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This double cheese cheeseburger, made with Safeway’s O Organics® ground beef and cheese is the definition of summertime grilling favorites! (Jump directly to the recipe.)

Grilled Double Cheese Cheeseburgers. Photo and recipe by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love.

This post was sponsored by Safeway. I was compensated for this post and for developing the recipe. However all opinions below are completely my own.

If you have followed AJ and me on social media for the past few weeks, you’ll know that we went on a road trip and camped a lot. Though I try to take this sort of time to get offline and “off-the-grid” it’s hard for me to completely separate myself from social media. Photos of the gorgeous nature that I experience are hard not to share with everyone. And, of course, when we’re out and about, away from home camping, we’re grilling food, like these double cheese cheeseburgers made with Safeway’s O Organics® Ground Beef! Now, if it were up to me, my preferred choice of making food would be grilling. There’s something summertime magical about cooking over an open flame outside. So, when Safeway reached out to me about making something with their O Organics® Ground Beef, I knew immediately what I wanted to make.

Grilled Double Cheese Cheeseburgers. Photo and recipe by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love.

Grilled Double Cheese Cheeseburgers. Photo and recipe by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love.

This is one of my go-to recipes for burgers because it’s easy to prepare and packed full of flavor. With garlic and onion powder seasonings and the addition of shredded cheese in the burger itself as well as two slices of different cheeses on top, this double cheese cheeseburger is the definition of sSummertime grilling favorites! AJ and I are pretty selective about our meat intake. I don’t eat a huge amount of meat but when I do, I try to eat grass fed organic, which is why I love Safeway’s O Organics meats, especially their ground beef.

Grilled Double Cheese Cheeseburgers. Photo and recipe by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love.

Grilled Double Cheese Cheeseburgers. Photo and recipe by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love.

Because Safeway wants awesome tasting organic food to be available to everyone, they created their O Organics® line, at a price that is totally within everyone’s reach. The O Organics® line of meat (including USDA certified organic chicken and beef) is exclusive to Safeway and other Albertsons stores and features is a great quality products that anyone can use as an ingredient for their families’ everyday weeknight meals. [click to continue…]

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This peach, basil and olive oil coffee cake is bursting with summer flavor. The Filippo Berio extra virgin olive oil gives it an extra dimension of flavor! (Jump directly to the recipe.)

Peach, Basil and Olive Oil Coffee Cake. Photo and recipe by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love.

This post was sponsored by Filippo Berio. I was compensated for this post and for developing the recipe. However all opinions below are completely my own and not endorsed by Filippo Berio. To learn more about Filippo Berio olive oils, see where Filippo Berio will be visiting on their summer tour, and enter their sweepstakes for a chance to win an all-expense paid trip to Tuscany visit www.followfilippo.com, or follow along with the hashtag #FollowingFilippo.

Summer is in full swing and that means some of my favorite fruit has arrived at the grocery store! And one of my all-time favorite fruit is peaches! I have been buying peaches by the bushel full and desperately eating them as fast as I can as they ripen. But, as with all fruit, there comes a point when I have to use them or lose them! And so, I gathered some leaves off my basil plant, grabbed a bottle of Filippo Berio extra virgin olive oil and made myself a peach, basil and olive oil coffee cake!

Peach, Basil and Olive Oil Coffee Cake. Photo and recipe by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love.

If you follow my blog at all, you know that I’m a fan of combining flavors together in all sorts of ways. And though it might sound a bit odd to be adding basil to a coffee cake, the green herbal scent of fresh basil works incredibly well with peaches. But it’s Fillipo Berio’s Extra Virgin Olive Oil that brings the whole thing together in the coffee cake. Not only does it lend a moist richness to the cake, but the subtle pepperiness of the oil adds a dimension that you couldn’t get with regular oil or butter.

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These soft and fluffy Rosemary Pistachio Cinnamon Rolls with Brown Sugar Cream Cheese Glaze are surprisingly easy to make with no kneading required! (Jump directly to the recipe.)

Rosemary Pistachio Cinnamon Rolls with Brown Sugar Cream Cheese Glaze. Photo and recipe by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love.

“So why did you use rosemary in the cinnamon rolls?” asked my friend Rita as I shared with her what I was working on, a blog post about my pistachio rosemary cinnamon rolls with brown sugar cream cheese glaze. It’s the sort of ridiculously over-the-top baked good that I have lately been drawn to making. I had made the recipe back in April but hadn’t gotten around to blogging about it. Rita was curious as to both why I hadn’t posted about it and also HOW I came up with recipe.

Rosemary Pistachio Cinnamon Rolls with Brown Sugar Cream Cheese Glaze. Photo and recipe by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love.

