Hi there! I’m an avid cook, baker and recipe developer living in Toronto with my recipe critic hubby and two crazy cats.

I was raised in southern Ontario by two avid German immigrant cooks for parents.  A love of tending a garden and orchard, baking, canning, making sausage, wine, fermenting, smoking meats and fish, and trying new dishes!

My inspiration for recipes comes from travel and wanting to bring a Canadian twist to global dishes. Wherever we visit, we immediately hunt down where the locals eat. When I’m not in the kitchen you can find me trolling the hidden gems of boutiques, cafes and food emporiums in our Toronto neighbourhoods. I started blogging in part to preserve the recipes of my childhood. My mom didn’t have her recipes written down, so in her last years I literally shadowed her, writing down everything she did! And now I have a place to memorialize and share them.

Come eat and hopefully laugh with me at www.thelemonapron.com

 Personal Questions:

cooking ingredient: The egg- its versatility is second to none. For flavour, Harissa. This kicky spice blend works in so many settings, even in baking sweets!

favourite meal: This is what I call my desert island meal, the only one I’d be willing to eat forever (if I had to!), Yotam Ottolenghi’s ‘Chicken with Caramelized Onion and Cardamom Rice’.

favourite course:  Breakfast, because you can have breakfast for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. It can be sweet or savoury, efficient or leisurely, and there’s nothing like going to a diner for bacon and eggs!

favourite kitchen tool:  A really sharp knife. Sure the KitchenAid mixer and microplane are busy, but without a good knife, there will be frustration and perhaps crying! It travels with me

(not in my carry-on)

favourite restaurant:  Balthazar in New York City. Classic French bistro cuisine is always a comfort. And their cookbook is a joy to use.

favourite foodie city: San Francisco. The restaurant scene here is vibrant, creative, forward thinking and really epitomizes the ‘locavore’ and ‘farm to table’ mentality. There’s something for everyone.

Posts by Jennifer Emilson

Cooking from the Pantry Challenge

With the change of seasons upon us, I always try to spend a bit of time cleaning out the fridge and freezer, making sure I use up what’s been hidden there, before I start adding newly harvested produce and baked goods for the coming months. And with all the cleaning, it’s so easy to find … Continue reading “Cooking from the Pantry Challenge”

Summer Berries and Tre Stelle® Smooth Ricotta

  We Canadians wait most impatiently for our little slice of summer.  It seems like it always takes forever to get here, and then if you blink, it’s all over.  So while we have those precious days of summer, we need to make the most of them.   I remember as a child, going with … Continue reading “Summer Berries and Tre Stelle® Smooth Ricotta”

Berry and Mascarpone Blintzes for a Special Mother’s Day Brunch

For my family, crepes mean it’s a special occasion. A holiday morning, an anniversary brunch, or company is over. Crepes elevate breakfast or brunch to something a little more elegant. Blintzes are crepes that are a touch more fancy. The extra step of filling and baking the crepes truly make them a special meal. And … Continue reading “Berry and Mascarpone Blintzes for a Special Mother’s Day Brunch”

Tre Stelle Cheese and Chili

It’s still winter, which means we want easy, fast, comforting meals. The kind of meals that make us feel cozy. Meals that taste even better the next day, so we don’t have to cook twice, and are great for a crowd. We often travel in packs in the winter, moving from skating rink, to hockey arena, … Continue reading “Tre Stelle Cheese and Chili”