Behind the Scenes at Love & Lemons

Ever puzzled how we appear up with recipes? Discover out underneath! I am answering some of your most widespread concerns in this guiding-the-scenes peek.


Phoebe whisking sauce and Jeanine chopping cilantro at the kitchen counter


Hey, delighted Tuesday! We article a ton of recipes right here, but it is been a though because I’ve supplied you an update on our system at the rear of the scenes at Love & Lemons. I believed I’d consider today’s submit to give you a sneak peek into the Adore & Lemons kitchen and answer some of the thoughts I usually get from viewers like you!

I commenced Like & Lemons in 2011 as a spot to share seasonal recipes and cooking tales about my partner Jack and me. I did the cooking, and Jack and I would photograph recipes out of our home kitchen area, then in Austin, Texas. Flash ahead 11(!) years to now, and Appreciate & Lemons has advanced fairly a little bit. For 1, we live in Chicago, and we not too long ago commenced performing with an wonderful photographer and food items stylist who acquire pics for the site and a proficient video staff who generate the recipe films. I’m also no more time performing all the cooking by myself. In its place, I work with Really like & Lemons’ senior editor and recipe developer, Phoebe, to examination and best each recipe.


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


Phoebe has been doing work with us given that 2018, when I was in the middle of creating Really like & Lemons Just about every Day. She started off out tests recipes and performing prep for our photoshoots and now performs on just about each individual component of Enjoy & Lemons! A few entertaining points about her:

  • Phoebe is originally from Wisconsin but now lives in Chicago.
  • She acquired into seasonal cooking soon after working for a summer season on an natural vegetable farm.
  • Salads and veggie mains are her favourite recipes to acquire.
  • But she’ll also by no means flip down dessert.

Reader Q&A

How do you occur up with recipes?
We are constantly contemplating seasonally, and peak-time make is the starting up place for most of our recipes. In the slide, for case in point, we know we’ll want to element a couple forms of squash, as very well as apples, Brussels sprouts, and of training course pumpkin. We also test to provide recipes that we know viewers will find handy at different situations of year, like meal prep recipes in September or side dishes in advance of Thanksgiving. (If you at any time have a recipe request, allow us know!) We get inspiration from cafe foods too. It’s difficult for me to go to Avec, Lula Café, Kite String Cantina, or Remaining Coastline in Chicago without seeking to experiment with a new dish!

Phoebe and I sit down each individual few of months and select a set of recipes we want to establish. From there, we make a screening routine and do any essential investigation on a dish’s track record or ingredients. Last but not least, we get started cooking!

Do you examination each and every recipe?
Certainly! Phoebe and I take a look at alongside one another most days of the week, and sometimes we also divide and conquer on our very own. Some recipes operate out right after just one particular or two tests, when other individuals will need 3 or extra. We manufactured this environmentally friendly bean casserole probably 5 occasions the calendar year we formulated it. Neither of us ate inexperienced bean casserole at Thanksgiving that year – we’d had wayyyy too considerably in the months major up to it! Baking recipes are likely to take extended as well. We ate a lot of cherry pie this summertime and applesauce cake last fall!

What takes place to the leftovers?
We take in them! Phoebe shares some leftovers with her boyfriend Alex, and Jack, Ollie, and I take in the relaxation. As you could possibly assume, the freezer arrives in incredibly handy when we have experienced to do a large amount of recipe exams. Only on pretty scarce occasions do we have a fail so epic that it ends 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 favorite recipe on the website?
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 choose?
Jeanine: Smoked paprika, cumin, and coriander
Phoebe: Za’atar, chili powder, and cinnamon

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

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

Are you writing another cookbook?
Continue to be tuned!

We hope you look to Really like & Lemons for each day veggie inspiration and that you like cooking our recipes in your house. Thanks for studying!

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