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01 January 2012

Lemons

It's that time of year again.





Time for lemons!




I never knew, until we moved down here to the coast, that citrus fruits ripened in the winter.




We didn't even realize that we had a lemon tree in the back yard until Christmas last year. My mother was the one who noticed that those yellow things hanging from the branches weren't just odd leaves -- they were fruit.

(In our defense, the lemon tree is on the opposite side of the back yard from our rear windows, and we hardly ever go out there anyway.)




The tree has really outdone itself this year. I don't know if it was the drought or the heat or what, but the thing is practically dripping with lemons.




I made some honey-lemon chicken with the first ripe fruit. An approximation of the recipe I used can be found at Closet Cooking, but I've been doing this dish my own way for a few years now. I roasted it with carrots this time, too. Perhaps I ought to eventually write my own recipe down and share it here.




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