Blueberry Muffins Recipe with Blood Orange

by Irvin on January 26, 2015 · 8 comments

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This homemade blueberry muffins recipe is easy to make and uses a blood orange to give a nice subtle citrus flavor to each bite!

Blueberry Muffins Recipe with Blood Oranges. Photo and Recipe by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love.

It’s been ongoing for the past two weeks but I’ve been craving blueberry muffins like no one’s business. And yes, I know blueberries are completely out of season right now (unless you live in Chile). But that doesn’t mean I don’t crave those tasty little muffins…enough to sneak out of the apartment and head over to a bakery, an upscale grocery store or even the sad coffee shop across the street that I really don’t like because they serve really bad coffee. All for my blueberry muffin fix. Finally I just broke down and realized that I needed to bake me up a batch at home. So the end result was a homemade blueberry muffins recipe with blood orange. These were going to be trouble for me. (Jump directly to the recipe.)

Homemade Blueberry Muffins with Blood Oranges. Photo and Recipe by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love.

The main issue with making a batch of homemade blueberry muffins, and the reason I don’t make them that often, is that I will eat the heck out of them. In fact, I utterly devour them, which is something I don’t usually do with my baked goods. In fact, it’s a running joke with my partner AJ and my friends that I love to bake but I don’t really love to eat my baked goods. Sure I’ll nibble a bit or take a bite to see how the baked goods turns out (after all, I have to make sure it lives up to my standards). But I usuall let others eat my baked goods, taking pleasure in just making it for them.

Easy Blueberry Muffin Recipe with Blood Orange. Photo and recipe by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love. [click to continue…]

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This easy spaghetti and meatball recipe has an oven roasted tomato sauce that helps concentrate the flavor without a lot of work!

Spaghetti and Meatballs Recipe. Photo and recipe by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love.

It’s January and I feel like I should be doing a cleanse of some sort. Drinking green smoothies, eating a lot of kale and pretending to like breakfast porridge with bee pollen and whole grain millet. But honestly I didn’t “indulge” the way that most people do during the holidays. In fact, I didn’t go overboard eating cookies and cakes at all (though I did bake up a storm) and Christmas dinner was relatively mellow for me – probably because I had a cold and not much of an appetite. And as San Francisco moves into the new year, it has gotten colder here, which means I’ve been craving more comfort food. A quick flip through the cookbook Chuck’s Day Off (based off the Canadian Cooking Channel TV show) found me craving spaghetti and meatballs recipe with oven roasted tomato sauce. (Jump directly to the recipe.)

Spaghetti and Meatballs. Recipe and Photo by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love.

There’s probably a million variants of spaghetti and meatballs out there and I can’t say that Chuck’s is the absolutely best I’ve ever had. But it’s pretty darn close and oven roasting out-of-season tomatoes definitely works for the wintertime. I’m usually an eat in-season sort of person but since I live in San Francisco, I kind of fudge a bit now and then. Buying tomatoes from Mexico probably aren’t a great idea, but with a little of oven love (and a touch of canned tomato paste) the sauce turned out perfect for a cold evening. Plus Mexico is PRACTICALLY next door to California so it’s sort of local…or so I tell myself.

Easy Spaghetti and Meatballs with Oven Roasted Tomato Sauce. Photo and recipe by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love. [click to continue…]

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Creamed Kale

by Irvin on January 12, 2015

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Instead of creamed spinach, try this creamed kale recipe, a classic with slightly more substance but equally perfect as an easy side dish for dinner!

Creamed Kale. Recipe and photo by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love.

“I think I’m going to get a little bit more of that kale. And that something I’ve never said before!” said my sister-in-law as she got up from the table to head to the kitchen. Apparently my sister-in-law hates kale. That is, until I made it. I personally like kale but I don’t make it often and I certainly don’t make it often for company. But I was hosting Thanksgiving dinner for my family and the meal tends to be pretty heavy with meat and carbs. Creamed kale seemed like a great side dish, a splash of green to go on the table. (Jump directly to the recipe.)

Creamed Kale Recipe. Photo and recipe by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love. [click to continue…]

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These white chocolate peppermint cookies have a great depth of flavor from the brown butter while the salt on top keeps them from being too cloyingly sweet!

White Chocolate Peppermint Cookies by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love.

