Meyer Lemons

Meyer lemons and blood oranges are two of winter's best citrus gifts.  Meyers are especially great in the kitchen.  They are sweeter and juicier than their siblings, and great in sauces, reductions, desserts, etc.  This NPR story from 2009 sheds some light on the history and popularity of this sweet sensation.

Last night we had a simple dinner of steaks and asparagus, and they needed just a little bump to send them over the top.  During spring, summer, and fall, when herbs are accessible I blend a handful of whatever I can snip from the garden with butter to top meats and vegetables.  In winter we make due with dried herbs.  For cold weather satisfaction combine Meyer lemon juice, Penzey's Creamy Peppercorn spices, and butter.

Winter Herb Butter

2 tablespoons butter, room temperature
1 tablespoon lemon juice
2-3 teaspoons Penzey's Creamy Peppercorn
Lemon zest

Soften Peppercorn spices in lemon juice, about 5 minutes. Add remaining ingredients and blend well.

Makes a great topping for steaks, chops, and vegetables.


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