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.
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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 »

Most Recent Episodes

Food For Thought's Favorite Store-Bought Treats In Jars

In this week's FfT, Nancy Leson and I talk about stuff we like in jars and bottles. Nancy hails the abundance of fresh fruit and vegetables at farmers markets. But when it comes to preserves and condiments her favorites are on supermarket shelves.

Nancy Leson Mentors a Young Restaurant Critic

When I told Stein that Teddy Kolios, a high school senior, asked me to be a mentor for his senior project, Stein laughed. "Is he sure that he's thought that all the way through? " Of course he had. After all, as I reminded Stein, with 20 years of food writing and restaurant criticism (literally) under my belt: I'm a legend in my own mind!

Biscuits, BBQ, and Cheerwine: Nancy In North Carolina

Nancy Leson 's back from babysitting her eight-week old grand niece in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. But it wasn't all power tools and free weights for Nancy and niece. She also found time to food shop and pack down some Carolina BBQ. First, the shopping.

Nancy's Instant Pot And Other Kitchen Calamities

Nancy Leson 's wild romance with the Instant Pot grew too steamy for husband Mac to tolerate. "Every time you vent that thing it's taking the paint off the ceiling. " Solution: Put the pot on the gas stove where the big overhead hood can catch the steam. What could go wrong?

Reuse Plastic Wrap? Really?

I try to get any piece of aluminum foil, paper towel or parchment paper to give its all. In this Food for Thought, I tell Nancy Leson how many uses I got from one piece of plastic wrap. I was proud. She was disgusted.

From Wire Spools To Hand-Crafted Wood: Stein and Nancy Talk Tables

We'd been thinking about replacing our wobbly, tippy old dining table for years but never cared enough to really go looking. And then: "I found it!" the Lovely and Talented Cheryl Degroot announced. A nice old solid oak dining table in perfect condition with two extra leaves at Goodwill. DG rightly prides herself as the queen of thrift store bargain hunters, but this one surpassed even her high standards for low prices.

Best Chili Oil Ever

I'd never heard of Chili Crisp until recently, but Laoganma (Old Godmother) brand Chili Crisp is a Big Thing. In fact the Laoganma brand is the top-selling line of chili oils and sauces in China and is rapidly gaining a large following as the cult condiment de jour here in the states.

Double Diner Discoveries

On our way to the ferry in Anacortes, DeGroot and I stopped for breakfast at a place recommended to us the night before – Dad's Diner A-Go-Go . Co-owner Fletcher McLean greeted us warmly and pointed to the chalkboard menu, saying "Or just tell me what you want and we'll make it happen."

How To Stay Safe In The Kitchen

This encore Food for Thought originally aired August 31, 2016 Wrong-way handles and high-altitude deep fat drops are just a few of the kitchen safety topics Nancy "Band-aids are a girl's best friend" Leson and I took up on this week's Food for Thought. All that and more — plus a genius method for threading meat onto kebab skewers.

'Bread Illustrated' Bake Off

Nancy Leson and I love to bake our own breads and often enjoy weekend baking projects. Recently we both picked up the America's Test Kitchen Bread Illustrated book and decided we'd each make a recipe or two from it and report back to you.

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