Kitchen Gift Guide – Our favorite things

Kitchen Gift Guide - Love & Lemons' favorite things for the kitchen

Are you done with your holiday shopping? I didn’t think so. Today, I’m here to help cross a few people off your list (and maybe add a few things onto your own list). Here are some of my absolute favorite kitchen items. These are things I personally have, love, and I hope you (and your friends & family) love them too.

Staub Mini Cocottes (Graphite Grey) or Cherry Red

Staub 4 Quart Round Cocotte / 7 Quart

Maple Kitchen Tools

Lodge Mini Skillet

Aiya Organic Matcha / Matcha Whisk

Glass Teapot (ok, this one is on my list – hint, hint, Jack)

Le Parfait Jars (I use these for grains, beans, etc in my pantry)

Presto FlipSide Belgian Waffle Maker (love this one)

Kitchen Gift Guide - Love & Lemons' favorite things for the kitchen

The Inspiralizer (because, zoodles!)

Tramontina Ceramica Nonstick Pan (no Teflon)

Cuisinart Ice Cream Maker

Julienne Peeler (for less curly zoodles, plus it’s easy to store)

Vitamix Blender (put this on your list if you don’t have one yet)

Benriner Japanese Mandoline (favorite kind)

Silo Soup Mug

Peugeot Yellow Pepper Mill

Oh, and don’t forget – I’ll be at the Container Store this Saturday from 11am-1pm making delicious homemade gifts. There will be treats & giveaways – if you’re in Austin, come out and say hi!! (Click here to RSVP)

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Healthier Holiday Recipes

Healthier Holiday Recipes / @loveandlemons

I don’t know how it happened. Just yesterday it was July and here we are, it’s almost Christmas. In the spirit of the holidays, I thought I’d share a few healthy-but-not-too-healthy recipe ideas. These are some cheery favorites, organized into 3 simple menus for various types of holiday gatherings:

Party Food (pictured above):
Vegan Kale & Artichoke Dip 

Minty Pomegranate Spritzer (my go-to holiday cocktail!)
Curried Avocado Chickpea Salad Sliders
Cranberry Pistachio Chocolate Bark

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A Cozy Christmas Morning:
Strawberry Vegan Waffles
Mini Spinach & Sun dried Tomato Frittatas
Apple Mimosas
Almond Milk Chai Lattes

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Dinner Party:
Ginger Kombucha Cocktails
Minty Millet Pomegranate Salad
Sweet Potato Vegan Alfredo
Tart Cherry Cheesecake Parfaits

You’re invited! A Homemade Gift Workshop

Love & Lemons Food-Gift Workshop at The Container Store

Hi friends! If you’re going to be in Austin on December 12th (next Saturday), mark your calendars! I’m hosting a super fun event at the Container Store. I’ll be cooking up yummy treats and showing you how to turn them into simple & pretty gifts using all of my favorite jars, tags, ribbons & more from the Gift Wrap Wonderland at the Container Store. Hope to see you there! It’s a free event, but click here to RSVP!

The Details:
Saturday, December 12th
11:00am – 1:00pm

The Container Store
9629 Research Blvd. Austin, Texas
RSVP here

A Trip to Sonoma

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I love my job more than anything, but working from home can sometimes get a little isolating. So when opportunities like this come my way, I’m all in! Last month, I spent an amazing few days with Williams SonomaFortessaThe Fairmont, and a group of lovely bloggers in Sonoma. We were wined and dined and wined some more… Here’s just a quick recap!

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I’m a sucker for kitchen gear so it was fun to visit the original Williams Sonoma store. It just reopened this year – many of the charming details were replicated from the store that Chuck Williams first opened in 1956. If you’re in Sonoma, check it out. We were also treated to a pasta-making class:

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Isn’t it fun to watch other people cook? Chef Thomas McNaughton of San Francisco’s Flour + Water Restaurant made handmade pasta for us. I’ve eaten a lot of pasta in my life, so this is a big statement: his pasta was the… best… ever. (It was even tastier on this beautiful dinnerware!). Check out his book, it’s a stunner. He also made a darn good kale & roasted squash salad too. I wish I had gotten the recipe:

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I wanted one of everything from these gorgeous wall displays:

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After lunch, we took a tour of Silver Oaks Winery – I especially loved their vegetable garden. I had major meyer lemon tree envy, and their kohlrabi was especially beautiful:

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Our group! (bloggers from: What’s Gaby CookingWaiting on MarthaSugar and CharmThe House That Lars BuiltStyle Me PrettyOnce WedSnippet and InkCoco + Kelley, Green Wedding ShoesIntimate WeddingsWedding Chicks)

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The trip ended with a beautiful dinner at the Fairmont. Below Chef David Blum plates up chocolate soufflés for dessert.

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Thanks to Fortessa, Williams Sonoma & The Fairmont for a lovely trip! This post was created in partnership, and is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Fortessa. The opinions and text are all mine. (Some photos by Mark Poss).

2015 Cookbook Gift Guide

2015 Cookbook Gift Guide

I say this every year – but I think cookbooks make the greatest gifts. Here is a collection of some of my favorites that have come out this year. (If I’ve missed any good ones – let me know in the comments below!). Also – be sure to glance over at last year’s gift guide because there are some goodies on that list too!

Travel Inspired:

Rosewater & Orange Blossoms by Maureen Abood
Near & Far by Heidi Swanson
Mexico the Cookbook, by Margarita Carrillo Arronte (*see note)

Books from restaurants we’ve loved:

Nopi by Yotam Ottolenghi
Gjelina by Travis Lett
Flour + Water: Pasta by Thomas McNaughton

Veggie Forward:

Food52 Vegan by Gena Hamshaw
My New Roots by Sarah Britton
The Sprouted Kitchen: Bowl + Spoon by Sara Forte

Baking:

The Violet Bakery Cookbook by Claire Ptak
Bien Cuit by Zachary Golper
Food52 Baking by the Editors of Food52

Other Favorites!

The Year of Cozy by Adrianna Adarme
Wine Folly by Madeline Puckette
Seven Spoons by Tara O’Brady

*note – these large Phaidon books often have a lot of mistakes. Mexico the Cookbook has a few spotty reviews, but I still love it for visual inspiration, ingredient ideas, and of course it looks great on my coffee table. Just a heads up.

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