I’m Kim; the scribbler, recipe maker, and picture takerer behind the Rustic Garden Bistro, a blog about the stuff I grow and the meals I make.
I wish I could tell you what kinds of foods we’re into around here, but the reality is, “it depends, and it changes.” Here’s a snippet:
At the moment, the tools that get the most use in the house are: 1) the coffee maker, 2) the pasta roller, and 3) the butter saver.
I love butter. Oh, I love butter.
I’m also a self-diagnosed food dork and have no qualms about blowing an entire paycheck (and then some) on really awesome meals.
Once upon a time, we had a kick-ass garden. A third of an acre, all planted, most of it edible. Then we got dogs… And chickens… and they have a knack for destroying things. So these days, we have little pockets of herbs, seasonal vegetables, roots, greens, and citrus, but the days of the luscious garden empire are sadly over.
Speaking of chickens, as of this writing, we have
16 13 ladies and one ladies’ man. All different breeds. They’re goofy little things and fun to hang out with. Well sell extra eggs to friends and neighbors for $5/dozen (between March through October).
I’m a freak about cookbooks; I impulse-buy them the way a lot gals my age build their shoe or handbag collections. For me, it’s a window into someone else’s way of life, and I really, really like reading about that kind of stuff. At last count I topped 120, although I admit that some of them have never been opened. [See also: the Amazon Prime one-click button is the devil.]
When asked, and on occasion, I cater gigs and bake for others. This one time time, I even made a four tiered wedding cake for a girlfriend’s wedding. Transporting it to the venue safely was one of the scariest rides of my life:
I still date my husband. Once a week, we sneak out of the house together, just the two of us. A lot of the time, we end up at a local bistro. More often than not, our conversations return to the same fairy tale of “…what will our future bistro look like?” (Totally serious, by the way. We’d really love to have our own place someday.)
Every other Wednesday, I cook for about 250 people who wouldn’t otherwise have dinner. [Edited to add: this gig ended in May 2014.]
When not making food or eating out, Barry and I host jazz concerts, underground suppers, pop-up chef events, winemaker dinners, and other special occasions (we’ve hosted food truck launches, food-writing seminars and cookbook author signing parties).
When not in town, we travel to places like Provence, PDX or The Crescent City. There, I recharge my soul, steal creative menus, and stow away keepsakes: usually spices, pottery/ceramics, and cookbooks. [See also: borrowing new culinary ideas.]
May 2012: New Orleans, August 2012: Oahu and Maui, October 2012: Portland.
If you’re a company or brand seeking partnerships: I’m open to all kinds of creative ideas. Shoot me an email; let’s chat.
And to all, thanks for stopping by! If you’d like to connect, please drop me a line at rusticgardenbistro [at] gmail [dot] com, or holler using any of the links below. Please note that I am fond of Instagram, tolerant of Facebook, and dismissive of Twitter.
One final note. Rustic Garden Bistro is copyrighted and owned by me. Please ask my permission before re-posting any of my content, including and especially photographs. Please also do not copy any content or recipes I have posted on this site without permission. If you’d like to, just ask. Here’s an awesome article about recipe attribution. Thank you!
Orange County, California
Website launched: 11/9/2009
About Us Last updated: 9/8/2014