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Meyer Lemon

March 25, 2011Leave a comment
SPRING 2011. MEYER LEMON. 03.25.11

A number of years ago, the only thing I wanted for my birthday was a lemon tree. I had seen a gorgeous lemon tree thriving, potted and indoors, in the living room of someone’s house. This tree, I was told, was more than 45 years old. It was large and healthy, with so many shiny green leaves and pretty, perfect lemons I thought it was surely plastic. This was my introduction to the Meyer lemon. My adorable husband found a baby Meyer lemon tree for me and had it shipped from the west coast to our home in Ohio. I coddled and babied this plant like you wouldn’t believe – especially if you saw any one of the orchids I’ve put to death over the years. I drove the little tree in the climate-controlled front seat of my hatchback when we relocated to D.C. When it was later afflicted with a pesky bug infestation, I sent it to North Carolina where my mother took it to a plant doctor and nursed it back to health. Back in its sunny corner at home the following season it produced 13 flawless specimens. And then it curled up and died. Just like that. As if all my love and maternal care meant absolutely nothing.

Meyer lemons are high on my list of savored items found for a fleeting time, which also includes forsythia, daffodils, rhubarb and of course, blood oranges. Meyer lemons are a slightly sweeter, thin-skinned version of their traditional lemon cousins. They are also believed to be a cross between a traditional lemon and a mandarin orange. In case you missed the featured splurge earlier this winter, be sure to check out the meyer lemon and dried cherry scones.

Well, I’m pleased to report that I’ve moved on from the tragic death of my Meyer lemon tree. I’ve since had much better luck – both of my children continue to grow despite my foibles and their own self-inflicted hunger strikes. Just don’t ask me to babysit your orchids.

mid-week update: 03.28.11

I’m thrilled that the “ingredient” photo from my very first Weekly Greens post has been selected as a finalist in the Washingtonian Magazine’s Foodie Photo Contest. Remember the tomatoes? If you liked them, please vote for them now! The polls are open until Thursday, March 31 at 12 noon ET.  Thank you for your kind and generous support.

Meyer Lemon Lists

March 25, 2011Comments Off on Meyer Lemon Lists

6 Meyer lemons

1 small bulb fennel

1 bunch scallions

1 head Bibb lettuce

1 red pepper

1 orange pepper

1 yellow pepper

5 carrots

1 red chile

2 shallots

2 heads garlic

1 yellow onion

1 lime

1 orange

Fresh thyme

Fresh sage (large bunch)

Fresh cilantro

Fresh ginger root


1 tomato

1 avocado

Meat / Fish

5 pound roasting chicken

1-1/2 pounds skirt steak

1 pound ground turkey breast

1-1/2 pounds shrimp


Sour cream

Shredded cheddar cheese

Pantry Staples

Hoisin sauce

Soy sauce

8 oz. soba noodles or whole wheat spaghetti

Chili powder

Corn taco shells (soft or hard)

Dried apricots

Sliced raw almonds


Note: List does not include “weekend splurge” ingredients.



March 18, 2011Comments Off on Chard

WINTER 2011. CHARD. 03.18.11

Well, this is it. It’s over. Certainly it couldn’t go on forever and who would want it to anyway, right? I’m referring to winter, of course. I’d say we hung in there pretty well. And now we can move right along to beautiful, bountiful spring. Sunday is the first official day, so try not to be too disappointed when I tell you that we’ll be slowly moving away from all these soups, baked pastas, gratins and such. In fact, I was worried you’d miss these things so I’ve included not just one but two soups this week, in between some steamy, oven-baked goodies. I hope you get your fill. I wouldn’t want you to feel deprived a few weeks from now when you are busily trimming rhubarb and basking in longer days and warmer temperatures. It’s just one of the ways I look out for you. Yes, you are welcome. Anytime. Really.

I’m pleased to feature yet another spectacular guest post from my talented friend, Andrea (of cranberry-apple crumb pie fame). I am quite honest about the fact that I do not like to bake. Andrea’s chocolate chip skillet cookie is the perfect recipe for the non-bakers. Less mess, less time and just as much yummy goodness at the end. This recipe is also a fun project for the little ones (not the stirring over a hot stove part, silly). Let them add the dry ingredients, the egg and vanilla and the chocolate chips. Then turn on the oven light and let them watch while it turns into a giant cookie. At this point, it becomes a magic trick. Pour glasses of milk and watch it disappear before your very eyes. Poof!


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