Healthier Holiday Party Recipes

Healthier Holiday Party Recipes / @loveandlemons

Minty Pomegranate Spritzers Butternut Squash & Sage Crostini Avocado Pomegranate Crostini Quinoa Stuffed Peppers

Is it just me or has every day this week felt like Friday? Since holiday party season is in full swing I thought I’d round up a few fun & festive recipes that are healthy-ish, and (mostly), finger food friendly.

Click on the images to go to each recipe (or see links below)…

Healthier Holiday Party Recipes / @loveandlemons

Parmesan & Fig Grilled Cheese Homemade Soft Pretzels Butternut Squash Croquettes Vegan Stuffed Shells Cookies! Almond Butter Cups  

Minty Pomegranate Spritzers / Butternut Squash & Sage Crostini / Avocado Pomegranate Crostini / Quinoa Stuffed Peppers / Parmesan & Fig Grilled Cheese / Vegan Soft Pretzels / Butternut Squash Croquettes  /  Vegan Stuffed ShellsCookies!  /  White Chocolate Almond Butter Cups

Behind the Scenes: Making & Mattering

Behind the scenes: Making & Mattering @loveandlemons

I get a lot of questions about my background – mostly about how I got started blogging and if I have tips or suggestions for someone just starting out. I’ve always had a hard time coming up with “the answers” because I truly feel like everyone’s path is different. What I can tell you is that one key to my creative little journey has been surrounding myself with insanely talented people to be inspired by. So when La Crema Wines asked me to be a part of their Interview Magazine Statement Makers campaign, I immediately knew I wanted to interview one of the most inspiring and creative people I know - Trina Bentley of Make & Matter.

Everything I know about design, developing an aesthetic, and having a nose-to-the-grindstone work ethic, I learned from her. While Jack is the person that finishes my sandwiches, Trina is (creatively speaking) the person who finishes my sentences. She’s been my go-to person for everything from logo brainstorms to my wedding dress choice. She’s the person who I trust to tell me that the sky is blue and that Pantone 485 is, in fact, the best red.

Behind the scenes: Making & Mattering @loveandlemons

A bit about our background: Trina and I first met while working at a local graphic design firm. Eventually, we took a leap and started our own studio where we learned the ropes of creative entrepreneurship. Fast forward a bunch of years and our paths have diverged a bit – I started this here blog, and Trina went on to make a statement by starting Make & Matter, an award winning design studio where she creates gorgeous branding and packaging for natural food brands (like those beautiful Epic bars).

Last weekend, we got together for a glass of wine and a little brainstorm for an upcoming collaboration (more on that soon!). Jack put together a couple of cheese plates (and also snapped these photos)… Trina enjoyed La Crema’s Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir while I popped open the Chardonnay (which is in fact one of my favorite whites because it’s light, buttery, and also pairs well with most foods).

I realize this isn’t a dinner recipe, or a how-to-blog post, but I’m hoping this little Q & A will at least inspire all of you creative-types out there with some tips to make a statement in your own career. (Keep reading for the interview after the jump).

Kitchen Essentials Holiday Gift Guide

kitchen essentials holiday gift guide / @loveandlemons

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So many of you have written me asking about the kitchen equipment I use and recommend. I figured now was the perfect time to put together a list of some of my favorite things. Many of the items shown here are things that I own and use all the time - and a few of them are totally on my wishlist. (hint hint, Jack).

Whether it’s time to ask your relatives for that Vitamix or give your newlywed daughter a really amazing (matching!) set of pots and pans, hopefully I’ve offered a few ideas. To make it easy, everything here is from Macy’s. 

You can click directly on the images in this post to view each product. And if you’re looking for a few more options, check out their cookware buying guide.

(Keep reading for more gifts after the jump…)

2014 Cookbook Gift Guide

2014 Cookbook Gift Guide / www.loveandlemons.com

Green Kitchen Travels Vibrant Foot The Forest Feast The Oh She Glows Cookbool At Home in the Whole Food Kitchen Plenty More Shake The Art of Vintage Cocktails The Bar Book Sunday Suppers The Yellow Table Camille Styles Entertaining

It’s that time of year again! I think cookbooks make the best gifts so I’ve rounded up tons of my favorites in a variety of different categories. Hopefully there’s something here for everyone on your list (and then maybe a little something for yourself too). If I’ve missed any of your favorites, leave me your recommendations in the comments!

pictured above:

Green Kitchen Travels  /  Vibrant Food  /  The Forest Feast

The Oh She Glows Cookbook  /  At Home in the Whole Food Kitchen  /  Plenty More

Shake  /  The Art of Vintage Cocktails  /  The Bar Book

Sunday Suppers  /  The Yellow Table  /  Camille Styles Entertaining

2014 Cookbook Gift Guide / www.loveandlemons.com

A New Turn in the South A Boat A Whale and A Walrus The Fat Radish Keepers Leon Family and Friends Dinner The Playbook Edible French Paris Pastry Club A Kitchen in France Gluten-Free Artisan Bread in 5 Minutes a Day Yummy Supper The Blender Girl Seriously Delish Top with Cinnamon Easy Gourmet

pictured above:

A New Turn in the South  /  A Boat, a Whale & a Walrus  /  The Fat Radish

Keepers  /  Leon Family & Friends  /  Dinner: The Playbook

Edible French  /  Paris Pastry Club  /  A Kitchen in France

Gluten-Free Artisan Bread in 5 Minutes a Day / Yummy Supper / The Blender Girl

Seriously Delish  /  Top with Cinnamon  /  Easy Gourmet

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Healthy Winter Squash Recipes

Healthy Winter Squash Recipes / www.loveandlemons.com

Are you feeling as stuffed as I am? This year we actually celebrated Thanksgiving a week early with Jack’s family – yet I’m still full from his mom’s amazing apple pie and the leftovers we’ve been snacking on all week.

This weekend, I’m craving food that’s a little bit healthier but still comforting and delicious so I thought I’d share just a few ideas:

Butternut Squash & Leek Risotto (pictured)

Spaghetti Squash with Chickpeas & Kale (pictured)

Butternut Squash & Tart Cherry Quinoa

Sweet Potato Pomegranate Salad

Roasted Acorn Squash with Pears and Miso Dressing from Edible Perspective

Sweet Potato Ravioli with Kale Pesto from The First Mess

Butternut Squash Lasagna from My New Roots

Stuffed Za’atar Roasted Acorn Squash from Dolly and Oatmeal

Kale and Roasted Red Kuri Squash Salad from A House in the Hills

Northern Spy’s Kale Salad from Food 52

Roasted Delicata Squash Salad from 101 Cookbooks