said...

I made lemon bars and lemon curd is next! I had so many lemons I must have 60 lemon juice ice cubes in the freezer and a quart size baggie of lemon zest as well!

Carin said...

I wasn't a huge citrus fan as a child, but now I find lemony things so refreshing. I made and loved your lemon curd recipe for tartlettes. Of course, using fresh lemon juice to make a nice Lemon Drop cocktail is the best!

Sarah said...

I like to use fresh lemons when I brine chicken. Then I throw the peels down the garbage disposal to make the kitchen smell awesome. I'm going to check out that brand "Fresh." Thanks :)

Allison at Novice Life said...

I LOVE Lemon Crumble Bars and also a lemon spritzer :)

RPMom said...

I LOVE Lemon!!! Love to make pasta with lemon, parm cheese and chicken

Peg Shelton said...

My favorite is Lemon Linguini. It's in the Susan Branch Summer Cookbook. The best stuff. I could eat the whole batch myself.

Ally said...

I love making Meyer lemon curd then using it as the filling on homemade thumbprint cookies. It's so easy and so delicious!

boobooblog said...

Lemon sherbet! (But you probably knew that, didn't you.)

KathySlade said...

Lemon sherbet! (But you probably knew that, didn't you?)

CapeCod Judy said...

Oh, lemons! How do I love thee...? I would say my very favorite is a Lemon Schaum Torte (also called "Angel Pie") from a 1961 edition of the Betty Crocker Cookbook. It's a meringue base with a 4-egg yolk and lemon filling (much like your curd) topped by whipped cream and a hefty grating of lemon zest. Sunshine in the winter!

Lisa A said...

I have been drinking Lemon water all month long! I must say it is quite refreshing!

The Graces said...

I've got a honey lemon chicken recipe that gets a delicious sticky sauce at the end of cooking. That lemon twang makes all the difference. Then the peels down the disposal to freshen the kitchen one last time after the dishes are done is like an "Amen" or "The End" to a delicious meal.

Anonymous said...

Lemon curd when it's still warm:)

celeste said...

We inherited a lemon tree when we moved into this house and i use lemons for my water, iced tea and to freshen up the garbage disposal. I even will use lemon and baking soda to make a paste to scrub stubborn stains!

Jennifer said...

I love lemon anything!!!! Lemon cakes, cookies, pies, candies, pasta, chicken, etc.... Everything is better with Lemon!!!