Folks occasionally ask me how I come up with a recipe and to be honest, when they do I don’t really know how to answer it. I can tell folks that I found inspiration from other recipes, from cookbooks, from my surroundings, but somehow it never seems to satisfy them. They want me to tell them some sort of secret to making recipes up as if there was a magic wand that I wave in the kitchen that conjures up delicious baked goods. If I lived in a Harry Potter world, maybe that would be the case, but sadly I am muggle without those powers. I’m influenced by nearly everything around me, including things that aren’t even food related and it’s just a lot of hard work and experimentation in the kitchen that leads to the recipes.

Rosemary Pistachio Cinnamon Rolls with Brown Sugar Cream Cheese Glaze. Photo and recipe by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love.

The pistachio rosemary cinnamon rolls are a perfect example of how I took my surroundings as inspiration. Thanks to our generous friends Peter and Grant who own a second home up in Sonoma on the coast, we were able to spend a weekend away at their place for a last-minute trip in April. It’s a gorgeous house nestled in the woods, with floor to ceiling windows, surrounded by giant redwoods, and two wraparound decks. It’s the sort of home that make me never want to leave.

Rosemary Pistachio Cinnamon Rolls with Brown Sugar Cream Cheese Glaze. Photo and recipe by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love.

Waking up to the bright sunlight, surrounded by trees, slightly disconnected from the world in our friend’s house, was exactly what I needed to help sort of out some of the anxiety I was having of late. And it was the green leaves in the majestic redwoods trees that towered right outside the window that made me think of rosemary as a perfect addition to the cinnamon rolls. It might have also inspired me to add pistachios as well, though AJ really adores pistachios, so he’s probably a huge influence as well.

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The second of two photo essays for the San Francisco Meals on Wheels Star Chefs and Vintners Gala fundraiser of 2017.

Meals on Wheels: Star Chef and Vintners Gala 2017 (part 2). Photo by Irvin Lin and Alec Bates of Eat the Love

Though we could completely fill up by eating our weight in appetizers from the Meals on Wheels Star Chefs and Vintners Gala, we know from past experience to save room for more. The evening is far from over with the seated three-course meal and then the deserts afterwards. During the dinner, AJ and I always sneak off to the back to do some behind-the-scenes photography and to marvel at all the chefs seamlessly moving about, in an orchestrated ballet of plating. While everyone else is bidding on the silent auction for incredible items (home prepared meals by some of the best chefs in the world to a collection of wine that is nearly impossible to purchase) AJ and I watching the chefs grill and plate the food, hoping each dish is the one we’re going to eat. And after all that comes the desserts. In the end, we find ourselves stuffed beyond belief and so happy to have supported an important cause like Meals on Wheels.

See part 1 of this photo essay.

Special thanks to Meals on Wheels for providing tickets to the Star Chefs and Vintners’ gala. I was not monetarily compensated for this post and all opinions are my own.

Meals on Wheels: Star Chef and Vintners Gala 2017 (part 2). Photo by Irvin Lin and Alec Bates of Eat the Love

Meals on Wheels: Star Chef and Vintners Gala 2017 (part 2). Photo by Irvin Lin and Alec Bates of Eat the Love

Meals on Wheels: Star Chef and Vintners Gala 2017 (part 2). Photo by Irvin Lin and Alec Bates of Eat the Love

Meals on Wheels: Star Chef and Vintners Gala 2017 (part 2). Photo by Irvin Lin and Alec Bates of Eat the Love

Meals on Wheels: Star Chef and Vintners Gala 2017 (part 2). Photo by Irvin Lin and Alec Bates of Eat the Love

Meals on Wheels: Star Chef and Vintners Gala 2017 (part 2). Photo by Irvin Lin and Alec Bates of Eat the Love

Meals on Wheels: Star Chef and Vintners Gala 2017 (part 2). Photo by Irvin Lin and Alec Bates of Eat the Love

Meals on Wheels: Star Chef and Vintners Gala 2017 (part 2). Photo by Irvin Lin and Alec Bates of Eat the Love

Meals on Wheels: Star Chef and Vintners Gala 2017 (part 2). Photo by Irvin Lin and Alec Bates of Eat the Love

Meals on Wheels: Star Chef and Vintners Gala 2017 (part 2). Photo by Irvin Lin and Alec Bates of Eat the Love

Meals on Wheels: Star Chef and Vintners Gala 2017 (part 2). Photo by Irvin Lin and Alec Bates of Eat the Love

Meals on Wheels: Star Chef and Vintners Gala 2017 (part 2). Photo by Irvin Lin and Alec Bates of Eat the Love

Meals on Wheels: Star Chef and Vintners Gala 2017 (part 2). Photo by Irvin Lin and Alec Bates of Eat the Love

