Pickled Jalapeños

Make these pickled jalapeños once, and you'll be hooked. Sweet & spicy, they're great on tacos, burgers & more, or on their own straight from the jar!

If you’ve been reading the blog for a while, you know that I’m a huge fan of pickled onions. They’re tangy, they’re sweet, they’re salty – really, they’re just darn good. For the longest time, they’ve been my favorite way to add a bright pop of color and flavor to salads, tacos, sandwiches, and more. But lately, pickled onions have been playing second fiddle to a new quick-pickle favorite: pickled jalapeños! These guys are the perfect blend of spicy, salty, and sweet. And if you’re not a fan of spicy foods, they’re still worth a try. The longer you leave…


Blueberry Scones

These blueberry scones are the best way to start your day! Crisp on the outside & soft in the middle, they're a delicious breakfast or afternoon treat.

Lately, we’ve had SO much rain here in Chicago. For me, rainy days are the best days to bake… and I don’t think there’s any treat more perfectly fit for rainy day baking than these delectable blueberry scones. Crisp on the outside, soft in the middle, perfectly moist, and studded with juicy blueberries, these are everything a good scone should be. This recipe comes from Marcella DiLonardo’s new book Bake the Seasons. I’m obsessed with Marcella’s Instagram account, @modestmarce, so I’d been eagerly awaiting the arrival of her cookbook. If you love seasonal produce and you love to bake, you’re going to love this…


Strawberry Salad with Avocado

My sweeter take on a classic caprese salad, this strawberry salad recipe is bursting with flavor from cherry tomatoes, basil & tangy balsamic.

If there’s one recipe that I suggest you make while strawberries are in season, it’s this one! This is not only my favorite strawberry salad, but it’s one of my favorite salads of all time (and I really like salads). It’s especially great for summer entertaining because it’s SUCH a crowd pleaser. The recipe comes from our first cookbook, and it’s gotten rave reviews, time and time again. The best part is that it has minimal ingredients and it’s super quick to put together. What’s in this strawberry salad? This is my extra-special take on a Caprese salad. Tomatoes and basil…


Portobello Mushroom Burger

Need a good veggie entree for your next cookout? Try this grilled portobello mushroom burger! It's just 5 ingredients, but it's tangy, savory & delicious.

A good grilled portobello mushroom burger is one of my favorite summer meals. Cooked well, it has a tangy, savory charred flavor and meaty texture that’s absolutely delicious inside a toasted bun. I love a good homemade veggie burger, but when I’m craving something meaty and I’m not in the mood to get out the food processor, a grilled portobello mushroom is my #1 choice. These come together in about 20 minutes and the mushrooms require just 5 simple ingredients. How to Make Grilled Portobello Mushrooms If you’ve never grilled portobello mushrooms before, you’ll be surprised by how easy it…


Best Breakfast Burrito

This loaded breakfast burrito recipe is the best way to kickstart your morning. Filled with eggs & fresh veggies, it's healthy, fun & easy to make!

I’m typically a breakfast taco person, so this post is a little crazy for me – I’m making breakfast burritos! I know, I know… if you’re from Austin and you know that I lived in Austin, you’re probably saying “what is she doing?”… because Austin is the land of the taco. In fact, the city would probably kick you out if you made a breakfast burrito, but, well, I’m already out so today, I have this yummy breakfast burrito recipe that we just love. The idea to make a breakfast burrito came to me because I had lots of leftover…

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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.