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

Food For Thought

From KNKX Public Radio

"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.

Most Recent Episodes

Food for Thought: Nancy scores a big green Easter egg

"We've been looking at them and lusting after them for at least a decade." That's Nancy Leson talking about the Big Green Egg outdoor cooker. She and husband Mac had always been put off by the price – some models cost more than $1,000. And that's not including accessories. But Mac's friend Alan and Craigslist came to the rescue. Together, they found a reasonably priced, used BGE, which Mac brought home just in time to roast an Easter leg of lamb. Was it any good?

Food for Thought: Producing perfect pizza at the pottery

Like most home pizza bakers I've always lamented the puny 500-degree max on my oven. I've had good enough results using a pre-heated pizza stone, and later even better with my pizza steel , but still I dreamt the impossible 800-degree dream.

Food For Thought: Homemade Chicago-style relish

Don't settle for anything less than neon green in a hot dog relish. Dick Stein tells how to make your own in this encore Food for Thought.

Food For Thought: Secret eats

The sordid secret eating habits of KNKX staffers revealed in this encore Food for Thought. "Stein, what do you eat when no one's looking?" Nancy Leson asked. I turned the question back to her and Leson was firm in her preferences. "It's gotta be fatty, salty, preferably both," she said.

Food for Thought: Nancy's garden goes to the dog

Who but Nancy Leson could utter the phrase "The dog ate my carrots"? Was there no homework in the house that day?

Food for Thought: Salt peanuts, salt peanuts!

One look at Deb Perelman's Smitten Kitchen recipe for Salted Peanut Tart convinced me that I was in the presence of a large, circular version of my favorite candy bar. It was PayDay pie and I would bake it!

Food for Thought: It's Andrea's new cookbook for the Nguyen

As soon as we got our hands on Andrea Nguyen's new "Vietnamese Food Any Day" Nancy Leson and I went right to work. The book focuses on recipes for Viet food using ingredients available at most American supermarkets and Nance and I each cooked off several of them..

Food for Thought: Looking back on 12 years

Nancy Leson says that adds up to 550-plus Food for Thoughts. Which is a lot more thought than I normally give to anything other than food. On this week's we talk about just a few of our favorite episodes, recipes and food sites.

Food for Thought: Take the five-day cure for pork belly

Not my own personal pork belly. That seems to be a lost cause. But I did have pretty good luck celebrating the Year of the Pig last week with the kind that comes from the underside of a hog. "Stein, it's been a very long time since I've seen you so excited about a recipe," Nancy Leson said. And I was. My usual random food surfing had brought me to a site I'd not seen before. Woks of Life. "Sounds like a soap opera," Nancy cracked. But it was there I found the recipe for larou, Chinese cured pork

Food for Thought: Nancy loves Nosrat

That would be James Beard Award-winning cookbook author Samin Nosrat, coming to Seattle on March 10, and the Netflix documentary made of her bestselling " Salt Fat Acid Heat." "It's my favorite thing I've ever seen foodwise on television," Nancy Leson told me. She explained Nosrat started out with an interest in books, just not the kitchen kind.

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