17 citrus recipes that will get you through the slog to spring

by autumn on February 27, 2014

17 citrus recipes that will get you through the slog to spring // Autumn Makes & Does

We have had a winter. I have done my best not to grump around on the internet about the weather, but it has been a doozy. I realized just how much the trudging and bundling was getting to me when I asked for citrus for Valentine’s Day. I’ve been self-medicating with grapefruits, meyer lemons, tangerines, and limes.

I suspect many of you can commiserate, so I wanted to share some of the citrus projects and recipes (besides Kaffir Lime Macaroons) that have gotten me through the past few months as well as some that are still on my to-make list. I hope you all find some inspiration here and please do share your own citrus accomplishments in the comments!

17 citrus recipes that will get you through the slog to spring  // Autumn Makes & Does

Lots of preserved meyer lemons! I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again: these are one of my favorite ingredients ever. (recipe via Food in Jars)

In the same vein, I have a batch of North Indian Lime Pickle brewing right now. (recipe via Hungry Tigress)

Kate from Hip Girl’s Guide to Homemaking passed along her recipe for pickled tangerines to me and I made a batch. It’s adapted from a recipe in the totally necessary book The Joy of Pickling by Linda Ziedrich.

17 citrus recipes that will get you through the slog to spring // Autumn Makes & Does

I cheated and made this honey-sweetened meyer lemon jam with sugar. Earlier this week, I mixed some with a splash of apple cider vinegar, some fresh garlic, black pepper, and thyme to spruce up a roast chicken. (recipe via Hitchhiking to Heaven)

I made some no-frills grapefruit marmalade using another recipe from the incomparable Linda Ziedrich from the book The Joy of Jams, Jellies, and Other Sweet Preserves.

Twice in as many weeks I’ve whipped up this Lime Ice Cream from Food52. It only has 4 ingredients and is ridiculously good.

17 citrus recipes that will get you through the slog to spring // Autumn Makes & Does

From the book Put Em Up Fruit, by Sheri Brooks Vinton, I made meyer lemon gastrique. Such a nice thing to have on hand! Although the recipe I used was specifically suited for canning, it occurred to me as I was making this that it would also keep quite a while in the fridge.

I probably don’t have to mention again how much I adore the book Saving the Season, by Kevin West. I made his Kumquats in Burnt Honey Syrup once and am going to start another batch tonight.

Like Kaela over at Local Kitchen, I have a bunch of lazy citrus salt hanging around my kitchen.

17 citrus recipes that will get you through the slog to spring // Autumn Makes & Does

What Julia Ate’s Homemade triple-sec is so smart! It’s also crazy delicious. I ended up reducing the sugar by about half when I made it.

And for another boozy treat, I covered a bunch of kumquats in gin just like the Lee Brothers told me to in Lee Brothers Charleston Kitchen.

And there are plenty of things still on my to-make list, like:

Valentine Cakes with Blood Orange Cream Filling from Dolly and Oatmeal

Blood Orange and Vanilla Waffle Donuts from Dula Notes

Blood Orange Cocktail Bitters from Kelly Bakes

Rhubarb & Kumquat Jam from Apt 2B Baking Co

Fennel & Blood Orange Salad from Smitten Kitchen

Limoncello & Crema di Limoncello from Mrs. Wheelbarrow’s Kitchen

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Autumn Giles is the creator of Autumn Makes & Does and the co-host of the Alphabet Soup Podcast.

{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Kelly @ Kelly Bakes February 27, 2014 at 4:09 am

Cheers to self-medicating with citrus…f’reals. AND ENOUGH WITH THIS SNOW ALREADY.


Thanks for reminding me that I need to try preserving lemons AND for adding homemade triple sec to my to-make list (as well as that ice cream… ya know, to medicate that sore throat I can’t seem to kick 😉


2 Julia February 27, 2014 at 10:33 am

Oh, this mother flipping winter. I know, I try not to talk about it also. It’s the elephant in the room. I think grapefruits are magic. I’ve been eating one every day, too, and it really seems to help. Some.

What a beautiful collection of recipes. There’s so much to do!


3 autumn February 28, 2014 at 11:11 am

Thank you for your great recipe, Julia!


4 Ting February 27, 2014 at 1:09 pm

So lovely! x


5 Nicole February 27, 2014 at 2:55 pm

I’m so thankful for citrus, too. It’s almost what gets us through sometimes, right? I want to try EVERYTHING in this post and I definitely have your lime macaroons bookmarked! Thanks for sharing my waffle donut recipe, too 🙂


6 autumn February 28, 2014 at 11:07 am

Thanks, Nicole! Your waffle recipe is so creative and the glaze is so pretty.


7 Winnie February 28, 2014 at 12:59 am

So much good stuff here!!!


8 autumn February 28, 2014 at 11:07 am

Thank you, Winnie!


9 Harvest and Honey March 1, 2014 at 1:16 pm

Hi Autumn! So happy to have found your blog! It rules 🙂 Living in snow-covered Indianapolis, I have a deep appreciation for these sunny, bright citrusy recipes. Will have to make those kaffir lime macaroons soon … they seem pretty amazing …


10 autumn March 2, 2014 at 5:11 pm

how sweet! thanks, lauren 🙂


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