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 […]

An Announcement | Canyons of Escalante, Southern Utah | Chardonnay Poached King Salmon Spread with Sauteed Onions, Horseradish Cream and Fresh Dill

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On a Tuesday afternoon, I left my husband, kids, and (most of) my dogs at home. And then I did something I’m quite certain I’d never done: I hopped into a car with someone I barely knew, crossed four states into a land I’d never seen, and spent five days in a place I didn’t know […]

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, […]

Chipotle and Adobo Spiced Cocktail Meatballs in a Sweet and Sour Sauce

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Backyard parsley in the morning garden light.  Happy Monday! On one hand, time changes suck. But on the other… it means we get more daylight, and more daylight makes both my edible garden and my backyard chickens very, very happy. We’re all very much looking forward to spring. …

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 […]

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 […]

Five Rules to the Make the Best Bruschetta

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For what seems like the forty seventh Sunday in a row, I had a late start. Rolling out of bed at 8:38 AM, I had exactly 22 minutes to brush my teeth, get some clothes on, comb my hair, make “something with tomatoes or zucchinis” for this months’ Food Bloggers Los Angeles (FBLA) meeting, and […]

Entertaining at Home | Feta Cheese Spread with Fresh Garden Herbs

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Five years ago, if my college roommate (and bestie) Meg, told me she was moving to Jupiter, I would have rallied 40 of our closest friends, wrangled them into a bistro, and shut the place down. We’d drink, we’d eat, we’d be merry. And at the end of the evening, we’d be scrounging for ones […]

Quick-Fire Dinner for Eight | Seared Scallops with Cilantro Lime Sauce

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As a person who lives in the moment, one of my greatest joys is spending time with people I love, in a setting where time stands still. Given no barrier, my ideal dinner party would be held in the garden, include seven courses, and take five hours. And the intermezzo would include a tour of […]

January at the RGB | Curry Chicken Wings with Honey and Sriracha

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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, […]

Salmon Sashimi with Shishito Pepper Sauce

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I was 22 the first time I had sushi. I don’t remember it being so glorious because it was likely an overcooked tempura shrimp concoction with krab. Probably smothered in sweet sauce. And topped with brown avocado. To be fair, it was only $8.99 for all-you-can-eat, and that’s a steal! Fast-forward a few years. I […]

Grilled Artichokes with Balsamic, Soy and Ginger | Sunday Shout-Out: The Taste Place

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Blooming artichokes mean were at the end of the season. Farewell until autumn, when the second batch comes up! Once upon a time, when my good friend Jeff and I were both single, we occasionally took turns cooking for one another before settling onto the couch for an evening in front of the TV. On […]

Summer Market Platter

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If I had a second sub header for the RGB blog, it would probably be: How to make really complicated food using over ten ingredients, three burners, two people and a very long time. This doesn’t work very well when you’re in the middle of a remodel.

Burrata with Pea and Asparagus Puree over Pan-Toasted Baguette | Beyond the Dust

Spring Pea and Asparagus Puree over Burrata and Pan-Toasted Baguette

Until you’ve been through the middle of a home remodel, you cannot image how much dust can collect. It doesn’t matter that there are ET-like plastic walls everywhere, that piles are neatly stacked in corners, or that Mr. RGBistro actually still vacuums. By time I come home from work, it is hours after the days’ […]

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: […]

The RGB Knocks Off Marché Modèrne | King Crab and Avocado with Yuzu Aioli

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Today’s RGB photo: A California Poppy taken in Santa Barbara while visiting with family over the weekend. … Marché Modèrne in Costa Mesa is self-described as a “modern French bistro.” We love it because the chef is creative, the dishes are beautiful and the food is delicious. Their 30-tap wine bar is pretty fantastic, too. […]

Tempura Fried Squash Blossoms | Another Weekend Experiment at the RGB

Our Saturday afternoon experiment; fried zucchini blossoms.

We’ve haven’t shared with you our non-edible garden photos in awhile, so here is a recent favorite:   This morning, we hit up the Irvine Farmers’ Market specifically to pick-up some hummus and pita from the guys at the Baba Foods stand for a Greek-themed dinner event tonight.   You mean we’re not making anything fancy […]

Pacific Oysters with Herb Mignonette

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Barry and I are gettin’ smart. Last Saturday, we planned out an entire morning of errand-running: 1) Irvine Farmers’ Market, 2) Roger’s Gardens, and, 3) lunch at Taco Rosa’s. We wanted to hit the market first (before the rest of the free world arrived), but the dilemma was keeping the goods cold while we strolled through […]