Saturday, May 23, 2009

Lemons, oranges and limes look so refreshing. Decorate with them whole or sliced in bowls or platters. Add leaves to accent if you like.
Slice lemons and oranges and put in a pitcher of water to make a delicious, basically calorie free summer drink.
Citrus is a great source of vitamin C which helps the immune system and has antioxidant properties. One fourth a cup per day is very beneficial.
Try growing a citrus plant. Their blooms smell wonderful. For beginners try a Calamondin which is a petite orange fruit. A good selection of a larger tree size citrus would be the Improved Meyer lemon. It will do well for several years in a 5-7gallon container which isn't that large. You will need to move citrus indoors for the winter. The need a half day of direct sunlight to do well. Keep soil moist, use an insecticidal soap mist for mites and use a fertilizer for citrus and your plant should be successful.

Last but not least - a delicious dessert - Lemon Delite

INGREDIENTS: 1-13oz can of evaporated milk, 3 eggs, 2/3 cup of sugar, 9 tablespoons of lemon juice, 1/4 teaspoon of lemon zest, salt and 6 tablespoons of graham crumbs

1. Chill a 13oz can of evaporated milk in a 9 x 9 baking pan until almost frozen at edges.
2. Mix in a bowl 3 egg yolks, 2/3 cup of sugar, 3 tablespoons of lemon juice,
1/4 teaspoon of grated lemon zest and a dash of salt.
3. Put ice cold evaporated milk and 3 egg whites into a cold bowl from the electric mixer. Use cold beaters, whip with electric mixer at high speed until fluffy.
4. Add 6 tablespoons of lemon juice and whip until stiff. Beat in sugar mixture gradually at low speed until well mixed. Pour back into the 9 x 9 pan. Sprinkle top with 6 tablespoons of graham cracker crumbs. Freeze until firm - about 3 hours.

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