A New Autumn Garden for the RGB | Claro’s Italian Market Zuppa Toscana

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For me, the highlight of last weekend was a solo drive through the mountains, at sunrise, just so I could see the Autumn colors. (And, to take my puppy on his first five-mile mountain hike.) Hands down, it’s my favorite time of year. … Inspired by what I saw, I later roped the kids into […]

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. …

How to Use Kale Without Making a Salad | Hamachi Tartare with Yuzu and Blood Orange Olive Oil on Fried Garden Kale

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“Bring a dish with kale in it.” I was going to a potluck, so braised kale or sautéed kale was not going to work. Hoping for some inspiration, I turned to the internet. First, the food porn sites. Then, a good old-fashioned Google search. When those failed, I sifted through my archived food magazines, the winter […]

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 […]

The Brahma and the Birthday | Grand Marnier Soufflé with Crème Anglaise

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I heard the Brahma that morning. She squawked, squawked, and squawked. I could hear her from inside the house… clear on the opposite side of the property. When Mr. RGBistro brought in the GIANT egg, I understood right away. Ouch is an understatement; the rock weighed in at 105 grams. (A typical large-sized egg is […]

RGB Reads – A Homemade Life: Stories and Recipes from My Kitchen Table | Cider-Glazed Salmon Recipe with Cauliflower Puree and Pan-Braised Asparagus

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February at the RGB. It’s starting to get pretty colorful around here; our Fleur des Lys (Dutch Irises) are back… the chickens are laying eggs like they’re supposed to, and the first of the ranunculus are up. Hard to believe it’s only February. — A Homemade Life: Stories and Recipes from My Kitchen Table. Molly […]

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, I […]

Date Nite to Ecco Pizza | San Marzano Lamb Stew with Meyer Lemon Risotto

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Date Nite. Every. Friday. Night. And can I make a confession?! It still gives me butterflies. Because last week was cold and stormy, Mr. RGBistro made a request to go someplace cozy. (Can you see why I love this man?!) We were about to head down to Britta’s Café (our usual haunt) when I suggested […]

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 […]

December at the RGB | Braised Short Rib Hash

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December at the RGB (clockwise from top left): Meyer lemons. Kale. Sage. The black Silkie we had to give away because he started crowing. Parsley. The buff Polish we also had to give away because he started crowing. Lavender. Stattice. The annual cut-back on the massive fig tree. Braised short ribs. At Marché Modèrne in […]

Tangerine Strawberry Banana Kale Smoothie


There’s something sexy about a man who reads the morning paper, likes his coffee black and pays our bills on-time. So… grown-up. I don’t look like a grown-up… not even close. At the moment, I’m wearing a green shirt with orange tights… and brown boots. And maybe a purple headband. Oh, and my eye shadow […]

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 […]

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 […]

Silky Leek and Celery Root Soup | Detox for the Intoxicated

Silky Leek and Celery Root Soup

To assist with our 21-day meat-free and alcohol-free detox, we recently wandered through the local library to look for meal ideas. A few magazines and an armload of cookbooks later, we spied a vegetarian leek and celery root soup from the 2007 Fine Cooking Annual Cookbook. We were first introduced to celery root soup during […]

Shrimp Etouffee | Bridging the Gap


Hello, friends! Today we’re changin’ it up and doing a guest post for Gwen over at Bunkycooks. Head over there to see what we made with our winter garden pepper this week… And because we’re still giving stuff away, make sure you leave a comment (at Bunkycooks) for your chance at a box of herbs. Happy day! […]

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. […]

Winter Beginnings | Herb-Crusted Rack of Lamb

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In 2008, Mr. RGBistro gifted me with a bag of Narcissus bulbs for our first Christmas together, and on New Years’ Eve, we spent an entire day planting them, along with a carload of garden flowers and vegetables. I didn’t know it at the time, but that “date” of a day was just the beginning […]