Good citrus can be found year-round. However, the best lemons, full of bright, fresh flavor, just happen to come into season during the coldest, dreariest time of the year in the Northern Hemisphere. One whiff of the sunshiny, lemony scent of citrus zest and the most lackluster of menus is perked up. Try one of these lemon recipes, both sweet and savory for an amazingly delicious winter boost.
This is the quintessential French tart, found at patisseries and cafes year-round. Cool, sharp lemon filling contrasts nicely with the flaky, slightly sweet pastry. A little dollop of Chantilly cream served with the dessert makes the ideal treat.
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This roasted chicken takes a little preparation and a little patience. Browning the chicken before roasting it gets a little messy. The small hassle is time well spent, though; the flavor is superior to that of more simply prepared roasts.
The brilliance of making your own marinated olives is that you alone customize the flavor of the dish. Take out an ingredient here and add one there… you have your own special blend! This recipe can use black or green olives – or both.
This versatile lemon garlic broccoli recipe is quick, easy to prepare, and marvelously wholesome. Serve the steamed broccoli tossed in its special lemon garlic sauce and serve it hot with a special meal or cold as a healthy salad the next day.
This lemon beurre blanc sauce recipe makes a rich, tangy sauce perfect for grilled salmon or chicken. For added flavor and decoration, sprinkle capers atop the finished dish.
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For a fresh twist on conventional frites, try making this homemade lemon fries recipe. Salty, crispy potatoes are seasoned with citrus and black pepper to give them just the right amount of zesty flavor. Pair lemon French fries with garden vegetable tartines for a delicious meal.
This French olive oil cake recipe makes a tangy, simple cake from ingredients already in most kitchens. A little lemon and a bit of olive oil create a lusciously light texture in this recipe, which is derived from a classic pound cake. Serve it with coffee or tea for a simple sweet, or as part of a breakfast buffet. It's guaranteed to be a hit at the dessert table and it's preparation is amazingly effortless.
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The bright flavor of lemons and the mellow smoothness of cream blend together perfectly in this scrumptious lemon cream tartlet recipe. Serve these special tartlets with coffee or tea for a relaxed teatime.
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Lemon thyme croutons are a particularly good accompaniment to classic chicken soup , as well as butternut squash bisque. They're quick and easy to make, so they're a fantastic last-minute way to make soups and salads exceptional.
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Fresh lemon zest gives this lemon pastry cream recipe a sweet, invigorating vibe. If you can’t find lemon liquor to complete the recipe, use 1/2 teaspoon of lemon extract as a substitute. For a traditional flavor, pair the lemon cream with fresh berries. For a classic European combination, simply glaze the filled pastry with a bittersweet chocolate frosting.