December 7, 2022

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Behind the Scenes at Love & Lemons

At any time puzzled how we occur up with recipes? Uncover out underneath! I’m answering some of your most common queries in this powering-the-scenes peek.


Phoebe whisking sauce and Jeanine chopping cilantro at the kitchen counter


Hey, joyful Tuesday! We write-up a ton of recipes in this article, but it is been a while since I’ve provided you an update on our method driving the scenes at Love & Lemons. I believed I’d choose today’s write-up to give you a sneak peek into the Appreciate & Lemons kitchen and answer some of the thoughts I generally get from readers like you!

I began Really like & Lemons in 2011 as a place to share seasonal recipes and cooking stories about my partner Jack and me. I did the cooking, and Jack and I would photograph recipes out of our household kitchen, then in Austin, Texas. Flash ahead 11(!) many years to now, and Really like & Lemons has developed fairly a little bit. For just one, we are living in Chicago, and we not long ago begun doing the job with an awesome photographer and food stylist who take shots for the site and a proficient video team who develop the recipe video clips. I’m also no for a longer time accomplishing all the cooking by myself. As a substitute, I function with Like & Lemons’ senior editor and recipe developer, Phoebe, to test and fantastic every single recipe.


Jeanine holding skillet with whole roasted cauliflower and Phoebe stirring pot of soup on the stove


Phoebe has been doing the job with us considering that 2018, when I was in the middle of creating Adore & Lemons Every single Day. She started out tests recipes and doing prep for our photoshoots and now will work on just about each element of Appreciate & Lemons! A several enjoyment info about her:

  • Phoebe is originally from Wisconsin but now life in Chicago.
  • She received into seasonal cooking soon after operating for a summer season on an natural and organic vegetable farm.
  • Salads and veggie mains are her favorite recipes to create.
  • But she’ll also never convert down dessert.

Reader Q&A

How do you occur up with recipes?
We are normally thinking seasonally, and peak-period produce is the commencing position for most of our recipes. In the drop, for illustration, we know we’ll want to feature a couple of forms of squash, as effectively as apples, Brussels sprouts, and of study course pumpkin. We also test to supply recipes that we know audience will obtain practical at distinct occasions of year, like meal prep recipes in September or side dishes before Thanksgiving. (If you ever have a recipe ask for, allow us know!) We get inspiration from cafe meals far too. It’s not possible for me to go to Avec, Lula Café, Kite String Cantina, or Remaining Coast in Chicago devoid of seeking to experiment with a new dish!

Phoebe and I sit down every couple of months and choose a set of recipes we want to build. From there, we make a tests routine and do any required research on a dish’s history or elements. Ultimately, we start cooking!

Do you exam each individual recipe?
Indeed! Phoebe and I test collectively most days of the 7 days, and sometimes we also divide and conquer on our have. Some recipes function out following just 1 or two tests, whilst some others want three or much more. We made this eco-friendly bean casserole maybe five times the yr we produced it. Neither of us ate inexperienced bean casserole at Thanksgiving that calendar year – we’d experienced wayyyy also a lot in the months major up to it! Baking recipes are inclined to get more time way too. We ate a good deal of cherry pie this summer months and applesauce cake last fall!

What comes about to the leftovers?
We consume them! Phoebe shares some leftovers with her boyfriend Alex, and Jack, Ollie, and I consume the rest. As you could possibly assume, the freezer comes in really helpful when we have had to do a good deal of recipe assessments. Only on incredibly uncommon instances do we have a fall short so epic that it ends up acquiring tossed (hunting at you, blender muffins of 2020).


Phoebe stirring pot on the stove and Jeanine chopping mushrooms at the counter


What’s your most loved recipe on the blog site?
Jeanine: Roasted Cauliflower Steaks with Arugula Pesto
Phoebe: Citrus Salad with Fennel & Avocado

If you could only have 3 spices in your kitchen area, which would you pick?
Jeanine: Smoked paprika, cumin, and coriander
Phoebe: Za’atar, chili powder, and cinnamon

What’s your favorite slide veggie?
Jeanine: Sweet Potato
Phoebe: Delicata squash

What about a favourite ease and comfort food items for tumble?
Jeanine: Butternut Squash Soup and this Sweet Potato Salad
Phoebe: Eggplant Parmesan or this creamy squash pasta

Are you writing another cookbook?
Remain tuned!

We hope you seem to Appreciate & Lemons for each day veggie inspiration and that you enjoy cooking our recipes in your house. Thanks for reading through!