Sweet & Spicy Popcorn

Sweet & Spicy Popcorn / @loveandlemons

Hello everyone, Jack here pinch-hitting for Jeanine. She’s been busy making this very popcorn, so she asked me to write about it.

Popcorn this time of year makes me think of something that has become a bit of an American tradition – gigantic multi-gallon tins of flavored popcorn. You know the kind – they’re the size of an oil drum, separated into three sections on the inside with a literal ton of popcorn inside. It seems like a good idea – popcorn is cheap, so why not preserve it in a sticky, sugary shell to enjoy over the entire month of December? Well the reality is that I usually eat nearly half of it the first day, feel terrible, and then eventually throw out what’s left in February.

Sweet & Spicy Popcorn / @loveandlemons Sweet & Spicy Popcorn / @loveandlemons

So naturally, Jeanine made her version a little bit healthier, but I can promise you that it’s every bit as addictive. It goes the sweet and spicy route, because why not? It’s sweetened with maple syrup and spiced with cinnamon and a pinch of cayenne. It makes a great gift – that is, if you can keep from eating handfuls of it before packing up. (Sorry, Jeanine).

Sweet & Spicy Popcorn / @loveandlemons

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

Healthier Holiday Recipes / loveandlemons.com

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

Healthier Holiday Recipes / loveandlemons.com

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

Roasted Delicata Squash Tacos

Roasted Delicata Squash Tacos / loveandlemons.com

I almost posted these last week as an “alternative Thanksgiving” vegetarian option, but then I decided that the “T-day Taco” was a bit of a stretch. Personally, I’d love to eat tacos for any holiday feast, but would you? Raise your hand if so – I’m taking notes for next year…

Roasted Delicata Squash Tacos / loveandlemons.com Roasted Delicata Squash Tacos / loveandlemons.com

Delicata squash is one of my favorite squashes for a few reasons: 1. you can cut it without worrying about cutting your arm off, and 2. you can roast it with the skins on – no peeling necessary – and it’s so sweet and tender.

I’ve been on a cashew cream kick lately, and this one is a version of the sauce that I put on these pumpkin tostadas a few weeks ago. It’s sweet, (a little) spicy and super yummy.

Everyone always asks me about the tortillas I use. These are the homemade whole wheat tortillas from Central Market (here in TX). For this recipe, I would stick to flour tortillas over corn tortillas. The filling is a little, well… filling, and the whole wheat tortillas really hold these all together.

Roasted Delicata Squash Tacos / loveandlemons.com