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Compiled by Lisa D. Smith Lemons are a popular fruit noted for their culinary, cleansing and medicinal properties. Did you know that lemons are packed with vitamin C, providing 64% of the daily value? And, not only is lemon juice antibacterial, but lemons are loaded with a variety of phytochemicals, including polyphenols and terpenes. The juice of a lemon, its rind and zest can be used in a variety of food and drinks. You can use the juice to make drinks and cocktails, or add it to a salad dressing or marinade.

You can even squeeze lemon juice on sliced apples or avocados to stop the browning process. The juice and the rind can also be used to make jams and liqueurs, the zest can be added to baked goods and desserts. Lemon slices make great garnishes too. Get on the lemon love train with these refreshing summer recipes that range from Limoncello to Lonestar Lemonade and Lemon Drop cocktails, Lemon Curd to Lemon Custard Ice Cream!

LEMON CURD

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Try this lemon curd recipe from Chef Ivan Flowers, 5-Star Executive Chef of Top of the Market in San Diego, and listen to his Big Blend Radio interview for tips and techniques, and ideas on all the different ways to use lemon curd! Makes 3 Cups.

Big Blend Radio interviews Chef Ivan Flowers.

4 Lemons 1 ½ Cups Sugar ¼ Lb. Unsalted Butter, room temperature 4 Eggs ½ Cup Lemon Juice 1/8 Tsp. Salt

With mixer on, add in the lemon zest and sugar. Mix until it has the consistency of mayonnaise.

Zest all four lemons, then juice them. If you don’t get ½ cup lemon juice, use more lemons.

Next, with mixer on, add in the eggs, one at a time. Once all eggs are incorporated, add in the lemon juice and salt. Mix well.

Put the lemon zest in a food processor with the sugar and pulse until zest and sugar are combined. Put mixture in a saucepan over low heat for about Set aside. ten minutes. Stir the mixture constantly. Place room temperature butter in a stand mixer and Once it is thick, remove from heat and put in fridge. beat at medium speed. PAGE 28

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