Every year we celebrate the holidays with our annual holiday dessert party right before Christmas and this year I thought I would be crazy trying to throw it all together at the last minute. Instead the party went without any major hiccups and the aftermath, usually a spectacular array of piled dishes strewn across the apartment, with half empty glasses found in the oddest places did not happen. Better still our usual boozehound friends (you know who you are) weren’t able to make it to our soiree this year. A mixed blessing as I adore them immensely and they are highly entertaining, but that also meant AJ was not goaded into drinking more than he could hold. Last year’s post-party clean up involved both the apartment AND AJ, I was super pleased that I didn’t have to take care of AJ as well this year. I baked up a storm of desserts, some that I’ll eventually feature in my book, but one in particular that I really loved and that was new this year that I really wanted to share even if the season is over, a white chocolate peppermint cookie with sea salt. (Jump directly to the recipe.)

White Chocolate Peppermint Cookies. Recipe and Photo by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love.

The combination of white chocolate and peppermint is probably not new to anyone who has eaten peppermint bark. But I hadn’t considered making it a cookie until I was scrolling through Pinterest and came across Not Without Salt’s version of it. I, like most Internet savvy folks, have a love/hate relationship with Pinterest, with it’s neverending feed of sumptuous gorgeous photos of unattainable crafts and baked goods. I’ve been accused of contributing to this problem, creating food that most mere mortals cannot create but I just going to ignore the fact that I am part of the problem and not the solution. After all, MY food isn’t hard to make. Especially if I AM making it in my own home. Right?

Holiday Party Desserts. Photo by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love.

The holiday party was crowded! Photo by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love.

Party folks a the Holiday Party in 2014. Photo by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love.

But I digress. The array of desserts that I made for my party probably won’t help the cause of me being one of the mere mortals right? My dessert buffet included the following:
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Happy New Year!

by Irvin on January 1, 2015 · 4 comments

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Goodbye 2014. Hello 2015! From Eat The Love.

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Merry Christmas!

December 25, 2014
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The Black and Orange Russian Cocktail [Sponsored Post]

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The classic Black Russian gets an update with a touch of citrus orange in the Black and Orange Russian Cocktail! Christmas is almost here, with the New Year just around the corner and I know I’m suppose to be freaking out. I’ve not done my Christmas shopping at all. I’m still cleaning up from our […]

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Holiday Cookbooks 2014 Roundup – Day 3

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I feel like I’ve been talking about cookbooks forever here on Eat the Love, but this is my third and final roundup! Part of the reason I’ve had to split my cookbooks up into three different roundups is that sheer amount of awesomeness in all the books that were released this fall. This final roundup […]

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Holiday Gift Guide – 2014 Edition (plus giveaway!)

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Every year the holidays sneak up on me and I look around surprised that people are playing Christmas music and shopping for presents. I have yet to even put our Christmas tree up! But that hasn’t stopped me from compiling my annual holiday gift guide for you all! This year my friends at OXO are […]

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Holiday Cookbooks 2014 Roundup – Day 2

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Being obsessed with cookbooks is absolutely relative. When I think about the number of cookbooks I have versus the average person I’m probably bordering on hoarder level. But when I think about some of my friends who have thousands of cookbooks I feel like my stack of books are just a drop in the bucket. […]

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Chocolate Kahlua Cake with Orange, Cinnamon and Cloves [Sponsored Post]

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This deep, dark and dense chocolate Kahlua Cake has orange, cinnamon and cloves making it the perfect cake for the holidays! One of my partner’s favorite childhood birthday cakes was a rum cake. A peculiar cake for a small child if you ask me, even more so since my quirky partner AJ didn’t really start […]

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Holiday Cookbooks 2014 Roundup – Day 1

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Is it possible to have TOO many cookbooks? Many of my fellow cookbook obsessed friends will say no but my partner would probably disagree. Especially seeing the towering stack of books on my desk, threatening to fall over on me. But this fall was an amazing time for cookbooks with some brilliant ones being released and that […]

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Dukka Encrusted Pork Loin [Sponsored Post]

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I had never heard of dukka before, an Egyptian spice blend, until a friend of mine mentioned how it was wonderful in hummus. The traditional blend of hazelnuts, coriander and cumin sounded like a great addition to pretty much anything I could add it to and once I was told what dukka was – and […]

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Eggnog Pancakes with Cinnamon Nutmeg Rum Swirl

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These easy and fun eggnog pancakes have a swirl of cinnamon nutmeg rum brown sugar cooked right into them! I’m on the fence when it comes to eggnog. I want to like, with it’s rich nutmeg flavor and holiday ambiance that inevitably comes with a pouring of it. But then I’m presented with a glass […]

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