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Food for Thought: Nancy scores a big green Easter egg

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Nancy and Mac's Craigslist score.

"We've been looking at them and lusting after them for at least a decade."  That's Nancy Leson talking about the Big Green Egg outdoor cooker. She and husband Mac had always been put off by the price – some models cost more than $1,000. And that's not including accessories.

But Mac's friend Alan and Craigslist came to the rescue. Together, they found a reasonably priced, used BGE, which Mac brought home just in time to roast an Easter leg of lamb. 

Was it any good?

"It was the best Easter lamb we've ever had in our lives. In fact it was the best lamb, period."

Here it is ready to roast with a chimichurri marinade by Argentine chef Francis Mallman.

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Ready for the Egg.
Credit Nancy Leson / KNKX
In progress.

Out of the egg and onto the board                                                   


The Big Green Egg is just one of many makes of an ancient design going back at least 3,000 years, now known as kamado cookers. There are many makes on the market today. Here's a comprehensive article by Max Good on the comparative merits of the top models.

"...You'd never find a gorilla frying up some bananas for dinner or a lion charcoal broiling a zebra steak." –Dick Gregory

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.