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Ingredient Of The Week: 6-17 -12 to 6-23-12

Posted by on Jun. 17, 2012 at 8:13 AM
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Sweetlucci had asked me to help her out this week with the ingredient of the week and recipe of the week posts so here's the ingredient of the week:   

To me lemons scream summer, so what do you like to make with lemons?




by on Jun. 17, 2012 at 8:13 AM
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4kidz916
by on Jun. 17, 2012 at 8:14 AM

Lemon Bars

Recipe courtesy Paula Deen

Prep Time:
15 min
Inactive Prep Time:
--
Cook Time:
45 min
Level:
Easy
Serves:
16 bars

Ingredients

Crust:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar, plus more for dusting
  • Pinch salt
  • 2 sticks butter, at room temperature, plus more for greasing

Filling:

  • 4 eggs
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 6 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 6 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease a 9 by 13 by 2-inch pan.

Make the crust by combining the flour, confectioners' sugar, and salt in a large bowl. Cut in the butter to make a crumbly mixture. Press the mixture into the prepared pan. You may need to dip your fingers into a little flour or confectioners' sugar to keep the dough from sticking to your fingers. Bake for 20 minutes.

Meanwhile, to make the filling, mix the eggs, granulated sugar, flour, and lemon juice. Pour this over the baked crust and bake for 25 minutes longer. Sprinkle with confectioners' sugar, if desired, when the bars are done.

4kidz916
by on Jun. 17, 2012 at 8:14 AM

Lemon Chicken

Lemon Chicken

INGREDIENTS

  • 3-4 pounds chicken parts (thighs and legs recommended), skin-on, bone-in, trimmed of excess fat
  • 2 Tbsp lemon zest
  • 1/3 cup lemon juice
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 2 Tbsp fresh chopped thyme (or 2 teaspoons dried)
  • 1 Tbsp fresh chopped rosemary (or 1 teaspoon dried)
  • 1 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2-3 Tbsp melted butter
  • Lemon slices for garnish

METHOD

1 Place lemon juice, lemon peel, garlic, thyme, rosemary, salt, and pepper in a small bowl, whisk to combine. With the tip of a sharp knife, cut into each chicken piece one or two times by about 1/2 an inch. (This will help the marinade penetrate.) Place the chicken pieces and the marinade in a gallon-sized freezer bag. Rotate the bag so that all chicken pieces are coated with the marinade. Seal the bag and place in a bowl in the refrigerator (in case of leakage). Let marinate for 2 hours.

2 Preheat oven to 425°F. Remove chicken from marinade and place in a single layer in a large baking dish, skin side up. Reserve the marinade. Use a pastry brush to brush a little melted butter on to each piece of chicken.

3 Bake for a total of 50 to 55 minutes, until the skins are crispy brown, and the chicken is cooked through, juices running clear (breasts have an internal temperature of 165°F and thighs 175°F). Half-way through the baking, at about the 25 minute mark, baste the chicken pieces generously with reserved marinade.

Depending on the size of the breasts, they may be ready before the thighs, so if you are cooking a mix of chicken parts, keep that in mind, you may have to take them out of the oven before the thighs.

Let rest, covered in foil, for 10 minutes before serving.

4 Pour the juices from the pan into a serving bowl. Use a tablespoon to skim the fat off the top (save the fat for cooking with later, or discard, but do not discard down the drain or it will solidify and clog your drain). Serve the chicken with the juices on the side or a little poured over the top of the chicken.

Serve alone or with steamed rice.

Yield: Serves 4-6.

aenima49
by on Jun. 17, 2012 at 9:33 AM

That lemon chicken looks great!!

michiganmom116
by Rhonda on Jun. 17, 2012 at 10:05 AM
lemonade
michiganmom116
by Rhonda on Jun. 17, 2012 at 10:05 AM
lemon streusel bars
michiganmom116
by Rhonda on Jun. 17, 2012 at 10:05 AM
lemon pie
michiganmom116
by Rhonda on Jun. 17, 2012 at 10:05 AM
lemon water
michiganmom116
by Rhonda on Jun. 17, 2012 at 10:05 AM
lemon squares
michiganmom116
by Rhonda on Jun. 17, 2012 at 10:06 AM
My youngest DS loves to eat plain lemons
michiganmom116
by Rhonda on Jun. 17, 2012 at 10:07 AM
lemon smoothie
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