Back home!

by Irvin on July 28, 2014 · 2 comments

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Back Home from our Road Trip

AJ and I are back from our shortened three-week road trip (which hopefully some of you followed along on our Instagram feeds). I say shortened which is totally relative because most people don’t have the luxury of taking three weeks off to gallivanting across the country. Thankfully AJ’s a professor so that means he gets the summer off and I freelance. But for us, three weeks is short compared to our epic seven-week trip last summer. But I have a cookbook to write as well as many other work obligations so three week will have to do. We camped half the time in national parks all over Utah (where we nearly passed out from heat) and Colorado (where we nearly were eaten alive by mosquitos), stayed in hotels, motels as well as a glorious couple of days with my friend Jen & Jeremy in Crested Butte, Colorado. We arrived back to San Francisco a few days ago and I’m still adjusting to being back, plowing through three weeks of old emails, a stack of physical mail and getting used to showering every day. So no recipe this week, but I’ll be back soon with recipes, photos from our trip and (hopefully) some more awesome stuff for you all. Yay for being home (I think)!

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Plum Jam Recipe with Lavender

by Irvin on July 21, 2014 · 8 comments

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Learning how to make plum jam is easy with this plum jam recipe that uses lavender to give the preserve a gorgeous floral depth.

Plum Jam Recipe with lavender. By Irvin Lin of Eat the Love.

I’ll be honest. I’m not a canning expert. In fact, other than the one experience I had using the oven method (which totally seems safe but apparently a lot of people told me isn’t), I’ve never really done it. But I do make tons of jam when the season hits and usually then frantically eat tons of toast to use it up because I’m too lazy (and slightly scared) to can. Of course this year, for various reasons, I decide to bite the bullet and can my fruit jam so I can enjoy it for the rest of the year. The main reason being my backyard plum tree decided to become insanely prolific this year, like Joyce Carol Oates prolific. This meant I had to learn how to make plum jam, something I’ve done before but never gotten around to canning. Turns out the effort was worth it because now I can enjoy my lavender plum jam for the rest of the year. (Jump directly to the recipe.)

How to make plum jam. Photo and recipe by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love.

Plums, by the way, happen to make a wonderful jam, something that I never had growing up. Cherry, strawberry, grape and raspberry jams and jellies all appeared in my childhood pantry (well, most my friend’s pantry, we weren’t really a jam sort of family) but plum wasn’t there. If we’re confessing truths, our family was a grocery store jam sort of kind, the ones that always had some forgotten dried out strawberry jam, the cloyingly sweet and neon red type one with the red gingham lid. It was used as often as the dried up brick of brown sugar in the pantry, which means it never really was used at all.

Homemade plum jam with lavender. Photo and recipe by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love. [click to continue…]

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This zucchini pasta recipe, a summer vegetable recipe of zucchini, corn and tomatoes makes for a great side dish or vegan friendly main course!

Zucchini Pasta Recipe, a summer vegetable recipe by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love.

“Why would anyone pick summer squash like zucchini over other vegetables?” exclaimed my friend as the four of us sat in the oversized booth meant for six people. It was getting late and we had waited an extra half hour for our reservations. Though the restaurant had been kind enough to offer us free drinks for our inconvenience that just seemed to exacerbate everyone’s hangry attitude. Booze on an empty stomach seemed like a recipe for disaster. I tried to protest that I actually really like zucchini but he just waved his hand and said we should ordering the asparagus instead and the other three in the party nodded their heads in agreement. Sad ubiquitous zucchini was NOT a popular summer vegetable in this group. (Jump directly to the recipe.)

“And let’s not get started on that ridiculous zucchini pasta thing that I keep seeing all over. That is just wrong.” he said, and then firmly grasped his double old fashioned glass and took a hefty swig of whatever trendy cocktail the bar had given him. The large clear square of ice clinked against the side of the glass as he drained the last of the brown fluid in one gulp. I could see the brown kicking in.

