20 Ways to Cook (AND Clean!) With Lemons
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20 Ways to Cook (AND Clean!) With Lemons

When life hands you lemons, the question should be what can’t you do with ’em? The versatile citrus can star in anything from recipes to DIY cleaning products and beauty regimens, an impressive feat. Scroll through these 20 sweet ways to use lemons, and be sure to share your favorites with us!

1. Lemon Poppyseed Cupcakes: Underneath a shock of purple blueberry-cream-cheese frosting is a hidden pocket of lemon curd surrounded by tender, poppyseed-flecked lemon cake. (via Adventures in Cooking)

2. Lemon Chicken Romano: Coated in a crispy panko-Romano crust then topped with more cheese and baked, these chicken cutlets feature a combo of Greek and Italian flavors that are an outstanding dinner selection. (via Cooking Classy)

3. Arnold Palmer Lemon Bars: With tea mixed right into the crust, these sweet-tart bars are unlike any you’ve ever eaten before. (via Brit + Co)

4. DIY Flavored Extracts: Make your very own, naturally flavored extracts to enhance all of your baking projects or to give as a thoughtful (and inexpensive) gift for your favorite foodie. (via Just Putzing)

5. Sparkly White Chocolate Lemon Truffles: Super-sweet white chocolate is tempered by the addition of lemon zest and extract to create these creamy, glittery candies. (via How Sweet Eats)

6. Garlic Lemon Butter Shrimp: Bring a taste of Hawaii home with this amazing recipe featuring shrimp tossed with a mellow, caramelized garlic-butter-lemon sauce. Alooooha!! (via Half Baked Harvest)

7. Lemon Curd and Raspberry Tart: Making homemade lemon curd is easy as pie, making it all the more appropriate as a creamy filling for this pie-like pastry (aka a tart). (via Oh Sweet Day)

8. Freckled Lemonade: Whip up this Red Robin favorite in the comfort of your own kitchen. The only thing missing is the never-ending basket of seasoned fries. (via Becky Bakes)

9. John Daly Jello Shots: Transform a classic cocktail into a JELL-O shot in the blink of an eye. (via Brit + Co)

10. Lemony Orzo Pasta Salad With Cucumber and Feta: Enjoy this refreshing, bright-flavored pasta salad alongside a burger, grilled fish, chicken or an endless array of other options. (via Fork, Knife, Swoon)

11. Lemon Sorbet + Italian Lemon Ice: Serving homemade lemon sorbet or lemon ice in a hollowed out piece of fruit is at once a stunning and crafty presentation. (via My Fudo)

12. Lemony Roasted Potato Salad: Greek yogurt to the rescue! It’s an ideal, tangy pairing with lemon juice in this mayo-free potato salad. (via Bev Cooks)

13. Lemon French Macarons: We can’t get enough of these delicate French cookies. (via Sweet and Savory by Shinee)

14. Kale Salad With Meyer Lemon Vinaigrette: Enjoy this kale salad, dressed with an outstanding vinaigrette featuring slightly floral orangey Meyer lemons, for lunch or as a light Meatless Monday dinner. (via Damn Delicious)

15. Lemon-Thyme Shortbread: These lightly herbed cookies are best nibbled along with a glass of tea. (via Treats)

16. Lemon Glazed Chicken Nuggets: No need to order from the local Chinese takeout joint; it’s easy to make lemon chicken at home instead. (via Cooking in Sens)

17. When Life Hands You Lemons… Make Cupcakes: No need for a special cupcake tin. These tiny cakes are baked right inside hollowed out lemons! (via Brit + Co)

18. Chipotle Salmon Burgers With Lemon-Chive Mayo: It only takes a couple of minutes to transform salmon fillets into delicious patties with a hint of smoke and spice. A slick of mayo enhanced by chives and a squeeze of lemon juice is the only adornment they need. (via The Seaside Baker)

19. Lemon + Salt Scour Scrub: Don’t eat this stuff. Freshen up your sink and tub with this scrubby, lemon-scented paste. You’ll be amazed by the results! (via Hello Natural)

20. Lemon Vinegar: Give your homemade household cleaner a fresh lemon scent by infusing vinegar with fragrant lemon rind. (via Food, Fashion and Fun)

When life hands you lemons, what do you make? Let’s talk all about this tart citrus in the comments!