Quail Egg and 00 Flour Ravioli with Roasted Butternut Squash, Browned Butter and Fried Sage Leaves

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For me, Meatless Monday is a way to stretch my culinary muscles. Think outside the carnivore box. Mix it up a bit. And, after many weeks of attempting such challenge, I can safely say this: Easier said than done. Problem # 1: I like my swimmers. I definitely like my flyers. And I loooooove my grazers. […]

Putting Together the Vision | Saison Diego Clams with San Marzano Tomatoes and Backyard Garden Leeks Recipe

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And then all of a sudden, I see things differently. Not clearly. Just differently. Since making this announcement, I’m not just thinking about what tastes good anymore. I have to think about what looks good. What smells good. And then it has to be priced good, so I can make a profit. Does it fit […]

Leffe Blonde Beer Mussels with Fennel and Shallots

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Saturday morning, I fought eight aisles of parking lot traffic to score a front-and-center spot. And it was shaded. (!!!) I used every American dollar I had on me to buy two types of hummus, garlic dip, strawberries, and lemongrass. (The lemongrass was $1.50 for a bunch the diameter of a baseball. For those uninitiated, […]

Chicken Tacos with Queso Fresco and Fresh Cilantro

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The A-Ha Moment. I’m embarrassed to admit that it took us 21 days to figure out that our Mexican foster kids like TACOS. And even then, we only figured it out by accident. While Barry worked at installing our brand new pot rack! (so we could convert the existing pots and pans drawer to the […]

In Praise of a Big Cookbook | Southern Louisiana Style Biscuits with Breakfast Sausage and Shrimp Gravy

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Of all the cookbooks you own, how many of them are actually good ones? And since we’re on the subject, what’s your definition of a good cookbook? Quite simply, for me, a good cookbook is a big cookbook.   So here’s my theory: Nowadays, just about anyone can publish a cookbook (no offense to friends […]

Braised Pork Belly Banh Mi with Garlic Confit, Tart Green Apple and Crunchy Red Cabbage


Someone should smack me. In my excitement of developing and executing a special banh mi recipe that I could share with my group of food blogger friends, I sort of forgot to leave a sample at home for my husband. I should also confess that because I was running short on time, I also asked […]

Planting Seeds | Chicken Sausage Lettuce Wraps

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On Barry’s daughter’s wedding day, a wild daisy bloomed from a rock in the shade of a cedar three. – Whalen Summit, Shasta County, CA. Years ago, we collected seeds. All sorts of them; little ones, big ones. Round ones, skinny ones. Seeds from Zone 2. Seeds from Zone 8. Devoted seed collectors, we never […]

Sonoma, CA | Pernod-Scented Mussels from The Girl and the Fig

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Springtime is lovely for an 8-hour road trip to the Sonoma Wine Country. Pulling into Sonoma Square late in the day, our road-exhausted selves were starving, thirsty… and miffed because we couldn’t find parking. (Thanks, Sonoma Film Festival.) So when we finally got out of the car, we ducked into the first restaurant we saw: […]

Cabernet Wine Linguine from Blackmarket Bakery with Porcini and Cream Reduction

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On Monday evening, September 20, 2010, I was invited by Marla to an event hosted by Chef Rachel of Blackmarket Bakery to learn about, then cook with – Cabernet Wine Flour. A beautiful example of using someone else’s throwaway, the folks over at Marche Noir Foods have figured out how to use leftover cabernet grape […]

Mozzarella Sliders with Aioli and Roasted Red Pepper Spread

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I’m beginning to think that all we do is experiment. While reading one of Kelly’s posts at Sass and Veracity a while back, I was inspired to make some garlic confit and aioli. The trouble with that is… what the heck do you do with all the garlic confit (about 3 heads’ worth)… and the […]

Grilled Lemongrass and Ginger Chicken Vietnamese Banh Mi Sandwiches


We seem to be on a Vietnamese kick lately. After only eating two pieces of our grilled lemongrass ginger chicken from earlier in the week, we tucked the remaining four pieces away in the fridge for a second meal. Enter: a French-Vietnamese Baguette. Usually made with a combination of rice and wheat flour, it’s light, […]

Tequila Lime Chicken and Garden Salad with Cilantro and Lime Dressing

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Today’s RGB garden photo: A Dutch Iris, popping up near the mandarin tree. … A moment of genius happened at the RGB on Friday. I had been spending much of the week hibernating in the kitchen as a result of a one-time project. So when noon rolled around and I realized that Mr. RGBistro had […]

Linguine with Fresh Clams in a Viogner and Garlic Pepper Sauce

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Even in the beginning, we ate in a lot. And most of our dates were centered around what we were making for dinner. On one such occasion, we tore out of a magazine a recipe for linguine and clams, and then marveled at how wonderful it was, despite the decidedly unromantic backdrop of a bachelor pad, complete with […]