Meals on Wheels: Star Chef and Vintners Gala 2017 (part 2). Photo by Irvin Lin and Alec Bates of Eat the Love

Meals on Wheels: Star Chef and Vintners Gala 2017 (part 2). Photo by Irvin Lin and Alec Bates of Eat the Love

Meals on Wheels: Star Chef and Vintners Gala 2017 (part 2). Photo by Irvin Lin and Alec Bates of Eat the Love

Meals on Wheels: Star Chef and Vintners Gala 2017 (part 2). Photo by Irvin Lin and Alec Bates of Eat the Love

Meals on Wheels: Star Chef and Vintners Gala 2017 (part 2). Photo by Irvin Lin and Alec Bates of Eat the Love

Meals on Wheels: Star Chef and Vintners Gala 2017 (part 2). Photo by Irvin Lin and Alec Bates of Eat the Love

Meals on Wheels: Star Chef and Vintners Gala 2017 (part 2). Photo by Irvin Lin and Alec Bates of Eat the Love

Meals on Wheels: Star Chef and Vintners Gala 2017 (part 2). Photo by Irvin Lin and Alec Bates of Eat the Love

Meals on Wheels: Star Chef and Vintners Gala 2017 (part 2). Photo by Irvin Lin and Alec Bates of Eat the Love

Meals on Wheels: Star Chef and Vintners Gala 2017 (part 2). Photo by Irvin Lin and Alec Bates of Eat the Love

Meals on Wheels: Star Chef and Vintners Gala 2017 (part 2). Photo by Irvin Lin and Alec Bates of Eat the Love

Meals on Wheels: Star Chef and Vintners Gala 2017 (part 2). Photo by Irvin Lin and Alec Bates of Eat the Love

Meals on Wheels: Star Chef and Vintners Gala 2017 (part 2). Photo by Irvin Lin and Alec Bates of Eat the Love

Meals on Wheels: Star Chef and Vintners Gala 2017 (part 2). Photo by Irvin Lin and Alec Bates of Eat the Love

Meals on Wheels: Star Chef and Vintners Gala 2017 (part 2). Photo by Irvin Lin and Alec Bates of Eat the Love

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The first of two photo essays for the San Francisco Meals on Wheels Star Chefs and Vintners Gala fundraiser of 2017.

Meals on Wheels: Star Chef and Vintners Gala 2017 (part 1)

Every year the annual Meals on Wheels Star Chefs and Vintners Gala is a stellar affair. AJ and I have been supporting the event for as long as we can remember, and it’s the single event that we know we can’t miss. This year was no exception, as Meals on Wheels’ funding has potentially been threatened. Thankfully, the San Francisco community came out to support the vital work that they do. The San Francisco chapter of Meals on Wheels alone delivers over 1.7 million meals a year to homebound seniors. This year, the 30th anniversary of the Gala, raised an astonishing $3.2 million dollars, which is enough to prepare and deliver 640,000 meals! Of course, not only is the Meals on Wheels Gala important to raising much needed funds, but it’s a celebration of the amazing culinary skills of the San Francisco Bay Area. Chaired by Nancy Oakes and Jan Birnbaum, the event is broken down into three sections, the appetizer section, with wine tastings and cocktails, the three-course meal with wine pairings, and the dessert section. Here are some selections from the first section. Look for the second part of this photo essay next week.

Special thanks to Meals on Wheels for providing tickets to the Star Chefs and Vintners’ gala. I was not monetarily compensated for this post and all opinions are my own.

Meals on Wheels: Star Chef and Vintners Gala 2017 (part 1). Photo by Irvin Lin and Alec Bates of Eat the Love

Meals on Wheels: Star Chef and Vintners Gala 2017 (part 1). Photo by Irvin Lin and Alec Bates of Eat the Love

Meals on Wheels: Star Chef and Vintners Gala 2017 (part 1). Photo by Irvin Lin and Alec Bates of Eat the Love

Meals on Wheels: Star Chef and Vintners Gala 2017 (part 1). Photo by Irvin Lin and Alec Bates of Eat the Love

Meals on Wheels: Star Chef and Vintners Gala 2017 (part 1). Photo by Irvin Lin and Alec Bates of Eat the Love

Meals on Wheels: Star Chef and Vintners Gala 2017 (part 1). Photo by Irvin Lin and Alec Bates of Eat the Love

Meals on Wheels: Star Chef and Vintners Gala 2017 (part 1). Photo by Irvin Lin and Alec Bates of Eat the Love [click to continue…]

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Twice-Cooked Eggplant and Olive [Sponsored Post]

