Even though the SFist kitchen staff is at a writing conference, we're giving you some homework for the next two weeks: Swing by a local farmer's market, pick up some lemons, and give them a chance to shine. Make a clean and fruity vinaigrette with lemon juice instead of vinegar. Thinly slice a Meyer lemon and dredge the slices in flour, buttermilk, and flour again before frying in a pot of 350° vegetable oil. Slip lemon slices onto your fish before putting it in the oven, or under the skin of a roast chicken. Get some oysters, shuck them, and drip lemon juice onto the meaty morsels inside.

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