December 9, 2022

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Behind the Scenes at Love & Lemons

Ever puzzled how we appear up with recipes? Obtain out under! I’m answering some of your most common concerns 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 given that I have supplied you an update on our system at the rear of the scenes at Appreciate & Lemons. I assumed I’d acquire today’s put up to give you a sneak peek into the Really like & Lemons kitchen and respond to some of the inquiries I normally get from viewers like you!

I started Like & Lemons in 2011 as a position 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(!) years to now, and Appreciate & Lemons has progressed fairly a bit. For one, we stay in Chicago, and we lately started out operating with an awesome photographer and food items stylist who just take pics for the blog and a proficient movie workforce who develop the recipe video clips. I’m also no longer carrying out all the cooking by myself. As an alternative, I operate with Adore & Lemons’ senior editor and recipe developer, Phoebe, to check and perfect each 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 middle of producing Really like & Lemons Each and every Day. She began out screening recipes and carrying out prep for our photoshoots and now operates on just about every facet of Enjoy & Lemons! A several enjoyable specifics about her:

  • Phoebe is at first from Wisconsin but now life in Chicago.
  • She acquired into seasonal cooking after performing for a summer months on an organic vegetable farm.
  • Salads and veggie mains are her favourite recipes to establish.
  • But she’ll also never flip down dessert.

Reader Q&A

How do you appear up with recipes?
We are normally thinking seasonally, and peak-year develop is the starting level for most of our recipes. In the slide, for example, we know we’ll want to feature a number of kinds of squash, as perfectly as apples, Brussels sprouts, and of study course pumpkin. We also test to offer recipes that we know audience will come across beneficial at various periods of yr, like food prep recipes in September or side dishes prior to Thanksgiving. (If you ever have a recipe request, permit us know!) We get inspiration from cafe foods way too. It’s impossible 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 few of months and decide on a established of recipes we want to create. From there, we make a screening agenda and do any necessary investigation on a dish’s history or substances. Eventually, we start cooking!

Do you take a look at every single recipe?
Sure! Phoebe and I take a look at with each other most times of the 7 days, and at times we also divide and conquer on our personal. Some recipes operate out after just a single or two checks, whilst other folks need 3 or far more. We created this eco-friendly bean casserole probably 5 situations the calendar year we produced it. Neither of us ate eco-friendly bean casserole at Thanksgiving that yr – we’d had wayyyy too substantially in the months foremost up to it! Baking recipes are likely to take lengthier much too. We ate a lot of cherry pie this summer and applesauce cake last slide!

What occurs 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 may possibly be expecting, the freezer will come in incredibly helpful when we have experienced to do a large amount of recipe tests. Only on extremely rare occasions do we have a fall short so epic that it ends up having tossed (wanting at you, blender muffins of 2020).


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


What’s your favourite 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 most loved slide veggie?
Jeanine: Sweet Potato
Phoebe: Delicata squash

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

Are you writing one more cookbook?
Continue to be tuned!

We hope you appear to Adore & Lemons for everyday veggie inspiration and that you really like cooking our recipes in your home. Thanks for examining!