If you had access to a never-ending supply of organic citrus like lemons, mandarin oranges, Meyer lemons, and even the super-awkward but incredibly fragrant Buddha's Hands…what would you do? If you're anything like me, the answer is bake excessive amounts of goodies. Some friends of mine live on a mountain just outside of Napa, where fruit trees are overflowing with goodness. I recently visited to harvest some of this beautiful citrus!
While I was there, I also snapped a few quick photos of this cute family.
My lemon-themed baking frenzy began with a few dozen Lemon Meltaways using a recipe adapted from Southern Living Magazine. They turned out really beautifully, and YES, they absolutely do melt in your mouth!
The bulk of the citrus harvested was donated to a friend, but with what I squirreled away for myself, I whipped up a handful of lemony vinaigrettes for salads, drank endless tea with lemon and local honey, and froze juice in an ice cube tray for easy hummus-making in the near future. My sister made preserved lemons for use on pizzas and pastas. Now that our stock from this pick has depleted, I luckily have a little Meyer lemon tree of my own in our front yard, and its crop is nearly ripe! Looks like my lemon obsession is here to stay — loving it, and sharing the bounty with my friends and neighbors along the way!