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May 30, 2008 10:30 AM

Sweet on sour cherries

Posted by Nancy Leson

When I opened my email-box this morning, I found a query near and dear to my heart -- and my stomach. "I'm wondering if you can tell me the season for sour pie cherries, and if this is something I'm likely to find at a Northwest farmer's market," wondered Debbie Jeske. Funny she should ask. The short answer? "Soon" and "yes." I know this because we have two sour cherry trees in our backyard, small-rootstock that began bearing a year after we bought them from Raintree Nursery in 1997.


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May 29, 2008 9:41 AM

My kid's tour of Pike Place Market

Posted by Nancy Leson


This weekend, you might want to take the kids along and check out the Pike Place Market Street Festival. And with summer fast approaching, chances are you may find yourself tooling around our festive Market toting visitors from out of town, who may be far more interested in the sights, sound and noshes than the glorious produce from the farm stalls. Seeing as some of those visitors may be of the pipsqueak variety, you may need a few pointers from someone who resembles that statement. And I've got just the "someone" who can help.

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May 28, 2008 4:00 PM

Wind and rain blows East

Posted by Nancy Leson


First, Wild Ginger plans a second outpost in Bellevue, and now Monsoon is doing the same, as you can read here in Leslie Kelly's "On Dining" column. The upscale Vietnamese bistro blew me away when it opened nearly a decade ago and continues to do so today, and I'm happy to know that owner/chefs Eric and Sophie Banh chose to go the smaller route, taking over the shuttered Porcella Urban Market location in Old Bellevue where they'll install the new restaurant and bar, rather than blowing into some gargantuan mixed-use complex or honking-big mall, OD-ing their geographical footprint and diluting their unbelievably delicious product. ETA: fall.

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May 28, 2008 11:20 AM

Bagging a grocery-store bargain

Posted by Nancy Leson


"Skyrocketing food prices are prompting more shoppers to scout sales, clip coupons, haunt bread outlets, freeze sale-priced meat for future meals and otherwise watch their pennies, some for the first time in their lives," writes my food-page colleague Karen Gaudette in today's Seattle Times.

As you may have divined from reading All You Can Eat, I regularly balance my high-end expenses (like the prime rib we grill-smoked and served to dinner guests the weekend before last), with groceries like these, bought for a grand total of $11 at Viet Wah:


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May 28, 2008 7:19 AM

What's up with Malay Satay?

Posted by Nancy Leson


If you've been wondering what's up with Seattle's Malay Satay Hut -- which has been shuttered for three months, you're not alone. I recently stopped by at what would normally be a busy lunch hour to find the storefront looking pretty gloom-and-doomy:



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May 27, 2008 3:37 PM

Obama loves Fran's

Posted by Nancy Leson


Barack Obama's personal aide, Reggie Love, showed some love for Seattle in a profile in today's New York Times by noting that when it comes to must-have munchies, Obama's a big fan of Fran's Chocolates. A political wonk who loves Seattle's own Willy Wonkess? Well, as anyone who's ever tasted Fran's chocolates can attest, who can blame him? (I'll admit to having eaten -- shhhh! -- not one, but two Fran's GoldBars just last week.) Meanwhile, while slurping ramen at Boom Noodle on Capitol Hill today at lunch, who do I spy walking by? Fran Bigelow and her son, Dylan, who along with his sister, Andrina, has been hard at work at their Capitol Hill chocolate laboratory turning Fran's Chocolates into a second-generation business. Dropping my chopsticks, I ran out to say hello and congrats. And yes, they said, they'd been hot-diggity-doggin' it all day having heard that their very own confections are on Obama's Greatest Hits-list.


