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These easy-to-make sweet and tart lemon lime bars have crushed pistachios in the crust and will give you a huge smile when you bite into them

Lemon Lime Bars with Pistachio Crust. Photo and recipe by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love.

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 post and for developing the recipe. However all opinions below are completely my own and not endorsed by Bisquick.

California has been in a drought for what seems like forever but with all the rain that we’ve been undergoing, I think we might finally be coming out of it. It’s been raining now stop here in San Francisco for what feels like months. And that means I usually hunker down in the kitchen and cook and bake. And though winter feels like a time for heavy chocolate desserts, when I want something bright, I reach for the citrus. Which is how I ended up making these bright and tart lemon lime bars with pistachio crust. (Jump directly to the recipe.)

Lemon Lime Bars with Pistachio Crust. Photo and recipe by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love. [click to continue…]

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This easy-to-make strawberry coffee cake has a pistachio crumb topping and is not too sweet, making it perfect for afternoon coffee or tea.

Strawberry Coffee Cake with Pistachio Crumb Topping. Photo and recipe by Irvin Lin

If you’ve ever been to my apartment, you know that I am not a tidy person. My partner AJ, however, happens to be extremely tidy. After living together for 15+ years, we’ve definitely come to an uneasy truce about it, with him basically ignoring my desk. He often says that he basically pretends there is an invisible blanket over my desk that covers my clutter and gives him peace of mind. But lately it’s been so out of control (even for me) that the first chance I had, I went to Ikea and bought some bookcases. Because it’s not that my desk is cluttered, it’s the towering stack of cookbooks that I have accumulated that threaten to fall over and crush my computer (and me). It was time. (Jump directly to the recipe for Strawberry Coffee Cake with Pistachio Crumb Toppin.)

Strawberry Coffee Cake with Pistachio Crumb Topping. Photo and recipe by Irvin Lin

Once I got my two bookcase and assembled them late at night (sorry downstairs neighbors when I accidentally dropped that box on the hardwood floor) I started filling up the shelves. And then it hit me. I have a ton of cookbooks but I rarely use them. I adore all my cookbooks but it’s as if I am just collecting them to collect them. They rare get used. And sure I could blame the fact that they were stacked 20 tall on my desk and it was difficult to access any of them without some sort of insanely dangerous juggling act. But it’s really because I’m a little bit lazy, resorting to just googling or using Pinterest to find a recipe.

Strawberry Coffee Cake with Pistachio Crumb Topping. Photo and recipe by Irvin Lin [click to continue…]

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This individual mixed berry galette with chocolate crust are pretty enough for a celebratory dinner but easy enough to make for a casual meal.

Mixed Berry Galette by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love.

I’ll be honest when I tell you that AJ and I don’t really celebrate Valentine’s Day that much. It’s not that we aren’t romantic (a friend of mine once called AJ and I “the most sappy couple I am friends with!”) But when you’ve been together as long as AJ and I have been, we feel less pressure to celebrate. But when Sprouts Farmers Market approached me to create a Valentine’s Day dessert for two, I jumped at the chance. What would be more celebratory than an individual Mixed Berry Galette with Chocolate Crust? (Jump directly to the recipe.)

Mixed Berry Galette with Chocolate Crust by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love.

I love the idea of making smaller batch desserts for just the two of us as it means no leftovers! It’s not that I don’t love baking desserts for larger crowds. In fact it’s one of my favorite thing to do. But when it’s just AJ and me in this house, sharing a meal, having a big leftover batch of desserts is just not something I need tempting us.

Mixed Berry Galette with Chocolate Crust by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love. [click to continue…]

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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 post and for developing the recipe. However all opinions below are completely my own and not endorsed by Bisquick.

The Spicy Cajun Fried Chicken Wings are super easy to make because they use Bisquick as their coating!

Spicy Cajun Fried Chicken Wings by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love

The minute I start prepping chicken wings, AJ gets EXCEEDINGLY excited and starts asking me what sort of wings I’m making. I actually try not to make wings too often. As much as we both love them, we probably don’t need eat wings THAT often…because if we had the opportunity, we’d make them EVERY. SINGLE. DAY. And it’s double trouble for me when I figured out that I could make them Bisquick as a coating because that shortens the prep time considerably. But with that genius shortcut, I found myself making Spicy Cajun Fried Chicken Wings which AJ gobbled up way too fast. (Jump directly to the recipe.)

Spicy Cajun Fried Chicken Wings by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love

Growing up in St. Louis, we always had a box of Bisquick floating in the back of the kitchen cabinet. It was my mom’s go-to box mix for pancakes. But once I got a little older I started to play around with it in the kitchen. Cakes, biscuits and waffles all started out with the Bisquick. Of course, soon, I was baking and cooking from scratch but I have a fondness for the quick and easy shortcut that the yellow box always promised.

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Roasted mushrooms on toast is an easy to make but elegant to serve appetizer for any dinner party!

