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Wit Whiz?

The headlined question can be further refined -- and refined is the word -- to "Light, Tex-Mex, Salsa Con Queso, or Italia?"

Yep -- we're talkin' Cheez Whiz, now available in the four varieties mentioned above plus "regular." It's the topping of choice for some lovers of the authentic Philadelphia cheese steak.  For others nothing but a nice provolone will do. 

Philly native Nancy Leson swears she's never eaten Cheese Whiz on a cheese steak but she didn't say she'd never eaten Cheez Whiz at all. Because I am occasionally a gentleman I didn't press her on it.

During this episode Nancy and I got to talking about regional sandwich favorites, like mine from New York, the sausage and pepper sub. What's your favorite from those thrilling days of youthful and indiscriminate sandwich gorging?  

“I've got brown sandwiches and green sandwiches - it's either very new cheese or very old meat.”

- Oscar Madison in "The Odd Couple" by Neil Simon

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.