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Pucker Up: 19 Lemon Dishes to Try This Winter

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Bright, tangy lemons might evoke images of poolside cocktails or a kid’s neighborhood business venture, but citrus season comes with the end-of-year chill. Starting in December, lemons hang like ornaments from small, dark green trees, ready to brighten up holiday dishes and treats.

We hardly need to tell you how many ways you can use lemon juice, zest, or rinds. From baked fish to creamy pasta and fluffy meringue, little lemons pack a mighty, refreshing punch. Their sourness stars in sauces and creams, and supports hearty stews and salty dressings. Plus, they add much-needed acid to pastas and poultry. So, if you’re looking for some lemony inspiration, here are 19 recipes to get you started.

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Savory Twists

Garganelli with Lobster and Caramelized Fennel Purée
Garganelli with Lobster and Caramelized Fennel Purée
Lemon Chicken

Lemon Chicken by mrslarkin

Broccoli, Lemon, and Parmesan Soup

Broccoli, Lemon, and Parmesan Soup by Merrill Stubbs

Barbara Kafka’s Creamy Lemon Pasta
Barbara Kafka’s Creamy Lemon Pasta
Meyer Lemon Focaccia
Meyer Lemon Focaccia
Lemon and Toasted Almond Risotto

Lemon and Toasted Almond Risotto by AntoniaJames

Broiled Lemon-Honey Arctic Char with Citrus Sauce

Broiled Lemon-Honey Arctic Char with Citrus Sauce by Alexandra Stafford

Pucker-Up Lemon Sumac Chicken with Lemon Herb Board Sauce

Pucker-Up Lemon Sumac Chicken with Lemon Herb Board Sauce by Leith Devine

Small Oven's Green Salad with Preserved Lemon and Candied Ginger

Small Oven's Green Salad with Preserved Lemon and Candied... by Genius Recipes

Chicken with Caramelized Sumac Onions, Preserved Lemon, and Israeli Couscous
Chicken with Caramelized Sumac Onions, Preserved Lemon, and Israeli Couscous

Sweet Tart

Cardamom Lemon Sticky Buns

Cardamom Lemon Sticky Buns by fiveandspice

Lemon Marmalade (Marmellata di Limoni)

Lemon Marmalade (Marmellata di Limoni) by Emiko

Lemon Bars
Lemon Bars
Lemon Curd Cake
Lemon Curd Cake
Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins

Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins by sweet enough

Meyer Lemon Pizzelle

Meyer Lemon Pizzelle by Hilarybee

Tartine Bakery's Lemon Cream

Tartine Bakery's Lemon Cream by Genius Recipes

Preserved Lemon Ice Cream

Preserved Lemon Ice Cream by Yossy Arefi

Maltese Lemon Christmas Cookies
Maltese Lemon Christmas Cookies

What are you most looking forward to making with lemons this season?

Tags: lemons, citrus