Champagne Vinaigrette

This simple champagne vinaigrette will make any salad sparkle. With just 6 ingredients, it's bright, refreshing, and SO easy to make.

Pop the champagne (vinaigrette)! This bright, citrusy salad dressing has become one of my favorites lately, and I think you need it in your back pocket too. Let me tell you why I love it. Compared to its more assertive cousins (say, balsamic or white wine vinegar), champagne vinegar has a quieter, more delicate flavor. As a result, this champagne vinaigrette is ideal for drizzling over the tender lettuces, herbs, and other greens that are in season at this time of year. It gives them pep and zing, but it doesn’t overwhelm their natural sweet, earthy, and herbaceous flavors. So,…


Easy French Toast

Learn how to make French toast perfectly every time! Custardy, lightly sweet, and golden brown, it's a delicious breakfast or brunch.

This classic French toast recipe is one of my favorite things to make for brunch. It doesn’t matter whether it’s a holiday or a regular old lazy weekend morning: just thinking about French toast makes my stomach start growling. What could be more crave-worthy than thick slices of bread with custardy middles, crisp edges, and a mound of fresh fruit on top? This French toast recipe is delightfully quick and easy, so Jack and I make it whenever we have day-old bread in the house. Still, it has the flavor of a special occasion treat. The eggs make it nice and…


Love & Lemons Cooking Club – May!

Join the Love & Lemons Cooking Club Challenge this month! It's easy to enter, and one lucky winner will receive a prize. Find all the details below.

Our Cooking Club is a fun way to celebrate the Love & Lemons community of readers. The concept is super simple – each month, I choose a recipe. You make it, and you email me a photo. At the end of the month, I randomly select one winner to receive a prize. I love the sense of community that comes from so many people cooking one recipe each month. We’re kicking off our May challenge today with my mango salsa recipe, and I hope you’ll join in the fun. Here’s how it works: The Prize: A $200 Whole Foods Gift Card! At the…


Classic Margarita

We'll be making this classic margarita recipe all summer long. With just 5 ingredients, it’s so simple to make - break out the tequila & limes ASAP!

This classic margarita recipe is our favorite cocktail to make at home. We love it in part because it’s so simple –  if you have tequila, orange liqueur, and lime juice on hand, you can make it in under 5 minutes! – and in part because it’s so delicious. The lime juice gives it a tart, refreshing kick, which the sweet orange liqueur (and a touch of agave) balance nicely. On a warm spring or summer evening, there’s nothing I’d rather drink. If you’re new to making cocktails, this recipe is a great place to start. Mix it up for…


Creamy Avocado Dip

This smooth and creamy avocado dip is a crowd-pleasing spring or summer appetizer. Serve it with crackers and lots of fresh veggies for dipping!

This creamy avocado dip is one of my favorite appetizers to make in the spring and early summer. To be clear, it’s not at all like guacamole, the other avocado dip we all know and love. Instead of fresh cilantro and lime juice, dill and lemon create its bright, refreshing flavor. Dijon mustard gives it a tangy kick, and Greek yogurt makes it extra-rich and creamy. Instead of scooping it up with tortilla chips, I recommend pairing it with lots of fresh veg. At this time of year, so many dip-able vegetables are coming into season (radishes, snap peas, etc.).…


Lemon Yogurt Cake

This lemon yogurt cake is my ideal dessert. It's a breeze to make, and it's moist, tender, and full of zesty flavor. A simple glaze takes it over the top.

Here’s a little something to brighten up your week: an easy, zesty lemon yogurt cake recipe! This style of yogurt cake has its roots in France, and the beauty of it is its simplicity. The ingredient list is short and sweet, and you don’t need any special equipment to make it – a couple bowls, a loaf pan, a whisk. You’ll also need measuring cups to make this recipe, but – fun fact! – in France, home bakers might measure the cake ingredients in a yogurt container, making it even simpler still. Because I love anything lemony (anyone surprised?), I…


Easy Lemon Glaze

You only need 2 ingredients to make this easy lemon glaze! It's the perfect zesty topping for baked goods like cakes, cookies, and scones.

This lemon glaze recipe is my favorite way to make everyday baked goods feel a little bit more special. With just 2 ingredients, it’s amazingly easy to make (just add them to a bowl and stir!), and the minimal effort is always worth it. It looks so pretty on top of a loaf cake, cookies, or scones, and it gives them an extra pop of sweet, zesty flavor. I’m sharing some of my favorite recipes to pair with it in the post below. But really, anytime you want to elevate a simple treat, this lemon glaze will do the trick.…


Asparagus Risotto

This asparagus risotto recipe is a fresh, satisfying vegetarian dinner. Serve it with a simple salad and a glass of white wine for a perfect spring meal!

If your spring dinner rotation needs a refresh, add this asparagus risotto to the mix! I’ve made it a few times over the last couple of weeks, and every time, Jack and I have both gone back for more. Like any good risotto, it’s soft and creamy, with rich depth of flavor from olive oil and white wine. But at the same time, this asparagus risotto is bright and fresh. Sweet, oniony leeks melt into the tender rice, asparagus adds crunch, and lots of fresh herbs take it over the top. Serve it with a glass of white wine and…


29 Best Radish Recipes

Stuck in a radish rut? These radish recipes are here to help! They include sides, mains, and more that'll make you fall in love with this crunchy veggie.

It’s spring, which means I’m cooking radish recipes on repeat! Here in Chicago, radishes are some of the first vegetables to pop up at the farmers markets. Every year, I eagerly wait for them to appear. And when they finally do, I fill my bag with as many bunches of them as I can carry. What can I say? I just can’t resist their peppery pink roots and lush greens. Luckily, when I bring them home, I have no shortage of ways to use them. Of course, I can munch on them raw, but I can also roast them, pickle…


Air Fryer Asparagus

This air fryer asparagus recipe is a fresh, healthy vegetable side dish. In under 10 minutes, the spears become tender, juicy, and perfectly crisp.

This air fryer asparagus recipe is one of the quickest, easiest spring side dishes I know. It calls for 5 basic ingredients, and it’s ready in under 10 minutes. I love that even though it’s that simple (5 ingredients! 10 minutes!), it’s still a fantastic way to showcase one of the best vegetables of the season. Who says recipes have to be complicated in order to be delicious? When it comes out of the air fryer, the asparagus is tender and juicy, with nicely browned, perfectly crispy tips. As with most roasted or air fried veggies, I can never resist sneaking…


Carrot Muffins

Love carrot cake? Then you HAVE to try these healthy carrot muffins! Moist, tender, and warmly spiced, they're a delicious breakfast or on-the-go snack.

These carrot muffins combine two of my favorite things: carrot cake and muffins! They’re exactly what I want to eat on a spring morning (or any morning, really). They’re moist, warmly spiced, and studded with chewy raisins and crunchy walnuts. Seriously, who wouldn’t want to start their day with one of these? If you need a little last-minute something to round out your Easter menu tomorrow, I think these carrot muffins would be perfect. But if you don’t celebrate Easter, or if your menu is all set to go, I hope you’ll find a time to make them anyway. I adore…

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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.