Stuffed Mushrooms

These easy stuffed mushrooms will knock the socks off guests at your next party! The savory, crispy filling is delicious over juicy roasted mushrooms.

Stuffed mushrooms are a contentious item in our house. Here’s why: Whenever I take a batch out of the oven, I choose one to sample. I take a bite, savoring the crisp, umami topping over the juicy roasted mushroom. Then, I reach for a second, but in all likelihood, the rest have already vanished! Jack can’t get enough of most mushroom recipes, and these stuffed mushrooms are no exception. But honestly, I can’t blame him. The filling – a savory mix of panko bread crumbs, pecorino, pine nuts, sun-dried tomatoes, parsley, and garlic – offers the perfect crunchy contrast for…

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Baked Brie with Pomegranates

Prepare to fall in love with this baked brie recipe! The rich, buttery cheese is delightful topped with sweet, crunchy pomegranates and pistachios.

This baked brie recipe might just be the best holiday appetizer out there. Of course, it’s delicious. What could be better than rich, melty brie piled onto golden brown baguette with honey, fruit, and nuts? It’s also visually stunning, with a festive mix of red, white, and green colors. And finally, it’s simple. Baking time included, it takes 10 minutes to put together. It would be perfect for Thanksgiving, Christmas, or New Year’s parties, but it’s so good that you’ll want to serve it at gatherings all winter long! My Baked Brie Recipe When I’ve eaten baked brie in the…

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Oven Roasted Potatoes

Looking for a simple, tasty side dish? Try these easy oven roasted potatoes! They have crispy edges, creamy centers, and bright, bold flavor.

Today, I’m making the case for roasted potatoes. With Thanksgiving right around the corner, it seems like mashed potatoes and potato gratin are all the rage. Sure, these classic potato recipes are tasty, but oven roasted potatoes offer something totally different and equally delicious. If you’re looking for a last-minute holiday side dish that your guests will love, this recipe is the one for you. Here’s why: Crispy potato skins. Is there anything better than crisp, puffy potato skins straight out of the oven? Creamy middles. Those crave-able, golden brown edges give way to super creamy centers, so each bite…

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Rosemary Focaccia Bread

You won't believe how easy it is to make great focaccia bread at home! Topped with rosemary and roasted garlic, it's rich, savory, soft, and chewy.

Nine times out of ten, if we’re making bread at home, we’re making focaccia. When Jack first started baking bread, he made lots of rustic ciabatta loaves. The ingredients were simple, and the bread came out delicious, but it required hours of rising and kneading. So when we discovered how easy it is to make really good focaccia bread at home, we didn’t look back. Since then, this focaccia recipe has become our go-to. It comes together in just 2 hours, rising time included, and the bread is rich and savory, with a yummy chewy texture. Because rosemary and focaccia…

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Rice Pilaf with Pomegranate Arils

This rice pilaf recipe will brighten up any fall or winter meal! Studded with pomegranates, pistachios & herbs, it's a stunning, fresh holiday side dish.

How pretty is this rice pilaf? If you’re looking for an easy holiday side dish that doesn’t skimp on flavor, this recipe is just the thing for you. It’s simple, you can prep most of it ahead of time, and it’s richly flavorful. A spiced citrus dressing coats the hearty rice, nuts add crunch, and herbs give it fresh, aromatic flavor. Last but not least, a sprinkle of pomegranate arils takes it over the top! Today, we’re partnering with POM Wonderful because Jack and I love pomegranates! He likes to snack on them (especially out of the convenient POM POMS…

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50 Thanksgiving Side Dishes

Whether you're seeking classic Thanksgiving recipes or something totally new, you're sure to love one (or more!) of these 50 Thanksgiving side dishes.

