When Life Gives You Lemons ...
Make lemonade? Screw that. I can think of about ten million better things to do with lemons. So come on, life, give me more lemons.
rachel_titiriga/Flickr If you have your own backyard tree, you can easily feel overwhelmed.
Lemons are burstingly abundant right now. If you're lucky enough to have a tree in your (or a friend's) backyard, you're probably about to be crushed under the weight of them. And that's okay, because there's hardly a more delicious way to die.
Marmalade is a lovely way to use lemons, especially sweet, aromatic Meyers, or maybe kicked up with some lavender. If you're the impatient type (marmalade can be a bit of a chore), opt in for a simple jam, like this one made with lovely kiwi.
How about a nice, creamy lemon curd? Don't worry: It has no calories. Ahem. And think of all the extra egg whites you'll have afterwards, so you can make egg-white omelets to offset your cholesterol intake.
But perhaps the most versatile way to use lemons is to preserve them with salt. Over time ― really, they can last pretty much forever ― the sharpness of the lemons mellows, and a pinch of the chopped rind can bring a blast of sunshine to any dish, especially stews and braises. It can be as simple as mixing lemons and salt, but you can spice it up a bit as well. And with just a little extra effort, you can produce a very traditional Vietnamese condiment, chanh muối.
For even more tempting lemon ideas, check out Punk Domestics.