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

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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.

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Food for Thought: Salisbury Steak goes here. We make our own TV dinners

This story originally aired Jan. 30, 2019. I recently made Daniel Gritzer's Swanson's Hungry Man style Salisbury steak recipe from his Serious Eats blog for the second time, and it came out every bit as satisfyingly savory as the first. When I told Nancy Leson, she told husband Mac, who exclaimed "My all-time favorite TV dinner!" So, Goodwife Leson made it, too, and we compared notes.

Food for Thought: Salisbury Steak goes here. We make our own TV dinners

Siblings' food memories don't always match

This story originally aired June 27, 2018. Food memories are no more reliable than any others. I learned that this week after an email exchange with my sister, Debbie. Deb's been binge listening to Food for Thought and wrote to chat about a recent one in which I mentioned my childhood experience shopping for live chickens with my mother. She thinks I'm imagining it.

Chicken Deboning for Beginners

This story originally aired Oct 24, 2018. Even if I'm going to cook boneless chicken thighs, I always buy the bone-ins and bone 'em out myself. They're less expensive that way, and I get to save the bones in the freezer until I have enough to cook up some chicken stock. But up until, now I've never attempted to debone an entire bird. Surprise: It was way easier to do than I expected and a lot of fun, too.

Food for thought: This post contains cookies

The New York Times claimed it was the "Perfect" chocolate chip cookie. "We'll just see about that," I thought. So Nancy Leson and I deployed our sheet pans to compare results. I got a XXL cowpie. Nance did better.

Enjoy Lentils From Soup to Shanks

This story originally aired Nov. 29, 2017. I like lentils and I love the spicy red lentil soup recipe Nancy Leson recently sent me. Adapted from Lynne Rossetto Kasper's The Splendid Table's How to Eat Weekends , this recipe is fast and easy to make, and perfect for rainy weeknight dinners, too. For a more time-consuming, weekend lentil dish, do try the lamb shanks and lentils recipe from another Kaspar – Kaspar Donier. You'll find both recipes below. As of publication we still have not received

Food for Thought: Northwest Bread Bakers rise to help local food banks

Seattle Times columnist Nicole Brodeur recently published a story about a growing number of bread bakers contributing homemade loaves to area food banks. It was news to me, but Nancy Leson was already a participant.

Food for Thought: Northwest Bread Bakers rise to help local food banks

Food for Thought: The long wait for new appliances

After 18 years in Nancy's basement, her backup fridge, a move-in gift from a neighbor, finally found its final defrost. That left Leson with only ( gasp ) one fridge. I enjoyed twitting her about her two-fridge household, but she really does need them both.

Food for Thought: The case for toaster ovens

"Stein," Nancy Leson said. "You need a toaster oven." I continue to maintain that I don't need no stinkin' toaster oven, but I must admit she makes a pretty good case.

Food for Thought: Why have I ignored French cooking?

Even I had to laugh. After all my years in the kitchen I'd never had much interest in a cuisine on the very short list of world's greatest. Then a YouTube video from the French Cooking Academy made me a believer.

Food for thought: Sentimental objects of the kitchen

"I don't know if it's because we've all been feeling extra emotional lately or what," Nancy Leson told me. "But I've been thinking about the emotional attachments I have to certain kitchen tools." She went on to describe the giant cleaver taking up real estate on their knife rack even though they never use it. Get rid of it? Never. It was Mac's grandmother's and they love to see it there. My wife, the lovely and talented Cheryl DeGroot has always loved the kitchen treasure she hauled from the

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