Small Victories by Julia Turshen

I’m late to the party but things have been hectic in the Eat the Love household what with my book promotions and the holidays. But one of the cookbooks that I’ve been obsessing over (other than my own Marbled, Swirled, and Layered, and the numerous ones I listed in my favorite cookbook lists part 1 and part 2) is Small Victories by Julia Turshen. Not only is it beautifully photographed by the amazing team of Gentl + Hyers (do you know them? They are one of my absolute favorite food photographers) but it is filled with interesting and accessible recipes that I actually want to make and eat at home.

Small Victories by Julia Turshen

But more than that, Small Victories focuses on the tiny shortcuts and hints and tips that everyone needs in the kitchen. The name of the book really focuses on how you can make fresh meals from scratch, and adapt it to your own personal tastes easily. I adore the idea of adapting and shifting recipes in a casual way. I also hate the phrase “kitchen hack” or “life hack” when it comes to tips and trips. For me, the term “small victories” is perfect. Tips and easy recipes ideas that get your excellent dishes are definitely a small victory for everyone, so it makes sense that author Julia Turshen would name her book after the joy of finding little things that make folks happy in the kitchen.

Small Victories by Julia Turshen

The recipes are interesting and sophisticated without being complicated (most recipes only call for 5 to 10 ingredients). And even though the book is geared toward beginners or folks who are just starting out in the kitchen there’s enough in the book for seasoned cooks to learn from as well as stretch a little bit out of their comfort zone. Small Victories show that it doesn’t take much skill or experience in the kitchen to create memorable and fantastic meals.

Small Victories by Julia Turshen

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Favorite Cookbooks of 2016 (part 2)

December 23, 2016

I mentioned in my previous blog post that this was an ridiculously good year for cookbooks. I’ve fought tooth and nail to get my own cookbook, Marbled, Swirled, and Layered noticed by folks. And I’ve been thrilled with the press it’s gotten, especially with SO many cookbooks released this year that are just stunning. Here’s […]

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Favorite Cookbooks of 2016 (part 1)

December 21, 2016

I’ve been obsessed with cookbooks for YEARS, even before I started my blog and so obviously writing my own cookbook, Marbled, Swirled, and Layered has been a dream come true. But the blessing and curse of having a cookbook come out this particular year was made apparent when I started looking at all the other […]

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Marbled, Swirled, and Layered is EVERYWHERE!

December 19, 2016

If you’ve visited this blog at all you or follow me on my social media channels like Instagram, Facebook, Twitter or Snapchat, you know that I wrote a cookbook, Marbled, Swirled, and Layered, that was released on November 1st, 2016. I haven’t had a chance to share any recipes from the book on this blog […]

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Eggnog Cheesecake with Gingersnap Crust [Sponsored Post]

December 15, 2016

This eggnog cheesecake recipe with gingersnap crust will make even the ardent eggnog hater fall in love with the classic holiday drink. This post was sponsored by Clover Stornetta Farms. “So did you grow up with eggnog?” I asked AJ right before I bought a carton of Clover’s organic anniversary eggnog. He kind of shrugged […]

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The 2016 Gift Guide

December 12, 2016

“NO MORE GIFT GUIDES”, shouted my friend Shauna on Facebook, who apparently was channeling the spirit of the Grinch. I cringed, because I had yet to publish my annual gift guide here on Eat the Love. But in the end, I decided she’s not the boss of me. Plus my gift guide is awesome. Because […]

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Pumpkin Sage Drop Biscuits from The Gourmet Kitchen

December 5, 2016

These easy-to-make pumpkin sage drop biscuits are packed with Autumnal flavor and are perfect to accompany a hearty soup or stew in the wintertime. This post is a part of a series of cookbook posts that I’ll be running from now through December. I was not monetarily compensated for this post but I did receive […]

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Cranberry Pie from Art of the Pie

November 28, 2016

A new, easy-to-make classic, the cranberry pie, will make every holiday season bright and cheery when it’s served up! This post is a part of a series of cookbook posts that I’ll be running from now through December. I was not monetarily compensated for this post but I did receive this cookbook for free as […]

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Ginger, Vanilla and Quince Upside Down Cake from the book Alternative Baker

November 21, 2016

A recipe for a warm and inviting ginger, vanilla and quince upside down cake from the cookbook Alternative Baker by Alanna Taylor-Tobin. This post is a part of a series of cookbook posts that I’ll be running from now through December. I was not monetarily compensated for this post but I did receive this cookbook […]

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Marbled, Swirled, and Layered Launch Party (and more upcoming book signing events!)

November 14, 2016

A book signing event at Omnivore Books made me realize that we are collectively better when we gather together and share with each other. I hadn’t really thought about the election results when I had scheduled my launch party. Omnivore Books, a cookbook bookstore here in San Francisco, was crazy busy with Fall book releases […]

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Marble Rum Cake

November 7, 2016

This Marble Rum Cake is easy to make and packed full of rum flavor because it uses 3 types of rum in it making sure it every bite is moist and tender. Every year I think about what sort of dessert I can make for AJ’s birthday and every year I end up circling back […]

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