Food

Food for Thought
6:02 am
Wed November 17, 2010

Not mellow about Jell-O

What's wrong with Jell-O? Nothing, says food commentator Nancy Leson. Plenty, accoridng to Dick Stein.
Nancy Leson photo.

It shakes, it shimmies, sometimes it's got marshmallows in it. It's that wiggly dessert Seattle Times food writer Nancy Leson recently rhapsodized about in her blog.  But KPLU's Dick Stein is a fellow who's not so mellow about Jell-O.

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Food for Thought
5:20 pm
Mon October 18, 2010

Food for Thought: Those Good 'n Greasy Burgers

Dick's Drive-In on Broadway, in Seattle's Capitol Hill neighborhood, on a recent Saturday afternoon.
Photo by Gary Davis/KPLU

Seattle Times food writer Nancy Leson and KPLU's Dick Stein get good n' greasy as they attempt and fail to exercise ground beef control in this installment of Food for Thought.

  

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Recipe
12:00 am
Fri January 1, 2010

McNance’s Baked Scotch Quail Eggs

Ingredients:

  • 1 package of quail eggs (available at Asian supermarkets everywhere), hard-boiled
  • 1 pound of Italian bulk sausage (spicy or mild, you decide)
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups fine breadcrumbs
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • water, for dipping

Preparation:

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12:00 am
Fri January 1, 2010

Sausage and Blue-cheese Stuffed Peaches

(Serves 6-12)

Ingredients:

  • 6 large firm ripe peaches
  • 1/2 pound spicy Italian bulk sausage (or mild Italian sausage, if you prefer)
  • 1/3 cup crumbled blue cheese (Gorgonzola is a good choice)

Preparation

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12:00 am
Fri January 1, 2010

Mac's Chutney-Based Salmon Glaze

This simple preparation -- a standard in my house -- and one Mac's been making since he landed in Washington over 30 years ago. The glaze doesn't overwhelm the salmon and does wonders keeping the fish from drying out. This recipe is enough to glaze four salmon fillets (or half a medium-size salmon). Mac suggests keeping the skin on and grilling the fish covered, skin-side down.

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12:00 am
Fri January 1, 2010

Baking Day Chicken

from The Italian Country Table

by Lynne Rosetto Kasper

Ingredients

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12:00 am
Fri January 1, 2010

Rosemary Olive Rolls

(approximately two dozen rolls)

Note from Nancy: If you’ve got a standing mixer, this is a breeze. And it’s pretty easy even if you’re using a large mixing bowl, a sturdy spoon and your hands. The dough can be prepared earlier in the day for baking later: just keep it covered, and keep punching it down till baking time.

Ingredients

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12:00 am
Fri January 1, 2010

Clear Conscience Recipe

 (serves one)

  • 1/4 large tangerine or 1 large orange wedge
  • 6 thin slices cucumber
  • 1 fresh lemon verbena leaf (or substitute lemon thyme, lemon balm or kaffir lime leaf)
  • 3 ounces fresh lemon-lime sour (see recipe below)
  • 2 ounces chilled soda water

For garnishing: sprig of fresh lemon verbena leaf and/or paper-thin slice of cucumber

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12:00 am
Fri January 1, 2010

Nancy's Gambas al Ajillo

(generously serves 3)

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ lbs. shrimp (tiger prawns – or other “medium” shrimp work well, and Gulf prawns are even better)
  • 1/3 (packed) cup flat-leaf (Italian) parsley leaves
  • ½ tsp. kosher salt
  • 4-5 cloves garlic (or more, if you like it extra garlicky)
  • 1 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 3 small, whole dried chiles (or 2 teaspoons dried red pepper flakes)
  • A loaf of good bread (your choice, French baguette and rustic loaves work well).

Preparation

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12:00 am
Fri January 1, 2010

Quail with Rhubarb-Cinzano Sauce

Served with Garnet Yam puree and Cavolo Nero

Executive Chef John Neumark

Serafina

Serves 4 as a main course

1 boneless quail (or two) per person marinated with evo S&P and chopped savory

For the rhubarb-cinzano sauce: 

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12:00 am
Fri January 1, 2010

Cook’s Illustrated Almost No-Knead Bread

(makes 1 large round loaf)

Cooking Utensils

An enameled cast-iron Dutch oven with a tight-fitting lid yields best results, but the recipe also works in a regular cast-iron Dutch oven or heavy stockpot.

Ingredients

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12:00 am
Fri January 1, 2010

Stein's NY Rye Bread

After all that fine talk from Nancy and me about how simple it is to bake bread, here’s a complicated recipe. It’s really about 90% from George Greenstein’s first rate Secrets of a Jewish Baker but over the years I’ve changed, amended, and otherwise horsed around with his perfectly good recipe in order to customize it to my own perverse tastes. Read this recipe all the way through at least 3 days before you try it.

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12:00 am
Fri January 1, 2010

MacStein's Scotch Eggs

KPLU

Ingredients:

  • 1 hard-boiled egg
  • 1 not hard-boiled egg, beaten
  • Some flour
  • Some breadcrumbs
  • Some bulk sausage

Preparation:

  1. Roll hard-boiled egg in flour.
  2. Dress egg in a kilt and post pictures on the intrawebz.
  3. Dip in beaten egg.
  4. Roll in breadcrumbs.
  5. Ignoring screams for mercy, eat hot or at room temp with sharp mustard and pale ale.

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