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What To Do When You're Stove-less In Tacoma

7/18/2018
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It was like when you've left the caps lock on in Word, only it was streaming across the touchscreen on my kitchen range. Err loctUrnoff sUrfacebUrneRs accompanied by frantic beeping. I expected a dAanger wIll rObinson any moment.

Duration:00:03:59

One Cheez-It to Rule Them All

7/11/2018
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Nancy was on jury duty this week and couldn't record. Here's one of our favorites from yesteryear. At the conclusion of last week's Food for Thought, I bragged to Nancy Leson that I would create a cheese cracker the size of a Long Playing Record sleeve in my home oven. "I'm talkin' about the big Corellian Cheez-Its now" I told her. Thanks to pastry chef Stella Parks' BraveTart blog I can declare "mission accomplished!"

Duration:00:03:37

A July Fourth Restaurant Kitchen Sing-Along

7/4/2018
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Before Nancy and I teamed up 12 years ago (!) I did a tw- year series of food features called Jazz Kitchen. A lot of it was actually useful information, interviews, etc. Other times I indulged my sillier side with shows about Nuclear Fuel Rod Chicken, The Trouble with Toasters, Aliens in the Fridge, my days delivering liquor to a house of ill fame, and lots more. For this Independence Day week, I wanted to share a Jazz Kitchen about a July Fourth sing-along with some recent arrivals from...

Duration:00:03:40

Siblings' Food Memories Don't Always Match

6/27/2018
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Food memories are no more reliable than any others. I learned that this week after an email exchange with my sister, Debbie. Deb's been binge listening to Food for Thought and wrote to chat about a recent one in which I mentioned my childhood experience shopping for live chickens with my mother. She thinks I'm imagining it.

Duration:00:03:51

Food For Thought's Favorite Store-Bought Treats In Jars

6/20/2018
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In this week's FfT, Nancy Leson and I talk about stuff we like in jars and bottles. Nancy hails the abundance of fresh fruit and vegetables at farmers markets. But when it comes to preserves and condiments her favorites are on supermarket shelves.

Duration:00:03:56

Nancy Leson Mentors a Young Restaurant Critic

6/13/2018
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When I told Stein that Teddy Kolios, a high school senior, asked me to be a mentor for his senior project, Stein laughed. “Is he sure that he’s thought that all the way through? ” Of course he had. After all, as I reminded Stein, with 20 years of food writing and restaurant criticism (literally) under my belt: I’m a legend in my own mind!

Duration:00:03:51

Biscuits, BBQ, and Cheerwine: Nancy In North Carolina

6/6/2018
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Nancy Leson 's back from babysitting her eight-week old grand niece in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. But it wasn't all power tools and free weights for Nancy and niece. She also found time to food shop and pack down some Carolina BBQ. First, the shopping.

Duration:00:03:30

Nancy's Instant Pot And Other Kitchen Calamities

5/30/2018
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Nancy Leson 's wild romance with the Instant Pot grew too steamy for husband Mac to tolerate. "Every time you vent that thing it's taking the paint off the ceiling. " Solution: Put the pot on the gas stove where the big overhead hood can catch the steam. What could go wrong?

Duration:00:03:56

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