We've had a hard freeze the past few nights so I picked almost all the Meyer lemons on the tree. I juiced them and froze the juice but couldn't bear to waste the peels.
So I tossed the juiced halves in simmering/boiling water for about 40 minutes and voila! I was able to easily scoop out the pith leaving the zest and a bit of white for candied lemon peel.
I cut the halves into strips and boiled the strips in sugar syrup for a while and then set them out to dry on a cooling rack. But, two days later, they were still rather tacky so I decided to dip them in chocolate.
And since I was going to be melting chocolate I decided to try these cookies posted yesterday at Smitten Kitchen (good timing, Deb).
And then I bought some dried figs and pulled out some caramels and found some mini candy canes from the advent calendar and generally spent an enjoyable few hours last night dipping things in chocolate while intermittently burning my fingers rolling hot cookies around princess pencils.
Those photos don't do justice to the chocolatey goodness going on around here. Now I have to try to keep the rolled cookies away from Biscuit and Mr. H. Deb said they store well so I'm hoping to serve them at an upcoming party.