Peach and Blackberry Pie

by Irvin on August 22, 2016 · 1 comment

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A Midwest Summer experience: learning to fire a gun, baking a peach and blackberry pie and how food brings us all together.

Peach and Blackberry Pie. Photo and recipe by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love.

“If you at any point feel uncomfortable, you should yell out ‘CEASE FIRE’ and everyone will put their guns down.” Said the man in the instruction video at the shooting range. We were watching an 8-minute safety video which was required before we could enter the shooting range and start learning how to fire. I turned to AJ and whispered “But I’m uncomfortable now and don’t really expect NOT to be uncomfortable during this experience. Can I really just yell out ‘Cease Fire’ right now?” AJ just chuckled nervously under his breath. (If you just want the recipe for the Peach and Blackberry Pie, jump directly there.)

We were visiting Indiana over the summertime and spend a couple of nights with AJ’s brother, a man who shares AJ’s love of cycling. AJ’s brother, a man built like a former football player (which he happens to be, having gone to college on a football scholarship) also happens to go cycling with a small pistol in the back of his cycling jersey because “sometimes we bike through dicey neighborhoods.” It’s not that I don’t believe him, but I also wonder as who would be foolish enough to try and mug him.

AJ firing a gun. [click to continue…]

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Cheeseburger Pasta

by Irvin on August 1, 2016 · 6 comments

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This made-from-scratch Cheeseburger Pasta is loosely inspired by a box mix that I used to make in college, but is WAY better!

Homemade Cheeseburger Pasta! Nothing like the box mix, totally from scratch. Photo and recipe by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love.

True confession time. Growing up my mom was a pretty awesome cook making sure that we had a hot homemade meal at home every single night. And though I took a class in high school called “Senior Survival” which was basically a crash-course one-semester class where we learned to do laundry, sew a button on a shirt and write a check, I basically flunked the cooking part of the class. My mom always made my meals for me, and though I adored baking (had there been a baking part of the class, I would have aced that), I was a crap cook. So once I moved out to my first apartment, sophomore year of college, I lived on box prepackaged food. And being a poor college student, that meant a lot of runs to the discount Big Lots down the street to pick up boxes of Hamburger Helper’s Cheeseburger Pasta. (Jump directly to the recipe.)

Cheeseburger Pasta! Nothing like the box mix, totally from scratch. Photo and recipe by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love.

Of course, years have passed since those days of mixing powdered MSG spiked seasoning packs and dry pasta. I started this here blog, took a few culinary classes here and there and, yes, even wrote a cookbook that is coming out in November. But the pull of the boxed cheeseburger pasta is pretty strong. Not that I have ever really been tempted to make them again. I know the weird chemical tang of those boxed spiced mixes probably wouldn’t be as tasty to my palate now as they were back when I was a starving college art student.

Cheeseburger Pasta! Nothing like the box mix, totally from scratch. Photo and recipe by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love. [click to continue…]

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Sponsored Post: Mocha Pots de Creme

by Irvin on July 25, 2016 · 3 comments

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These easy-to-make mocha pots de creme are perfect meal ending on a warm summer evening.

Mocha Pots de Creme. Photo and recipe by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love.

“I would have eaten more of this if I could…” said my friend Annie as she handed off the rest of the mocha pots de creme to my partner AJ. He finished the half empty mason jar without a thought and I assured her that it was fine if she couldn’t finish it. Annie always professes that she doesn’t like desserts or sweets so the fact that she actually ate half the jar was quite a compliment. Of course, AJ ended up eating his own serving, the rest of hers and the couple of spoonfuls that I had left in mine as well. Obviously he had no issues with desserts or sweets. Or with these pots de creme. (Jump directly to the recipe.)

Mocha Pots de Creme. Photo and recipe by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love.

