Blackberry Frozen Yogurt (without an ice-cream maker)

It’s finally summer and my favorite time of year- berry season!  Give me all the berries…strawberries, raspberries, cherries and blackberries.  It brings a smile to my face when the little fruit stands on the side of the road that have been shuttered for nine months are now brimming with fresh fruit.  There is SUCH a difference in flavor between store-bought berries and local, freshly-picked berries. No comparison, really.

We recently had family in town from Illinois and it was such a pleasure to share this unique California experience with them.  There we all stood with our cartons of berries, devouring them in the gravel parking space with juice dripping down our chin.  Messy, but the best.  So, with our house constantly full of summer fruit, I decided to find another way to use them instead of eating them straight from the refrigerator.  And since it’s going to be over 100 degrees every day this week (!!), let’s do some homemade froyo!

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Winter Green Citrus Smoothie

I’ve used kale before in my smoothies but more times than not, I ended up with a brown-green, salad-tasting smoothie.  As a smoothie-making novice at the time, I had my greens-to-fruit proportions all wrong and was trying to blend kale with a regular blender. Continue reading “Winter Green Citrus Smoothie”

Meyer Lemon Curd

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Many people associate lemons as being part of the summer produce rotation but oddly enough they are a winter fruit, with their brightness punctuating the dreary, rainy season here in Northern California.  It’s really quite wonderful to see our local farmers markets now showcasing an abundance of citrus fruit such as mandarins, grapefruits and Meyer lemons alongside the heavy root vegetables that define the winter season.

If you’re not familiar with the fruit, Meyer lemons are a cross between a lemon and an orange or mandarin with much of the tartness giving way to a light, floral sweetness.  Therefore their bright flavor is a natural, welcome swap in a traditional lemon curd.

It’s rich, silky texture is perfect as a spread on toast, scones and muffins or swirled into yogurt.  So, grab some lemons and get cooking!  You really can’t go wrong!

Meyer Lemon Curd

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