Roasted turkey, cranberry sauce, and pumpkin pie may have permanent spots on your Thanksgiving menu, but if you’re anything like me, you like to throw new Thanksgiving side dishes into the mix every now and again. If you’re looking for new Thanksgiving recipes, read on to find over 50 of my favorite Thanksgiving side dishes. With ideas ranging from classics like mashed potatoes and green bean casserole to inventive stuffings and soups, you’re sure to find a dish (or two!) you’ll love. Potato Thanksgiving Side Dishes Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes I make these creamy mashed potatoes without any sour cream…

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Thanksgiving Stuffing

I can barely resist devouring this stuffing recipe straight out of the pan! Made with grainy bread, herbs & veggies, it's a delicious Thanksgiving side.

I enjoy green bean casserole, mashed potatoes, and creamed spinach, but without question, my favorite Thanksgiving side dish is the stuffing. I’ve always loved my mom’s stuffing recipe. She never makes it from a box, but uses fresh bread, lots of butter, onions, and celery. It’s richly flavorful, soft in the middle, and crisp on top, and it’s always the first dish I reach for at Thanksgiving dinner. Her Thanksgiving stuffing recipe inspired this one. I keep the traditional celery, onions, stock, and crusty bread, but I use a generous amount of olive oil instead of butter, which adds robust…

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Maple Roasted Acorn Squash

This roasted acorn squash recipe is a simple, elegant fall side dish. Seasoned with maple syrup and cozy herbs, it's deliciously sweet and savory.

Today, I’m sharing this maple roasted acorn squash recipe in the spirit of simplicity. As the holidays approach, I’ve been thinking more and more about how the best things in life are the simplest. It’s easy for the end of the year to become a rush of gift giving and to feel like every moment has to be perfect, losing sight of the fact that the simple things about the holidays, like spending time with loved ones, are really the best. So let’s make this easy roasted acorn squash! Instead of having my usual stuffed acorn squash on repeat this…

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Green Bean Casserole

The only green bean casserole recipe you'll ever need! Fresh green beans, crispy baked onions & a creamy mushroom sauce make it a guaranteed hit.

I’ve had a green bean casserole recipe on my list to make for years. It’s a staple at my family’s Thanksgiving, and in theory, it’s a dish that’s all about veggies: it features a creamy mushroom sauce and loads of crispy onions, and green beans are the star of the show! Like¬†sweet potato casserole, it was a natural candidate for a Love and Lemons recipe made with whole foods ingredients. ¬†For so long, one thing or another would bump it off my list – a Brussels sprouts kick, my favorite Butternut Squash Stuffed Shells, or even just really good green…

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Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes

These mashed potatoes passed the ultimate test when Jack declared, "These are SO good!" I have to agree - they're creamy, deeply flavorful & delicious.

The standard for mashed potatoes is high in our house. See, Jack grew up eating his Uncle Billy’s perfect mashed potatoes, and he still reminisces about them. They were creamy, fluffy, and rich with (lots of) melted butter, (lots of) sour cream, and topped with “butter lake,” as Jack lovingly refers to it. I’ve made mashed potato recipes before, but always with a twist like cauliflower or kale. This year, I stepped up to take on the challenge of making a delicious, classic homemade mashed potato recipe. This mashed potato recipe is not quite the same as his Uncle Billy’s,…

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Creamed Spinach

There are tons of reasons to love this easy creamed spinach recipe: it's fresh and delicious, and it comes together in under 15 minutes, too!

When Jack was growing up, his mom made creamed spinach for Thanksgiving every year. He still raves about her famous recipe, so this year, I used it as inspiration to make a bright, fresh creamed spinach for our holiday feast. Many creamed spinach recipes use frozen spinach, butter, and cream cheese. I wanted my recipe to put the spinach front and center, so in lieu of frozen spinach, I use a full pound of fresh greens. To let their taste and texture shine, I make a light, tangy cream sauce that gives the fresh spinach the perfect amount of brightness…

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Hello, we're Jeanine and Jack.

We love to eat, travel, cook, and eat some more! We create & photograph vegetarian recipes from our home in Chicago, while our shiba pups eat the kale stems that fall on the kitchen floor.