Monthly Archives: January 2017

Extremely young and incredibly cool

If you receive this blog via an email from Marla in the Kitchen, listen to Chet Baker playing Elvis Costello’s “Almost Blue” by clicking on the post title. It’s raining sideways, street gutters are full, mud is sliding, pedestrians are dripping—where … Continue reading

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Empty chairs, full stomachs: Smoked pork chops, Riced cauliflower pilaf

Last Sunday, a somewhat diminished group assembled for our annual Return to the Light soirée. In keeping with this year’s theme, “We Do Trendy”, ever-popular flu and cutting edge cold showed up, robbing our dinner table of three participants. The … Continue reading

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Make a pie instead: Beef stock, Coconut Cream Pie

This week, armed with information and suggestions from my gentle readers, I forged ahead and made beef stock. A call to Safeway (a no go), a trip to the Metropolitan (a blank stare), a visit to Wayne’s Asian Grocery on … Continue reading

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Where’s the beef, bone? Cioppino

Long ago, in the days before Costco and Trader Joe’s, I regularly made chicken stock, beef stock, and fish stock. I could find chicken bones at any grocery store: backs, necks, wing tips, legs, and even feet. Before Thanksgiving, turkey … Continue reading

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