Food

Washington wines
2:56 pm
Wed August 31, 2011

Wine grape growers hoping for blast of warmth before first frost

John Derrick, manager, does a check of wine grapes in a vineyard called the Spice Cabinet overlooking the Columbia River.
Anna King Northwest News Network

RICHLAND, Wash. – Northwest wine grape growers are sure hoping their grapes hurry up. The countdown is on until the first freeze when grapes will lose their leaves and stop ripening. And certain red varietals need more sun-time than others to be ready for the bottle.

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Food for Thought
4:30 am
Wed August 31, 2011

Is letting a kid loose in the kitchen a good idea?

Cupcakes by Nate the Great .
Nancy Leson

I'd teach my kid to cook if I had one.  I  have cats instead and they're not interested.  But if you do have a kid, there are lots of ways to get them to do the cooking.

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Food for thought
5:00 am
Wed August 24, 2011

How do you like them apple brandies?

With Suzy Pingree by San Juan Island Distillery's 200 liter Adrian copper still.
Hawk Pingree

I sure did.  The ciders, too.  And the gin.  And I'm not much of a drinker.  I am getting better at it, though.

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Food
9:36 am
Wed August 17, 2011

New policy could mean more outdoor cafes in Seattle

Seattle outdoor cafe with more to come.
Steven List Flickr

If it's not raining, it's nice to sit outside, sipping a drink or tucking into a meal. Outdoor cafes are great for this and now it looks like more of them are coming our way.

The Washington State Liquor Control Board this week has adopted an interim policy allowing Seattle restaurants to establish sidewalk cafes in more locations.

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Food For Thought
6:38 am
Wed August 17, 2011

Tofu – Bean dare, done dat

A cold tofu and shrimp cocktail Nancy made from a recipe by vegetarian cookbook author Lorna Sass.
Nancy Leson

Yeah, I'm daring you to try tofu. If you hate it, it's probably because you've only had it as some horrible hippie concoction like Tofu Chili Surprise or whatever. There's only one way to eat tofu and that's Asian. 

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Food for Thought
5:00 am
Wed August 10, 2011

No one's immune from 'kitchen gizmo madness'

That's a hefty handle for a popsicle.
Nancy Leson

I'd define "kitchen gizmo" as one of those things that you buy on impulse, use a few times and then stash away in the closet – or in Nancy Leson's case – a basement freezer. 

None of us are immune to the lure of the kitchen gizmo, even though I claimed otherwise in this week's Food for Thought. 

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Food and Diet
8:12 am
Thu August 4, 2011

Healthy food costs is barrier to a better diet among poor

New research shows processed foods that are less healthy are cheaper for people to buy. Thus, 'People who ate more costly foods, and had a more costly diet, had more healthy diets.'
Associated Press

Eating a nutritious diet appears to mean spending a bit more on your groceries. That means poor people face an extra challenge trying to eat well, according to a new study of about 1,100 King County residents.

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Food for Thought
11:30 am
Wed August 3, 2011

Follow-up: Stein sautees the sturgeon

I cut a hunk of sturgeon into 1-inch thick slices, sprinkled with salt and pepper, then pan-fried them in just enough olive oil and butter to keep them from sticking.
Dick Stein KPLU

I was tempted by a recipe I found on the web for Poor Man's Lobster which called for boiling sturgeon in lime soda.  Intrigued but dubious, I chose a less bizarre preparation. 

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Food for Thought
7:50 am
Wed August 3, 2011

Stein's sturgeon smackdown, and preparation for leviathan feast

Behold the leviathan! That homely fellow on the left is fishing guide Jerry Brown.
Cheryl DeGroot

That sturgeon shot out of the water like a Polaris missile late for its appointment with apocalypse.

This was but my second fishing trip in 50 years and I was unsure what to do. "What do I do?" I yelled. 

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Food for thought
5:00 am
Wed July 27, 2011

Strategies for buttering up the kernel

Corn skewers lie down on the job.
Wikipedia commons

Two  corn cobs walk into a bar.  They notice a third, shady-looking cob trailing them. First cob turns to his friend and whispers ...

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Food for Thought
5:00 am
Wed July 20, 2011

A fancy restaurant is nothing without quality company

Nancy's dinner with Rudy on his 85th birthday.
Courtesy of Nancy Leson

It's not that I envy Nancy Leson for all the fancy restaurants she eats at on the Times' dime. What I really envy is her energy. 

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Food for Thought
7:40 am
Wed July 13, 2011

Home alone! (Time for fried chicken!)

Dick Stein alone in the kitchen. The horror!
Tad Doviak

With my wife Calamity Cheryl off riding the range with her saddle bum pals I'm free to run wild in the kitchen.

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Food for Thought
4:30 am
Wed July 6, 2011

Neolithic cave art shows inventor of sandwich

The 18th century's John Montagu, Fourth Earl of Sandwich gets the credit, but as we now know the sandwich was probably invented no more than five or ten minutes after the appearance of bread.

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Food For Thought
8:32 am
Wed June 29, 2011

On the Fourth, it's time for dogs

A Chicago red hot.

Call them what you will: wieners, franks, tubesteaks, Fourth of July must-haves. In this reprise of Food for Thought, Seattle Times food writer Nancy Leson and our own Dick Stein discuss (burp!) everybody's favorite dog.

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Food for Thought
7:20 am
Wed June 22, 2011

It's Allium sativum time

From William Woodville's 1793 "Medical Botany"

In this Food for Thought I had a lot of fun lording it over Nancy Leson about my garlic garden.

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