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The power of sour

Nancy Leson
Nancy Leson's vinegar habit exposed!

I like it straight out of the bottle, no ice, no glass.  And with apologies to Fast Eddie Felson, I don't mean JTS Brown bourbon.

I'm talkin' vinegar.  And in this Food for Thought Nancy and I talk about its many uses  -- including a  great tip on how to make that cheap Balsamico taste more like the high-priced kind.

I keep at least eight or nine varieties of vinegar on hand -- everything from the standard red wine stuff to the Chinese Chinkiang black rice variety.  Plus a shake-bottle of white vinegar with a bunch of those vicious little Thai bird's eye chilies steeping in it, biding their time  while waiting their chance to jump out at you!  Still, compared to Nancy Leson I'm vinegar deprived.  The woman has several Lazy Susans full of the stuff.

Humans have been making and using vinegar for at least ten thousand years.  We've been producing it commercially for about two thousand.  And no wonder.  Look at all the uses it can be put to.   If you have a favorite vinegar tip please share it with the rest of us. 

Now, on to new, exciting business.

Here's your chance to win a gorgeous Sur le Table enameled cast iron cooking pot.  All you have to do is win the Ugliest Cooking Pot contest we're running now through Tuesday March 1st.  You have till then to shoot us a picture of your ugly cooking pot.  The one Nancy and I judge to be Uber Uglee wins this baby.

Don't have a pot that looks ugly enough?  Well, you just go right ahead and make it uglier using any means at your disposal.  Just let your conscience be your guide.  Entry and contest details are here -- and good luck to all.




Dick Stein has been with KNKX since January, 1992. His duties include hosting the morning jazz show and co-hosting and producing the Food for Thought feature with the Seattle Times’ Nancy Leson. He was writer and director of the three Jimmy Jazzoid live radio musical comedies and 100 episodes of Jazz Kitchen. Previous occupations include the USAF, radio call-in show host, country, classical and top-40 DJ, chimney sweep, window washer and advertising copywriter.
Nancy Leson is an award-winning food writer, radio personality, cooking instructor and public speaker who learned much of what she knows about food during her first career: waiting tables. Seattle readers know her as the mouth that scored — for the better part of two decades — as restaurant critic and food columnist for the Seattle Times. These days, when she’s not chatting about recipes or interviewing makers and shakers in the food world for KNKX, she helps end hunger, one loaf at a time, as the Edmonds hub coordinator for the Community Loaves project. Find her @nancyleson and at