June 12, 2017

This twice-cooked eggplant and olive dish is super easy to make but looks and tastes incredibly sophisticated. The secret is California ripe olives! (Jump directly to the recipe.) This post was sponsored by the California Olive Committee. I was compensated for this post and for developing the recipe. However all opinions below are completely my […]

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Bacon, Mushroom & Peas Pasta [Sponsored Post]

June 5, 2017

This bacon, mushroom and peas spaghetti is super quick and easy to make but packed full of creamy rich flavor! (Jump directly to the recipe.) This post was sponsored by Safeway. I was compensated for this post and for developing the recipe. However all opinions below are completely my own. Working from home also means […]

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Rhubarb & Blueberry Oatmeal Bars with Cacao Nibs & Rose Petals

May 22, 2017

These rhubarb and blueberry oatmeal bars are absolutely magical with the addition of cacao nibs and dried rose petals, yet they are really easy to make! (Jump directly to the recipe.) “This flavor combination is magical!” said my friend Alanna after she took a bite of my rhubarb blueberry oatmeal bar with cacao nibs and […]

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Meyer Lemon and Matcha Green Tea Bundt Cake and Macy’s Asian Pacific American Heritage Month! [Sponsored Post]

May 15, 2017

This easy-to-make marbled Meyer lemon matcha cake is a blend of fragrant Meyer lemons and Matcha green tea and would be perfect with coffee or tea. (Jump directly to the recipe for Meyer Lemon and Matcha Green Tea Bundt Cake.) This post was sponsored by Everywhere Agency on behalf of Macy’s; however all thoughts and […]

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Lemongrass and Rhubarb Cheesecake (Kosher for Passover optional)

May 1, 2017

This unique lemongrass and rhubarb cheesecake is beautifully fragrant with infused grassy citrus lemongrass and a stunning red rhubarb streak inside. (Jump directly to the recipe.) About 15 years ago my brother called me up asking for a favor. He had moved from Missouri to do a fellowship at UC Davis in forensic psychology. It […]

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Ham and Parmesan Waffles with a Fried Egg [Sponsored Post]

April 24, 2017

These easy-to-make ham and Parmesan waffles are a great special occasion (or really any day) breakfast or brunch on the regular sweet waffles. (Jump directly to the savory waffle recipe.) This post was sponsored by Bisquick. I’m teaming up with Bisquick to bring you fun and innovative recipes using Bisquick. I was compensated for this […]

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Meyer Lemon Shaker Tart with Strawberries and Rhubarb

April 17, 2017

This super easy to make Meyer Lemon Shaker Tart is a simple adaptation of the classic lemon shaker tart with the addition of strawberries and rhubarb. (Jump directly to the recipe.) I hadn’t seen my friend Angela in forever. Or at least for a couple of years, which is insane because we only live a […]

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Savory Sweet Potato Waffles [Sponsored Post]

April 7, 2017

These Savory Sweet Potato Waffles with Garlic Crème Fraîche make an incredible breakfast or brunch item for Easter or anytime of the year! (Jump directly to the recipe.) This post was sponsored by the California Sweetpotato Council. I’m teaming up with the California Sweetpotato Council to create an awesome sweet potato recipe. I was compensated […]

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Mushroom Braised Chicken

April 3, 2017

These wild mushroom braised chicken thighs are incredibly flavorful but are also incredibly easy to make. The secret is the long roasting time in the oven. (Jump directly to the recipe.) “Are you having a party?” asked the woman who waiting in line after me to check out at the big warehouse store. I looked […]

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Chocolate Hot Cross Buns

March 27, 2017

These chocolate hot cross buns are stuffed with dried cherries and chopped dark chocolate – a fun chocolate twist on the classic treat eaten on Good Friday! (Jump directly to the recipe.) I’ve been tinkering with a hot cross bun recipe for some time now. It’s a strange little baking project for me, a Taiwanese-American […]

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Bacon and Cheddar Biscuits and Gravy Recipe [Sponsored Post]

March 20, 2017

This easy biscuits and gravy recipe uses bacon and cheese in the biscuits along with sage and thyme in the sausage gravy, making it a great brunch dish! (Jump directly to the recipe.) This post was sponsored by Bisquick. I’m teaming up with Bisquick to bring you fun and innovative recipes using Bisquick. I was […]

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Carrot Honey Cheesecake with Almond Cinnamon Crust

March 13, 2017

This Carrot Honey Cheesecake inverts the classic carrot cake and cream cheese frosting into a creamy honey cheesecake with beautiful carrot spiced swirls. (Jump directly to the Carrot Honey Cheesecake recipe.) “So are you off of grains completely?” I asked my friend Tina. She had just celebrated a milestone birthday and my friend Peter was […]

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