Cacio e Pepe Pasta Recipe

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By Jessica Lee

When I posted this recipe on Instagram, my friends lost their minds. I got texts asking how I made it, I got invitations to come over and make it for dinner, and I quickly realized that this dish is a crowd pleaser.

Ok, so that wasn’t really a surprise. I LOVE this dish. One of my favorite dinners in town is at Juniper, and they offer a side of Cacio e Pepe. Like as in order a pasta and get a side of buttery, cheesy pasta. That’s my kind of place…

So when I was thinking about recipes to share with you guys, this one immediately came to mind. I love how truly easy it is to make, and how elegant it feels. I always serve it with a salad because hello that’s a lot of butter and cheese. #balance

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Weekend Brunch Recipe: Shakshuka

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I just got back from a trip to Marfa, Texas, and I’m still walking on a cloud. I haven’t been on a real vacation in a few years, so it felt so good to unplug and relax. I spent the days swimming, looking at art and laying in a hammock and reading.
Perfection.

When I got back from the trip, I wanted a homemade meal, but I didn’t want to work too hard for it. This Shakshuka is just that. It’s incredibly easy to make, yet it’s full of deliciously complex flavors. It can be served for dinner but also makes for a great brunch meal. My one suggestion: serve it with toasted, crusty bread. You’re going to want to dip it in the tasty tomato broth…

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Spring Vegetable Pasta


By Jessica Lee

It really feels like Spring has officially sprung here in Austin. I spent the weekend basking in the sun at Barton Springs Pool (if you’re ever in town, add this to your “must visit” list!) enjoying the periodic cool breezes. It’s that perfect time of year where you just want to be outside all of the time.

So let’s make the most of spring and avoid spending too much time in the kitchen cooking. This Spring Vegetable Pasta is super easy to make, plus it’s packed with vibrant, in-season veggies. Serve it hot or let it cool and take it as a picnic food. It tastes great either way, but I’m partial to enjoying it al fresco… 🙂

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Everyday Breakfast Tacos

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By Jessica Lee

Here in Austin, breakfast tacos are king. You can find them everywhere from coffee shops to gas station convenience stores to my office break room where a kind lady comes in and sells her homemade version every morning (how great is that?!).
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Coconut Whip Chia Pudding

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The next few months are going to be go, go, go for me. I’ve got a bachelorette party that I planned for a friend, her wedding and two separate groups of friends visiting. It’s a lot, but I’m super excited. That said, when I’ve got a lot going on, breakfast tends to get pushed to the back burner.

Insert, chia pudding…

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Easy Vegetarian Ramen

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Ramen is one of the first foods I remember making on my own. My mom would let me pick from the many overly processed flavors at the supermarket. I’d go home, heat up a pot of water on the stove and place my brick of noodles inside. Once dissolved, I’d add that packet of flavoring (ahem, msg) and pat myself on the back for “making” my own meal.

Fast forward and I’m still making ramen but in a much more healthy way…
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The Ultimate Avocado Toast

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As we inch closer to the weekend, we’re craving everyone’s favorite trendy meal…avo toast. There’s a reason why it’s so popular, and LL food contributor Jessica Lee is spilling the details on her ultimate avocado toast recipe, plus why it’s about to be your new favorite (easy-to-make-at-home-meal), too…

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Curry Cauliflower Soup

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By Jessica Lee

Austin weather has been all over the place lately. A few days ago I was walking to work, and it was lovely on the way in. I was wearing a light jacket and felt great as I crossed the pedestrian bridge over Lady Bird Lake, listening to my current favorite podcast My Favorite Murder (any other murderinos out there?). Cut to 5pm and I was FREEZING as I walked home. I may need to take Olivia’s advice and work on my layering skills…

Needless to say, cold weather always leaves me craving soup. The beauty of this Curry Cauliflower Soup is that you probably already have most of the ingredients on hand. I almost always pick up cauliflower at the store because I love the nutty taste that comes out when you roast it. Pair that with the zip of curry and turmeric, and you’ve got a really delicious, warming soup. Enjoy!

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Kale Salad with Roasted Delicata Squash

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By Jessica Lee

It’s January, and though most of us won’t admit it, statistically-speaking it’s likely that we’re taking a long, hard look at our diets right now. The holidays bring delicious goodies and not a whole lot of leafy greens. Hey, that’s cool! It’s all about that magic word — balance. Let’s weigh out the bad with some good by way of a hearty kale salad with roasted delicata squash. It’s hella healthy and still tastes delicious. Seriously.

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