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Nov. 19th, 2009 09:09 am One Difference Between San Diego and Chicago

...or perhaps more generally between the Midwest and Southern California.

When I worked in Chicago, had anyone ever left excess bounty from their home gardens in a break room -- or equivalent -- to share with their co-workers, it would probably be something like zucchini or eggplant. But here in San Diego, I've seen lemons, oranges and robot_grrl has brought home avocados.

I'd grab some of the lemons, but I'm not sure what to use them for. I don't think Tara has time to make a lemon pie, and I drink my ice tea straight.

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Date:November 19th, 2009 05:16 pm (UTC)
I put a little lemon in my drinking water (or lime, for that matter). I use lemon juice and slices in cooking fish and on chicken, you can use lemon in a lot of arabic and middle eastern cooking, or on any fruit that gets brown (like apple slices). Lemon as a finishing acid in many mexican and hispanic foods, uh... the list goes on. Or you could send them to your friends in the great white north where lemons are $1 each (or more :)
Date:November 19th, 2009 05:23 pm (UTC)
My grandfather has some orange and grapefruit trees on his property north of Sacramento; unfortunately, the grapefruit has cross-pollinated the oranges and made them bitter. (Citrus fruits cross-pollinate each other really well.) I like lemon, though -- it improves the flavor of Diet Coke.
Date:November 19th, 2009 05:29 pm (UTC)
The cross pollination happened to my uncle with his lemons and oranges. Very bitter oranges.
Date:November 19th, 2009 05:30 pm (UTC)
Biggest use of lemons in our house is when we make German pancakes on the weekends. All too often we remember too late that we don't have real lemons to squeeze over them and wind up sprinkling ReaLemonTM over them. Not as good.

If you want the German pancake recipe, let me know and I can send it to you.
Date:November 19th, 2009 07:04 pm (UTC)
When I visited LA one of the last couple of times, I raided the LASFS lemon tree. Brought home a full carryon suitcase full of fresh lemons and turned them into lemonade concentrate. Nom.