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
4:17 am
Wed October 31, 2012

Make your own fancy-schmancy sea salt caramels

Drowning in this stuff would not be a bad way to go.
Simplyrecipes.com

Dick and Nancy get all caramellow.

For years I assumed that the word caramel came from the name of the first celebrity chef, Marie-Antoine Careme, A.K.A the King of Chefs and the Chef of Kings. 

But no, it's just a corruption of the medieval Latin for sugar cane, cannamellis. Though I love them dearly I've never attempted to make my own caramels. But I know someone who has ...

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Food for Thought
4:00 am
Wed October 24, 2012

Make your own preserved lemons

Most of what you need to make your own preserved lemons.
Stein The Corporation for Refrigerated Saxophones

In this week's culinary adventure Nancy Leson and I chat about our canning projects.  Balsamic jams for her and preserved lemons for me.   Preserved lemons give a powerful jolt of flavor. 

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Food for thought
4:00 am
Wed October 17, 2012

Mile high birthday bash

That's us a mile above the Methow.
Kurt Oakley Morning Glory Balloon Tours

In this week's Food for Thought Nancy Leson and I talk about favorite venues for birthday bashes.  My birthday was double-10 day, October 10th -- a birthday I share with both Thelonious Monk and Dorothy Lamour, who once told me "There ain't room enough in this sarong for the two of us."

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Apples
4:00 am
Wed October 10, 2012

The shocking truth about Granny Smith

The real Granny Smith (seated).
Wikipedia

Yes, there actually was a Granny Smith.  That's her right above.  But she was not (gasp) an American.

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Food for Thought
4:00 am
Wed October 3, 2012

Here's lookin' at you, squid

Nancy says hello to her little friend.
Stein Set design by C. Degroot

Nancy Leson is back in the saddle again. After months spent in lady-of-leisure mode (I can just hear her outraged snort) Nance is back  doing a weekly column for The Times. In this week's FfT she talks about her new job and about a Pink Door recipe for squid she gave her own twist to.

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Food for thought
4:00 am
Wed September 26, 2012

Asian Tofu cookbook a Nguyen/Nguyen deal

Dried tofu sheets for tofu chicharrones.
Stein

This week's Food for Thought is part two of our chat with Andrea Nguyen, author of the terrific new cookbook Asian Tofu, hence the dreadful pun above. Nancy and I usually get a fair number of comments to our Food for Thoughts post. But last week's Part One brought this response.  So it's time to walk on the wild side.

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Food for Thought
4:30 am
Wed September 19, 2012

The definitive tofu cookbook is here

The Tofu Firm of Stein, Nguyen and Leson.
Bellamy Pailthorp KPLU

I blame the hippies. If it weren't for concoctions like Tofu Chili Surprise and other abominations maybe so many Americans wouldn't turn up their noses at tofu. I've always believed that the only legitimate context for the stuff is in Asian cooking.  

In Andrea Nguyen's terrific new cookbook, Asian Tofu, that's right where she puts it. Full disclosure:

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Food for Thought
7:30 am
Wed September 12, 2012

Tricks and tips for home bakers

Time to crank out a few of these
Thefreshloaf.com

Now that the weather is finally cooling off it's time to crank up the oven.  In this week's Food for Thought,  Seattle Times food writer Nancy Leson and I share a few favorite baking maneuvers.

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Food for Thought
7:36 am
Wed September 5, 2012

Supermarket self-check: Raising convenience or blood pressure?

zazzle.com

Definitely the BP in my case but I'm a confirmed Luddite, anyway.   I can be accused of malfeasance right at home by my wife.  I don't need to go to the supermarket to hear it from a snooty machine.

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Food for Thought
4:30 am
Wed August 29, 2012

Finding feasts in your freezer

Nancy's Sri Lankan beef curry.
Nancy Leson

Of course there will be no feast to find unless you put one in.  The feast my Food for Thought pard Nancy Leson likes to store is her Sri Lankan Beef Curry.  The picture above shows the results, and it looks pretty good to me.  Why don't we all give it a try?  Here's  the recipe.

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Food for thought
4:30 am
Wed August 22, 2012

Restaurant openings are not always so grand

Freeclipart.com

Even for some of our favorite activities the first time is not necessarily the best time.  Restaurants are no exception.  Especially when you stop to think about how much there is to go wrong.

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Food for thought
4:00 am
Wed August 15, 2012

Cooking gifts for newlyweds

The little man on the wedding cake celebrates to excess..
Guzer.com

Seattle Times food writer and my Food for Thought co-conspirator  Nancy Leson is just back from the windy city where she attended a big fat wedding.   She points out that these days there's a bit of a problem in giving cooking-related wedding gifts.  Here's why.

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Food for thought
4:30 am
Wed August 8, 2012

What's shakin' is bacon!

The impossible dream.

It's a bacon renaissance. The stuff's in everything from milkshakes to chocolate to bourbon whiskey. Just Google "new uses for bacon" and you'll see. There are innumerable sites devoted to all things bacon. Including one called Mr. Bacon Pants, a concept with some intriguing possibilities. 

And now in the interest of full disclosure, I confess:

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Food for Thought
4:30 am
Wed August 1, 2012

Edmonds farmers market puts bite on dogs

Nancy's Mya-Kai sips a frosty muttini.
Nate McCarthy Wereteens of Edmonds

Nancy's pretty let down about this. Not so much that she can't bring her own but that she won't get to watch the dogs others bring.  In Seattle dogs are allowed at some farmers markets and banned at others.  

Here's a list: Farmers markets in Washington make their own rules.

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Food for Thought
4:30 am
Wed July 25, 2012

Having fun at farmers' markets

From Nancy's local Edmonds farmers market.
Nancy Leson

Well, Nancy has fun. Sometimes I get a little freaked when hemmed in by a farmers' market crowd. You know –  potato panic. Arugula anxiety. 

But my Food for Thought pard Nancy Leson loves s nothing better than immersing herself in the mob of happy food grazers at farmer's markets in the Seattle area.

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