Category Archives: Chefs

People I’ve worked for, people whose food I’ve eaten, or people I’ve read about

There will be blood: City Restaurant Tandoori Chicken

If you received this new post as an email from Marla in the Kitchen, listen to Tom Petty below by clicking on the post title, “There will be blood.” You’ll be redirected to the blog’s website where YouTube videos can … Continue reading

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Grease thieves or, “the vandals took the handles”: Boned quail with chili-infused honey

If you received this new post as an email from Marla in the Kitchen, listen to the videos below by clicking on the post title, “Grease thieves or, ‘the vandals took the handles.’ ” You’ll be redirected to the blog’s … Continue reading

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The wearing of the green: Potato leek soup

I got my first job in a formal, classically-run, restaurant kitchen after a successful trial by fire. In 1982, the Sweetie accepted an offer from our old, friend to work at Telos, a software development company, and we moved from … Continue reading

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If you can’t stand the heat: Moroccan eggplant and garbanzo bean stew

 If you receive this blog via an email from Marla in the Kitchen, listen to the attached video by clicking on the post title. In the 1970s, before people started caring about Chefs and dropping restaurant names, cooking for a … Continue reading

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10,000 hours, or How do I get to Carnegie Hall?: Michael Roberts’ Bourbon Mushroom Pasta

  In 1980s Los Angeles, on Trump’s sauté station, I made bourbon-mushroom pasta at least twenty-five times a night for a year—a single serving in one sauté pan or as many as ten servings in three sauté pans. My domain consisted … Continue reading

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In the know? Buttered onion tomato sauce

I try to keep up on current trends, listen to music on Spotify, know who Ilana and Abbi are, watch the news (well, right there I’ve committed myself to the geriatric group), and read Buzzfeed but I fear that I’m falling … Continue reading

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The boys in the back: Sopa de Guajillo

If you receive this post by email, to listen to the video below while reading just click on the post title, “The boys in the back”.   Freddy Fender and Ry Cooder, The Borderline      “Le disparé cinco veces, … Continue reading

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Six degrees of Julia: Zucchini rice casserole

The theory that any two people on earth can be connected within six steps works in the restaurant world as well as in show biz. Using this equation, I’m connected to Julia Child by two degrees of separation. My old bosses, … Continue reading

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Hooray for Hollywood: Marinated skirt steak

Speaking of Sheldon Adelson, living in Los Angeles put the Sweetie and me in the celebrity drop-in zone. Although we never became famous or never hung out with cool movie folk—heck, we never knew anyone who lived in a house … Continue reading

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On Second Thought: Spicy glass noodle salad

If you have the time, watch this Anthony Bourdain episode featuring Thailand and Pok Pok’s chef/owner, Andy Ricker. Sorry about the distorted form. Well, maybe Portland is worth the trouble, Pok Pok certainly was. If Seattle is a Puget Sound … Continue reading

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