Behind the Scenes at Love & Lemons

Ever wondered how we arrive up with recipes? Discover out beneath! I am answering some of your most prevalent questions in this behind-the-scenes peek.


Phoebe whisking sauce and Jeanine chopping cilantro at the kitchen counter


Hey, delighted Tuesday! We put up a ton of recipes here, but it is been a whilst due to the fact I have provided you an update on our procedure behind the scenes at Enjoy & Lemons. I considered I’d choose today’s publish to give you a sneak peek into the Really like & Lemons kitchen area and response some of the queries I typically get from readers like you!

I commenced Love & Lemons in 2011 as a location 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 home kitchen, then in Austin, Texas. Flash ahead 11(!) yrs to now, and Appreciate & Lemons has developed very a little bit. For one particular, we are living in Chicago, and we not too long ago started working with an awesome photographer and foodstuff stylist who acquire pics for the weblog and a talented movie staff who create the recipe videos. I’m also no for a longer period carrying out all the cooking by myself. Rather, I operate with Adore & Lemons’ senior editor and recipe developer, Phoebe, to check and best each and every recipe.


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


Phoebe has been working with us since 2018, when I was in the center of producing Appreciate & Lemons Every Day. She started out out screening recipes and carrying out prep for our photoshoots and now functions on just about every facet of Appreciate & Lemons! A several fun specifics about her:

  • Phoebe is initially from Wisconsin but now lives in Chicago.
  • She received into seasonal cooking immediately after performing for a summer season on an organic and natural vegetable farm.
  • Salads and veggie mains are her most loved recipes to acquire.
  • But she’ll also never switch down dessert.

Reader Q&A

How do you occur up with recipes?
We are often imagining seasonally, and peak-season make is the starting up issue for most of our recipes. In the slide, for illustration, we know we’ll want to aspect a couple styles of squash, as very well as apples, Brussels sprouts, and of program pumpkin. We also try to give recipes that we know visitors will come across useful at distinctive periods of yr, like meal prep recipes in September or aspect dishes ahead of Thanksgiving. (If you at any time have a recipe request, allow us know!) We get inspiration from restaurant meals also. It’s not possible for me to go to Avec, Lula Café, Kite String Cantina, or Still left Coastline in Chicago devoid of wanting to experiment with a new dish!

Phoebe and I sit down each individual couple of months and choose a set of recipes we want to develop. From there, we make a screening program and do any needed investigate on a dish’s track record or elements. At last, we start cooking!

Do you examination each individual recipe?
Sure! Phoebe and I check alongside one another most days of the 7 days, and often we also divide and conquer on our possess. Some recipes work out following just one or two checks, although others require 3 or a lot more. We built this environmentally friendly bean casserole maybe 5 situations the yr we made it. Neither of us ate inexperienced bean casserole at Thanksgiving that year – we’d experienced wayyyy far too substantially in the weeks leading up to it! Baking recipes are likely to take for a longer period way too. We ate a large amount of cherry pie this summertime and applesauce cake last fall!

What happens to the leftovers?
We try to eat them! Phoebe shares some leftovers with her boyfriend Alex, and Jack, Ollie, and I eat the rest. As you could possibly be expecting, the freezer will come in incredibly useful when we’ve had to do a lot of recipe exams. Only on pretty unusual instances do we have a fail so epic that it finishes up obtaining tossed (on the lookout at you, blender muffins of 2020).


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


What is your favored recipe on the web 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 decide on?
Jeanine: Smoked paprika, cumin, and coriander
Phoebe: Za’atar, chili powder, and cinnamon

What’s your preferred drop veggie?
Jeanine: Sweet Potato
Phoebe: Delicata squash

What about a preferred convenience food for fall?
Jeanine: Butternut Squash Soup and this Sweet Potato Salad
Phoebe: Eggplant Parmesan or this creamy squash pasta

Are you producing a further cookbook?
Keep tuned!

We hope you look to Adore & Lemons for day-to-day veggie inspiration and that you love cooking our recipes in your dwelling. Many thanks for looking through!

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