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This easy fried chicken recipe uses 3 cups of oil and is finished in the oven. It’s insanely juicy, tender and packed with flavor as well!

Easy Fried Chicken. Recipe and Photo by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love.

It’s with some sadness that I won’t be making my easy fried chicken as much as I used to. True, fried chicken is one of those treats that you aren’t suppose to have too often. But in our household, at least up until recently, we were having it fairly frequently. Like WAY too frequently. But that’s what happens when your significant other bicycles 250 miles a week. Not only can he eat with impunity, but he craves high protein meals like this easy fried chicken recipe. About once or twice a month my partner AJ would announce to me his craving for fried chicken, and how could I refuse his adorable face? But it looks like AJ won’t be cycling for awhile now, so we’re going to curb our fried chicken intake. (Jump directly to the recipe.)

It all started when AJ and I were heading to New York for a little vacation. I was speaking at the big BlogHer conference and we figured it was a good excuse to make a little vacation out of it. AJ hadn’t been to New York for about 15 years and I wanted to show him the city that I love to visit. We had grandiose plans to walk all over the island of Manhattan (with possible day trips into Brooklyn), visit all the museums, see a Broadway show and eat our way through every bakery I could drag him to. On the days that I was speaking or attending BlogHer, AJ had planned to go cycling. He’s cycles 250 miles a week and the idea of going for a period of time without cycling was totally foreign to him. He had found a website called SpinLister which basically is like AirBnB for bikes. He rented a really great road bike for minimal amounts of money and had already mapped out some routes in New Jersey to cycle in.

AJ cycling really fast. Photo by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love.

But, as is often the case, things didn’t go quite as planned. The day before the conference, he went to swap out the pedals at a bike shop so for his special cleat shoes he had brought with him. A quick trip around the block to test out the peddles wasn’t so quick. I got a phone call form him and about 15 minutes after he left. He had gotten into an accident. A car had cut him off in the bike lane.

I dashed out the door in a panic state. This, of course, is the phone call I always dread when he goes cycling. We missed each other on the streets, as AJ walked back four blocks back to our friend’s apartment and I ran to where he was went down. After another phone call, I sprinted back through the streets of New York only to see AJ faint on the sidewalk with his bike. Things just got real.

AJ post-accident. Photo by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love. [click to continue…]

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Roasted Fingerling Potatoes

by Irvin on August 17, 2015 · 5 comments

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These roasted fingerling potatoes are insanely easy to make and are the best side dish. Ever.

Roasted Fingerling Potatoes. Super easy recipe! Photo by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love.

“The produce here is gorgeous!” proclaimed my friend Jackie who was visiting from New York. And she’s not wrong. As much as I love visiting cities, there’s a reason that San Francisco was crowned the best food city right now in the U.S. by Bon Appetit. All that said sometimes I take for granted what I have at my fingertips. And then someone like Jackie visits and proclaims that she had never seen such gorgeous potatoes before. Yep, we have gorgeous potatoes. And my favorite way to make them is probably the easiest and most basic way as well. Roasted fingerling potatoes in the oven. Best side dish ever. (Jump directly to the recipe.)

Easy Roasted Potatoes. Photo and recipe by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love.

Right now, in the heat of summer, herb roasted potatoes probably don’t sound like the best thing to make. But my favorite part of making these is that they pretty much make themselves. Toss everything into a pan, throw it in the oven and walk away to let them roast, the potatoes are the epitome of easy. And with Autumn just around the corner (say it ain’t so!) I know I’ll be making these potatoes a lot more.

Herb Roasted Potatoes. Super easy to make! Recipe and photo by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love. [click to continue…]

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This sophisticated take on a peach and nectarine cobbler has a flakey sage biscuit and a honey mead filling that is anything but ordinary!

Peach and Nectarine Cobbler with Flakey Sage Biscuit Topping and Honey Mead Filling. Recipe and step-by-step photos by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love.

