Fresh lemon zest gives any dish a sweet, invigorating vibe. Bring that sunny flavor to your winter menu with these sweet and savory lemon recipes. Lemons happen to be in season right now, so a nice size bag of them equals big flavor, high quality, and good savings. What could be a better way to brighten up the winter? Bon Appetit!
Lemon Pastry Cream Photo: İFlickr user avlxyz
Perk up the same, old roasted chicken and potatoes with one of these sauce recipes for winter dishes. Whether it's savory, tangy, or downright buttery, add new flavor to your daily menu by coordinating these sauces with your favorite meals. Bon Appetit!
Butter Sauce Photo: İGlen MacLarty
For a luxuriously rich alternative to the vegetable gratins so popular in the winter, try this langoustine gratin recipe. The langoustines can easily be found in larger fine food markets, but lobster meat makes a perfectly flavored and textured substitute if you cannot locate them. Offset the heaviness of the gratin with a crisp, chopped salad for a satisfying meal. Bon appetit!
Langoustine Gratin Photo: matsuyuki
Bright, fresh, and sunshiney can be used to describe both the weather and this lemon creme brulee recipe. Garnish it with a few, beautiful spring berries for a lovely seasonal dessert worthy of any garden party. Bon appetit!
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Lemon Creme Brulee Photo: Benson Kua
Tender, flaky, golden pastry can be yours, without needing to pull out the sugar, cinnamon, or raisins. These savory pastry recipes present delicious options for pastry lovers who aren't fans of the sweet stuff. You'll find cheese puffs, perfectly flaky tarts, and over-the-top, delicious croissant creations for breakfast. For those of you sitting on the fence, there's even a sweet-savory tart in the recipe collection! Bon appetit!
Cheese and Apple Tart Photo: Jessica Spengler
Baking this Galette de Rois recipe is a wonderful way to celebrate Mardi Gras. Made of almond cream filling and buttery puff pastry, this cake is a tradition that stems from France in the Middle Ages. Children and adults, alike, delight in the special games of le feve. The diner who finds the bean buried in the almond filling becomes "king" or "queen" for the day. Just be sure to warn everyone that it's hidden in the cake!
Galette des Rois Photo: İSteph Gray
If you're a seafood lover looking for a hearty dish to cook up on a cold night, look no further than this richly satisfying shrimp gratin recipe. This main dish is delicious enough to turn even lukewarm seafood eaters into shrimp enthusiasts! Bon appetit!
Shrimp Photo: Flickr user pelican
Celebrate Fat Tuesday and serve the flavor of New Orleans with these decadent Mardi Gras dessert recipes. This collection includes tried and true chocolate truffles - with a twist - as well as delectable variations of brioche and tarte Tatin. Because no New Orleans dessert list is complete without cafe brulot, we've included that, too! Bon appetit!
Banana Tart Photo: İFlickr user dizznbonn
We're having a cold, gray, rainy day and it's the ideal time to whip up a plate of winter spice cookies. With ingredients like butter, cinnamon, nutmeg, and brown sugar, they make a great addition to any coffee break. Make sure to bake a batch of Flemish spice cookies, they have the perfect balance of lightly sweet crunch and subtle, warming spices. Bon appetit!
Flemish Spice Cookies Photo: İFlickr user Mrs. Gemstone - Creative Commons
As the calendar slowly creeps toward warmer weather and easy, breezy cuisine, minds turn toward sweet, juicy fruit as dessert, and in some cases, the main attraction of a meal. Try these delectable fruit salad recipes for a warm - or cold! - weather boost Bon appetit!
Fruit Salad Photo: İR. Chidambaram