When Life Gives You Lemons

The recent request for lemons from a trading group I belong to brings up a question .. what do you do with yours? We’ve done the following in the past:
1) grate the zest and dry it then put it in brown paper bags. The zest will last about 6 months or more in a cool, dry, dark environment (the peels can be candied or used to make extract)
2) candy the peel. http://allrecipes.com/recipe/56693/candied-lemon-peel/ (picture here from allrecipes)
3) juice as much as possible and freeze it. If you don’t use it for cooking you can use it for cleaning specifically your windows.
4) lemon protein bars (lots of recipes out there)
5) make your own lemon extract (again … lots of recipes)
6) make lemon cookies with lemon cream centers and freeze them (they will last about a year)
7) make lemon marmalade (sweet and sour and good for recipes like Mandarin Lemon Chicken or Greek Lemon Chicken)
8) Lemoncello
9) make lemon curd (which freezes well then lasts for about 7 days in the refrigerator after thawing)

Any other ideas?


Sea Dogs on Liberty

There’s this little (ok … big.  ok … REALLY big) competition between the Navy, Marines and Coast Guard, but there is this understanding about liberty, leave and not meeting up with the “wrong” person (male or female) while doing what you do away from the ship.  That said, the Coast Guard posted up pictures of their sea dogs and I just couldn’t resist making this meme …