I came back to San Francisco to a fridge surprisingly full of food. My mom was staying at our place while we were in New York on vacation and we had done a pretty good job (I thought) of cleaning out the refrigerator. But my mom, being my mom went out and got us food to eat, knowing we were arriving home late at night. Asian tea eggs, Chinese takeout and a couple bags of fruit sat in the fridge. I actually did not realize until a couple days later that there were a sack of nectarines on the bottom shelf. Fearful they had been sitting in the cold fridge for too long I opted to use them for a peach and nectarine cobbler with sage biscuits and honey mead instead of eating them. I have no regrets. (Jump directly to the recipe.)

Nectarine and Peach Cobbler with Flakey Sage Biscuit Topping and Honey Mead Filling. Recipe and step-by-step photos by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love.

Our trip to New York was fairly traumatic for reasons I’ll go into in a different blog post. We got to see and do a ton of stuff, including a stroll through Central Park, a trip to the Met and the MOMA, a Broadway show (Something Rotten, highly recommended if you love musicals), a walk along the High Line, and lots of hanging out with friends over coffee, lunch or dinner. On top of all that I got a chance to speak at the big BlogHer conference on the topic of branding for creatives along with my pal Shauna Sever. I also spent two days in the ER and doctor’s office with AJ (don’t worry, we’re both fine) as well a mad dash scramble to figure out where we were going to stay as the initial place we had rented couldn’t work out.

Peach and Nectarine Cobbler with Flakey Sage Biscuit Topping and Honey Mead Filling with step-by-step photos! Recipe photos by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love. [click to continue…]

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This easy summer berry tart has juicy blueberries and strawberries wrapped in a free form crisp corn flour crust!

Berry tart with blueberries, strawberries and a crisp corn crust! Photo and recipe by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love.

I’ve said it before but Summer grocery shopping is always an exercise in restraint for me. If I didn’t hold myself back, I would buy barrelfuls of berries and stone fruit. As it is, I try to buy one or two packages or bags at a time, knowing that I’d never go through it all if I bought to my heart’s content. But, as always, I’m usually left with berries that are one day away from being composted and that’s when I turn to making them into either a jam like my plum and strawberry jam or into a dessert like this berry tart with blueberries, strawberries and crisp corn crust. (Jump directly to the recipe.)

Berry galette with blueberries, strawberries and a crisp corn crust! Photo and recipe by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love. [click to continue…]

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This ham and cheese pie are made with ham and brie, making them the perfect savory hand pie for a meal or just a fun snack!

Ham and Brie Pop Tarts! Recipe and photo by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love.

“Let’s do a guys night out!” I said to my friend Peter and Hadley one weekend while we were up in Sonoma. For most people, a phrase like that would invoke scenes of drunken revelry, picking up women and hijinks that are not suitable for a blog of this nature. But I meant an evening of shopping, a movie of Hadley’s choice (which ended up being Magic Mike XXL) and dinner out. In other words, a pretty gay guys night out, significantly less scandalous than what the phrase implies. Very little hijinks ensued but we did find ourselves at a restaurant where we shared ham and brie pop tarts appetizers. This, in and of itself, was exciting enough for me to go home and immediately make a version for myself and AJ. I mean come one. Ham and brie pop tarts folks! It’s like a ham and cheese pie that you can eat all by yourself. Genius. (Jump directly to the recipe.)

Ham and Cheese Hand Pies. Photo and Recipe by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love.

The night started with Peter bailing on us. “I’ve caught a cold guys…” was the text which meant it was just Hadley and me for the evening. Hadley, as you might remember, is part of an ongoing lunch that I have along with my friend Tina (who I made strawberry plum jam with) where talk shop about writing. He suggested we meet up to see the movie first. I was hesitant to actually watch Magic Mike XXL, even though Hadley really wanted to see it. Mostly because I had never seen the original but clearly this was the sort of movie that didn’t really need previous knowledge of the first movie (I Wikipedia-ed the plot anyway). Plotline and character development is thin. Clearly I expected too much.

