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 […]

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. […]

Cream of Chanterelle Soup with Fresh Fennel Sprouts

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November 3, 2013: Over the summer, I let the volunteer fennel in our backyard go to seed. (There’s a picture of the 6-foot-tall shrub in this post.) It didn’t occur to me then that letting this happen might cause a problem with more volunteer fennel. The husband had to point out to me that recently, […]

Nutella Fudge Brownies | A Halloween Treat

Abby Dodge's Nutella Fudge Brownies for the office party.

Nutella holds a special place in my heart because I’ve been acquainted with it for over 25 years. As a child, it was the gift I looked forward to most when family returned from a trip to Europe. Back then, Nutella was so rare that when I brought it in for “show-and-tell,” I was crowned […]

Camp Blogaway | Rapid-Fire Elevator Speech

Not bad for 7:45 AM photo-session.

Sunday Shout-Out: Camp Blogaway So this Sunday shout-out goes to fearless leader Patti from Worth the Whisk for rounding up the troops and leading another informative food blogging event. Yep, the RGB went to Camp Blogaway’s Day Camp over the weekend. For homework, our fearless leader asked us all to prepare a rapid-fire elevator speech. […]

Toad in the Hole | Sunday Shout-Out: A Communal Table

Another weekend breakfast at the RGB... Toad in the Hole with fresh cantaloupe.

Is it terrible to admit I love my “internet” friends as much as my “traditional” friends? Or that I adore that the internet has connected me with so many wonderful people that I otherwise would not have an opportunity to befriend? Happy sigh. Earlier this summer, I tweeted about spending an afternoon at the RenWes kitchen showroom in Lake […]

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 […]

Blueberry Buckle | Smith Bites

A good hearty breakfast, to cure the cold. :-)

I turn into a whiny !@#$ when I get sick. Somehow, I’m also more productive. Between sniffling and sneezing on Saturday, I made a pot of chicken stock (and saved the fat for a batch of flaxseed dog biscuits), harvested and roasted about 5 lbs. of garden tomatoes, made a batch of tomato soup, roasted […]

TCDawson Designs | First RGB Giveaway

RGB Dried Oregano

Do you like the new look?! Today’s Sunday Shout-Out goes to Thomas Dawson of TCDawson Designs. Thomas has been working relentlessly over the past few weeks to create what you’re seeing here. And we have to say we couldn’t be happier. If you’re ever in need of a creative, quick to respond and knowledgeable web […]

Barefoot Contessas’s Blueberry Streusel Muffins

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Update from March 20, 2013: It’s finally spring, and the weather is beautiful! And the ranunculus out back is in full bloom, so I’m updating muffin photos for your personal enjoyment. [K] Original post from June 27, 2010: Dear Migraine, you’re on your fourth day. Would you please go away and leave me alone? Ugh. […]

My Baking Addiction’s Meyer Lemon Strawberry Muffins

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Strawberries are most beautiful when they’re plucked straight out of the ground… but since they have a shelf life of about six and a half minutes, what would you do with them once they became a little “old” or “bruised?”  Someday, we’re gonna to get around to opening The Bistro, and when we do – we […]

Strawberry Lemonade | Smith Bites

RGB Garden Strawberries

      For the record, we’re uber flattered by the #FF mentions on Twitter, but we’re not always at good at reciprocating the love. That’s because I leave for the office at 6:45 AM on Friday mornings and don’t come home ‘till date nite’s over. (Yes, Mr. RGBistro and I still go to date […]