A New Reality | Chicken Marsala Stew with Zucchini and Tuscan Kale

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It’s been almost three months since two toddlers showed on our doorstep and I became a Parent. Most of time, I don’t really think about the transition. But then there are nights like tonight; I was late getting out of the office, starving, cranky (because I was starving)… and all I wanted to do was get in… 

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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… 

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Shrimp Etouffee | Bridging the Gap

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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!… 

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First Impressions | Summer Skillet Chicken Marsala

A half serving is still plenty for dinner.

I knew I’d marry Mr. RGBistro before we were even dating. A couple of years ago we had arranged to spend a mid-week evening together. We’d been bragging about our home-cook skills and decided it was time to flex them. Mr. RGB volunteered his bachelor kitchen, which I accepted because it seemed a lot better… 

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Gifting from the Garden | Baked Chicken and Garden Herbs Recipe

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I won’t lie, skipping Christmas this year due to our tight budgets was difficult. If there’s a bright side, it’s realizing that I’m absolutely grateful for what I already have, which doesn’t cost a dime. I did manage to scrape together some home-made gifts for select friends and family: among them, ribbon-wrapped boxes with most… 

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Brown-Nosing The Boss | Pasta Puttanesca

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In December 2008, I volunteered to cater my office’s Holiday Party. Around the same time, I invited one of the owners to lunch, just to get to know him a little bit better. At that lunch, I learned three things: he was a self-declared introvert, he enjoyed pinot noirs, and he loved pasta puttanesca, but… 

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The Vietnamese Italian | Garden Herb Spaghetti Bolognese

Updated photo from August 2010 lunch.

Growing up, I loved my mother’s spaghetti and my aunt’s lasagna. While I have no idea what was in my aunt’s lasagna, my mother’s spaghetti sauce recipe was simple: sauté one onion. Add a pound of ground beef. Discard fat. Add package of Lawry’s Spaghetti Seasoning. Add can of tomato sauce. Salt, pepper and serve… 

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Award Winning… for Most Ingredients Used | Ring of Fire Chili

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In our previous lives as urban planners, the office we worked at participated in the Tustin Street Fair and Chili Cook-Off. In 2008, our “Ring of Fire” chili even took 2nd place in the People’s Choice Award. (We maintain we only didn’t win because we couldn’t compete with corporate-volume Tustin Brewing Company.) We also think looping 16… 

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