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It's Meyer lemon season and I am delighting in their tangy flavor (the appearance of these lemons makes the onset of winter a little more palatable). My grandmother had a Meyer lemon tree in the backyard of her house in Woodland Hills, CA and the first whiff of their signature scent (a little more floral and sweet than a conventional lemon) always takes me back to her kitchen.
Friday night, I was home alone and in need of some dinner. I considered heading down the street for some takeout Thai but having eaten out a whole lot last week, I determined to do something at home with ingredients already in the fridge. Surveying my options, I came upon a bag of Meyer lemons, a third of a package of linguine, some ancient creme fraiche, some already-grated Parmesan cheese (I realize it's a foodie sin to buy it pre-grated, but sometimes it's just so much easier) and a bag of must-be-used arugula.
Those ingredients started a bell in the back of my mind jingling and I dredged up a memory of a recipe that used those components in Amanda Hesser's Cooking for Mr. Latte. Finding the book in a stack in the bedroom, I cooked up what became a delicious and easy solo dinner. The recipe is after the jump.
Last weekend, some good friends of mine got married. It was a lovely, low-key wedding and reception, held on a farm in Lancaster County. Instead of having a traditional wedding cake, they asked the guests to bring desserts for a final course smorgasbord. I brought my favorite flourless chocolate cake, as well as a walnut cake that I've been eying in Cooking for Mr. Latte for quite some time.
The flourless chocolate cake was a huge winner, but the walnut cake wasn't nearly as popular. I ended up bringing the leftovers of that cake home with me, and when I checked back in with it the next morning, I was surprised to discover that it had turned tender and crumbly, and had lost the slight bitterness that it had had on the first day. Of course, Hesser does mention that it does get better from sitting, but I didn't realize how drastically the flavor would actually improve with a little resting time.
I've been eating it for breakfast all week, and I've just been loving it. I highly recommend it with coffee or tea and think it would make a wonderful treat if you were having friends over a simple dinner. The recipe is after the jump.
I have worked my way through Amanda Hesser's Cooking for Mr. Latte more than five times. Each time I read it, I dog ear a few more recipes that I think would be good to try. A couple of weeks ago, I had some friends over for dinner and while most of it was potluck, I took responsibility for the main course (baked salmon) and a side. I chose to make the couscous dish that Mr. Latte makes for Amanda when they are first dating, having both read and drooled over the recipe on more than once occasion.
It turned out perfectly, and I'm planning on keeping it in mind for all those summer picnics and rooftop potlucks that pop up throughout the warmer season. It also has the added benefit of keeping well (we ate it happily for the three days it took to use it all up). Check out the recipe after the jump.
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