Food For Thought "Food for Thought" with critic Nancy Leson airs Wednesdays on KNKX. Her slice-of-life food commentaries air the third Wednesday of each month; on subsequent Wednesdays she joins Midday Jazz host Dick Stein for a tasty Q&A.
Food For Thought

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"Food for Thought" with critic Nancy Leson airs Wednesdays on KNKX. Her slice-of-life food commentaries air the third Wednesday of each month; on subsequent Wednesdays she joins Midday Jazz host Dick Stein for a tasty Q&A.More from Food For Thought »

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Food for Thought: Exhaust Duct Follies

Alarm bells went off in my head when my wife, the Lovely & Talented Cheryl DeGroot asked, "What is all that smoke floating under the ceiling?" How could that be? The kitchen exhaust fan was going full blast. I noticed that the door on the overhead cabinet housing the fan was slightly ajar. I turned off the fan and closed it. When I re-started the fan the door popped open again. Uh-oh.

Food for Thought: We Say Tomato

The good news? We harvested 60+ lbs. of Roma tomatoes this year. Bad news? I'd have to puree them in my little food mill as I did last year. It's a nice enough tool but just not up to processing that kind of volume. The plates clog up and have to be removed and cleaned, then re-installed. It just takes forever. But this time around I found something robust enough for heavy tomato lifting.

Food For Thought: Lobsters And Donuts And Brisket Oh My!

Last week I received a text from Nancy Leson containing the lobster shot above and "Live @ $4.50/lb. Eat yer heart out." The surge of envy that coursed through me was powerful enough to make me drop my can of Beanie-Weenies.

Food For Thought: Homemade Pastrami

What kind of madcap optimist attempts homemade pastrami? Well, uh — me. When I told Nancy Leson about the breakthrough recipe I found at Mandy Lee's utterly swell Lady And Pups blog, she had to try it too.

Food For Thought: Be a recipe renegade!

Run wild! Sure, if you've never made something before, it's a good idea to follow the instructions. But remember that recipes come from all-too-fallible humans, not infallible food deities. I speak from bitter experience.

Food for Thought: Fast and Easy Meals

I got so excited last week listening to Nancy describe her homemade tortillas that I ran right out and bought a tortilla press and some masa harina. My intention was a taco feast with homemade Mexican chorizo and salsa verde and homemade tortillas. What could go wrong?

Food for Thought: Easy Homemade Tortillas

"Why would you make your own tortillas when they're available in every store?" I asked Nancy Leson . "Because I can. Because it's fun. And it's easy!" And, she claims, better than store-bought. Read on for Nancy's tortillas, the book they rode in and actual live footage of La Leson wielding her tortilla press.

Food for Thought: I Ran to Make This Persian Gulf Style Shrimp

Nancy Leson was just over the moon about the Persian cooking class she'd recently taken from cookbook author and teacher Najimieh Batmanglif. I took one look at Batmanglif's site and immediately found recipes I had to try.

Food for Thought: Eugene's Terrific Tomatoes

Nancy Leson is the first to talk up the virtues of the produce on sale at l ocal farmers markets, but she was wowed by the tomatoes she saw at Eugene's Lane County Farmers Market. Her only regret? "I just wasn't in a position to take home a box of San Marzanos that were just unbe-LEEEV-able." I had thought San Marzanos were the same thing as the Romas I'm growing. I was half-right.

Food for Thought: Mussels, Plain And Simple

"Hey Nance," I asked Ms. Leson . "Mussels or clams – which wunna dese?" "Of dose?" she Philly'd. "I like 'em both, but it would have to be mussels. Especially in the summer." Here's why.

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