December 8, 2022

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Behind the Scenes at Love & Lemons

Ever questioned how we occur up with recipes? Come across out beneath! I’m answering some of your most widespread thoughts in this behind-the-scenes peek.


Phoebe whisking sauce and Jeanine chopping cilantro at the kitchen counter


Hey, joyful Tuesday! We article a ton of recipes below, but it’s been a even though considering the fact that I have offered you an update on our system powering the scenes at Like & Lemons. I assumed I’d choose today’s submit to give you a sneak peek into the Appreciate & Lemons kitchen and respond to some of the issues I often get from viewers like you!

I commenced Really like & Lemons in 2011 as a area to share seasonal recipes and cooking tales about my spouse Jack and me. I did the cooking, and Jack and I would photograph recipes out of our property kitchen area, then in Austin, Texas. Flash forward 11(!) yrs to now, and Like & Lemons has progressed very a bit. For one, we are living in Chicago, and we recently started out doing the job with an awesome photographer and foods stylist who just take photos for the weblog and a talented video clip team who build the recipe video clips. I’m also no for a longer time undertaking all the cooking by myself. In its place, I operate with Love & Lemons’ senior editor and recipe developer, Phoebe, to test and fantastic each individual recipe.


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


Phoebe has been functioning with us due to the fact 2018, when I was in the center of composing Adore & Lemons Each and every Day. She started out out testing recipes and executing prep for our photoshoots and now operates on just about every single component of Enjoy & Lemons! A number of enjoyable info about her:

  • Phoebe is originally from Wisconsin but now life in Chicago.
  • She bought into seasonal cooking right after doing work for a summer time on an organic vegetable farm.
  • Salads and veggie mains are her preferred recipes to build.
  • But she’ll also under no circumstances turn down dessert.

Reader Q&A

How do you arrive up with recipes?
We are always wondering seasonally, and peak-time deliver is the setting up place for most of our recipes. In the tumble, for instance, we know we’ll want to element a number of kinds of squash, as properly as apples, Brussels sprouts, and of course pumpkin. We also try out to present recipes that we know viewers will find practical at various times of calendar year, like meal prep recipes in September or facet dishes just before Thanksgiving. (If you ever have a recipe ask for, let us know!) We get inspiration from restaurant foods as well. It’s unattainable for me to go to Avec, Lula Café, Kite String Cantina, or Left Coastline in Chicago with no seeking to experiment with a new dish!

Phoebe and I sit down every pair of months and select a set of recipes we want to create. From there, we make a tests program and do any essential investigation on a dish’s background or elements. Lastly, we start off cooking!

Do you test every recipe?
Yes! Phoebe and I check together most days of the week, and occasionally we also divide and conquer on our own. Some recipes work out just after just a person or two exams, while other people need three or much more. We designed this environmentally friendly bean casserole it’s possible 5 moments the calendar year we made it. Neither of us ate eco-friendly bean casserole at Thanksgiving that calendar year – we’d experienced wayyyy way too a lot in the months leading up to it! Baking recipes have a tendency to just take lengthier much too. We ate a good deal of cherry pie this summer season and applesauce cake last fall!

What occurs to the leftovers?
We try to eat them! Phoebe shares some leftovers with her boyfriend Alex, and Jack, Ollie, and I take in the rest. As you might hope, the freezer arrives in really handy when we have experienced to do a good deal of recipe checks. Only on quite exceptional events do we have a fail so epic that it ends up finding tossed (looking at you, blender muffins of 2020).


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


What’s your favorite recipe on the weblog?
Jeanine: Roasted Cauliflower Steaks with Arugula Pesto
Phoebe: Citrus Salad with Fennel & Avocado

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

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

What about a most loved comfort foodstuff for tumble?
Jeanine: Butternut Squash Soup and this Sweet Potato Salad
Phoebe: Eggplant Parmesan or this creamy squash pasta

Are you composing a different cookbook?
Continue to be tuned!

We hope you glance to Love & Lemons for each day veggie inspiration and that you adore cooking our recipes in your household. Many thanks for studying!