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Nancy Sez: "When Life Gives You Lemons...Start Cooking"

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Nancy at the Tom Douglas Hot Stove Society class with pasta and lemon cream sauce

Lemon is a frequent ingredient in the cuisine at both the Stein and Leson households.  Nancy says "It's a rare day when I don't use one or three of them when I'm cooking."   I like lemons, too but my wife (The Lovely and Talented) Cheryl DeGroot believes there's nothing they can't improve.

In fact when I told her that if I marinated a hockey puck in lemon juice DeGroot would eat it, Nancy thought I was joking.

Recently Nance attended a cooking class at the Tom Douglas Hot Stove Society.  The topic of the class: Cooking with lemons.

"We had roasted lemon chicken with a lemon salsa verde, lemon green beans, fresh pasta with a lemon cream sauce, there was a lemon vinaigrette-dressed salad," and "We had an incredibly buttery lemon-polenta cake."

Nancy says the lemon green beans "....Would be perfect for Easter Sunday.

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Green beans with lemon and shaved Parmesan.

Blanch some green beans in boiling salted water... take 'em out while they're still crisp..put 'em on a platter, let cool and then drizzle with some good olive oil, sprinkle with kosher or sea salt and the zest of a lemon."  Topped with shaved Parmesan or minced parsley, Nancy says it's "Easy-Peasy."

Once DeGroot gets wind of this Food for Thought episode I know she'll demand I make that lemon-centric dinner, too.  And I will. 

"This hockey puck could use more lemon."

– The L & T

Dick Stein joined KNKX in January 1992. He retired in 2020 after three decades on air. During his storied radio career, he hosted the morning jazz show, co-hosted and produced "Food for Thought" with Nancy Leson and wrote and directed the Jimmy Jazzoid live radio musical comedies and 100 episodes of Jazz Kitchen.