Category Archives: Restaurants

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

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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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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Quick and easy: Avocado toast, Kimchee rice, Tomato sandwich

“We may lose and we may win, but we’ll never be here again”. Here’s thinking of you, Ted. If you receive this blog via email, view the below video by clicking on this week’s blog post title. Michael Roberts, 1980s … Continue reading

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