Behind the Scenes at Love & Lemons

Ever questioned how we appear up with recipes? Find out beneath! I am answering some of your most typical queries in this behind-the-scenes peek.


Phoebe whisking sauce and Jeanine chopping cilantro at the kitchen counter


Hey, joyful Tuesday! We publish a ton of recipes in this article, but it’s been a even though given that I’ve presented you an update on our system behind the scenes at Really like & Lemons. I thought I’d acquire today’s article to give you a sneak peek into the Really like & Lemons kitchen and answer some of the thoughts I typically get from audience like you!

I started off Really like & Lemons in 2011 as a position to share seasonal recipes and cooking tales about my spouse Jack and me. I did the cooking, and Jack and I would photograph recipes out of our dwelling kitchen, then in Austin, Texas. Flash forward 11(!) several years to now, and Adore & Lemons has developed very a little bit. For just one, we reside in Chicago, and we not too long ago started out performing with an astounding photographer and food items stylist who acquire pics for the blog and a gifted movie group who build the recipe videos. I’m also no extended doing all the cooking by myself. Instead, I function with Really like & Lemons’ senior editor and recipe developer, Phoebe, to take a look at and fantastic every recipe.


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


Phoebe has been functioning with us given that 2018, when I was in the middle of writing Adore & Lemons Every single Working day. She started out screening recipes and undertaking prep for our photoshoots and now will work on just about each factor of Enjoy & Lemons! A handful of entertaining facts about her:

  • Phoebe is originally from Wisconsin but now life in Chicago.
  • She bought into seasonal cooking after doing the job for a summer months on an natural vegetable farm.
  • Salads and veggie mains are her favourite recipes to develop.
  • But she’ll also under no circumstances flip down dessert.

Reader Q&A

How do you come up with recipes?
We are usually pondering seasonally, and peak-year deliver is the starting off point for most of our recipes. In the fall, for case in point, we know we’ll want to feature a handful of sorts of squash, as very well as apples, Brussels sprouts, and of training course pumpkin. We also attempt to offer recipes that we know readers will uncover useful at different occasions of yr, like food prep recipes in September or side dishes right before Thanksgiving. (If you ever have a recipe ask for, permit us know!) We get inspiration from cafe foods much too. It’s extremely hard for me to go to Avec, Lula Café, Kite String Cantina, or Left Coast in Chicago devoid of wanting to experiment with a new dish!

Phoebe and I sit down just about every pair of months and opt for a established of recipes we want to develop. From there, we make a tests schedule and do any essential research on a dish’s qualifications or substances. At last, we commence cooking!

Do you test just about every recipe?
Sure! Phoebe and I take a look at alongside one another most days of the 7 days, and in some cases we also divide and conquer on our individual. Some recipes perform out right after just one particular or two assessments, even though other people need 3 or extra. We created this green bean casserole perhaps 5 situations the calendar year we designed it. Neither of us ate eco-friendly bean casserole at Thanksgiving that calendar year – we’d experienced wayyyy as well substantially in the weeks foremost up to it! Baking recipes are likely to choose lengthier far too. We ate a large amount of cherry pie this summer and applesauce cake last slide!

What occurs to the leftovers?
We consume them! Phoebe shares some leftovers with her boyfriend Alex, and Jack, Ollie, and I consume the relaxation. As you might anticipate, the freezer will come in incredibly handy when we have had to do a great deal of recipe assessments. Only on really exceptional events do we have a fall short so epic that it ends up obtaining tossed (looking 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 decide?
Jeanine: Smoked paprika, cumin, and coriander
Phoebe: Za’atar, chili powder, and cinnamon

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

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

Are you composing one more cookbook?
Remain tuned!

We hope you appear to Enjoy & Lemons for day-to-day veggie inspiration and that you appreciate cooking our recipes in your household. Thanks for looking through!

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