Freshly Squeezed Lemonade

July 8, 2012 § 2 Comments

Homegrown and Freshly Squeezed

I recently striped these lemons of their peels to make limoncello and needed to figure out what to do with the remaining lemon goodness.  I decided a delicious, non-alcoholic drink would be nice.  There truly couldn’t be a better time for lemonade than during the hot summer months. 

I enlisted Graham’s help in reaming the lemons.  He said it was kind of hard to do, but agreed, we had a blast making this recipe together.  I was even able to convert him to a lemonade liker and drinker! 

This is a super simple recipe.  It can be cut in half or doubled depending on how much lemon juice you use.

Lemonade

  • 2 cups freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 cups super fine granulated sugar
  • 8 cups water

Juice the lemons into a container.  Strain out any pulp and seeds.  Pour into large pitcher.  Add the fine sugar and water.  Mix well.  Make sure all the sugar has dissolved before serving.  Garnish with slices of lemon.  Chill and serve.

NOTE: I use the fine sugar so it dissolves quickly.  If you don’t have fine sugar then I would suggest making a simple syrup with the 2 cups sugar and 2 cups of the water to ensure there won’t be any sugar sludge at the bottom.

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Crispy and Chewy: Chocolate Chip Raisin Cookies

July 6, 2012 § 2 Comments

Chocolate Chip Raisin Cookies

I created this recipe after I had promised oatmeal raisin cookies to my family before I checked whether I had all the ingredients to make them.  Oops!  I was short on oatmeal, so ended up manipulating the ingredients.  This cookie is the result of my efforts.  It is crisp on the outside and chewy on the inside.  My family actually likes them better than the ones I was going to make.  I don’t ask if they want oatmeal raisin cookies anymore.  I ask if they want chocolate chip raisin ones.  Their answer: YES!!!!

  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter – softened
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1  1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1/4 cup mini semi sweet chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  In a large bowl, combine the softened butter, brown sugar and granulated sugar with a mixer.  Once combined add the egg and vanilla.  Mix with mixer.  In a smaller bowl, combine all the dry ingredients.  Slowly add the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients until all is incorporated.  Add the raisins and mini chocolate chips.  Mix.

Scoop a tablespoon of dough and roll it into a round ball.  Recipe will allow you to make approx. 30 balls (cookies).  Place 12 balls on a medium size, non-stick, cookie sheet or one lined with a silpat.  Bake for 12 minutes.  Upon removing the cookie from oven, let them sit on the cookie sheet for 2 minutes before moving to the cooling rack.  If you miss this step, the cookies may want to fall apart upon removal.  If you wait those 2 minutes, it allows them to cool slightly and are easier to move to wire rack.  Let cookies cool.  EAT!

 Warning:  These seem to disappear quickly.  May want to hide some for later!

Lemons + Vodka = Limoncello

July 3, 2012 § 2 Comments

I was the lucky recipient of a grocery bag full of homegrown, organic lemons from my in-laws tree.   So my thought was…when you’re handed lemons make Limoncello.  Well maybe not everyone thinks to make limoncello but my mother-in-law planted the seed and all I can say is –  I’m glad she did.  The limoncello turned out perfectly delicious.  It was so perfectly tasty that we ended up gifting the limoncello back to them; however, not all has been gifted away.  I have 2 more batches brewing.  🙂 UmHm, I know you want some so I’ll call you when it is ready.  If you can’t seem to wait that long, here is my secret recipe so you can brew a batch (or two) at home.

  • 6 – 10 lemons (6 if they are large, 8 if medium and 10 if small)
  • 1 – 750 ml bottle of vodka (any brand)
  • 2 cups cane sugar
  • 3 cups water

Wash the lemons really well with a brush under cool water.  With a sharp knife, cut the peel off of the lemons.  Make sure not to include any of the white part (pith).  This will make your limoncello bitter.  Place the peel into a container with a lid.  Pour the entire bottle of vodka into the container.  Let steep for at least 4-5 weeks (longer if possible).  After at least a month of sitting, it is time to make the simple syrup.  Pour 3 cups of water and 2 cups of sugar into a sauce pan.  Heat the water to allow the sugar to dissolve.  Once dissolved, cool the water.  Strain the infused vodka to remove all the lemon peel.  Marry the lemon vodka and syrup together.  Pour into decorative bottle and chill for a few hours in the fridge.  Serve in small cordial type glasses.  This is a classic, Italian, after dinner drink to be sipped and enjoyed.  I hope you make this and enjoy it.  We certainly will! Cheers!

Now…what to do with all those naked lemons!?!  Hmmmm…I KNOW…LEMONADE.  I just happen to have the perfect recipe.  Stay tuned!

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