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 »

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Find Fresh Food At The North Fork Community Library

In eastern Whatcom County, right where Highway 542 turns sharply to the east and toward Mount Baker, you'll find the North Fork Community Library.

Dick And Nancy Are A-Peeling

I thought I was getting fancy when I replaced my all-metal 20-year old Ecko straight-bladed veg peeler with the cushy-handled Oxo. Then I started hearing about "Y" shaped peelers. Food writer Daniel Gritzer, among others thinks it's the only way to go . I decided to get a "Y" job and see how it stacks up against my old reliable. Sure, I was putting $1.97 on the line for this experiment but felt I owed to Food for Thought listeners to take the risk. My conclusions?

How to Stop Wasting Food

"Stein, tell me true," Nancy Leson asked. "Do you think you waste a lot of food?" I'd say I waste less food than the average American. And 73 percent of us say the same. You do the math.

Nancy Eats Phoenix

When I returned from Phoenix last week — after attending the Association of Food Journalists conference and co-hosting the 2018 AFJ awards ceremony — Stein had just one question.

Owning A Restaurant: Nancy's Dream, Stein's Nightmare

When Nancy Leson 's husband, Mac, didn't get her a new toaster for their 21st anniversary, she bravely hid her disappointment. But it all worked out better than okay when he took her to dinner at their new favorite restaurant.

An Uninvited Six-Legged Dinner Guest

I suppose knowing they're the life form most likely to survive a nuclear war is what makes them so bold. But unlike Don Marquis' correspondent Archy , the cockroach with the soul of a vers libre poet, the bug scuttling across our restaurant table had no literary pretentions. As far as I know, the only thing he ever got down on paper was himself when I squashed him into a paper napkin. As Archy wold have observed, "Transmigration of souls is a great game if you don't weaken."

Going Back To School Lunches

The phrase "Back to school" always puts me into a warm and happy frame of mind. Mainly because I know it won't be me who has to go back to school. Ever again. Nancy Leson says "See? I feel the complete opposite of you." "So what else is new?" I asked her.

Anniversary Toast: Stein Gifts Wife Of 26 Years With An Upgraded Home Appliance

On Aug. 29, The Lovely and Talented Cheryl DeGroot and I celebrated our 26th wedding anniversary. In the U.S. there's no traditional gift for that anniversary. So I declared the 26th to be the Upgraded Home Appliance Anniversary. I got her a toaster.

Anniversary Toast: Stein Gifts Wife Of 26 Years With An Upgraded Home Appliance

Why Bother to Cook?

Nancy Leson sent me a link to an OpEd published in the NY times recently by Smitten Kitchen food blogger and cookbook author Deb Perelman. The title: Never Cook at Home: Trust me, I know it's a drag.

Enjoy the Chili Days Ahead

Must be all the over the top heat we've endured that contributed to my great luck this summer growing Shishito and their cousins, Padron peppers. Now if I can just find a way to use them all up. Here are two of my favorites.

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