Meyer lemon season is coming to an end soon, so let’s take advantage and squeeze out every bit of fragrant lemony-ness we can. Pistachios and ginger pair extremely well with lemon, and are the prominent flavors in the buttery crust of these bars. The filling uses both the juice and zest to get the most Meyer lemon flavor. A simple glaze of confectioners’ sugar and more Meyer lemon juice tops it all off, along with a dusting of chopped pistachios to give it a salty crunchy balance. And don’t worry. We’ve got gluten free and whole wheat variations covered. So go ahead, raise a glass (or lemon bar) to another citrus season.
We don’t normally post back to back, but as Carmi mentioned in our last post, this month we are sharing some great recipes for gift giving and we wanted to share these with you as early as possible. If you missed Carmi’s contribution, here is the link to her Vanilla Bourbon Pear Butter Truffles. I will confess that I may have gone overboard with my contribution to this month’s posts. I just couldn’t decide on giving you one recipe, so I’m sharing FOUR with you! By sharing these recipes, I’m also able to share with you a new product line I was recently introduced to. Luigi Bormioli is a glassware company that makes high quality yet affordable items.
Spring has arrived and here in Atlanta, it feels like summer is upon us. With that in mind, I wanted to create a recipe that was cool and refreshing and wouldn’t use the oven for too long. If you are a cheesecake lover like I am, I want you to know that a no-bake cheesecake has a very different texture than a regular cheesecake. The combination of unflavored gelatin and lack of eggs creates a very velvety yet light texture. One taste tester said it was almost like a mousse or firm custard. I decided to use a pan by USA Pan Company that makes 6 mini cheesecakes, but I think you could easily use a traditional spring form pan. I would recommend an 8″ pan to ensure the crust and cheesecake filling are thick enough. I also decided to go non-traditional with my crust. Normally I would do some type of graham cracker crust but for this recipe I decided to try out a gooey almond meringue crust and I have to tell you, it has become an absolute favorite!!