Every winter Fresh Direct offers up bags of Meyer Lemons for just $2.99 each, and every year we find a new way to use them in the kitchen. The lemon is sweeter and lower in acid than other lemons, with a thinner peel. Here are some recipes we've tried out this year:

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MEYER LEMON PIZZA

First you'll need some dough (we like Smitten Kitchen's simple dough recipe)

  • Put some cornmeal on a pan, and place your 1/4-inch thick, round crust on top
  • Brush the dough with olive oil
  • Sprinkle on cheese (we prefer Fontina)
  • Place thinly-sliced Meyer lemons and red onions on top
  • Top with Parmigiano-Reggiano
  • Sprinkle on some herbs (thyme or rosemary or BOTH work nicely)
  • Bake at 400ºF for 20-25 minutes

For bacon lovers: here's an alternate recipe for you. Not into pizza?: Mix some spaghetti with arugula, grated lemon meyer rinds, parmesan, and some olive oil mixed with mayer lemon juice.

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MEYER LEMON SHAKER PIE

First, make a nice pie dough—do not buy a pre-made frozen one—that's disgusting. Here's a nice one you can use. We made an open-face pie, but you can make more dough in order to top it over if you prefer. However, we don't recommend that because leaving it open gives a nice lemon/sugar crunch top... and cuts down on carbs and calories.

  • Pour 2 cups of sugar in a bowl
  • Take 3 lemons, and grate the rind into the sugar
  • Now slice the lemons very thin, and add them to the sugar mixture—you can let this sit for a few hours, though we didn't
  • Pour the mixture into your KitchenAid (or whatever you are using to mix up the ingredients) and add 4 eggs
  • Then add: 1 teaspoon vanilla, 1/4 teaspoon salt, 3 tablespoons of flour, and 4 tablespoons of melted butter
  • Mix well, and pour into pie crust
  • Bake at 375°F for about 45 to 50 minutes
  • Let it cool and set after removing from oven (you can even put it in the fridge for this, or you can serve warm or at room temperature)

Here's another recipe for a Meyer Lemon Pie with a flakier tart dough crust.

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GROW A MEYER LEMON TREE

Give it a shot! You can buy tiny lemon trees for your apartment—Apartment Therapy notes that a dwarf tree is best for apartments, and "ours is only about a foot and a half high and produces around 10 lemons a season. We just make sure to give it some citrus food, make sure the soil drains well and give it tons of sunlight."

Here are some more growing tips, and here's a list on the best places to buy them online (this one is under 12 bucks!). Has anyone ever tried this in New York?