Category Archives: Rants and Raves

Cooking without fire

If you received this new post as an email from Marla in the Kitchen, listen to The Doors by clicking on the post title, “Cooking without fire.” You’ll be redirected to the blog’s website where YouTube videos can be played. … Continue reading

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Keep Tacoma feared: Torchy’s Queso

If you are a subscriber and receive this blog via an email from Marla in the Kitchen, to listen to Neko Case sing about her hometown Tacoma, click on the post title and you’ll be directed to the blog’s website. Google … 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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“Lawn, it’s the new fur”, Southern California’s water wars

If you receive this post via your email and want to watch these two videos about water, separated by 69 years, click on the post title, “Lawn, it’s the new fur*” Sons of the Pioneers, 1947 Tuneyards, 2016 *Fur phrase … Continue reading

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Come Fly With Me: Cream of tomato soup

The check-in line at Bush International snaked up and down security cattle chutes, past the restrooms, and into the terminal corridor. Surrounded by baggage-laden, disgruntled, would-be travelers nudging their bags along with their feet I wondered, when did flying stop … Continue reading

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Houston: A Tiger by the tail

Houston, we have been sprung. The project is over, the rental car has been turned in, the keys to the apartment are on the table, and we have closed the door.  Hunter Thompson once wrote, “Houston is a cruel, crazy town … Continue reading

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Texas Justice

Since we’ve been in Houston, I’ve driven mostly in the swankier parts of town—Rice Village, Bellaire, the Museum District, Braeswood—with brick houses as big as a church, beautiful old trees, and manicured green hedges, with seldom a soul in sight.  … Continue reading

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“Keep Houston Ugly”

In 1982 Missing Persons sang, “Nobody walks in LA.” Los Angeles has long been criticized for being a city on wheels—you must have a car to survive. But…not necessarily true. There’s an efficient 100-mile rail system that includes connections from … Continue reading

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Over fifty and fabulous

If you receive this blog via email, to listen and watch the video below while reading, just click on the post title. A Huffpost columnist recently wrote that ageism is the last acceptable prejudice and I couldn’t agree more. This … Continue reading

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Best of Show: Creamy Chicken Chili

Everyone else makes up end-of-year lists, so here are mine. Favorites of the year: Musical group: Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats, thanks Ginny and Andrew. Check out their “Howling at Nothing” video too…impossibly cool. If you receive the posts … Continue reading

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