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

kitchen gift guides with Keep

Kitchen gift guides with Keep / @loveandlemons

It’s getting to be that time of year again. I don’t know about you but I’m the laziest holiday shopper ever. In fact, Black Friday crowds at the mall might be one of my biggest phobias (followed by cruise boats and pulp, in case you were curious).

If you’re anything like me, you’re going to love using Keep. Here’s how it works - you set up a profile and curate Collections. I’ve filled mine with tons of my favorite food and kitchen finds (the items pictured here & more). You can follow me and I’ll follow you, and together we’ll inspire each other with gift ideas.

Kitchen gift guides with Keep / @loveandlemons

Keep has some handy features. For example, it’s easy to see if an item has gone out of stock and it’ll even alert you when things go on sale.

The best part is that you can make all your purchases, from any store, in one shopping cart straight from the Keep App. No lines, no extra passwords, no typing in your credit card number five gajillion times.

I, for one, will be doing all my holiday shopping from the sofa this year.

the Keep App

Click here to check out my Collections and click here to download the app.

Happy Shopping!

This post is sponsored by Keep - thank you for supporting the sponsors that support Love & Lemons. As always, all words and opinions are my own.

sweet potato avocado salad (& video!)

sweet potato avocado salad / @loveandlemons

Check it out – a video! We recently partnered with the North Carolina Sweet Potato Commission to create videos about one of my favorite foods – the sweet potato. Here’s a recipe that will start to get you in the mood for fall, but is still light and fresh.

Below are a few of my favorite screenshots. Scroll down (or click the image above) for the video. Special thanks to Rightfrog Productions for the video work!

Roasted Sweet Potato Avocado Salad / @loveandlemons