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May 27, 2008 7:15 AM

Heads she wins, and Spring Hill has sprung

Posted by Nancy Leson


Doesn't it drive you crazy when you're looking at someone, and you know you know them, and you just can't place the face? That happens to me all the time, and it happened again last week at a Books & Cooks event, where I spotted this familiar face:



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May 23, 2008 3:00 PM

SIFF-goers, sitting on SALT

Posted by Nancy Leson


Michelle Quisenberry is a restaurateur who never misses an opportunity to promote Volterra, her Seattle restaurant whose signature Fennel Salt has found its ways into the hands of everyone from "Grey's Anatomy's" Chandra Wilson. . .:


. .to such (cough!) salt-of-the-earth types as "The Donald." (Does he look thrilled, or what?):


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May 23, 2008 11:15 AM

Salmon chanted luncheon: Gone fishin' at the Space Needle

Posted by Nancy Leson


When I cancel a date for sushi, you know I must have something really good on the line, and that's what happened yesterday when I got a last-minute invite to join a group of Yup'ik Eskimo fisherfolk for lunch at the Space Needle:



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May 22, 2008 3:15 PM

Let the (salmon) campaigning begin!

Posted by Nancy Leson


'Tis the season for wild Northwest salmon. I knew that even before I got this fishified press-kit courtesy of McCormick & Schmick's:



I've got more to say on the subject, after having eaten this today for lunch:



With these fine Yu'pik fisherfolk:



At a certain restaurant whose view looks like this:



We'll talk more about that in a bit. Gotta run to a meeting about blogging and the law ("Yes, officer? Was I speeding?").


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May 21, 2008 3:55 PM

Why I love Seattle's "Little Saigon"

Posted by Nancy Leson


Twenty years ago, I got turned on to Vietnamese food after moving to Seattle. I learned about it by trial and error. To be honest, there were very few errors -- if you don't count the time I watched a little boy pull down his drawers in the aisle of a small grocery store off 12th and Jackson and relieve himself while his mother was busy inspecting the produce. Today I had lunch in a strip mall just across the street from that grocery: the Chinese restaurant Sichuanese Cuisine. I shared four generous platters of food: 20 steamed dumplings, eggplant with garlic sauce, family-style tofu with pork and kung pao fish, plus a big bowl of rice and complimentary tea -- enough for four hungry people. The cost of this fine lunch? $32:


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May 21, 2008 11:00 AM

That's Some Pig!

Posted by Nancy Leson

I haven't eaten at the Herbfarm in Woodinville since executive chef Keith Luce took the helm (have you? how was it?). But I'm not surprised to hear that the Herbfarm is growing more than herbs these days. Now they're raising Mangalitsa pigs, meant to grow up to look like this one:

Mangalitsa sow

This Wooly Pigs blog post tells the tale of Mangalitsa pigs and their cross-bred Mangalitsa-Berkshire brethren, now being humanely raised for slaughter (and the Herbfarm's famous table) down on the Herbfarm's farm. And yes, as they grow, they're porking out on organic herbs among other fine foodstuffs, so that multi-course diners can pigout on chef Luce's house-cured charcuterie. Attention Charlotte, Fern, and PETA: Yes, I've already gotten the memo, so please don't bothering harassing me!

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May 20, 2008 4:54 PM

Critics carped: TASTE gets "warm" re-do

Posted by Nancy Leson


When Providence Cicero reviewed TASTE at SAM, her opening salvo read:

"`Expect to be Amazed,'" trumpets the ad copy for the fabulously redone Seattle Art Museum. Yet what's most amazing about its ambitious new ground-floor restaurant, Taste, is its lack of visual excitement. The Queen of Narnia might feel at home dining in this chilly, white space. But this daughter of Eve finds it stark. The fully exposed, stainless-steel kitchen eclipses the dining room's virtues -- clean lines, big windows, a sleek bar -- and creates the unfortunate effect of making the restaurant seem like the institutional cafeteria it is trying so hard not to be."

The P.I.'s Leslie Kelly had this to say in her review:

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May 20, 2008 10:30 AM

Pass the vanity plate

Posted by Nancy Leson


Attention road warriors! With all the food and wine fanatics around here, it's no surprise we're seeing an increasing number of cars bearing food- and wine-related Washington State vanity plates like these, parked in the lot of an event I attended last night:


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May 19, 2008 4:05 PM

Tutti -- what kind of fruiti?

