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Food for Thought: Medical authorities forbid Nancy Leson to cook

Nancy enjoys the only kitchen project she's allowed for the next month.

Some people get the cold shoulder. Nancy Leson got the whole shoulder. A complete right shoulder replacement. Now she has to convalesce. Bad enough she’s not allowed her customary daily half-hour on the speed bag. The real bummer is that, for the next month, she’s forbidden to cook!

I checked in with Ms. Leson to see how she’s holding up during her month in the No Cook Zone.

“I’m not supposed to be playing tennis yet but basically it feels pretty great.” When I asked how it felt to heft a 10-pound Dutch oven she shared the awful truth: “Now we’re getting to the most important part – I can’t cook.” In fact, she's forbidden to lift anything heavier than a coffee cup with her right hand.

While Nancy recuperates, husband Mac is handling the cooking. “Are you driving him crazy supervising every little thing he’s doing in there?" I asked. “Oh no," she said. "If that happened the guy would not be cooking for me, he’d be calling Uber Eats or something.”

Nancy’s review of the fare at Kaiser Permanente Hospital, her special midnight snack in that hospital catered by friend Jeanne Nakayama, owner of  Maneki, Seattle's oldest Japanese restaurant, and more in this week’s Food for Thought.

"I enjoy convalescence.  It is the part that makes the illness worthwhile." – George Bernard Shaw

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.