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Nancy Schaadt
Portland Oregon
I'm middle-aged line cook, crazy about food, exploring Portland and Oregon.
Interests: My dog Belmont, good beer, red wine, whiskey, cooking, eating, farmer's markets, the Coast, walking my dog Belmont, and thrift shops. and drinking beer in beervana -- portland. Oh, and guys. For kicks, check out my first blog, CULA Confidential, which chronicles my years in culinary school and my first two jobs:
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Honey is magic. You can put it on burns, it's a natural energy source and antioxydent powerhouse. If you have a persistent cough, reach for the honey pot, not a cough drop. Alone, a teaspoon of honey will quell a... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at A Jersey Girl in Portland
I don't know what other people make for friends at the holidays, but I make bacon. This year, four kinds of bacon. Top to bottom we have... Pomegranate lavender Cumin, garlic, turmeric bottom right: Maple garlic bottom left: Dill &... Continue reading
Posted Dec 8, 2017 at A Jersey Girl in Portland
I have lately been thinking about potatoes. Maybe because they're such a winter staple. Perhaps because they're such a blank canvas, a go-to starch that will complete the plate you are building. Starchy/mealy? Waxy? Whipped, mashed, smashed, boiled or baked?... Continue reading
Posted Dec 2, 2017 at A Jersey Girl in Portland
Disclaimer: I wrote this a month ago and forgot to post it. In the interest of honesty, I'll not edit the stuff I wrote at that time. Radishes are my new favorite autumn fun food. Strong, spicy-hot watermelon radishes. Tangy... Continue reading
Posted Nov 25, 2017 at A Jersey Girl in Portland
We picked up 40 pounds of late-season Roma tomatoes at the farmers market on Saturday. So far I've canned over a gallon of strained toms, about a gallon of tomato juice (with fennel, beets, mirepoix, reishi), a quart of dried... Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2017 at A Jersey Girl in Portland
Two or three weeks ago (!) the CSA had a bunch of tomatoes (which we ate as Caprese). I also made a thick tomato soup with onion and tomatoes with white wine and chicken stock. It was so tasty. Especially... Continue reading
Posted Sep 27, 2017 at A Jersey Girl in Portland
We bought 25 pounds of plum tomatoes* at the Portland Farmers Market on Saturday. My sweetie Christopher carried them many blocks. So I will cook them. Twenty-five pounds of toms. (Wait a minute.... {you may ask} didn't you grow tomatoes?)... Continue reading
Posted Sep 12, 2017 at A Jersey Girl in Portland
In the 1970s a great home canning book called "Putting Food By" was published. It was the bible of canning for a generation. At about that time I canned at home with my mom and sister (ha! I should say... Continue reading
Posted Sep 5, 2017 at A Jersey Girl in Portland
When you get here, you can make grilled carrots. I bet I'll love them. xoxo
I need to add that salt boiled potatoes made in this fashion are called Syracuse Potatoes. Mea Cula to my New York State friends... Cheers! Nancy
Woo hoo! It's summertime in the glorious Pacific Wonderland (a little plug for my awesome employer). The cucumbers in my garden are going crazy and the tomato plants are strong but not setting fruit yet. The days are hot but... Continue reading
Posted Jul 23, 2017 at A Jersey Girl in Portland
CSA: Community Supported Agriculture. A big box of vegetable goodies. What a concept! It's a way for an individual to provide working capitol to a farm by pre-buying produce. My CSA is from Gathering Together Farm. $525 for 21 weeks... Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2017 at A Jersey Girl in Portland
Sam Sifton, a food writer for the New York Times, had a great piece in the Sunday Magazine (4.23.17) about Jamie Oliver's chicken in milk. But don't let me blather on, read it for yourself. The sentence that hooked me... Continue reading
Posted Apr 27, 2017 at A Jersey Girl in Portland
Make some! Get some chicken feet and backs, there has to be a butcher in Aix, mirepoix, and two hours. Roast backs and feet, add mirepoix and cover with water. Simmer slowly.... xoxo, Nancy
And this is what it was doing in Portland as I wrote this post. Hopefully that'll take you to my You Tube Channel. Cheers! Nancy
There's a food cart run by an amazing woman named Nong Poonsukwattana called Nong's Khao Man Gai. Her story is inspirational (came here with $100, got a job, opened a cart, opened a brick-and-mortar) It's a mini chain of two... Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2017 at A Jersey Girl in Portland
A Saturday off and a Market day. Oh bliss, oh joy! Of course we went to the market. We brought home kale raab, the first asparagus of the season, clams from the coast (oysters too), and young garlic to make... Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2017 at A Jersey Girl in Portland
Hi Max! I have confit duck legs that are at least two years old -- which may be pushing the outer limits of optimum storage... The riblets I hope to eat within 21 days, which should be find. Cheers! Nancy
This weekend's fun with food begins with lamb riblets from SuDan Farm of Canby OR. Riblets are super cheap, about $4/pound, and really tasty but they are small, only two inches wide and four ribs deep. Each rib gives you... Continue reading
Posted Mar 16, 2017 at A Jersey Girl in Portland
My favorite Freddy's (Fred Meyer Supermarket) had king oyster mushrooms on sale for $5/lb last week. Shroooms this time of year are so delicious. From perfumed matsutake to musky chanterelle... I'm nutty about them. This bunch of king oyster beauties... Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2016 at A Jersey Girl in Portland
I'm so dumb sometimes! I should have written CELERY root. Not PARSLEY root. Parsley root IS a thing. Just not my thing. Cheers! NS
CeeLee and I have had a house guest for the past couple of weeks. Our sweet friend Max. Max-who-loves-food. (happy dance emoji) Let's try a weird and fun food like geoduck? Why not! These clams are magnificent. They are some... Continue reading
Posted Jun 22, 2016 at A Jersey Girl in Portland
When I'm at home (usually in bed in the morning) my mind starts to work out the meal plan for the day. I visualize a dish in my mind, think about how to make it and how the flavors will... Continue reading
Posted Nov 20, 2015 at A Jersey Girl in Portland
It's full-on autumn in Portland which means rain, rain boots, Halloween & comfort food. And green tomatoes. Lots of green tomatoes. I had four tomato plants in raised beds this year. Two plum and two Cosmonaut. They all grew well... Continue reading
Posted Nov 7, 2015 at A Jersey Girl in Portland