Posted by Nancy Leson


On Saturday, I was shopping at my neighborhood QFC, stocking up on raspberries (Nate was begging to make homemade ice cream):



And while I was in the produce section, I spotted this strange fruit -- a new one on me:


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May 19, 2008 11:05 AM

The egg came first

Posted by Nancy Leson


If you've ever thought about raising chickens in your backyard, and missed reading Nicole Tsong's ode to the urban chicken coop Saturday in NW Home & Life, give it a read. I think about raising chickens all the time, because there's something really special about a fresh-laid egg, and I've got enough room in the backyard for a nice-sized coop. But then, I think, why bother? For one, between the two geriatric dogs and the four fish aquariums in need of constant care, plus the ever-propogating stick bugs in their insect cage (a birthday gift given to my son from some crack-pot friends of ours -- don't get me started), do we really need more pets?


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May 16, 2008 10:30 AM

Captain Bay-Schmith's gotta-make-it chicken

Posted by Nancy Leson


You haven't lived till you've tasted my husband's "famous" chicken:



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May 15, 2008 5:58 PM

An Urbanspoonful: lunch at Quinn's

Posted by Nancy Leson


I've got to give thanks to Julien Perry -- host of KOMO News Radio's "Go Eat!" -- for inviting me to lunch at Quinn's on Capitol Hill today. Because not only did I get to share half the menu with Julien (that's Ju-LEEN, by the way, not Julie-EN), I also got to lift a lovin' spoonful with Patrick O'Donnell and Ethan Lowry, of the restaurant website Urbanspoon:

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May 15, 2008 11:18 AM

Patricia and Walter Wells: They'll always have Paris. I'll always have Jeff Bergman

Posted by Nancy Leson


So, you think being a food writer is all about rubbing elbows with the foodarazzi, eating entirely too well, drinking fine wines and getting paid to do so. Well, if you took a look at my Wednesday afternoon this week, guess what? You'd be right!

After a day spent glued to my computer, I hit the road, headed for an intimate wine-and-horse-divorce party with Walter and Patricia Wells, at the home of one of the best cooks you probably don't know: Jeff Bergman. Jeff's grilled cheese sandwich recipe won top prize from the Seattle Cheese Festival folks (he'll be doing a cooking demo at the Pike Place Market festival from noon to 1pm on Sunday, where you might just get a taste):

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May 14, 2008 2:57 PM

Chicken -- little?

Posted by Nancy Leson


After reading about one of my favorite Sunday suppers (roasted chicken). Jane Ramsey wrote to ask if I know where she might get her hands on a true "roaster" -- not one of those dinky broiler/fryers sold all over town -- like the ones my husband smoked on the Weber last weekend:



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May 14, 2008 10:50 AM

Dining deals: What a fine web (site) he weaves

Posted by Nancy Leson

I recently heard from a guy named Matt Arnold, who moved to Seattle several months ago for a temporary stay and as quick as you can say, "I'll have a pint of Manny's and a mini crab cake," put together a Web site for budget-conscious eaters-and-drinkers. Matt sent me a link to his site and wondered what I thought of it. Well, frankly, I thought, "I should share this email -- and his site -- with my bleaders." Matt said, twist my arm!

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May 13, 2008 4:39 PM

Prom-a-rama: black tie, top hat and a table for -- how many?

Posted by Nancy Leson


Must be that time of year. The where-to-go-for-prom questions are rolling in. Let's see if I can't answer a few. And feel free to chime in with ideas of your own, folks!

Juliet Brewster asks: "I have a fairly large (20+) group going out on prom night. We are price-conscious with picky eaters and huge dresses, so we are looking for somewhere to go where we won't be completely disturbing the peace. Do you have any ideas? Maybe somewhere they can hide us away in a back room."


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May 13, 2008 7:40 AM

Quick! Make this for dinner

Posted by Nancy Leson


If you're anything like me, you tend to wait till it's almost too late to decide what to cook for dinner. I'm a last-minute stop-and-shopper, prone to hitting the store on my way home from work/wherever, then tooling around the supermarket, thinking: "What looks good tonight?" Early this month, I spent $35 on "The Splendid Table's How to Eat Supper" at a booksigning event. That may seem like a small fortune, but it turned out to be cheap at twice the price. Not only because it was signed by Lynne Rossetto Kasper, and co-authored by her uber-talented producer and busy working-mom, Sally Swift, but because when I took it home and read it, I realized: Whoo-wee! This one's a keeper! What's more, it's also a user -- filled with tips of the cooking-trade, laughs (yes, they discuss the "after-effects" of eating asparagus), cookbook recommendations and many, many quick-to-fix meals, including this one:


