Meyer Lemon Cookoff: Shake Your Lemon Tree

Results of the First Annual Meyer Lemon cookoff on Monday, Feb. 21

Best in Show; Meyer Lemon Rosemary Tarte
Best in Show; Meyer Lemon Rosemary Tarte

UPDATE: What an amazing event. So many incredible lemon dishes…too many to even taste fully.I look forward to getting some of the recipes to share!

Best in Show: Rosemary Meyer Lemon Tart
Best Sweet: Meyer Lemon Butter Cookies
Best Savory: Moroccan Meyer Lemon Tangine Shortribs

Deep in the heart of citrus season, Meyer lemons — you know, those gourmet lemons we grow here in Northern California that taste like a cross between a mandarin orange and a lemon — hang heavy on trees throughout the county.

What to do? Celebrating the tart bounty, Blue Label at the Belvedere’s Miriam Donaldson hosts the first annual Meyer Lemon Cookoff on Monday, February 21, 2011. Anyone’s eligible to enter, but ACTUAL entries must be in by high noon (727 Mendocino Ave, Santa Rosa). Here are some inspirations from the LA Times — 100 things to do with Meyer Lemons. (Sorry if I wasn’t clear before, but you gotta actually make the recipe and bring the completed entry by for judging).

A bevy of foodie judges (including BiteClub) will pucker up and name the Meyer lemoniest winners in the Sweet, Savory and Best of Show category. And from personal experience, I can tell you that Miriam’s contests are always a rockin’ hoot (check out my daughter’s winning Lunchbox Pie recipe).

Judging begins at 2pm and the party lasts until 4pm. Prizes and street cred to be awarded.

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