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Behind the Scenes at Love & Lemons


Ever questioned how we provide you with recipes? Discover out under! I am answering a few of your commonest questions on this behind-the-scenes peek.


Phoebe whisking sauce and Jeanine chopping cilantro at the kitchen counter


Hey, comfortable Tuesday! We submit a ton of recipes right here, however it’s been some time since I’ve given you an replace on our course of behind the scenes at Love & Lemons. I believed I’d take as we speak’s submit to provide you a sneak peek into the Love & Lemons kitchen and reply among the questions I typically get from readers such as you!

I began Love & Lemons in 2011 as a spot to share seasonal recipes and cooking tales about my husband Jack and me. I did the cooking, and Jack and I’d {photograph} recipes out of our house kitchen, then in Austin, Texas. Flash ahead 11(!) years to now, and Love & Lemons has developed fairly a bit. For one, we reside in Chicago, and we not too long ago began working with a tremendous photographer and meals stylist who take images for the weblog and a proficient video crew who create the recipe movies. I’m additionally not doing all of the cooking on my own. As an alternative, I work with Love & Lemons’ senior editor and recipe developer, Phoebe, to check and excellent 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, once I was in the course of writing Love & Lemons Each Day. She began out testing recipes and doing prep for our photoshoots and now works on nearly each facet of Love & Lemons! Just a few enjoyable information about her:

  • Phoebe is initially from Wisconsin however now lives in Chicago.
  • She obtained into seasonal cooking after working for a summer season on an natural vegetable farm.
  • Salads and veggie mains are her favourite recipes to develop.
  • However she’ll additionally by no means flip down dessert.

Reader Q&A

How do you provide you with recipes?
We’re all the time considering seasonally, and peak-season produce is the start line for many of our recipes. Within the fall, for instance, we all know we’ll need to function a couple of varieties of squash, in addition to apples, Brussels sprouts, and naturally pumpkin. We additionally attempt to supply recipes that we all know readers will discover helpful at completely different occasions of 12 months, like meal prep recipes in September or aspect dishes earlier than Thanksgiving. (Should you ever have a recipe request, tell us!) We get inspiration from restaurant meals too. It’s unimaginable for me to go to Avec, Lula Café, Kite String Cantina, or Left Coast in Chicago with out desirous to experiment with a brand new dish!

Phoebe and I sit down each couple of months and select a set of recipes we need to develop. From there, we make a testing schedule and do any mandatory analysis on a dish’s background or substances. Lastly, we begin cooking!

Do you take a look at each recipe?
Sure! Phoebe and I take a look at collectively most days of the week, and typically we additionally divide and conquer on our personal. Some recipes work out after only one or two assessments, whereas others want three or extra. We made this inexperienced bean casserole perhaps 5 occasions the 12 months we developed it. Neither of us ate inexperienced bean casserole at Thanksgiving that 12 months – we’d had wayyyy an excessive amount of within the weeks main as much as it! Baking recipes are likely to take longer too. We ate a variety of cherry pie this summer season and applesauce cake final fall!

What occurs to the leftovers?
We eat them! Phoebe shares some leftovers together with her boyfriend Alex, and Jack, Ollie, and I eat the remainder. As you would possibly anticipate, the freezer is available in very useful once we’ve needed to do a variety of recipe assessments. Solely on very uncommon events do we’ve got a fail so epic that it finally ends up getting tossed ( 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 weblog?
Jeanine: Roasted Cauliflower Steaks with Arugula Pesto
Phoebe: Citrus Salad with Fennel & Avocado

Should you might solely have 3 spices in your kitchen, which might you choose?
Jeanine: Smoked paprika, cumin, and coriander
Phoebe: Za’atar, chili powder, and cinnamon

What’s your favourite fall veggie?
Jeanine: Candy Potato
Phoebe: Delicata squash

What a couple of favourite consolation meals for fall?
Jeanine: Butternut Squash Soup and this Candy Potato Salad
Phoebe: Eggplant Parmesan or this creamy squash pasta

Are you writing one other cookbook?
Keep tuned!

We hope you look to Love & Lemons for on a regular basis veggie inspiration and that you just love cooking our recipes in your house. Thanks for studying!

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