Pots de creme are basically a thinner custard baked in a jars or ramekins. They aren’t quite pudding thick but are easier to make because you just bake them in the oven in a water bath as opposed to cooking them on the stove, which requires constant stirring. The water bath itself seems fussy but it’s there to keep the custard from cooking too fast. Besides, wouldn’t you prefer pour water into a pan around the jars, then closing the oven door and walking away until it’s done over standing there next to the hot stove and stirring the entire time? Yeah, me too.

Mocha Pots de Creme. Photo and recipe by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love. [click to continue…]

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Pretzel Buns

by Irvin on July 11, 2016 · 3 comments

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These easy-to-make pretzel buns use baking soda to “pretzel-fy” the dough. They’re my favorite burger buns!

Easy to make Pretzel Buns. Photo and recipe by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love.

This whole food blogging thing came about accidentally for me. When people ask me how I became a recipe developer, food writer and photographer I usually tell them that I stumbled into it. I was former a graphic designer at a dead end job that I didn’t really care for. I started my food blog years ago, as a way to distract myself from the unhappiness of my day job. And if you look at my early blog posts, like the one for my Pretzel Buns, they’re a little embarrassing, like looking at an old high school yearbook where you had bad hair and poor fashion choices. And trust me when I tell you had I REALLY bad hair and made some poor fashion choices.(Jump directly to the recipe.)

But these pretzel buns! I made them years ago and blogged about them while I still had a day job. Years and years ago. And I though I stand by the recipe, as it’s solid, it’s a little embarrassing for me to give the link out to folks. So, after making them one day (and also sharing the recipe on Snapchat) I finally decided it was time to post about them again.

Pretzel Buns made with baking soda bath. Photo and recipe by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love. [click to continue…]

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Earl Grey Blueberry Coffee Cake

by Irvin on June 27, 2016 · 7 comments

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An easy infusion of tea in scalded milk, makes this Earl Grey Blueberry Coffee Cake incredibly delicious and a snap to make.

Earl Grey Blueberry Coffee Cake. A recipe by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love.

I have a new obsession and its name is Snapchat. Part of me wants to curl up in a ball and hide under a rock when I admit that. I want to call it “a guilty pleasure” but the reality is, I feel no guilt in using it. In fact, it’s reinvigorated my love of social media because it’s so refreshing to not have to deal with the insanity of the highly curated life and social media “pressure” of trying to get comments and likes on pretty much every other social media channel everywhere. Snapchat doesn’t allow for public “likes” or comments so anytime I share things on Snapchat, no one else knows if I get 10 views or 10,000 views! I love that. No societal pressure to perform, instead I get to just share whatever I want. And yes it’s infuriating to use because it’s basically designed for 13 year-olds. And I am 40-something-year-old that is feeling very geriatric lately (I’m totally doing that thing with the phone where I pull it back and forth from my eyes to try to get it into focus). But it’s exactly because of Snapchat that I ended up making this Earl Grey Blueberry Coffee Cake. And I have absolutely no guilt or regrets about this coffee cake.(Jump directly to the recipe.)

Earl Grey Blueberry Coffee Cake. A recipe by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love.

It started out when I admitted to my Snapchat pals that my partner AJ was out of town and all my bad habits that I usually repress to keep from annoying him come flaring back up. This includes things like letting the dishes pile up in the sink, leaving the apartment a hot mess without picking anything up, and eating like a college student. Yes, as a food blogger, this is probably the worse admission. I order ton of cheap Chinese carryout and then gorge on it. It’s not pretty but I can’t help myself.

Earl Grey Blueberry Coffee Cake. A recipe by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love. [click to continue…]

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A Minute To Be Ourselves (with a Plum and Rhubarb Cobbler)

June 20, 2016

In times of crisis and grief, the only thing I could do was go into the kitchen and bake. This Plum and Rhubarb Cobbler is the result. This past week has been pretty devastating. I picked up my partner AJ in L.A. on Saturday, after the AIDS Lifecycle only to wake up the next morning […]

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Sponsored Post: Potato Chip Zucchini Sticks with Marinara Sauce

