Japchae Recipe

by Irvin on March 2, 2015 · 1 comment

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Korean Japchae is basically Korean pasta salad made with chewy, naturally gluten free sweet potato noodles. This tasty japchae recipe is super easy to make.

Japchae Recipe. Photo and recipe by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love/

My partner AJ and I love to visit Los Angeles as often as possible. We have some great friends down there which we adore and try to see at least two or three times a year. But the biggest draw for us (sorry friends) is the food! Japanese ramen, though SF’s ramen scene is finally getting better, Thai food which SF is still lagging behind but catching up and Korean food. Korean food in particular is a love of ours and though I can find some decent Korean food here in SF (I said decent, not stellar) I need to start making it at home more often. One of my favorite dishes to make at home is a Korean Japchae recipe. The equivalent to a Korean pasta salad, japchae is extremely versatile, something you can make with whatever you have in your fridge, almost like fried rice. (Jump directly to the recipe.)

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

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This is quite possibly the Best Belgian Waffle Recipe, featuring a yeasted batter and the addition of thick cut bacon!

Best Belgian Waffle Recipe, with a yeasted batter and bacon! Recipe and Photo by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love.

I’ve mentioned before that I’m quite the maximalist when it comes to food. It’s one of those affections of mine, where every time I make a recipe, I try to figure out how to tinker with it or how to make it just a little more complex. It kind of drives my partner AJ crazy but I can’t help it. I just like to layer on flavors and textures into my food. So when I woke on a Saturday morning with an intense craving for waffles (something that hasn’t happened in awhile in this house), I decided to make the Best Belgian Waffles, a moniker I do not use lightly. (Jump directly to the recipe.)

The Best Belgian Waffles Recipe. Photo and Recipe by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love.

So here’s the thing. You don’t get to call a recipe the Best Belgian Waffles, unless they are really good. I mean drop dead, completely awesome, can’t stop eating them good. I’ve made a lot of Belgian waffle recipes before and it wasn’t until I made this one that I decided these deserve that label. This waffle has everything that a waffle should have. It has a deep flavor courtesy of the yeast in it. It has a crisp crunchy outside thanks to the use of fine ground Semolina flour (otherwise known as Durum flour). And it has bacon in it. Not because it needs it but because I happen to have some homemade cured bacon in the house.

Belgian Waffles Recipe featuring a yeasted batter and bacon! Photo and recipe by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love. [click to continue…]

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Fried Chicken Skins

by Irvin on February 16, 2015 · 4 comments

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These deep fried chicken skins served with smoked honey are easy to make and taste every bit as good as they sound and look!

Fried Chicken Skins with Smoked Honey. Photo and Recipe by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love.

I didn’t actually mean for it to be a decadent day of food. But somehow AJ and I ended up getting slow-fast food for all our meals. Slow because the meals were either made at home or bought out at places that used quality ingredients. But fast because…well they were fast food items like burgers, pizza and fried chicken. Well, fried chicken skins actually. Yeah after a trip to Las Vegas where I sampled deep fried chicken skins with smoked honey, I had to make some fried chicken skins for myself! (Jump directly to the recipe.)

Deep Fried Chicken Skins with Smoked Honey. Recipe and photo by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love. [click to continue…]

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Smoked Honey

by Irvin on February 9, 2015 · 9 comments

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Sweet and charred flavored smoked honey is easy to make in your home kitchen without a smoker, with this step-by-step instructions recipe!

Smoked Honey. Recipe and Photo by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love.

So I’m just going to say it out loud. I’m not a fan of Las Vegas. It’s not one single thing that I don’t like about the city. I don’t specifically have a problem with gambling or neon lights or glitzy overpriced shows. I don’t even have an issue with crowds or celebrity restaurants or showgirls (not the campy movie, the actual women parading up and down the strip with large feathers strapped to their rear ends). I think it might be just a combination of all of the above that made me realize that Vegas just isn’t the city for me. But one thing that I can credit Vegas for introducing me to is the glorious nectar called smoked honey. (Jump directly to the recipe.)

How to Make Smoked Honey. Photo and recipe by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love.

I was in Las Vegas for the Food Fight Write conference, where I was presenting on two topics, How to Make Money as a Blogger and Introduction to Graphic Design for Food Bloggers. It was a fun conference and I got to see a lot of friends that I hadn’t really seen before. But the biggest draw, to me, was the chance to go to Las Vegas. After living on the West Coast for 17 years, I still hadn’t properly visited Las Vegas and now I had an excuse to go.

Smoked honey recipe. Photo by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love. [click to continue…]

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This Taiwanese popcorn chicken recipe is a flavorful fried chicken marinated in garlic, ginger, 5-spice and white pepper before being deep fried.

Taiwanese Popcorn Chicken. Photo and recipe by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love.

“I don’t think I’ve ever had Taiwanese popcorn chicken before, but it sounds fantastic!” said AJ when I told him I was going to make Yansu Ji (literally translated to salted crispy chicken), otherwise known as Taiwanese popcorn chicken which is basically Taiwanese fried chicken. I haven’t been back to Taiwan for about 15 years and it’s been probably just as long since I’ve eaten Yansu Ji. But then I got an advanced review copy of The Food of Taiwan by Cathy Erway and it reminded me how much I missed the food from that tropical island where my parents were born and raised. (Jump directly to the recipe.)

Taiwanese Popcorn Chicken Recipe. Photo by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love.

Though I was born here in the US, I have fond memories of Taiwan. I spent a very pivotal summer in college over 20 years ago, where I met a number of people who have become some of my best friends. And like all memories, whenever I have Taiwanese food, I’m completely transported back to my youth, much like the scene in Ratatouille when Anton Ego takes a bite of of his favorite childhood dish. Sadly there aren’t a lot of cookbooks out there that feature the cuisine from Taiwan. But thankfully Cathy Erway filled that niche with her beautiful and accessible cookbook.

Taiwanese Popcorn Chicken, aka Yansu Ji or Salted Crispy Chicken. Photo and Recipe by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love. [click to continue…]

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Blueberry Muffins Recipe with Blood Orange

January 26, 2015

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

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Spaghetti and Meatballs with Oven Roasted Tomato Sauce

January 19, 2015

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

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Creamed Kale

January 12, 2015

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! “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 […]

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White Chocolate Peppermint Cookies with Sea Salt

January 5, 2015

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! 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 […]

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The Black and Orange Russian Cocktail [Sponsored Post]

December 22, 2014
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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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Pomegranate and Orange Leg of Lamb

December 20, 2014
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My partner AJ totally got excited when I told him I was making a leg of lamb for my last Anolon recipe. It’s been a fun past six weeks creating recipes for an awesome company like Anolon and I have to say that this might be my all time favorite recipe that I’ve created for […]

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Eggnog Cookies

December 15, 2014
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These eggnog cookies are easy to make and have a crispy crunchy sugar coating that makes them a great holiday treat! It seems like a cruel joke but when I went to check to see how much eggnog I had left, I noticed one something. The expiration date was December 24th, the day BEFORE Christmas! […]

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Polpettone, Italian Beef and Veal Meatloaf in Dry Vermouth [Sponsored Post]

December 13, 2014
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Though I’ve made meatloaf plenty of times before, I’ve never even heard of Polpettone, an Italian-style meatloaf, before I started chatting with my friend Sean who goes back and visits his extended family in Italy once a year. My idea of Italian tends to lean more toward the tomato-based heavily sauced Italian-American style pasta but […]

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Holiday Cookbooks 2014 Roundup – Day 3

December 12, 2014
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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!)

December 11, 2014
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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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