Behind the Scenes at Love & Lemons

Amanda M. Rye

At any time puzzled how we occur up with recipes? Uncover out underneath! I am answering some of your most popular queries in this powering-the-scenes peek.

Phoebe whisking sauce and Jeanine chopping cilantro at the kitchen counter

Hey, content Tuesday! We write-up a ton of recipes here, but it is been a when given that I have specified you an update on our approach at the rear of the scenes at Really like & Lemons. I assumed I’d take today’s put up to give you a sneak peek into the Appreciate & Lemons kitchen and reply some of the concerns I typically get from readers like you!

I begun 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 would photograph recipes out of our residence kitchen, then in Austin, Texas. Flash forward 11(!) decades to now, and Love & Lemons has progressed quite a little bit. For 1, we reside in Chicago, and we lately begun doing work with an incredible photographer and food stylist who take shots for the weblog and a talented online video workforce who build the recipe video clips. I’m also no extended carrying out all the cooking by myself. Rather, I do the job with Like & Lemons’ senior editor and recipe developer, Phoebe, to take a look at and best each individual recipe.

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

Phoebe has been performing with us considering that 2018, when I was in the center of composing Really like & Lemons Every single Day. She begun out tests recipes and carrying out prep for our photoshoots and now will work on just about every factor of Like & Lemons! A number of enjoyable points about her:

  • Phoebe is at first from Wisconsin but now lives in Chicago.
  • She got into seasonal cooking immediately after operating for a summer season on an natural and organic vegetable farm.
  • Salads and veggie mains are her favored recipes to create.
  • But she’ll also never ever turn down dessert.

Reader Q&A

How do you occur up with recipes?
We are often imagining seasonally, and peak-period deliver is the commencing stage for most of our recipes. In the tumble, for example, we know we’ll want to feature a couple kinds of squash, as properly as apples, Brussels sprouts, and of training course pumpkin. We also consider to provide recipes that we know visitors will locate handy at distinctive moments of calendar year, like food prep recipes in September or side dishes right before Thanksgiving. (If you ever have a recipe ask for, allow us know!) We get inspiration from cafe foods far too. It’s not possible for me to go to Avec, Lula Café, Kite String Cantina, or Still left Coast in Chicago without the need of seeking to experiment with a new dish!

Phoebe and I sit down every pair of months and pick out a established of recipes we want to develop. From there, we make a testing timetable and do any vital analysis on a dish’s history or ingredients. At last, we begin cooking!

Do you examination every single recipe?
Of course! Phoebe and I exam jointly most days of the week, and often we also divide and conquer on our have. Some recipes work out immediately after just one or two assessments, while others want three or much more. We manufactured this eco-friendly bean casserole possibly five occasions the 12 months we produced it. Neither of us ate green bean casserole at Thanksgiving that 12 months – we’d had wayyyy much too considerably in the months primary up to it! Baking recipes are inclined to acquire for a longer time too. We ate a good deal of cherry pie this summer months and applesauce cake last drop!

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 count on, the freezer comes in pretty helpful when we’ve had to do a whole lot of recipe checks. Only on quite unusual occasions do we have a are unsuccessful so epic that it ends up having tossed (looking at you, blender muffins of 2020).

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

What’s your most loved 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, which would you decide on?
Jeanine: Smoked paprika, cumin, and coriander
Phoebe: Za’atar, chili powder, and cinnamon

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

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

Are you crafting an additional cookbook?
Keep tuned!

We hope you search to Enjoy & Lemons for every day veggie inspiration and that you appreciate cooking our recipes in your dwelling. Thanks for studying!

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