Ham and Cheese Hand Pie Recipe. Photo and recipe by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love. [click to continue…]

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Strawberry Plum Jam with Rosemary

July 20, 2015

This luscious summer fruit jam is bursting with flavor while the touch of rosemary tempers the jam’s sweetness. “Hey are you planning to make plum jam this season? Can I tag along for a team jam session?’ texted my friend Tina. I had given her a batch of my vanilla and bay leaf plum jam […]

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Summer Minestrone Soup

July 13, 2015

This easy summer minestrone soup recipe takes advantage of seasonal vegetables for a dish that is bursting with flavor. Summer is in full swing and, as always, my eyes are bigger than my mouth and stomach when it comes to the grocery shopping. Going to the supermarket (or the farmers market if I can remember […]

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Arancini Recipe, otherwise known as Fried Risotto Balls

July 6, 2015

This arancini recipe (fried risotto balls) is an updated version of the classic Italian appetizer, using Panko crumbs for extra crunch! “I think I lost track of how many I’ve eaten.” said AJ when I asked him if he liked the arancinis I had made for the dinner party. That’s a solid sign that he […]

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Ribs In the Oven Recipe

June 29, 2015

This ribs in the oven recipe means you can have deep flavorful barbecue ribs year round with minimal work and effort! “I hope ribs are OK for dinner” I said to AJ as I had picked some up on sale at the grocery store. His eyes widen in excitement and that was all the answer […]

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How I learned about the SCOTUS ruling, legalizing same-sex marriage for 50 states.

June 26, 2015

Deep in slumber, I dreamed about a boring conference I was attending. Trapped in the middle of the 2nd row of black chairs, the person next to me was spilling his papers all over the place. I impatiently reached for my cell phone for the millionth time, anxiously awaiting the SCOTUS ruling on legalizing same-sex […]

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Asparagus salad with radishes, peas and fresh mint

June 22, 2015

This fresh and easy composed asparagus salad had steamed crisp tender asparagus with thinly sliced radishes, peas and fresh mint. “So they’re not REALLY vegetarian. Just sort of vegetarian.” said AJ when I asked about what I should make for dinner. Our friends Alic and Kevin were coming over and it was just this sort […]

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The Forest Negroni, and a visit to the Sunset Magazine Campus in Menlo Park

June 15, 2015

The Forest Negroni is a modern outdoorsy inspired version of the classic negroni cocktail. About a week and a half ago I had a chance to head down to Menlo Park to visit the campus of Sunset Magazine to get a sneak peak preview of their Sunset Celebration Weekend. A weekend of demos, seminars, music, […]

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Homemade English Muffins with Brown Butter

June 1, 2015

These rich homemade English muffins are world’s better than store bought because they’re made with brown butter! The alarm I set on my iPhone went off this morning with an annoyingly chipper 60’s song that I had apparently had set in a misguided attempt to make waking up from a deep slumber a little more […]

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Photo Essay: Meals on Wheels’ Star Chefs and Vintner’s Gala 2015, part 2

May 18, 2015

A couple of weeks ago I shared a number of photos form the Meals on Wheels Star Chefs and Vintners Gala that I attend back in April. They raised an astonishing $2.6 million from that event alone, which is just fantastic. My partner AJ and I tried our hardest to run around and take as […]

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Photo Essay: Meals on Wheels’ Star Chefs and Vintner’s Gala 2015

May 4, 2015

The first of two photo essays for the Meals on Wheels Star Chefs and Vintner’s Gala fundraiser of 2015. AJ and I were prepared for our favorite food event of the year, the stellar Meals on Wheels’s Star Chefs and Vintners Gala. Last year it was mad rush for us to drive up from the […]

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Photo Essay: Taste of the Nation 2015

April 6, 2015

A couple of weeks ago I was lucky enough to attend one of my favorite food fundraising events in San Franciso. Taste of the Nation featured over 60 restaurants and raised $225,000 to help feed hungry children in the U. S. $225,000 is huge! That’s over 2.2 million meals for children who need it most! Here are […]

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Photo Essay: Willis Creek Slot Canyon Hike, Utah

March 23, 2015

Southern Utah is a magical place, filled with beautiful and majestic spots to explore. AJ and I have been there twice, in the summer of 2013 and the summer of 2014, trying to see as much as possible. We feel like we barely scratched the surface. Though there are gorgeous National Parks in Utah, one […]

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