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 […]

Roast Chicken with Lemon, Rosemary, Thyme, and Russet Potatoes

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A peek at the Santa Barbara coast from the Major’s family room. Like most families, everyone in ours plays a different role: The Pilot adheres to a routine, the English major (the Major) is great with words, the Nurse showers us with hugs and kisses and the Architect keeps the humor fresh. And we cook. […]

Max’s Spaghetti with Meatballs and Marinara | RSVP Redux for October, 2010

Max's Spaghetti with Meatballs and Marinara

It just-so-happened that the first thing I noticed when we checked into the B&B over the weekend was the May 2010 issue of Bon Appétit lying on the coffee table. While waiting for Barry to get dressed for the wedding, I leafed through it and found… spaghetti and meatballs. But not just any spaghetti and […]

Gone Nuts

June Gloom came a little early this year: Raindrops on the rose leaves…    the sage…      …and the rose petals.   We recently had the pleasure of serving lunch to about 30 friends at the tail end of a long weekend in the Sonoma Wine Country. The venue: Chateau Felice, 10603 Chalk Hill […]

Pan Seared Garlic Rosemary Pork Chops

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Today’s RGB photos: the last of the apples and the start of some fennel: Winter apple. Winter fennel. Dog-approved snack. See the half-eaten apple? Pork chops were on sale at the market this week for $1.47/lb. Our 3.85-lb. purchase came with 6 pieces, two of which we immediately pulled out to brine for lunch (the […]

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 […]