Sweet Corn Chowder with Roasted Vegetables, Garden Chives and Bolted Cilantro Recipe

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We all have a past life, don’t we? Or is it just me? Every now and again, I think about my past life. I lived in Oregon. It rained a lot. I was (mostly) miserable. And I was convinced I had nothing in common with the food growin’, chicken totin’ hippies that looked like mop dogs… 

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Braised Pork Belly Banh Mi with Garlic Confit, Tart Green Apple and Crunchy Red Cabbage


Someone should smack me. In my excitement of developing and executing a special banh mi recipe that I could share with my group of food blogger friends, I sort of forgot to leave a sample at home for my husband. I should also confess that because I was running short on time, I also asked… 

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Salmon Sashimi with Shishito Pepper Sauce


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… 

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Vietnamese Chicken Pho Ga Recipe

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It’s frightening how quickly the weather can turn. Last week, it was so hot we initiated a mojito-of-the-day routine. This week, we’re putting on our boots and slushing through the rain. And with that, we’ve officially embrace cooler weather, the umbrella and a free car wash. To celebrate the splash, we’re offering a bowl of… 

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Celadon Mojito | Bon Appetit RSVP Redux

Celadon mojito.

Be careful what you wish for, right? It got hot this week. So hot, we broke all-time high temperature records in Southern California. Have I mentioned we live without air conditioning? And in a house with picture-windows that don’t open? We’re dying here. Because I’m a big procrastinator, I waited until Monday evening after work… 

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Perhaps the World’s Best Unorthodox Game-Day Dinner


Some days, I rock. Today is one of those days. It is one of those days because I successfully fueled a raging sports fan with a Game-Day Dinner revolving around spring onions. You heard me; spring onions. Not exactly what comes to mind when your intention is to serve “bar food” for a basketball game…. 

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Tequila Lime Chicken and Garden Salad with Cilantro and Lime Dressing

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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… 

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Beef Pho

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It’s another cold drizzly day at the RGB. That’s code-word for soup. Today’s winner: beef pho (fuh). I’ve been craving pho all week (this always happens when I overindulge on American dairy and sweets), so we raided the local 99 Ranch Market yesterday to make a pot full. While I’m waiting for my mom to… 

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Mexican Lime Pie with Sweetened Whipped Cream

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Back in the 80s, Barry gifted his good friends a Mexican lime tree. It just so happens that this tree is still around, and is still producing fruit. So every winter, we get a basket or two of beautiful little Mexican limes (and navel oranges, because his friends have that to share, too). The tricky… 

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