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May 12, 2008 12:00 PM

Drinking with wolves, or Angelo Gaja

Posted by Nancy Leson


Is that a grizzly over your shoulder, or have you just had one too many glasses of merlot? These, and other questions may be posed at the Woodland Park Zoo on May 22nd, when they're hosting a $40 reservations-only wine-and-dine event. It's a grownup's chance to head to the zoo without the kids. You can eat (salmon with the grizzlies), drink (Washington wines with the wolves), and be wary with a band of wild animals (but don't you do that all the time -- when you're home with the kids?). For more info, check out the zoo's events calendar.

Looking for a far more civilized venue to drink fine wines? You'll have to pony up 10 times as much to do so at Canlis June 10th, but what price a six-course dinner in the penthouse, paired with fantabulous Gaja wines, enjoyed in the company of fourth-generation Piedmont winemaker Angelo Gaja? (Answer: $395 per person, plus tax and tip.)

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May 12, 2008 8:06 AM

Portrait of an incredible young chef: a cautionary tale

Posted by Nancy Leson


The May 12 issue of the "New Yorker" has a story you shouldn't miss: a profile of 34-year-old chef Grant Achatz of Alinea. Ten months ago Achatz, co-owner of the Chicago restaurant "Gourmet" calls the best in the country, was diagnosed with Stage IV tongue cancer. He says he was told by one oncologist, "You'll be dead in four months." Read it.


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May 9, 2008 11:15 AM

Burger Queen

Posted by Nancy Leson


There's nothing like doing research for a burger round-up to prove that far more interesting options abound than that well-publicicized "Two-all-beef-patties-special-sauce-lettuce-cheese-pickles-onions-on-a-sesame-seed-bun."

Over the past few weeks, I've eaten a multitude of burgers, shakes, sodas and fried sides for today's cover story for Ticket -- an expanding-pants-sizeable effort that gave me a chance to visit my old fast-food standby (Dick's), longtime favorites (Red MIll, Two Bells), a soon-to-close Happy Hour-honoree (Cascadia), and one fan-freakin-fabulous newbie (Lunchbox Laboratory).

First, I downed this beaut at Two Bells:

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May 8, 2008 4:21 PM

VesseI: Is the ice slippery at "Best Bar in America"?

Posted by Nancy Leson


About two weeks ago, a well-connected restaurateur sent me an e-mail asking, "What's up with Vessel?"
Rumor had it the high-end cocktail lounge in Seattle's historic Skinner Building was going to close.

Vessel -- famous for its decor, its ice cubes and a disdain for vodka, just named among the "Best Bars in America" by Esquire magazine, home to Seattle Magazine's "Best Bartender" Jamie Boudreau, imported from Lumiere in Vancouver, B.C. -- closing?

boudreau2.jpg

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May 8, 2008 11:58 AM

Help! There's a cow in her freezer

Posted by Nancy Leson


Kelly Adams, from Olympia, writes:

"A couple of years ago, my brother raised two dairy cows for butcher. My husband and I bought one while my brother and his wife kept the other. This meat has made the most amazing, lean, flavorful hamburger you can ask for. The roasts have been fantastic when braised and the stew meat wonderful. What we have had trouble using have been the steaks; they have great flavor but lack tenderness. We are looking for great ways to use the mountain of steaks in our freezer before they get past the point of no return. We have discussed making sausage and pepperoni but that sounds like a colossal job. Do you have any other groovy ideas?"

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May 7, 2008 4:35 PM

Dutch Babies -- and my pal CeCe Sullivan

Posted by Nancy Leson


Today in the Seattle Times, you'll find CeCe Sullivan's last "Cooking School" -- a story and video presentation:



It's great fun to watch that video, and see CeCe in her element -- the Seattle Times test kitchen -- explaining how to make glorious, colorful Dutch Baby pancakes. Or at least it would be if I wasn't going to miss her so much.

