Knockin’ Off Whole Foods | Greek Orzo Salad - Whole Foods Greek Orzo Salad -  Square

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?!

Tangerines with Pomegranate Seeds and Orange Blossom Water

Sisters. Where one goes, so does the other. It has been a joy to watch our new dog find her way around our home. She does this by shadowing her sister. From the moment they leap out of bed every morning to the moment they’re taking their evening nap, they’re never more than ten feet […]

Fried Tempura Squash Blossom with Seared Scallops and Apricot Salad | June at the RGB

RGB June Garden Collage

June at the RGB: grapes dangling over the trellis, neglected artichokes blossoming, and radishes so plentiful we don’t know what to do with them all. Last year’s Meyers are still on the tree. Figs will be ready next month, squash even sooner. And each afternoon ends with another handful of strawberries. [Enter happy dance here.]  […]

Winter Salad with Blood Orange and California Honey Balsamic Vinaigrette | Late-Afternoon Glow at the RGB

RGB Winter Salad with Blood Orange and CA Honey Balsamic Vinaigrette

While traveling through the South of France, we befriended an artist who said she painted “in the evenings because that’s when the light is best.” Later that week, while driving around the countryside, we found ourselves surrounded by that late afternoon glow… and realized she was right. And ever since then, my favorite time of […]

Grilled Chicken, Spinach and Blueberry Salad | Quick Weekend Getaway

Grilled Chicken, Spinach and Blueberry Salad with Blueberry Blue Cheese Vinaigrette

   Sometimes, a girl just needs a weekend Holiday. Not because the house is a disaster, the spouse has gone missing, or the dog has gone batty. Just because.  So this past weekend, a girlfriend and I holed up at the Ace Hotel in Palm Springs, CA. It was everything we wanted it to be: […]

Arugula and Strawberry Salad with Spiced Walnuts, Goat Cheese and Balsamic Vinaigrette Dressing | Foraging in the Backyard and Strawberry Salad

In France, people hunt for truffles. Up north, they’re lookin’ for morels. At the RGB, we’re scoutin’ for arugula. Arugula? Arugula. Last spring, while weeding in the backyard, Mr. RGBistro sniffed the air and declared that he had smelled arugula. Turns out – we have wild arugula growing between the rocks in the lower part […]

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 […]