Food

Food for Thought
5:00 am
Wed October 16, 2013

What's the Difference Between Apple Juice and Apple Cider?

The press Nancy used to make her own backyard cider.
Nancy Leson

Nancy ciderizes an abundance of apples.

Near as I can figure out, the only difference is that fresh cider isn't filtered. It's brown and cloudy instead of brown and clear. Nancy just made some in the rig pictured above. 

In this week's episode, she lists just some of the many varieties of eating apples available around here right now.  But Americans didn't always grow apples to eat.

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Food for Thought
5:00 am
Wed October 9, 2013

Nancy Leson Threw a Dinner Party and All I Got was This Can of...

From the Archie McPhee guy -- one of Nancy's guests
Dick Stein

Big fun at Nancy's dinner party.

OK, I admit it. I'm not big on throwing dinner parties. But Nancy Leson sure is, and in this week's Food for Thought adventure, she tells all about her last one. I must admit I'm envious. But at least I got those swell bandages.   

Here's a recipe for just one of the enticing dishes she served.

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Food for Thought
5:00 am
Wed October 2, 2013

Waiting for a Table

The line around 1 pm on a Saturday at Paseo's in Fremont
Heather W. Yelp.com

So how long would you be willing to stand on line for a table at a popular restaurant? Ten minutes? A half hour? Longer? Not KPLU’s Dick Stein, as he tells Seattle Times food writer Nancy Leson on today’s Food for Thought.

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Food for Thought
5:00 am
Wed September 25, 2013

Tom Douglas Did Not Disparage My Mother's Meatloaf

Tom Douglas in front of his Lola restaurant.
Nancy Leson

...Even though he should have. When I described her recipe on my old Jazz Kitchen feature, he swallowed hard and forced a  smile and an "...interesting." Then we both cracked up. 

And now, the authentic eat-it-if-you-dare recipe.

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Food for Thought
5:00 am
Wed September 18, 2013

To Peel a Whole Head of Garlic, Just Shake it Up, Baby!

After 30 seconds of shaking, this garlic bulb is mostly peeled
Nancy Leson

Nancy shares Martha Stewart's trick for peeling a whole head of garlic.

This week, Nancy Leson demonstrates Martha Stewart's clever method for peeling a whole head of garlic.  Nothing could be simpler. And not only is it easy and fun, it (wait for it...) really, really works!

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Food for Thought
5:00 am
Wed September 11, 2013

Plied (with) Green Tomatoes

Nancy's (mostly) green tomatoes
Nancy Leson

Nancy makes Dick eat her green tomato preserves.

I like everything made from tomatoes.  I just don't like the tomatoes themselves.  Or anything containing identifiable parts of them. 

Yet when Nancy Leson plied me with some of the  green tomato relish she'd made, I had to admit I liked it.  

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Food for Thought
5:00 am
Wed September 4, 2013

She Sings the Cookbook Electric

Before: Nancy arranges ingredients for Lark Restaurant's Manila clams.
Nancy Leson

Nancy and dick discuss paper vs electronic formats for cookbooks

This  Food for Thought installment is half about on-screen cookbooks and their various apps and half about clams.  In dreaming up a headline I started with Do Clamoids Dream of Electric... but that was as far as I could get. Which may be just as well. 

Anyway, Nance thinks that cooking from a screen is the way to go.  Even if  you don't agree, but you do like clams, read on.... 

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apples by delivery
1:54 pm
Wed August 28, 2013

Recent WSU Grads Offer Weekly Apple Delivery Service to Offices

Apple-A-Day's recent college grad owners Danielle LaRiviere, left, and Lexi Schmidt.
Anna King

We’ve all been there. You’re hungry. You want something good, but there’s no time. You hit the vending machine for sugar or salt.

Two recent Washington State University graduates want to change that. They've launched an urban apple delivery service called Apple-A-Day, and it’s taking off.

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Food for Thought
11:03 am
Wed August 28, 2013

And the Haiku Contest Winnahs Are...!

From left to right, Mike Yanega, Dick Stein, Stephanie Fisher, Nancy Leson, Jody Dills.

Thanks to all who contributed an amazing 481 haiku to the contest. There were so many clever and inventive entries that Nancy and I are gladder than ever that we didn’t have to judge. But you did.

Here are the top three:

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Foodf for Thought
5:00 am
Wed August 21, 2013

Stein to Leson: Fig-geddaboudit!

Urban fig farmer Bill Farhat.
Nancy Leson

I won't even go near a Fig Newton, but Nancy loves them so much she even makes her own as seen in the second picture above.  

I'd always thought that other than my ex's potted Ficus, figs only grew in the Middle East. Who knew that a-figianados of the fruit were cultivating them right here in the Pacific Northwest.  Everyone, apparently, but me.

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washington wine
8:01 pm
Mon August 19, 2013

Northwest Winemakers Ready for ‘Intense’ Vintage

Vineyard manager Dick Boushey.
Anna King

Wine grapes throughout the Northwest are ripening faster this year because of the hot dry summer. Vineyard managers and winemakers are preparing for a breakneck harvest over the next few weeks—that is, if it stays warm.

This year, eastern Washington had record-setting heat in July, while Oregon had consistently warm weather. Growers throughout the Northwest are hoping for cooler temperatures so the grapes don’t race to ripeness.

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Food for Thought
10:26 am
Wed August 14, 2013

Nancy Wishes She Had More Space for Dishes

Nancy's kitchen dish cabinet
Nancy Leson

Nancy scores a yard sale cabinet for her Desert Rose

For some folks, a dish is just the landing pad you sling the hash onto.  Not so for Nancy Leson.

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Food for Thought
5:00 am
Wed August 7, 2013

Cold Food, Hot Contest

Welcome to my 'fridge. L-R: Half-Sours, pickled radish, preserved lemon, pickled shitakes.
Stein

Cold soup, cold pickles and the hot new Food for Thought haiku contest.

With hot weather comes cold food. In this episode of Food for Thought, Nancy Leson offers a cold soup made with grapes, cream cheese and cucumbers among other things. I talk about those pickles up there. But wait—there's more! Be very excited because you're just...

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Food for Thought
5:00 am
Wed August 7, 2013

Food for Thought Haiku Contest

Justin Steyer KPLU

WHAT'S A HAIKU?

A haiku is a 17 syllable verse form in three lines of five, seven, and five syllables, respectively.  The opening lyric to Moonlight in Vermont, a hit song with lyrics that don’t rhyme,  is a haiku:

Pennies in a stream
Falling leaves of sycamore
Moonlight in Vermont.

HOW DO I ENTER?

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Food for Thought
5:35 am
Wed July 31, 2013

Seattle Chefs, Eateries Featured in Novels

Nancy poses with her suggestion for me should I disdain her novel reccos.
Some guy. Some Guy Photos

Nancy Leson talks about some novels which mention Seattle area chefs and restaurants.

My Food for Thought co-conspirator Nancy Leson says that Seattle restaurants and chefs are mentioned in quite a few of the novels she's read recently. Not surprisingly, Tom Douglas and his restaurants are mentioned in several.

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