Dick Stein

Midday Jazz Host

Dick Stein has been with KPLU since January, 1992. His duties include hosting the morning jazz show and co-hosting and producing the Food for Thought feature with the Seattle Times’ Nancy Leson. He was writer and director of the three Jimmy Jazzoid live radio musical comedies and 100 episodes of Jazz Kitchen. Previous occupations include the USAF, radio call-in show host, country, classical and top-40 DJ, chimney sweep, window washer and advertising copywriter.

His most memorable KPLU moment: Peeling Alien life form from Erin Hennessey’s face after it leapt at her from the biohazard refrigerator he picked up cheap for the station at an FDA garage sale. Dick is married to nationally noted metalsmith, jewelry designer and cowgirl “Calamity” Cheryl DeGroot.

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Food for Thought
4:30 am
Wed January 4, 2012

Sardines and ice cream are the new surf n' turf

The sweetness and mouth-feel of artisanal ice cream paired with the umami of locally sourced (Ballard) sardines packed into individually hand-forged cans.
Dick Stein KPLU

While less adventurous eaters may turn up (or even hold) their noses, local foodistas have made the dairy/dussumeria pairing the hottest trend since Korean taco trucks.  

But not just any sardine and not just any ice cream will do.

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Food for Thought
4:00 am
Wed December 28, 2011

Do you eat the shrimp tails?

The barbecue shrimp at Wild Ginger. Note the presence and stabilizing influence of the tails.
Nancy Leson Seattle Times

I do. So does Seattle Times food writer Nancy Leson – but only if they're fried. Others won't eat them at all, no matter how succulently crisp those feathery little hind appendages may be.

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Food for Thought
4:00 am
Wed December 21, 2011

Everything you need for great Hanukah latkes

Nancy's latkes, recipe courtesy of Seattle's Matzoh Momma Catering.
Nancy Leson Serattle Times

Or should that be "grate"?  My Food for Thought pard Nancy Leson swears she uses a box grater not a food processor to grate the spuds.  Good thing she keeps a sufficient supply of band-aids on hand. Keep reading for the recipe.

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Food for Thought
5:26 am
Wed December 14, 2011

When's the last time you had a nice baloney sandwich?

Don't be coy – you know you want it.
Dick Stein KPLU

 Don't you think you're due? It had been about ten years for me and that was too long. 

Traditionalist that I am I went with Oscar Mayer, spongy white bread,  mayo, iceberg lettuce and house-brand chips. The result is pictured above. Was it good?

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Food for thought
4:30 am
Wed December 7, 2011

Show us your best thrift-store cooking gear

My greatest score. $1.25 at the Goodwill.
Dick Stein KPLU

For many a year I was quite proud that other than appliances I owned no kitchen tools, pots, pans or gear of any kind that I paid more than $10 for.  

There was just one problem.

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Food for Thought
4:30 am
Wed November 30, 2011

How good was Stein's pie? (Plus, an Apple/Pear Galette recipe)

This good.
Dick Stein KPLU

I was so proud of my brilliant Thanksgiving pecan pie innovation.  And then I learned the awful truth.

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Food for Thought
4:30 am
Wed November 23, 2011

Stein's easy, illustrated step-by-step gravy method

First I sauteed minced celery, onion, carrot and thyme in some vegetable oil You can use that or butter or the rendered fat from whatever you're roasting.
Dick Stein KPLU

I love gravy. It's like liquid meat. Here's how I make it.

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Food for Thought
8:00 am
Wed November 16, 2011

'All About Roasting' is the cookbook to get for the holidays

Ever since  I acquired Molly Stevens' All About Braising  in '04 my copy has become progressively more stained, tattered and torn.  In fact, some of the pages are actually falling out.    That's how good a cookbook it is.  Now the long wait is over.  Five years in the making, All About Roasting  is out at last— and just in time for Thanksgiving. 

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Food for Thought
4:30 am
Wed November 9, 2011

What use is a cast iron frying pan full of rocks?

I know people who are this dumb.
Dick Stein KPLU

Hint: It has to do with baking.  But first take a look at picture #2 above.  I've had that picture for years and still have no idea what the thing is or does.  

If you do please share.  And now the answer to the question posed in today's headline.

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Food
4:30 am
Wed November 2, 2011

Enjoy Chinese style egg-centric comfort food at home

Last weekend my wife asked me if I would make her some egg fu yung. "You want egg rolls wit' dat?" I asked.  Of course she did.  But why stop there?

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Food for Thought
4:00 am
Wed October 26, 2011

Great squash recipes exposed

What's that plumber doing in my garden?
Nancy Leson Seattle Times

According to Roger Williams, the founder of Rhode Island, the Narragansett Tribe  called it askutasquash, meaning  "a green thing eaten raw."  Of course squash comes in plenty more colors than green and usually we cook it. 

Here's two ways.

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Clipped recipes
4:31 am
Wed October 19, 2011

Only the good recipes get dirty

One of Stein's favorites - you can tell because it's dirty.
Dick Stein KPLU

I clipped the steamed minced pork with salted duck eggs recipe pictured above from a Honolulu newspaper decades ago. After a few years and much use I transcribed and pasted it, apparently with oyster sauce, to the inside of that cookbook.  

I'll post a more legible version further down so keep reading.

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Food
4:30 am
Wed October 12, 2011

Stirring it up in stoneware bowls

This bowl cries out to be filled with cake batter.
Dick Stein KPLU

Which would you rather mix up some cake or waffle batter in? 

My birthday present, that stoneware beauty pictured above, or some soulless plastic thing?

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Food for Thought
4:30 am
Wed October 5, 2011

Let's talk cheesecake and share a recipe

Straight-up NY cheesecake. For something completely different click to next picture.
cute cupcakes

In this week's Food for Thought Seattle Times food blogger Nancy Leson rhapsodizes over New York style cheesecake. Who knew there were so many other kinds?

The Bulgarians top it with smetana, not the composer but a soured heavy cream. Ancient Romans made it with honey and a cheese similar to modern-day ricotta. The Bavarian Quarkkuchen is put together with quark cheese, not the elementary particle but a cheese made from soured milk. 

It seems almost every nation on Earth has its own version of the waist-thickening wonder.

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Fall Fund Drive
12:56 pm
Wed September 28, 2011

Get ready for "The Official KPLU Turbo Totebag Infomercial"

Tired of all that quantum foam leakage coming from your regular grocery tote?  Say goodbye to yesterday’s tired tote-tech … and hello to the new, improved KPLU “Turbo” Tote Bag!

For a gift of only $60 during our Fall Fund Drive, you too can own this modern marvel of space-age technology.

Web Wednesday exclusive: Make your pledge today, and in addition to receiving the "Turbo" Tote, your gift will count towards our goal of planting trees in a public radio forest (through the National Forest Foundation) in Spring 2012!

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