June 9, 2016

This post was sponsored by Frito-Lay. I’m teaming up with Frito-Lay this summer to bring you recipes using LAY’S potato chips. I was compensated for this post and for developing the recipe. However all opinions below are completely my own and not endorsed by Frito-Lay. These easy & tasty Potato Chip Zucchini Sticks are perfect […]

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Photo Essay: Cook N Scribble, Los Angeles 2016

June 6, 2016

A Cook N Scribble Evening with Molly O’Neill in Los Angeles In a different life, years ago, I was a bookseller. From mall bookstores to independent shops I was a dedicated bookseller for years before I started doing graphic design, which later morphed into photography and writing. There’s a lot of romanticism in selling books, […]

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Mint Chocolate Chip Cookies

May 31, 2016

These chewy mint chocolate chip cookies are reminiscent of a scoop of mint chocolate chip ice cream, only in cookie form! I moved to San Francisco 18 years ago and when I moved here, an acquaintance warned me within the first couple of months of my arrival that this wasn’t a city most people stick […]

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Photo Essay: Meals on Wheels Star Chefs and Vintners Gala 2016 (part 2)

May 23, 2016

The second of two photo essays for the Meals on Wheels Star Chefs and Vintners Gala fundraiser of 2016. The chefs and cooks moved in a silent rhythm to a beat only they could really hear and feel as AJ and I watched. They were plating food for the annual Meals on Wheels Star Chefs […]

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Sponsored Post: Potato Chip Chicken Tenders

May 15, 2016

This post was sponsored by Frito-Lay. I’m teaming up with Frito-Lay this summer to bring you recipes using Lay’s potato chips. I was compensated for this post and for developing the recipe. However all opinions below are completely my own and not endorsed by Frito-Lay. These Potato Chip Chicken Tenders are as easy to make […]

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Cookies and Cream Cookies

May 2, 2016

Looking for Oreo Recipes? These cookies and cream cookies are crispy on the edges and chewy in the center cookies with Oreos baked right into them! “It’s the Inception of cookies.” I explained to my friends when they asked me at the picnic what sort of cookies these were. They just looked at me confused […]

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Photo Essay: Meals on Wheels Star Chefs and Vintners Gala 2016 (part 1)

April 25, 2016

The first of two photo essays for the Meals on Wheels Star Chefs and Vintners Gala fundraiser of 2016. As usual, AJ and I were stuffed before we even got halfway through the room. We were at the annual Meals on Wheels Star Chefs and Vintner’s Gala event and we were trying our best to […]

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Crispy Chocolate Chip Cookies & Pinterest’s KnitCon Conference.

April 18, 2016

This super easy crispy chocolate chip cookies recipe is the perfect cookie for those who love their treats snappy and crisp! Butter and sugar was flying left and right and groups of people were crouching down on the floor working as hard as they can with the hand mixers that had just arrived the day […]

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Rhubarb Coffee Cake with Blackberries and Big Crumb Topping

April 11, 2016

This not-too-sweet rhubarb coffee cake has blackberries and a big crumb topping for a perfect spring breakfast treat! “Do you ever get burned out of baking?” asked a friend of mine at brunch. We were huddling together in the patio deck, trying to keep dry as it was raining outside. The overhead awning was huge […]

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A Special April 1st Post: Bye Bye Raspberry Pie and the (NSFW) story of How I Ended Up Dressed Up as a 7-Foot Tall Cartoon Penis

April 1, 2016

This special April 1st post features a recipe for Butterscotch Raspberry Pie and a not safe for work story about a giant cartoon penis. (Jump directly to the recipe.) I peered through the black mesh screen in my costume and felt slightly warm and vaguely claustrophobic. The giant felt and plaster form that enclosed my […]

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Rye Brownies with Caramel and Sea Salt

March 14, 2016

These Rye Brownies have caramel and sea salt sprinkled on top, giving them a salty crunchy bite. Easy to make and seriously addictive! “Here it is…” said my friend Felisa as she gave everyone else around her suspicious looks and slyly pulled out a foil wrapper hidden from who knows where. She handed it to […]

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