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Reuse Plastic Wrap? Really?

5/23/2018
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I try to get any piece of aluminum foil, paper towel or parchment paper to give its all. In this Food for Thought, I tell Nancy Leson how many uses I got from one piece of plastic wrap. I was proud. She was disgusted.

Duration:00:04:04

From Wire Spools To Hand-Crafted Wood: Stein and Nancy Talk Tables

5/16/2018
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We'd been thinking about replacing our wobbly, tippy old dining table for years but never cared enough to really go looking. And then: "I found it!" the Lovely and Talented Cheryl Degroot announced. A nice old solid oak dining table in perfect condition with two extra leaves at Goodwill. DG rightly prides herself as the queen of thrift store bargain hunters, but this one surpassed even her high standards for low prices.

Duration:00:03:59

Best Chili Oil Ever

5/9/2018
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I'd never heard of Chili Crisp until recently, but Laoganma (Old Godmother) brand Chili Crisp is a Big Thing. In fact the Laoganma brand is the top-selling line of chili oils and sauces in China and is rapidly gaining a large following as the cult condiment de jour here in the states.

Duration:00:04:07

Double Diner Discoveries

5/2/2018
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On our way to the ferry in Anacortes, DeGroot and I stopped for breakfast at a place recommended to us the night before – Dad's Diner A-Go-Go . Co-owner Fletcher McLean greeted us warmly and pointed to the chalkboard menu, saying "Or just tell me what you want and we'll make it happen."

Duration:00:03:54

How To Stay Safe In The Kitchen

4/25/2018
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This encore Food for Thought originally aired August 31, 2016 Wrong-way handles and high-altitude deep fat drops are just a few of the kitchen safety topics Nancy "Band-aids are a girl's best friend" Leson and I took up on this week's Food for Thought. All that and more -- plus a genius method for threading meat onto kebab skewers.

Duration:00:03:46

'Bread Illustrated' Bake Off

4/18/2018
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Nancy Leson and I love to bake our own breads and often enjoy weekend baking projects. Recently we both picked up the America's Test Kitchen Bread Illustrated book and decided we'd each make a recipe or two from it and report back to you.

Duration:00:03:53

The Many Mixers Of Nancy Leson

4/11/2018
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We got so much response to last week's Instant Pot show that this week we're talking about other electric gizmos we love in our kitchen. Nancy Leson , who has never seen a thrift store KitchenAid Mixer she didn't want (especially if it's red) has at least four.

Duration:00:03:49

Instant Pot: Nancy Welcomes Her New Multicooker Overlord

4/4/2018
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I blame Stein. For months he’s been insisting we do a show on the Instant Pot. This , from the guy who didn’t even own a rice cooker until I gave him one for a recent birthday.

Duration:00:04:08

Spatchcock, Baby, Spatchcock!

3/28/2018
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During our recent successfully concluded (thank you very much!) spring fund drive, Nancy Leson and I asked listeners for Food for Thought topics. First one over the e-transom came from Tom who wanted to know if we preferred to roast our chickens whole or spatchcocked. I said "spatchcocked!" I love to say that word. Give it a try and you will, too. What does spatchcock mean? Probably not what you think.

Duration:00:03:58

The Call Of Cauliflower

3/21/2018
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Looks like cauliflower is the new kale. For a guy who always loved both, it's annoying to be seen as subscribing to a food trend. On the other hand, I'm not giving the stuff up just because it got fashionable.

Duration:00:04:01

Try These Cool Kitchen Hacks

3/14/2018
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Nancy Leson thought it was just about the coolest thing she ever saw – a knife stand made of closely packed wooden skewers at Ono Poke in Edmonds . I pointed out it is a better use than watching them char and crumble over hot coals and suggested a skewering alternative. Which sent us off on a few of our favorite kitchen hacks. You'll find some here and some in the audio –including a trick for a crisper shrimp, using the cardboard in a roll of paper towels to store Ziplocs, the best way to...

Duration:00:04:01

Kiddie Food Memories

3/7/2018
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In this week’s Food for Thought, Nancy Leson and I dredged up our earliest memories of food. Nancy recalls wolfing an entire stick of butter. I tell how years later I learned what my grandmother’s “special” soup was really made of. All that plus shopping for live chickens, Nancy’s lima bean phobia, wax flakes in the milk and collapsing straws in this week’s Early Food Memories show.

Duration:00:03:59

The Case For Closed Kitchens

2/28/2018
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A recent Annals of Gastronomy column by Sadie Stein (no relation) in the New Yorker made the case against today's fashionable open kitchens. Both Nancy Leson and I were in complete agreement. When we're cooking we vant...to be...alone.

Duration:00:03:51

How 'Hippie Food' Changed The Way We Eat

2/21/2018
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"Stein, were you a hippy?" Nancy asked. Well, I had the hair then (sigh) but no interest in the food. Which led us straight into a discussion of '70s longhair cuisine. Jonathan Kauffman's new book Hippie Food is a fascinating history of how the counterculture back then changed the way we eat today.

Duration:00:04:18

Lunar New Year Eclipses Valentine's Day For Leson & Stein

2/14/2018
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"Happy emotional extortion day," I told Nancy Leson. As you might guess,neither of us care much about Valentine's. But we sure are stoked about Lunar New Year. The Year of the Dog begins Friday and lasts through March 2. Food is a big part of Lunar NY celebrations, and today there are more resources than ever to teach you how to prepare it. Naturally, Nancy the Mom couldn't help but talk up her son's Asian cooking abilities.

Duration:00:04:09

Nancy Puts Beer IN Her Pizza

2/7/2018
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She’s at it again. Nancy Leson swears you can have good-to-go pizza crust in just one hour. Of course I think she’s delusional but I’m too diplomatic to say it. Oh, wait – no I’m not.

Duration:00:04:14

Stein's Week Of Cooking Madness

1/31/2018
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I took a few days off from the station and ran wild in the kitchen last week. I made pizza, steamed ribs, roast duck, duck soup, bagels, rye bread, an ill-fated lambstrami, and a glorious batch of supercrisp oven baked wings. Recipes and a notes below.

Duration:00:04:08

Nancy Cries: "So Long, Sushi"

1/24/2018
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"Stein, I am devastated," The cause of Nancy Leson's massive mope? The Maldon Sea Salt factory closed? Oysters actually do know what's happening to them? Or did she discover the true content of the bestseller To Serve Man? Nope. What it was, was... well, let's let Nancy tell it.

Duration:00:03:48

Nancy's Enamored of Enamelware

1/17/2018
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"Stein, some women spend money on shoes and jewelry. I buy pots." And Nancy Leson has the cookware to prove it.

Duration:00:03:54

Gumbo & Biscuits Mess With Success

1/10/2018
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All I had to do was tell Nancy Leson I'd made a pot of gumbo, and right away she's saying her husband Mac's is better. Even though... Even Though ... she's never even tasted mine. Come to think of it, I've never tasted Mac's, either. There's a gumbo throw down brewing but it'll probably have to wait til next year. And of course it's really all just a matter of personal taste. I doubt that in the history of the world any two people ever made gumbo in exactly the same way. Besides, this Food...

Duration:00:03:32

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