Category Archives: Restaurants

Places I’ve eaten in, worked in, or read about.

Sparkly whites and a new restaurant: Border Grill chilaquiles

In March 1985, during my shift at Stratton’s Grill, Dennis yelled, “Marla, phone’s for you.” No one had ever called me at work before, so it was with some trepidation that I went into the office.  “This is Susan Feniger. … Continue reading

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Timely wimey, wibbily wobbily stuff: Pan-fried oysters

If you receive this new post via an email from Marla in the Kitchen, listen to the following videos by clicking on the post title, “Timey, wimey”, etc. You’ll be redirected to the blog’s website where the YouTube videos can … 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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Sound Food, it was the village: Spaghetti sauce, Creamy lemon dressing

Click on the post title to hear the Byrds’, Turn, Turn, Turn. In 1972, Vashon Island was undiscovered and incidental—the 7,000 full-time residents were farmers, commuters, hippies, or local business people. So, when an idle wife and a work-from-home husband showed … Continue reading

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The Buddha and me: Buddha bowl with quinoa

If you receive this blog via your email and would like to listen to the video and see the header picture, click on the post title and you will go to the blog website. When I took a Comparative Religions … 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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Pursuing the Pupusa: Salsa Roja

“Always stand in the longest food line.” In 2010, after waiting fifteen minutes under a spring sun at the Des Moines Saturday Farmers Market, we were rewarded with a hot, cheesy, crispy, juicy, pupusa with curtido and spicy red sauce. Don’t think … Continue reading

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Ya Deyni! Lebanese food from the heart: Imjudadah

If you receive this post via email, click on the post title, “Ya Deyni! Lebanese food from the heart”, to watch the video below while reading.   In third grade, I was convinced that I was adopted. Maybe I belonged … 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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