The Cheater’s Tortilla Soup - The Cheater's Tortilla Soup

Why are the fancy pants chefs always trying to complicate things?! Here’s a tip: You don’t always have to do it their way. Especially when it comes to making a pot of tortilla soup. Roughly chop vegetables just to put them in the food processor, cook them separately from the broth, and then puree the whole thing […]

A New Reality | Chicken Marsala Stew with Zucchini and Tuscan Kale - Chicken Marsala Stew with Zucchini and Tuscan Kale - Edited

It’s been almost three months since two toddlers showed on our doorstep and I became a Parent. Most of time, I don’t really think about the transition. But then there are nights like tonight; I was late getting out of the office, starving, cranky (because I was starving)… and all I wanted to do was get in […]

Chicken Tacos with Queso Fresco and Fresh Cilantro - Chicken Tacos with Queso Fresco and Cilantro - Square

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 […]

The Best Fried Chicken I’ve Ever Made | Thomas Keller’s Buttermilk Fried Chicken Recipe - Thomas Keller's Buttermilk Fried Chicken Wings - Square

Happy New Year! This year, we resolve to spend more time eating, drinking, and conversing with like-minded friends. And by like-minded, we mean people who like to eat, drink and be merry. And talk about food.

Planting Seeds | Chicken Sausage Lettuce Wraps - Chicken Sausage Lettuce Wraps Recipe - Text 1

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 […]

January at the RGB | Curry Chicken Wings with Honey and Sriracha - Curry-Chicken-Wings-with-Honey-and-Sriracha - Featured Image.bmp

January at the RGB (clockwise from top left): A daffodil sprouting out of the ground. Pink rose. The number of eggs we’re getting each day. Geranium. More daffodils. A daisy. Sage… strawberry… and the Cuckoo Marans (who started laying last week; her first egg was a double yolker!). With Super Bowl around the corner, I […]

Mandarin, Soy, Ginger and Garlic Chicken | The RGB’s Last Mandarin

RGB Mandarin Chicken

Winters in Southern California are quite glorious. With a mild cool season and plenty of sunshine, we’ve hauled in a lot citrus this year. Sadly, while we’ve had a good run with them (crumb bars, duck breasts and winter salad), we’re down to our very last basket of mandarins. Because we also had chilies and […]

Mandarin, Meyer Lemon and Balsamic Glazed Duck Breasts Meyer Lemon and Balsamic Glazed Duck Breast

In Spring of ’09, Mr. RGBistro and I snuck out of the country and had a little rendezvous in the South of France. Maybe it was the thrill of being in a new relationship, or the fact that we were in. the. South. of. France… but regardless, that trip was magical from beginning to end. […]

Roast Chicken with Lemon, Rosemary, Thyme, and Russet Potatoes - Roast Chicken with Lemon Rosemary and Thyme

A peek at the Santa Barbara coast from the Major’s family room. Like most families, everyone in ours plays a different role: The Pilot adheres to a routine, the English major (the Major) is great with words, the Nurse showers us with hugs and kisses and the Architect keeps the humor fresh. And we cook. […]

Wolfgang Puck’s Tortilla Soup - Wolfgang Puck's Tortilla Soup - Square

“Cook from the heart, and with love.” – Wolfgang Puck As summer turns to fall and the days get shorter and shorter, I struggle with the strain of not being at home as much as I’d like to. It’s not that I’m spending more hours at the office; it’s just dark on both ends of […]

Vietnamese Chicken Pho Ga Recipe - Vietnamese Chicken Noodle Soup - Pho Ga - Edited

It’s frightening how quickly the weather can turn. Last week, it was so hot we initiated a mojito-of-the-day routine. This week, we’re putting on our boots and slushing through the rain. And with that, we’ve officially embrace cooler weather, the umbrella and a free car wash. To celebrate the splash, we’re offering a bowl of […]

September Garden Ratatouille | A Late Summer Harvest

While in the garden surveying the eggplants, the last flower dropped to the ground. It was probably it’s way of telling me that summer was over and the shop was closed. Boo.

Because it was so mild this year, our crops never did well. In fact, we only picked up three eggplants this season. Three. So when two of the three were picked over the weekend, I was bound and determined to make something “special” with them. I had even dreamt of slicing them up, dredging them […]

First Impressions | Summer Skillet Chicken Marsala

A half serving is still plenty for dinner.

I knew I’d marry Mr. RGBistro before we were even dating. A couple of years ago we had arranged to spend a mid-week evening together. We’d been bragging about our home-cook skills and decided it was time to flex them. Mr. RGB volunteered his bachelor kitchen, which I accepted because it seemed a lot better […]

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 - Tequila Lime Chicken

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 […]

Roasted Duck | Food Foray # 3.2

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This is the follow-up post to Food Foray # 3.1. The “Oregon Duck Game Day” food theme to cheer on the Oregon Ducks in the Rose Bowl today turned into an experiment with roasting a duck; no pun intended. I’ll play with a “green and yellow-themed meal” another time. (Note to self for future reference: […]

Gifting from the Garden | Baked Chicken and Garden Herbs Recipe

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I won’t lie, skipping Christmas this year due to our tight budgets was difficult. If there’s a bright side, it’s realizing that I’m absolutely grateful for what I already have, which doesn’t cost a dime. I did manage to scrape together some home-made gifts for select friends and family: among them, ribbon-wrapped boxes with most […]