Recipes

Nancy Leson

I love homemade food stuffs — things I might otherwise have to buy at a restaurant or a grocery store. But it’s never occurred to me to make my own crackers. Until now. 

The way my co-conspirator Nancy Leson tells it, "it's the easiest thing in the world.”

“For people like us who like to make homemade bread, pie crust, crackers are really, really easy,” she says.

Nancy asked Seattle chef Bruce Naftaly of the late Le Gourmand to share his recipe for his famous handmade crackers, which he makes with homegrown poppy seeds.  

Say "Super Bowl" to Philadelphia chef and restaurateur Jose Garces, and he instantly recalls winter Sundays growing up in Chicago. "While my dad and two brothers and I were watching a Bears football game, empanadas would just appear in front of my lap," he tells All Things Considered for the Found Recipe series.

Elvis Presley was better known for his music than his gourmet tastes. But he did have a famous affinity for the fried goodness of the American South — and he had the waistline to prove it.

In honor of what would have been the King of Rock 'n' Roll's 78th birthday, let's take a look at some of his legendary eating habits.

Think Mom's same old Thanksgiving mashed potatoes are boring? Jejune? Predictable?

Debbie Lee's are anything but. And they all started with a happy accident.

Lee is the owner and operator of the Los Angeles-based Korean-American restaurant Ahn Joo, and the author of Seoultown Kitchen: Korean Pub Grub To Share With Family And Friends. While Korean by heritage, Lee didn't grow up eating traditional Korean foods.

When recipes go wrong

May 23, 2012
The health care blog

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

We're going to venture that just by nature of the fact that you're reading this blog, you count yourself as a member of the social mediarati.

If so, you, and a lot of other people, may sooner turn to Epicurious or Facebook to plan your next meal than your grandmother's recipe box or the Nestlé Toll House bag of chocolate chips in the cupboard. That's the word from the Hartman Group, a consumer research firm, and Publicis Consultants USA, a marketing agency.

During the Holiday Season, from Thanksgiving to New Years Day, a lot of people are spending extra hours in the kitchen. And while that used to entail dusting off an old recipe box or paging through a sticky and splattered cookbook – today, more aspiring chefs are using their laptops, tablets or smart-phones to look up recipes online.

And when they do, there will be one Website from Seattle that will serve up more piping hot recipes than any other.

Seattle Times food writer Nancy Leson and Dick Stein usually get together at the KPLU studios each Tuesday to record Food for Thought -- but given Tuesday's hazardous driving conditions it seemed more prudent for Dick to just get Nancy on the phone for their Thanksgiving chat.

This simple preparation -- a standard in my house -- and one Mac's been making since he landed in Washington over 30 years ago. The glaze doesn't overwhelm the salmon and does wonders keeping the fish from drying out. This recipe is enough to glaze four salmon fillets (or half a medium-size salmon). Mac suggests keeping the skin on and grilling the fish covered, skin-side down.

Baking Day Chicken

Jan 1, 2010

from The Italian Country Table

by Lynne Rosetto Kasper

Ingredients

Rosemary Olive Rolls

Jan 1, 2010

(approximately two dozen rolls)

Note from Nancy: If you’ve got a standing mixer, this is a breeze. And it’s pretty easy even if you’re using a large mixing bowl, a sturdy spoon and your hands. The dough can be prepared earlier in the day for baking later: just keep it covered, and keep punching it down till baking time.

Ingredients

Clear Conscience Recipe

Jan 1, 2010

 (serves one)

  • 1/4 large tangerine or 1 large orange wedge
  • 6 thin slices cucumber
  • 1 fresh lemon verbena leaf (or substitute lemon thyme, lemon balm or kaffir lime leaf)
  • 3 ounces fresh lemon-lime sour (see recipe below)
  • 2 ounces chilled soda water

For garnishing: sprig of fresh lemon verbena leaf and/or paper-thin slice of cucumber

Nancy's Gambas al Ajillo

Jan 1, 2010

(generously serves 3)

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ lbs. shrimp (tiger prawns – or other “medium” shrimp work well, and Gulf prawns are even better)
  • 1/3 (packed) cup flat-leaf (Italian) parsley leaves
  • ½ tsp. kosher salt
  • 4-5 cloves garlic (or more, if you like it extra garlicky)
  • 1 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 3 small, whole dried chiles (or 2 teaspoons dried red pepper flakes)
  • A loaf of good bread (your choice, French baguette and rustic loaves work well).

Preparation

Served with Garnet Yam puree and Cavolo Nero

Executive Chef John Neumark

Serafina

Serves 4 as a main course

1 boneless quail (or two) per person marinated with evo S&P and chopped savory

For the rhubarb-cinzano sauce: 

(makes 1 large round loaf)

Cooking Utensils

An enameled cast-iron Dutch oven with a tight-fitting lid yields best results, but the recipe also works in a regular cast-iron Dutch oven or heavy stockpot.

Ingredients

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