Austin Food & Wine Festival

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One of our favorite foodie events is without a doubt the Austin Food & Wine Fest. It’s a smoky grill-tastic weekend complete with big flavors on small plates… celebrity chefs cooking alongside local chefs… and, of course, bottomless glasses of wine. One highlight for us was watching Hugh Acheson’s demo (we just love watching him on Top Chef!)… Surrounded by a pretty meaty food & wine fest, he made fava bean & leek soup and an arugula salad with mint. He charmed the audience talking about the importance of cooking at home, eating seasonally and using good ingredients. He says “life’s too short for crappy olive oil,” and that “no one on their death bed has ever look back and regretted buying good cheese.”

This year we tagged along with Williams Sonoma, taking over their Instagram feed to share a peek into our weekend full of food. Check out more of our takeover images, on their blog!

Vegetarian Taco Recipes

Vegetarian Taco Recipes / www.loveandlemons.com

While Cinco de Mayo might be a highly Americanized holiday, here in Austin, we’ll take any excuse we can get to stuff things into tortillas. Here are a few of our favorite taco recipes that you should definitely make for your own veggie fiesta:

Sambal Salsa & Black Bean Tacos

Miso Maple Sweet Potato Tacos / Mango Habanero Black Bean Tacos

Black Bean Tacos with Zucchini Salsa / Mini Ceviche Tacos (veggie)

Sweet Potato Avocado Tacos / Migas Breakfast Tacos

Vegetarian Taco Recipes / www.loveandlemons.com

Aaaannd to wash it all down, here’s a Jalapeño Margarita recipe:

Jalapeño Margaritas / www.loveandlemons.com

Matcha Recipes

Matcha Recipes / loveandlemons.com

I love matcha, you love matcha, we all love matcha… if you haven’t tried it yet, here are a few ideas to get you started!

Unlike steeped tea, matcha is made by grinding the entire tea leaf into a powder. Because you consume the whole leaf, it has approximately 10x more nutrients than regular green tea. We, of course, love it because it tastes good.

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Matcha Mint Iced Tea / Matcha Coconut Ice Cream

Matcha White Chocolate Almond Butter Cups / Matcha White Hot Chocolate

Matcha Mango Smoothie / Matcha & Sweet Azuki Macarons

and some deliciousness from around the web:

Matcha Shortbread Cookies from Two Red Bowls

Mini Green Tea Chocolate No Bake Ice Box Cake from I am a Food Blog

Matcha Waffles from Edible Perspective

Vegan Green Tea Pancakes from Healthy Nibbles and Bits

Matcha Doughnut Glaze from Spoon Fork Bacon

Insta-love: what readers are making

Insta-love: What readers are making / loveandlemons.com

We’re switching things around today – rather than looking at what I’ve made, here’s a peek at what some of you have been making!

From left to right, top to bottom:

@jennygoycochea made our Chilaquiles

@walnuttrees_ made our Skillet Apple Crisp

@merrittmatic made our Lemon Broccoli Pasta w/ vegan parmesan cheese

@ophelieskitchenbook (Ophelie’s Kitchen Book) made our Blueberry Pancakes

@amandahpinney made Any Vegetable Vinegar Pickles

@littlestbeetle made our Romanesco Chickpea Salad

@anya_pustynnikova made our Creamy Sun Dried Tomato Soup

@jennygoycochea made our Dried Chile Salsa

@dr.foodie made our Strawberry Quinoa Salad

@internationalpalate made our Socca & Leek Almond Tart

@graceelkus (Double Thyme) made our Chocolate Chip Cookies

@rxnipsn made our Lemony Summer Squash Pasta

Tag #loveandlemons when you make a recipe – I’ll pick my favorites to appear here next time! Click here to follow us on Instagram.

Spring-y Swiss Chard Recipes

Spring-y Swiss Chard Recipes / @loveandlemons

Happy Sunday – thanks for all of your sweet comments the other day about our book announcement!

I’ve been hitting the farmers markets pretty hard lately working on spring recipes – something that always grabs my attention while I’m there is chard. Here are a few of my favorite swiss chard recipes, and also a few from around the web that look SO delicious… a few of these are definitely easter brunch worthy:

Swiss Chard Penne Pasta Bake

Rainbow Chard & Wheatberries

Pickled Chard Stems

Pickled Chard Quinoa Bowls

Rainbow Chard Soup, from Kitchen Konfidence

Garlicky Swiss Chard and Chickpeas, from Foodiecrush

Swiss Chard and Spicy Peanut Sauce Spring Rolls, from Naturally Ella

Rustic Vegetable Chickpea Soup, from Foodess

French Chard Tart, from Gourmande in the Kitchen

Shakshuka with Swiss Chard, from Food & Wine

Mini Polenta Pizzas, from A House in the Hills

Sautéed Swiss Chard with Shiitake Mushrooms, from Simply Recipes

Swiss Chard with Currants and Pine Nuts, from NY Times