Dick Stein

Midday Jazz Host

Dick Stein has been with KPLU since January, 1992. His duties include hosting the morning jazz show and co-hosting and producing the Food for Thought feature with the Seattle Times’ Nancy Leson. He was writer and director of the three Jimmy Jazzoid live radio musical comedies and 100 episodes of Jazz Kitchen. Previous occupations include the USAF, radio call-in show host, country, classical and top-40 DJ, chimney sweep, window washer and advertising copywriter.

His most memorable KPLU moment: Peeling Alien life form from Erin Hennessey’s face after it leapt at her from the biohazard refrigerator he picked up cheap for the station at an FDA garage sale. Dick is married to nationally noted metalsmith, jewelry designer and cowgirl “Calamity” Cheryl DeGroot.

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Food For Thought
4:30 am
Wed June 15, 2011

Blueprint for conviviality

Graham Baba Architects' rendering of Guoco's red tile kitchen.
Nancy Leson

A happy restaurant experience comes from a combination of food,  people and  place.  While all that can come together as a lucky accident, more often it's the result of careful planning.

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Food for Thought
6:30 am
Wed June 8, 2011

Who knew a trip to the market would become...

Photo and design by Justin Steyer KPLU

She was bronzed, glistening and gorgeous beneath the merciless lights and I  knew she could be mine -- all mine -- for a lousy $5.95.  I had just one question. 

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Food for Thought
6:03 am
Wed June 1, 2011

Say howdy to hash on Capitol Hill

The Corned beef hash & eggs at the Skillet Diner
Nancy Leson

History records the nation's first diner as a horse-drawn lunch wagon in 1870s Providence, R.I.

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Food for Thought
4:01 am
Wed May 25, 2011

Choose your poisson

Alaska King Salmon
Nancy Leson

Hope I'm not getting all touchy-eely and making a bass of myself but before I clam up and call for kelp I should point out that if you tuna in to this Food for Thought you'll be herring all about...

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Food
4:00 am
Wed May 18, 2011

Wonderfully weighty won tons

I was eager to hear all about the fabulous high-end chow I knew Nancy Leson had been scarfing in New York City's hottest dining spots. Instead we took a detour to Jersey. You got a problem wit dat?

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Food for Thought
4:00 am
Wed May 11, 2011

Cannibal women in the avocado jungle of death!

Innocent Persea americana or fiendish snare?
Google images

I admit it! That headline has little to do with this segment but I was stumped for something socko about today's avocado green Food for Thought. Then KPLU's All Things Considered host Dave Meyer dropped by...

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Food for Thought
6:30 am
Wed May 4, 2011

Microwave makes it eggactly right

Nicely nuked by Nancy.
Seattle Times

Here's how to show an egg who's boss without ever turning on your stove.

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Food for Thought
1:01 am
Wed April 27, 2011

Smacznego!

Margaret's dinner.
Trace Cooper

You can hear me attempt to pronounce that headline at the end of this Food for Thought. It's the Polish for Bon Appetit, literally "eat well" and we certainly did.

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Food for Thought
4:30 am
Wed April 20, 2011

One week, two holidays for Nancy

Eat the feet first so he can't run.
Williams-Sonoma

Wouldn't it be great to have chocolate Easter octopuses instead of bunnies?

Just think -- eight legs to bite off  instead of just a couple of measly ears.   But of course we're not talking about dessert today.  Today we're talking about main course holiday eating for  Passover and Easter.

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Food for Thought
4:45 am
Wed April 13, 2011

Nancy's crepe-shot

It was time to cut the crepe
Seattle Times

What kind of kid prefers crepes to pop tarts for breakfast? 

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Food for Thought
4:33 am
Wed March 30, 2011

Wit Whiz?

What we're talkin' about.
Nancy Leson

The headlined question can be further refined -- and refined is the word -- to "Light, Tex-Mex, Salsa Con Queso, or Italia?"

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Food for Thought
4:30 am
Wed March 23, 2011

Vegetarian? "Thass easy for you to say..."

Dick clicks with his celery stick
KPLU

It's a giant veg-out!

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Food for Thought
4:15 am
Wed March 16, 2011

For a good time call John Pizzarelli

John Pizzarelli having a ball along with his audience at the KPLU studios.
KPLU

And for good eats call his Aunt Vera.

What a great time Nancy and I had hanging out with Pizzarelli and talking about food, food movies and his aunt Vera's cooking -- immortalized in song in this segment.  One of the food movies we discussed, Big Night, about an Italian restaurant in the '50s, features a deliriously over the top multi-course feast prepared for an expected visit from Louis Prima. 

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Food for Thought
5:14 am
Wed March 9, 2011

John Pizzarelli's box lunch serenade

The man just can't stop entertaining
KPLU

The only difference between John Pizzarelli and a real ham is...

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Food for Thought
1:24 pm
Wed March 2, 2011

Ugliest cooking pot winner

Dick Stein presents prize to Tina Koch (pulling-the Big Red Switch). Cick on photo and scroll to see her winning entry.
KPLU

And the winner is...

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