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May 7, 2008 11:15 AM

"Beyond the Great Wall": Why I love this book

Posted by Nancy Leson

Jeffrey Alford and Naomi Duguid don't just write cookbooks, they take you on an extraordinary voyage to places you never knew you wanted to see -- then make you so much better for having seen them. Reading about this couple's travels, and absorbing the photographs in each of their six cookbooks, I feel as if I'm sharing their senses: seeing, tasting and smelling along with them while learning so much more than how to prepare the recipes. Their latest effort, Beyond the Great Wall: Recipes and Travels in the Other China, may be their best effort yet. And that's saying a lot:



More good news? They're coming to Seattle May 22 to promote it, signing books and showing slides from the "other" China -- the one that takes us far beyond moo shu pork and General Tso's chicken -- at a Cooks & Books event to be held May 22nd at Culinary Communion.

I spent much of the weekend poring- and "peering" over Beyond the Great Wall-- when I could pry it out of my husband's hands. (Their Seductions of Rice is his favorite cookbook.) And on Sunday, I cooked from it for the first time, making Uighur Lamb Kebabs after learning that the Uighur people of Central Asia speak a Turkic language, cook over a wood or charcoal fire, and that their sheep and goats forage in the hills and oases of Xinjiang. You can view the results, below.

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May 7, 2008 7:15 AM

You want it, you got it -- again: Hinterberger's "Clam Spaghetti" recipe

Posted by Nancy Leson


Say the words "John Hinterberger" and next thing you know, someone asks for his long-loved recipe for Clam Spaghetti.

For those who'd wrinkle their noses before putting their noses in the air and saying, "Canned clams? When you can get them fresh at any market in town?" John would surely say, "Get over yourself: Life's too short! Open the can, go outside and pick some dandelion greens, toss the greens with a little good olive oil and vinegar for a salad, and you've got a great, cheap dinner."

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May 6, 2008 11:35 AM

Anybody know this guy?

Posted by Nancy Leson

Let me give you a Hint:

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May 6, 2008 7:05 AM

Kathy says: Zest those lemons, among other money-saving tips. Yours?

Posted by Nancy Leson


After Kathy Benson read what I had to say about cooking on the cheap, she sent an e-mail, sharing some of her favorite food-budget tips. She says she can't claim the ideas entirely as her own, since many came from her days, back in the '70s and '80s, as a production assistant on the "Seattle Today" show, which later morphed into "Northwest Today" and then "Good Company." Part of her job involved handling the mail for the show's Household Hints segment, and lo these years later, she's continued to use many of them. She writes:

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May 5, 2008 4:38 PM

Kerry Sear set to sell Cascadia, head F&B for Seattle Four Seasons

Posted by Nancy Leson


When Kerry Sear opened Cascadia in the Austin Bell building nine years ago, he had 15 years experience working for the Four Seasons hotel chain, much of that time spent as chef-exec of the the Hotel Formerly Known as the Four Seasons Olympic. So, is it any surprise that after nearly a decade as an independent operator -- one whose resume included stints in Vancouver, B.C., Toronto and Seattle -- the brass at the new Four Seasons Hotel and Private Residences is happy to welcome him back into the fold, offering up the top culinary slot at the new hotel set to open this fall at First and Union?


Working for a company with 75 luxury hotels around the world (76 by week's end) will be a luxury after running his own restaurant, bar and catering business, Sear says. Cascadia is for sale -- though he won't sell the name or his "Miniburger" empire (see my burger round-up, Friday, for more on those burgers). And while there have been "a couple of parties interested," he expects to keep the place open through much of the summer. "In the perfect scenario," he says, "we'll move up there in August." Having just told his employees the news last weekend, he's hoping many of them will also make the transition to the hotel, whose as yet-unnamed restaurant and bar will be similar in size to Cascadia, Sear says. Its menu will be Modern American with a Pacific Northwest influence -- "My style, with the quality of the Four Seasons backing it."

What drove his decision to sell and go back to the Four Seasons? Sear says that looking toward the future, he realized he didn't want to do multiple units, nor was he hot to throw more money into Cascadia or revamp the concept. And when the Four Seasons tapped him for the job as executive chef and director of food and beverage, he was game to go back to a game he knew well. "This is the next step for me, career-wise. I'm pleased I did Cascadia. I learned a lot."

