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. […]

Knockin’ Off Whole Foods | Greek Orzo Salad

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Earlier this year, I found myself in a jam and wound up in the Whole Foods prepared foods section. Desperate to quickly feed a crowd, I purchased a 5-pound container of the Greek Orzo Salad. At $9.99/pound, plus tax, this was not a cheap box of… pasta. Really?! Fifty bucks for orzo?!

Max’s Spaghetti with Meatballs and Marinara | RSVP Redux for October, 2010

Max's Spaghetti with Meatballs and Marinara

It just-so-happened that the first thing I noticed when we checked into the B&B over the weekend was the May 2010 issue of Bon Appétit lying on the coffee table. While waiting for Barry to get dressed for the wedding, I leafed through it and found… spaghetti and meatballs. But not just any spaghetti and […]

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 […]

Scott’s Seafood, At Home | Chilean Sea Bass and Wild Scallops with Shiitake Risotto and Fresh Asparagus

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Another rainy day at the RGB. Strawberries are beginning to appear. Also, cilantro blossoms are making their debut because we forgot to clip the leaves. Poll: How many of you eat better at home than you do at a restaurant? Around here, and with rare exception, Friday night is always date nite. Recently,  we had […]

Brown-Nosing The Boss | Pasta Puttanesca

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In December 2008, I volunteered to cater my office’s Holiday Party. Around the same time, I invited one of the owners to lunch, just to get to know him a little bit better. At that lunch, I learned three things: he was a self-declared introvert, he enjoyed pinot noirs, and he loved pasta puttanesca, but […]

Food Foray # 1.2

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If you missed it, this is the follow-up post to Food Foray # 1.1. It was a busy week, so we just got around to playing with the roasted butternut squash. The plusses – the butternut puree mixture that went into the ravioli was outstanding. So were the fried sage leaves. The construction of the […]

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 […]

The Vietnamese Italian | Garden Herb Spaghetti Bolognese

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Growing up, I loved my mother’s spaghetti and my aunt’s lasagna. While I have no idea what was in my aunt’s lasagna, my mother’s spaghetti sauce recipe was simple: sauté one onion. Add a pound of ground beef. Discard fat. Add package of Lawry’s Spaghetti Seasoning. Add can of tomato sauce. Salt, pepper and serve […]

Test Kitchen Success | Spicy Italian Sausage with Garlic Cream Penne

Updated photo from August 2010 lunch.

One of our favorite local haunts is Britta’s Café in Irvine, California.  At least twice a month, you can find us there on date nite.  In fact, we enjoy this place so much we named our dog after it.  And, with a seasonal menu that rotates about six times a year, there’s always something new to try.  If […]