Rustic Garden Bistro http://www.rusticgardenbistro.com Sat, 15 Jul 2017 18:32:26 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.4.10 The Cheater’s Tortilla Soup http://www.rusticgardenbistro.com/cheaters-tortilla-soup/ http://www.rusticgardenbistro.com/cheaters-tortilla-soup/#comments Tue, 09 Sep 2014 01:00:36 +0000 http://www.rusticgardenbistro.com/?p=7473 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 […]

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Greetings from Utah | And a Thank You iPad Mini Giveaway from the RGB http://www.rusticgardenbistro.com/ipad-mini-giveaway/ http://www.rusticgardenbistro.com/ipad-mini-giveaway/#comments Mon, 02 Dec 2013 06:11:47 +0000 http://www.rusticgardenbistro.com/?p=7248 It’s no secret that this year, I’ve been a little infatuated with Utah. Apologies for the belated update to “the big news” mentioned in the link, but we did not get the brewery deal. (That’s okay… it just wasn’t meant to be, and another deal will come along when the time is right.) So for Thanksgiving […]

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Scrambled Egg Stack with Hash of Chanterelle Mushrooms, Sweet Potato, Onions, and Kale Recipe http://www.rusticgardenbistro.com/scrambled-egg-stack-with-hash-of-chanterelle-mushrooms-sweet-potato-onions-and-kale-recipe/ http://www.rusticgardenbistro.com/scrambled-egg-stack-with-hash-of-chanterelle-mushrooms-sweet-potato-onions-and-kale-recipe/#comments Tue, 05 Nov 2013 21:10:32 +0000 http://www.rusticgardenbistro.com/?p=7129 Charlie Trotter died this morning. Suddenly, unexpectedly, and much, much younger than the age my husband is now. (shudder) Mr. Trotter is one of my culinary heroes, and I was very much hoping to meet him someday. [In brighter news, our White Silkie laid her first eggs this week.] You see, Charlie Trotter never went […]

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RGB On the Town | Chef Christophe Jardillier at Encore Dinner Theater – Tustin CA http://www.rusticgardenbistro.com/encore-dinner-theater-review-chef-christophe-jardillier/ http://www.rusticgardenbistro.com/encore-dinner-theater-review-chef-christophe-jardillier/#comments Mon, 04 Nov 2013 02:00:40 +0000 http://www.rusticgardenbistro.com/?p=7121 [Note: There’s a giveaway included at the bottom of this post for Orange County area readers.] … “Food is first eaten with the eyes,” says Christophe Jardillier. It’s fitting, then, that the chef’s current post is at Tustin’s Encore Dinner Theater, a venue that is reminiscent of a 1940’s old time supper club, complete with […]

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A New Autumn Garden for the RGB | Claro’s Italian Market Zuppa Toscana http://www.rusticgardenbistro.com/claros-italian-market-zuppa-toscana-recipe/ http://www.rusticgardenbistro.com/claros-italian-market-zuppa-toscana-recipe/#comments Fri, 25 Oct 2013 21:02:00 +0000 http://www.rusticgardenbistro.com/?p=7104 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 […]

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Quail Egg and 00 Flour Ravioli with Roasted Butternut Squash, Browned Butter and Fried Sage Leaves http://www.rusticgardenbistro.com/quail-egg-and-00-flour-ravioli-with-roasted-butternut-squash-browned-butter-and-fried-sage-leaves/ http://www.rusticgardenbistro.com/quail-egg-and-00-flour-ravioli-with-roasted-butternut-squash-browned-butter-and-fried-sage-leaves/#comments Tue, 22 Oct 2013 20:09:39 +0000 http://www.rusticgardenbistro.com/?p=7072 For me, Meatless Monday is a way to stretch my culinary muscles. Think outside the carnivore box. Mix it up a bit. And, after many weeks of attempting such challenge, I can safely say this: Easier said than done. Problem # 1: I like my swimmers. I definitely like my flyers. And I loooooove my grazers. […]

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Packing for Idyllwild | New England Style Clam Chowder with Garden Leeks, Gold Potatoes, and Fresh Chives http://www.rusticgardenbistro.com/new-england-style-clam-chowder-with-garden-leeks-gold-potatoes-and-fresh-chives-recipe/ http://www.rusticgardenbistro.com/new-england-style-clam-chowder-with-garden-leeks-gold-potatoes-and-fresh-chives-recipe/#comments Fri, 04 Oct 2013 20:00:12 +0000 http://www.rusticgardenbistro.com/?p=7045 Photo: First Autumn sunset in Idyllwild this year. Also, a bird in flight. I get now why people have second homes. Especially in beautiful places. About once a year, I pack up the whole family (this year, it’s the husband, children, and dogs), and go someplace quiet for an entire week. And I pack an […]

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Roasted Butternut Squash Puree with Butter Braised Sage Leaves, and Ground Fennel Seed http://www.rusticgardenbistro.com/roasted-butternut-squash-puree-with-butter-braised-sage-leaves-and-ground-fennel-seed-recipe/ http://www.rusticgardenbistro.com/roasted-butternut-squash-puree-with-butter-braised-sage-leaves-and-ground-fennel-seed-recipe/#comments Wed, 02 Oct 2013 05:10:35 +0000 http://www.rusticgardenbistro.com/?p=7027 I tried holding onto summer. I really did. But then I spent a week in the mountains, and saw the Halloween paraphernalia. Everywhere. In the pharmacy, the video store (they still exist!), the pizza parlor, the grocery store. Everywhere. Even the latest Williams Sonoma catalog is full of white gourds, orange tureens, gold leaves, and otherwise […]

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Commentary | Little Sparrow Cafe, Santa Ana http://www.rusticgardenbistro.com/little-sparrow-cafe-santa-ana-review/ http://www.rusticgardenbistro.com/little-sparrow-cafe-santa-ana-review/#comments Tue, 17 Sep 2013 02:24:50 +0000 http://www.rusticgardenbistro.com/?p=6984 The moment I walked through the door, I knew I was someplace special. At four months old, the Little Sparrow Cafe in downtown Santa Ana is only a baby. But, it’s also getting plenty of attention. And for good reasons. From the website: Little Sparrow came about easily enough; the old building at the corner of […]

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Putting Together the Vision | Saison Diego Clams with San Marzano Tomatoes and Backyard Garden Leeks Recipe http://www.rusticgardenbistro.com/saison-diego-clams-with-san-marzano-tomatoes-and-backyard-garden-leeks-recipe/ http://www.rusticgardenbistro.com/saison-diego-clams-with-san-marzano-tomatoes-and-backyard-garden-leeks-recipe/#comments Wed, 11 Sep 2013 21:28:19 +0000 http://www.rusticgardenbistro.com/?p=6965 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 […]

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