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 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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Food for Thought
4:30 am
Wed July 18, 2012

Does Yelp help? Or is it pointless whining?

The few survivors of this year's crop.
Stein Stein Software and Garlic Management Associates

I read my first Yelp restaurant review this past weekend and I'm pretty sure it'll be my last. So many of the posts were so whiny that they weren't even as amusing as those really dumb Netflix Member Reviews.

You know the ones ...

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Food for Thought
4:30 am
Wed July 11, 2012

Nautical Nancy goes cruisin'

Street hawker fare in Ensenada. Nancy's favorite meal from the cruise was on dry land.
Nancy Leson

My Food for Thought Co-conspirator Nancy Leson, previously a happy land lubber, was recently cajoled into a trip to Mexico on one of those giant cruise ships.  The good news?  The tales of heroic eating you've heard are true.  The not so good news?  

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

The best-ever way to slice a hot dog!

Easy to do and fun to eat, the spiral cut hot dog is a real weiner.
Huffington Post

"How could I  not have known about this?"  My Food for Thought pard Nancy Leson echoed the very words I had thought when I discovered the Spiral Cut hot-dog.   It's not only cool,  it's so easy to do. 

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Food for Thought
4:30 am
Wed June 27, 2012

Seattle gets drastic on plastic

Always on my desk: The KPLU tote. Big enough to hold a Major Award.
Stein

Seattle's ban on (some) plastic bags starts July 1st. Seattleites will still be able to get paper bags at the checkout at a nickel a shot for the big ones.  Or do what any smart KPLU'er would –

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Food for Thought
4:30 am
Wed June 20, 2012

Hugs and kisses for XO Sauce -- the Mommy of all umami

XO sauce ingredients
Nancy Leson

Nancy and I love this incredibly flavorful Chinese condiment but we don't love the price. Besides, it's always more fun to make your own. There's no shortage of recipes.

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Food for Thought
4:30 am
Wed June 13, 2012

For great hot weather eating use your (cold) noodle

From Margaret Gin's Regional Cooking of China.
Stein

If you've never had them the idea of cold noodles might not sound too appetizing.  But just take a look at that recipe up there. Why do you think it's so ragged and stained? From multiple uses, that's how. 

I've had it memorized for years but I thought it would be fun to break it out once more so you could see. Click through all the photos and then keep reading – because I've got some good tips for you on how to make it.

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Food
4:30 am
Wed June 6, 2012

What's your food phobia?

I do not like it, Pigaloot. I do not like no kind of fruit.
J. Henslee KPLU

Everybody doesn't like some kind of chow that almost everybody else loves. Me, I'm horrified by fruit. That's baffled and bemused everyone around me lo these years. But even I was surprised when some KPLU staffers revealed their food terrors to me.

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Food for Thought
4:00 am
Wed May 30, 2012

Home made Beef on Weck: First, what is it?

Stein

Over the years I've received numerous emails from listeners who rhapsodize over the Beef on Weck sandwich of upstate New York . Last week's "favorite foods of memory"  installment brought yet another mention so I decided I'd make my own. Step one was finding out exactly what a Beef on Weck is.

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Food for Thought
4:30 am
Wed May 23, 2012

When recipes go wrong

The heartbreak of souffleitis.
The health care blog

Don't blame yourself. It is absolutely not your  fault. After all, you could never make a mistake. Could you?

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Food for Thought
4:15 am
Wed May 16, 2012

The hoagie that looked better than it was

The heartbreak of bad bread - Looked great, tasted terrible.
Nancy Leson

My Food for Thought co-conspirator Nancy Leson has been tormenting me with pics of all the great food she's been scarfing on the east coast.   What lovely schadenfreude I enjoyed upon  learning that the sandwich pictured above was awful.  The bummer was the bread.

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Food for Thought
4:30 am
Wed May 9, 2012

Give peas a chance!

The snow peas I'm planting this weekend. The vines make as good eating as the pods. Click for this week's GarlicCam.
Stein

I'm planting mine – the ones  pictured above – this very weekend. Actually they're Chinese-style Snow Peas.  My wife, the L&T Cheryl DeGroot refuses to eat the little round ones. 

Which is too bad because besides being delicious and versatile peas are really good for you.

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Food for Thought
4:30 am
Wed May 2, 2012

Fry your pizza like they do in Micronesia

Stein

Full disclosure: I don't know whether or not they fry their pizzas in Micronesia. I just wanted a rhyming headline and I liked "Micronesia" better than "Spinal Anesthesia."* Who wouldn't? 

Anyway, they have  been deep-frying pizzas in Europe.  Now the fad has moved stateside.

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

The right way to load the dishwasher

The official KPLU Radio Dishwasher.
Nancy Leson

One of the most common flash points of domestic bickering is the optimum method for loading a dishwasher.

And now I'm admitting to my wife, the  Lovely & Talented Cheryl DeGroot, right here on the World Wide Web that I was  – arghhh!  wrong and she was  – gackkk!!... right.  But only about the dishwasher.  I think I've been right about everything else.  For years.  Anyway...

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Food for Thought
4:30 am
Wed April 18, 2012

Dine alone and love it

All that's missing is something good to read -- preferably a cookbook.
Cheryl DeGroot

I do. In fact I was pretty surprised to learn that many people are uncomfortable when dining alone in public. I can't imagine why. I enjoy unaccompanied ingestion for lots of reasons.

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