Food for Thought http://www.kplu.org en To Bee Or Not To Bee: That Is The Question For Nancy Leson http://www.kplu.org/post/bee-or-not-bee-question-nancy-leson <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/160873159&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>Nancy Leson's got a brand new bag, and it's full of bees.</p><p>In a recent <a href="http://seattletimes.com/html/pacificnw/2024026723_0727tastexml.html" target="_blank">Seattle Times piece about backyard beekeeping</a>,&nbsp;she expressed interest in keeping bees in her backyard. In this week's "Food for Thought" I suggested that she leave them where they always were — in her bonnet. Ms. Leson begged to differ. Wed, 30 Jul 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Dick Stein 17892 at http://www.kplu.org To Bee Or Not To Bee: That Is The Question For Nancy Leson Fun With Making Your Own Banh Mi Viet Subs And The Pickles, Too http://www.kplu.org/post/fun-making-your-own-banh-mi-viet-subs-and-pickles-too <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/159868644&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>I'm a recent though enthusiastic consumer of banh mi and a longtime fan of Andrea Nguyen's superb cookbooks. Her newest, "<a href="http://www.amazon.com/The-Banh-Handbook-Crazy-Delicious-Vietnamese/dp/160774533X">The Banh Mi Handbook: Recipes for Crazy Delicious Vietnamese Sandwiches,"</a>&nbsp;was just released.</p><p>That subtitle is no overstatement. If you're unfamiliar with banh mi (<em>bunn mee</em>) Viet sub sandwiches, it's time to try one. And what better way to get started than to make your own with the easy-to-follow instructions in Andrea's handbook.&nbsp; Wed, 23 Jul 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Dick Stein 17840 at http://www.kplu.org Fun With Making Your Own Banh Mi Viet Subs And The Pickles, Too Iced Tea, Salad Dressing And Other Things Better Made Than Bought http://www.kplu.org/post/iced-tea-salad-dressing-and-other-things-better-made-bought <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/158867552&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>I know, I know. It's no concern of mine what other people do with their money in a supermarket.</p><p>But for the life of me, I cannot understand how bottled iced tea got to be such a popular item. How could something in a bottle on a shelf possibly be better than what you can get started at home in 10 seconds? One thing I do know — it sure ain't cheaper.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">And it's not exactly hard to make. You don't even have to boil it.</span></p><p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Dick Stein 17737 at http://www.kplu.org Iced Tea, Salad Dressing And Other Things Better Made Than Bought Nancy Leson's Quick And Easy Tips On Serving Up Fish http://www.kplu.org/post/nancy-lesons-quick-and-easy-tips-serving-fish <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/157927911&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">"Stein, do you cook much fish?" Nancy Leson asked me.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">To get a rise out of her, I answered, "No, never!"&nbsp; </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Gilbert and Sullivan fan that I am, I was hoping she'd sing her reply as: "What </span>neverrrrr<span style="line-height: 1.5;">?" To which I could have answered, "Well...hardly ever."</span></p><p>Instead I just got, "Oh, c'mon, really?" Wed, 09 Jul 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Dick Stein 17625 at http://www.kplu.org Nancy Leson's Quick And Easy Tips On Serving Up Fish How Nancy Leson Makes Bagels From Scratch In One Hour Flat http://www.kplu.org/post/how-nancy-leson-makes-bagels-scratch-one-hour-flat <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/155871408&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p><em style="line-height: 1.5;"><strong>Trigger warning for the gluten</strong>-<strong>hysterical</strong>: This segment contains multiple and appreciative references.</em></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Eaters, I am scandalized! Nancy </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Leson</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> has slammed out a batch of made-from-scratch bagels in just one hour — that's one hour from the mixer to out of the oven. &nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">I haven't tried them; I've just seen the pictures, but I must admit that they at least look&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">good. Here's how she did it.</span></p><p> Wed, 25 Jun 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Dick Stein 17363 at http://www.kplu.org How Nancy Leson Makes Bagels From Scratch In One Hour Flat Help Stein Improve His Halva, Which He Says Tastes Better Than It Looks http://www.kplu.org/post/help-stein-improve-his-halva-which-he-says-tastes-better-it-looks <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/154834159&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">When I bragged to my Food for Thought partner Nancy </span>Leson<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> that I'd attempted to make </span>halva,<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;I was absolutely </span>gobsmacked<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> to learn that she doesn't like the sesame candy.&nbsp;</span></p><p>Even though my homemade version was less than — OK, a <em>lot </em>less&nbsp;than — perfect, I've always taken it for granted that everybody in the world loves the stuff. After all, it's been around in one form or another for at least three thousand years. Wed, 18 Jun 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Dick Stein 17210 at http://www.kplu.org Help Stein Improve His Halva, Which He Says Tastes Better Than It Looks From Hot Pastrami To Matzo Ball-Kimchi Ramen, Nancy Taunts Me With Her East Coast Eats http://www.kplu.org/post/hot-pastrami-matzo-ball-kimchi-ramen-nancy-taunts-me-her-east-coast-eats <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/152687888&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Nancy </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Leson</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> recently traveled to Philadelphia for her cousin’s wedding, and she taunted me with emailed photos of some of the great deli chow she enjoyed.</span></p><p>She also raved about the teensy lamb chops her cousin served.&nbsp;</p><p>“They were just perfect. I couldn’t believe that it wasn’t rubber chicken,” Nancy said. “But the thing I really want to tell you about is the open-faced pastrami reuben I had at the Chit Chat Diner in Hackensack, New Jersey.”