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Favorite FOOD: Thanksgiving tips, tales and recipes with shelf life

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Grace Madigan
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KNKX
Some of Kau Kau BBQ Restaurant's food hangs in the window at the restaurant in Seattle's Chinatown-International District. This time of year, the restaurant also makes turkeys for Thanksgiving, with a wildly popular following.

From the KNKX archives, these four stories dig into the details on Thanksgiving food from rolls to turkey to...duck! Enjoy this sampling and have a great holiday!


2021: 'The best turkey we’ve ever had’: A loyal following in Seattle’s Chinatown-International District

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Grace Madigan
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KNKX
Richard Chang, at right, hands over one of Kau Kau’s roasted turkeys to customer Vincent Langsy, who is sharing the tradition with his partner's family for the first time.

Kau Kau BBQ Restaurant in Seattle's Chinatown-International District started roasting Thanksgiving turkeys decades ago. It's now an enormously popular tradition with many repeat customers. KNKX Arts & Culture reporter Grace Madigan talked with both the folks behind the tradition and the people it means so much to.

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2019: The way we roll for Thanksgiving

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Nancy Leson
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KNKX
Nancy Leson's dinner rolls.

In this episode of FOOD, longtime KNKX jazz host Dick Stein and food commentator Nancy Leson compare dinner roll recipes and debate the number one job of the fluffy Thanksgiving sidekick: to soak up gravy or butter?

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2017: Let's talk duck this Thanksgiving!

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Nancy Leson
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KNKX
5-spice duck from Peony Modern Kitchen in Bellevue.

Having said all they could say about Thanksgiving, longtime KNKX jazz host Dick Stein and music commentator Nancy Leson share their passion for another fowl fit for the table: duck.

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2014: Save time, stress and sanity with Thanksgiving make-aheads

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Nancy Leson
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KNKX
Nancy Leson's favorite: Pasta & Co.'s cranberry-sour cherry-rum sauce.

KNKX food commentator Nancy Leson always hosts huge gatherings for Thanksgiving. One way she keeps the cooking-day rush to a minimum is to make what she can in advance, especially her favorite cranberry sauce, which keeps so well she can make it six months ahead of time. Meanwhile, longtime KNKX jazz host Dick Stein decided to add something new to his Thanksgiving menu: Squash toasts with ricotta and cider vinegar.

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Cara Kuhlman is KNKX's online managing editor. Prior to KNKX, she worked at Seattle-based technology and business news site GeekWire for six years. A University of Oregon graduate, she's also studied narrative nonfiction writing and journalism entrepreneurship.
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