Among the things he learned was how, in the less-than-glamorous world of being a chef/owner/operator, your money, time and talent were often on the line. "I won't have to go unblock anymore toilets," he says. Nor will he be awakened at home at 3 a.m. when the restaurant's alarm system is set off. "Now I can just call the maintenance department." And even his 7-year-old son is excited about the new job, telling everyone, "Now, daddy's restaurant has a swimming pool!"

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May 5, 2008 10:15 AM

Hey, you pho-natics: a question from a reader, and one from me

Posted by Nancy Leson


Alliniece Andino wrote, asking:

I read your review a month or so ago of noodle soups around town and wanted to know if you could suggest a good chicken broth pho. (I know it's rare, but thought you might know.) I used to get a wonderful, aromatic, light and clear chicken pho from PHO 900, which was one block from my house on the corner of Rainier Avenue and Charles St. (Seattle's Central Area). Not only was the broth wonderful, but they used thin slices of lean breast meat, fresh basil, jalapenos and bean sprouts. Their rice noodles were made to order. Well, the place closed and I've found no good alternative. The broth at Tamarind Tree and most places are pork based and sometimes their garnishings are not fresh. I even got old, hard, cold, rice noodles that were stuck together in my to go order from a Rainier Avenue restaurant. Hopefully, you can help.

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May 2, 2008 11:59 AM

Your weekend assignment: Bake this "no-knead" bread. It's unbelievable.

Posted by Nancy Leson


By now, I'm sure you've heard about "No-Knead Bread" -- the "No way! You're kidding me!" easiest-recipe-ever for making an incredible (and incredibly cheap) loaf of crusty, European-style bread at home.

Really? You haven't heard about it? Well, where have you been -- out spending $5 a loaf at artisan bakeshops? If so, allow me to turn you into a bread-making machine, because if my bread can look like this:

So can yours!

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May 1, 2008 12:24 PM

Et tu, Tewfik?

Posted by Nancy Leson


Being the journalistic mensch that he is, Tacoma News Tribune restaurant critic Ed Murrieta offered up a delicous handful of Seattle-centric morsels along with his Tacoma restaurant recommendations.

He gave a shout-out to Tom Douglas's sister, Michele, co-owner of Tacoma's Tempest Lounge. And chronicled the swift movement of one of my favorite front-of-the-housemen, Tewfik Boulenouar (whose charming ministrations I gave the vigorous nod to in my early review of Coupage). Tewfik, late of week-old Maxwell's Speakeasy + Lounge, just ceded his managerial duties there to Rich Troiani, whose name you might be familiar with from a certain mid-town Seattle restaurant. Keeping up with these two guys is like playing "Where's Waldo?"

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May 1, 2008 12:16 PM

She wants the garlic aroma, so I asked in Tacoma

Posted by Nancy Leson


You've got to love Amy Rasmussen, who wrote to say she took my Pike Place Market post to heart, challenging herself to head right over there and shop for dinner. After which she made "a delicious Bolognese" (now there's a gal after my own heart). What's more, she posed a question I, too, have been wondering: Where to eat a "nice dinner" in Tacoma?

I'm professionally mortified to say it's been entirely too long since I've had dinner -- nice, or otherwise -- in Tacoma. And since she's not the first reader to pose that question, I leaned on my friend and colleague, Tacoma News Tribune restaurant critic Ed Murrieta, asking him to please enlighten Amy and, by extension, the rest of us. And bless his tamale-lovin' heart, he did it: Check out his answer, here on his blog, Ed's Diner.

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May 1, 2008 7:00 AM

There's no place like a home-y restaurant. So, where do you go?

Posted by Nancy Leson

Yesterday, on my radio gig, KPLU's "Food for Thought," I talked to my chat-buddy Dick Stein about restaurants that make you feel at home. You know: those "Cheers"-like places where everybody knows your name. I told him -- and our listeners -- about a joint called Marvin's, a place my dad frequented for years and talked about often before he died:

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Food for Thought | Nancy Leson on KPLU

Listen to Nancy at 5:30 a.m. and 7:30 a.m. during Morning Edition, at 4:40 p.m. during All Things Considered and again the following Saturday at 8:30 a.m. during Weekend Edition on KPLU 88.5.

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