</p><p> Wed, 04 Jun 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Dick Stein 16930 at http://www.kplu.org From Hot Pastrami To Matzo Ball-Kimchi Ramen, Nancy Taunts Me With Her East Coast Eats How To Make Tom Douglas' 'Cheater's' Green Onion Pancakes http://www.kplu.org/post/how-make-tom-douglas-cheaters-green-onion-pancakes <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/151632745&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In this second installment of highlights from our Food for Thought Happy Hour event, we turn to Tom Douglas and his "cheap" green onion pancakes. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Seattle chef's quickie version of the Chinese favorite starts with "cheap flour tortillas" which are painted with egg mixed with a little sesame oil, then sprinkled with minced green onions and sesame seeds. Fold, press down — or as Douglas says," Stand on it" — and give it a quick fry.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Wed, 28 May 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Dick Stein 16837 at http://www.kplu.org How To Make Tom Douglas' 'Cheater's' Green Onion Pancakes Food For Thought Happy Hour: You Had To Be There http://www.kplu.org/post/food-thought-happy-hour-you-had-be-there <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/150497154&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.800000190734863px; line-height: normal;">If you were one of many who joined Nancy Leson and&nbsp;<span style="color: rgb(255, 0, 0);">me</span>&nbsp;for our&nbsp;<span style="color: rgb(255, 0, 0);">Food for Thought Happy Hour</span>&nbsp;last week, you know what a blast&nbsp;<span style="color: rgb(255, 0, 0);">we all had</span>.</p><p style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.800000190734863px; line-height: normal;">But if you just couldn't make it,&nbsp;<span style="color: rgb(255, 0, 0);">here's a</span>&nbsp;recap for you with sound and pictures.</p><p>Everyone, especially us, had a ball at the event which featured Seattle chefs <a href="http://cafejuanita.com/about-us/chef-holly-smith.php" target="_blank">Holly Smith</a> of Cafe Juanita, the chef in the hat, <a href="http://thechefinthehat.com/about/" target="_blank">Thierry Rauturau of Luc and now Loulay</a>, and Large Seattle chef <a href="http://tomdouglas.com/" target="_blank">Tom Douglas</a> of, well, pretty much every where else.&nbsp; All were introduced to the music of <a href="http://www.twoscoopscombo.com/" target="_blank">Eric "Two Scoops" Moore </a>and his combo.&nbsp;</p><p>And what eating we did! Wed, 21 May 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Dick Stein 16718 at http://www.kplu.org Food For Thought Happy Hour: You Had To Be There Check It Out — Nancy Got Herself A Custom-Made Dining Table http://www.kplu.org/post/check-it-out-nancy-got-herself-custom-made-dining-table <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/149406334&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">When my Food for Thought pard Nancy Leson first met her husband-to-be, Mac, she helped him pick out a dining room table. If she had known that eventually she'd be moving in, she says, "I might have picked something different."&nbsp;</span></p> Wed, 14 May 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Dick Stein 16537 at http://www.kplu.org Check It Out — Nancy Got Herself A Custom-Made Dining Table Growing Your Own Herbs: Cheap, Easy And Makes For Fun Drinks, Too http://www.kplu.org/post/growing-your-own-herbs-cheap-easy-and-makes-fun-drinks-too <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/148294258&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">I have a close relationship with the herbs I grow. And unlike some of my previous relationships, herbs actually seem to thrive on neglect. I never do much for them other than snip the blossoms when they bolt and once in a while throw a little water on them. And yet they keep coming back. Nancy </span>Leson<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> reports the same results.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Wed, 07 May 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Dick Stein 16424 at http://www.kplu.org Growing Your Own Herbs: Cheap, Easy And Makes For Fun Drinks, Too Nancy's Whole Ham Cooked In Rye Dough, And Dick's Worth-The-Wait Roast Lamb http://www.kplu.org/post/nancys-whole-ham-cooked-rye-dough-and-dicks-worth-wait-roast-lamb <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/145998883&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">How's this for a switch: rye on ham.</span></p><p>It used to be a vague childhood memory for Nancy Leson's husband, Mac.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Dick Stein 16215 at http://www.kplu.org Nancy's Whole Ham Cooked In Rye Dough, And Dick's Worth-The-Wait Roast Lamb Nancy Eats Paris, Including The Best Falafel In The World http://www.kplu.org/post/nancy-eats-paris-including-best-falafel-world <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Of all the places I haven't been to, Paris is the place I haven't been to the most.&nbsp; But my Food for Thought co-conspirator Nancy Leson is </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">just back from the City of Light a</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">nd boy, did she eat.</span></p><p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Dick Stein 16049 at http://www.kplu.org Nancy Eats Paris, Including The Best Falafel In The World How To Be An Annoying Restaurant Patron http://www.kplu.org/post/how-be-annoying-restaurant-patron <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/143782934&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Back in February, Nancy and I devoted a Food for Thought to a</span><a href="http://www.kplu.org/post/annoying-question-waiter" style="line-height: 1.5;">nnoying things restaurants do</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">. It seems only fair that we now open the forum to restaurant workers about the annoying things customers do.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Nancy and I have both worked in restaurants, so we had a few little items with which to scratch the surface of Annoying Customer Behavior.</span></p><p> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Dick Stein 15806 at http://www.kplu.org How To Be An Annoying Restaurant Patron How To Slice A Whole Bunch Of Olives All At The Same Time http://www.kplu.org/post/how-slice-whole-bunch-olives-all-same-time <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/142595447&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Hanging out at Capitol Hill's </span><a href="http://www.labeteseattle.com/" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">La Bete Bistro</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> enabled Nancy </span>Leson<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> to learn the closely-guarded secret of slicing multiple olives in one fell swipe using just two yogurt lids and a sharp knife. Continue on, dear reader, if you would like to know...</span></p><p> Wed, 02 Apr 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Dick Stein 15585 at http://www.kplu.org How To Slice A Whole Bunch Of Olives All At The Same Time