Food

Food for Thought
4:00 am
Wed May 30, 2012

Home made Beef on Weck: First, what is it?

Stein

Over the years I've received numerous emails from listeners who rhapsodize over the Beef on Weck sandwich of upstate New York . Last week's "favorite foods of memory"  installment brought yet another mention so I decided I'd make my own. Step one was finding out exactly what a Beef on Weck is.

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The Salt
12:02 pm
Sat May 26, 2012

Clean Your Grill, And Other Hot Holiday Tips From Food Network's Alton Brown

Food science guy Alton Brown says the last thing you want to see is flames touching food on the grill.
iStockphoto.com

Originally published on Sat May 26, 2012 12:40 pm

If there's one grilling tip to remember this Memorial Day weekend, it should be this: Flame is bad.

"Flame does nasty things to food," food historian and science guy Alton Brown tells NPR's Scott Simon in the kick-off segment of Weekend Edition's "Taste of Summer" series.

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Food for Thought
4:30 am
Wed May 23, 2012

When recipes go wrong

The heartbreak of souffleitis.
The health care blog

Don't blame yourself. It is absolutely not your  fault. After all, you could never make a mistake. Could you?

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Food for Thought
4:15 am
Wed May 16, 2012

The hoagie that looked better than it was

The heartbreak of bad bread - Looked great, tasted terrible.
Nancy Leson

My Food for Thought co-conspirator Nancy Leson has been tormenting me with pics of all the great food she's been scarfing on the east coast.   What lovely schadenfreude I enjoyed upon  learning that the sandwich pictured above was awful.  The bummer was the bread.

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Food for Thought
4:30 am
Wed May 9, 2012

Give peas a chance!

The snow peas I'm planting this weekend. The vines make as good eating as the pods. Click for this week's GarlicCam.
Stein

I'm planting mine – the ones  pictured above – this very weekend. Actually they're Chinese-style Snow Peas.  My wife, the L&T Cheryl DeGroot refuses to eat the little round ones. 

Which is too bad because besides being delicious and versatile peas are really good for you.

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Food for Thought
4:30 am
Wed May 2, 2012

Fry your pizza like they do in Micronesia

Stein

Full disclosure: I don't know whether or not they fry their pizzas in Micronesia. I just wanted a rhyming headline and I liked "Micronesia" better than "Spinal Anesthesia."* Who wouldn't? 

Anyway, they have  been deep-frying pizzas in Europe.  Now the fad has moved stateside.

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NW Craft Brews
3:54 pm
Fri April 27, 2012

The Friday Beer: Widmer Hefeweizen

Paul Gibson For KPLU

Here in the Great Pacific Northwest the days are getting longer, the temperature is on the rise and we are finally starting to see some sun. We’re not out of the iffy spring weather yet but soon we’ll be grilling on the BBQ, lounging on beaches and looking for pubs that have outside seating.

A hefeweizen is a great summer time beer and the Widmer Hefeweizen is one worth trying.

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Food for Thought
4:30 am
Wed April 25, 2012

The right way to load the dishwasher

The official KPLU Radio Dishwasher.
Nancy Leson

One of the most common flash points of domestic bickering is the optimum method for loading a dishwasher.

And now I'm admitting to my wife, the  Lovely & Talented Cheryl DeGroot, right here on the World Wide Web that I was  – arghhh!  wrong and she was  – gackkk!!... right.  But only about the dishwasher.  I think I've been right about everything else.  For years.  Anyway...

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Food safety
3:57 pm
Tue April 24, 2012

Mad cow case found, but meat supply deemed safe

U.S. officials announced a case of mad cow disease in a dairy cow in California. It is only the fourth such case detected in the U.S. since the first case was identified in 2003.

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Washington wines
3:22 pm
Tue April 24, 2012

Study: Washington wines add billions to state's economy

Washington state is the No.2 producer of premium wine behind California, with 739 licensed wineries and 350 vineyards.
Matt Long Flickr

YAKIMA, Wash. — A new study shows the Washington wine industry contributes $8.6 billion to the state's economy and creates nearly 30,000 jobs.

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Starbucks controversy
11:20 am
Thu April 19, 2012

Stung by bug controversy, Starbucks switches ingredients

Can you see the bug juice?
Ben Adams Flickr

In response to the hubbub started by Change.org, Starbucks has announced today that it will stop using the bug extract cochineal as a colorant in four food and two beverage offerings in the United States, according to its Website.

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Food for Thought
4:30 am
Wed April 18, 2012

Dine alone and love it

All that's missing is something good to read -- preferably a cookbook.
Cheryl DeGroot

I do. In fact I was pretty surprised to learn that many people are uncomfortable when dining alone in public. I can't imagine why. I enjoy unaccompanied ingestion for lots of reasons.

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Food for Thought
4:30 am
Wed April 11, 2012

Have Fruit-Loopy fun making cakeless fruitcake

Nancy's "Rum Pot" concoction of dried fruit steeped in rum. Next pic shows growth spurt in the garlic patch.
Nancy Leson

When you ask your dinner host "What should I bring?" and the answer is " dessert" what do you make?

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Food
3:34 pm
Thu April 5, 2012

Northwest asparagus to pop up within days, other crops springing too

The Eastern Washington asparagus crop appears to be right on schedule. Photo by lengmomo/ Flickr

Originally published on Thu April 5, 2012 10:51 am

RICHLAND, Wash. – The Northwest spring is getting off to a wet start. But Eastern Washington farmers appear to be right on schedule.

Asparagus is the herald of spring. That’s because the crop depends heavily on soil temperature to sprout.

Farmer Alan Schreiber says if he and his neighbors harvest asparagus before April 5th it’s an early year. If they harvest after April 15 it’s late.

So far, it looks like the green and purple spears will pop up right on time. Schreiber says growers have been out in the field working for more than a month.

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

Would you buy meat from some guy at a gas station?

Justin Steyer

KPLU jazz host Paige Hansen did.   Here's how it went down.

Paige told me she was filling up when the guy at the next pump over asked her if she'd like to buy some meat.  And she did.  A lot.  Since she survived to tell the tale I guess she got away with it okay.  In fact she said she and her husband had just eaten one of the steaks the night before "... and it was great."

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