Summer vegetable recipe -  zucchini pasta recipe by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love. [click to continue…]

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Kahlúa Chocolate Banana Bread [Sponsored Post]

July 11, 2014

This moist and delicious twist on the same old chocolate banana bread shines when shared at a picnic or with friends. July is here and that means warm weather, lounging around the pool and outdoor picnics. Unless, of course, you live in San Francisco where the weather is notoriously cold during the summer months and […]

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On the Road, 2014

July 7, 2014

If you’ve been following along on my blog, you’ll know that last summer my partner and I took an epic roadtrip across the country, hitting 23 states, 13 National, State and Native American Parks and logged over 10,000+ miles on our car. We were gone for 7 weeks and it was pretty fantastic. We talked […]

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Photo Essay: Meals on Wheels’ Star Chefs and Vintners Gala – 2014 Part 2

June 23, 2014

This photo essay showcases chefs, plated meals and desserts from the Meals on Wheel’s Star Chefs and Vintner’s Gala, SF’s premiere food fundraising event. Even though I already wrote and shared some of the photos from the Meals on Wheels Star Chefs and Vintners’ Gala in a previous post, the reality is I could probably […]

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Kahlúa Coconut Mudslide [Sponsored Post]

June 16, 2014

This refreshing twist on the classic Kahlúa Mudslide frozen cocktail will cool you down no matter where you are this summer! To be honest, summer in San Francisco is not my favorite time of year. Though I look forward to summer because my partner AJ is off of work (he’s a professor at a community […]

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Photo Essay: Meals on Wheels’ Star Chefs and Vintners Gala – 2014

June 9, 2014

This photo essay is the next best thing to attending the San Francisco Meals on Wheel’s Star Chefs and Vintner’s Gala, SF’s premiere food fundraising event. Most of AJ’s cycling friends thought he was crazy. It wasn’t because he was biking 545-miles from San Francisco to Los Angeles in a week for the AIDS Lifecycle. […]

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Beer Bread with Cheese and Rosemary Herb

June 2, 2014
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This quick and easy beer bread recipe uses fresh rosemary, grated cheese and semolina flour, creating a dinner party worthy dish in less than an hour! My sister once went shopping trying to find a gift for me. Each item she picked she pondered “tacky or Irvin” as she deliberated on what to buy me. […]

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Skirt Steak Recipe with All-Purpose Steak Rub and Chimichurri Sauce

May 26, 2014
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This awesome, fast and easy skirt steak recipe with all-purpose steak rub and chimichurri sauce can be made in 30 minutes or less, start to finish! This blog probably makes the follow sentiment utterly unnecessary to write, but I love food. Most of my friends know this so I end up being the guy that […]

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Brussels Sprouts Salad with Fingerling Potato, seasoned with Caraway Seeds and Juniper Berries

May 19, 2014
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This wonderful and unique brussels sprouts salad has fingerling potatoes and is seasoned with the unusual combination of caraway seeds and juniper berry! My partner AJ has repeatedly told me how our refrigerator scares him. He goes into there to get his milk and cheese, but otherwise he steers clear of it. No, it’s not […]

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Esquites, otherwise known as Mexican Corn Salad

May 12, 2014
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This easy recipe for esquites, a Mexican corn salad, is basically a salad version of elote grilled Mexican corn on the cob. “What? How do you make this?” asked my French friend Sandrine. She took another healthy helping of the Mexican corn salad and was peppering me with questions about the recipe. Apparently she and […]

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Spicy Guacamole Recipe, the best guacamole ever

May 5, 2014
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This spicy guacamole recipe, with grilled corn and grilled avocado is possibly the best guacamole ever. “Did you make this spicy guacamole recipe up yourself?!?” asked my friend Tom, with is eyes wide open and a look of awe in his face. I nodded my head, a little alarmed at how intense his reaction was […]

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Blackberry Jam Cake, otherwise known as Woodford Pudding

April 28, 2014
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This blackberry jam cake, otherwise known as a Woodford Pudding, is made from scratch but is super easy and served with a fast bourbon butterscotch sauce! I have little to no connection with Kentucky. I’m not a huge fan of the derby, much less horse racing in general. I certainly don’t drink mint juleps (as […]

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Manhattan Clam Chowder Recipe

April 21, 2014
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If you’re looking for an outstanding Manhattan clam chowder recipe, this is the one for you! I was lucky that growing up my mom ALWAYS had a home cooked meal on the table for dinner. I never really knew how lucky I was and I often viewed my friend with envy as they would tell […]

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Photo Essay: Taste of the Nation San Francisco, a benefit for Share Our Strength

April 14, 2014
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A photo essay on the Taste of the Nation San Francisco fundraiser for Share our Strength. “I am so full, I don’t think I can eat another bite…” moaned AJ at the sold out San Francisco Taste of the Nation fundraiser event that benefited Share our Strength, a non-profit with a mission to end childhood […]

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How to Crack an Egg with One Hand

April 11, 2014
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A short and quick tutorial on how to crack an egg with one hand. “Can you show us how to crack an egg with one hand?” asked my classmate in the Le Cordon Bleu cooking class. We were doing a session on how to cook eggs (sunny side up, over easy, scrambled, omelettes, poached and […]

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