Whenever I get out of the city, one of the things I most look forward to is thrifting. Although I certainly have my favorites, thrift stores in NYC tend to be picked-over and over-priced. Some mothers and daughters get mani-pedis together, my mom and I go to “Half-price Fridays” at our hometown Salvation Army. Even though we spent our holidays elsewhere this year, we still had some quality time together at second hand stores.
My one good find was this lemony yellow bowl, which I was excited to bring home and pile high with produce. Alas, produce bowls don’t get much play in the Northeast in January, but thanks to a fateful gift from my boyfriend, my lemony bowl was filled with backyard-grown lemons.
I’m going to share with you my recipe for lemon marshmallows. They’re an elegant and surprisingly easy way to try your hand at homemade confections. First, I want to round up recipes for what to do with lemons now. It shouldn’t surprise you that I’m partial to the frugal sort of projects that honor the preciousness of the fruit, by using the whole darn thing.
Whole Lemon Recipes:
- Dehydrated Lemons: If you have a dehydrator (or need an excuse to buy one) check out AJ’s instructions and ideas for dried lemons.
- Preserved Lemons: Prepare to get hooked on this magical, umami-packed creation. I use Marisa’s method and I love them with the hearty winter greens that are still around now.
- Whole Lemon Bars: David Lebovitz‘s take on lemon bars makes use of skin, pith, and all! That’s them up there. Gluten-free folks, I used a mixture of sorghum, oat, and tapioca flour for the crust.
- Roasted Lemon Chutney: I made this unique condiment earlier in the winter from 101 Cookbooks. It’s delicious and the roasted lemons are quite beautiful.
- Lemon Lavender Marmalade: With the help of Kaela’s super-clear instructions, this gorgeous marmalade from Local Kitchen was the first I ever made.
Homemade marshmallows are a favorite project of mine. If you’re not as psyched as I am about citrus, this recipe is just a very slight variation of my Rosewater Marshmallows and Pomegranate Vanilla Bean Marshmallows.