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Nancy Schaadt
Portland Oregon
Ad-free blog — 10+ years of great recipes. Come visit 💚
Interests: Middle-aged chef & cook, crazy about food, crazy about Portland, good beer, cannabis, whiskey, cooking, eating, farmer's markets, the Coast, walking, hiking, and thrift shops. I am #AStonerCrone and my culinary home is #MahKitchen For kicks, check out my first blog, CULA Confidential, which chronicles my years in culinary school and my first two jobs: http://batgirl42.blogs.com/culaconfidential/
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I’m saying yes. My daily dose of bran (oh god I’m so old) comes in the form of a cereal called All Bran. I’m nutty about the stuff (although I also love Grape Nuts, come to think of it). There’s... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at A Jersey Girl in Portland
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With thanks to @SheenaPrakash, author of Salad Seasons: Vegetable-Forward Dishes All Year, this is the most TicToc, Instagrammable, FaceBookish cooking-hack/thing/pro-tip I’ve learned all year. Turn Parmesan rinds into crunchy Parmesan croutons. These little joy nuggets are crunchy and stay crunchy... Continue reading
Posted Apr 16, 2024 at A Jersey Girl in Portland
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Minestrone is the best soup for this time of year — the saddle season between winter and spring. It uses some pantry/freezer staples - canned beans and chicken stock - and veggies you have on hand plus some leftover pasta.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 18, 2024 at A Jersey Girl in Portland
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I made a fantastic recipe by Gabrielle Hamilton that ran in the NYT. Anchovy Garlic Dressing. But ‘dressing’ is too weak a descriptor. It’s a sauce. A strong sauce. Lemon, garlic & anchovy strong sauce 2 lemons - juiced and... Continue reading
Posted Mar 12, 2024 at A Jersey Girl in Portland
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Autumn in Portland is equal parts rain, sun, and sun showers. Perfect for mushroom hunting and — in a wet-then-dry autumn — chanterelles. Hopefully you have your (carefully guarded) chanterelle patch in the Coastal Range. Me? I forage at the... Continue reading
Posted Nov 12, 2023 at A Jersey Girl in Portland
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I thought I had posted this months ago. I still love these cookies, I just haven’t made them in ages. Enjoy. I was looking through some old recipes and realized that a cook’s recipe box — my recipe box —... Continue reading
Posted May 31, 2023 at A Jersey Girl in Portland
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What a crazy, busy few months it’s been. I’m loving my new position at a fancy grocery store in SW Portland. I’m a demo cook so I’m cooking almost every day. All the recipes are good. A few have been... Continue reading
Posted May 23, 2023 at A Jersey Girl in Portland
That’s fantastic! We just planted four in front of our house. Cheers and Thanks for writing! Nancy
Toggle Commented May 23, 2023 on Oregon Grape Jam. Wow! at A Jersey Girl in Portland
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I’ve been foolin’ around with farro, that amazing grain, which is, in truth, wheat. A whole grain, an ancient grain. It’s nutty and complex, with a mouthfeel that is both yielding and firm. And it’s super easy to cook. Farro... Continue reading
Posted Feb 21, 2023 at A Jersey Girl in Portland
Than you for the kind words. Gotta love a good peanut butter cookie. If you like chocolate chip cookies, I’m planning to blog about a Bob’s Red Mill recipe that I recently discovered. It’s oat-y and delicious. Cheers! Nancy
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I came across a stash of peanut butter at work and decided to make peanut butter cookies. Mmm peanutty goodness. Imagine my surprise when I realized that the top googled results were poorly written, ad-streaked fluff with a paragraph on... Continue reading
Posted Dec 25, 2022 at A Jersey Girl in Portland
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Got a new iPad and keyboard to go weigh a new job — still in food — at a fancy grocery store as a “foodie” or demonstration chef. “Like the old people at Costco?” my husband asked. Not quite, but... Continue reading
Posted Nov 12, 2022 at A Jersey Girl in Portland
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I have a simple chest freezer. 29”x22”x32” probably 5 cu ft. $300 on Amazon. Nothing special. But it’s magic to me because of the stuff I put it in and the stuff I put in it that I forget about!... Continue reading
Posted Aug 25, 2022 at A Jersey Girl in Portland
Really any pan will do. Thanks for your comment!
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I found love in the meat aisle for $3.99/pound. Brisket. Homely beef brisket. But not corned — which is delicious — nor smoked — also marvelous — but roasted, low and slow. Fork-tender, richly meaty strands of beef with melting... Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2022 at A Jersey Girl in Portland
How fabulous! I’m growing corn in the garden for the first time. We will see how it does in the Pacific Northwest. Cheers! Nancy
Toggle Commented Feb 12, 2022 on Home made hominy at A Jersey Girl in Portland
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Most of my Christmas mornings, I woke up to this wonderful, light, fruity, breakfast bread. It’s a simple recipe. Don’t have sour cream? Use yogurt or cream. If you have heavy cream, sour it with a Tbsp of acid. I... Continue reading
Posted Dec 23, 2021 at A Jersey Girl in Portland
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Thank You Bon Appetit for publishing a lovely Einkorn (Wheat) Shortbread cookie recipe. I’ve tweaked it a bit but I love how ancient, un-messed-with-Einkorn flour makes a thoroughly tasty, absolutely modern, old-fashioned shortbread cookie. Here’s the recipe: Einkorn Shortbread Cookies... Continue reading
Posted Nov 6, 2021 at A Jersey Girl in Portland
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I don’t know who’s paying attention but wintery cuts of meat like short ribs, chuck roast, pork loin, and flank steak are really inexpensive this time of year. Who wants slow cooked short ribs or roast pork when it’s 100... Continue reading
Posted Aug 11, 2021 at A Jersey Girl in Portland
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I read about this soup in the New and Improved Bon Appetit magazine. It’s called Canh, an everyday Vietnamese soup of mostly fish sauce, onion and water. It’s a near-perfect soup base to be paired with a protein entree, or... Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2021 at A Jersey Girl in Portland
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One of the dim sum dishes my husband and I bonded over was dim sum tripe. Flirty frills of crunchy tripe in a broth spiked with jalapeño and ginger. One of my favorites. I selected it from the dim sum... Continue reading
Posted Nov 10, 2020 at A Jersey Girl in Portland
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I’m always looking for a good, easy apple cake. I wrote about one pre-pandemic, but I think I like this one better. French Apple Cake 1 c whole wheat flour 1 c AP flour 2 tsp baking powder 1/2 tsp... Continue reading
Posted Oct 21, 2020 at A Jersey Girl in Portland
Hello! Jersey Girl in Portland is me, Nancy Schaadt. Born in New Jersey, lived all over, found my heart’s home in Portland Oregon in 2008. I’m a chef, freelance writer, and cannabis culture fan. I’m the store demo chef at... Continue reading
Posted Sep 21, 2020 at A Jersey Girl in Portland
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I think tomatoes are one of my top five favorite foods. Take a firm, red tomato. Cut a fat slab from the center. Sprinkle a pinch of Maldon* and take a bite. The flavor almost explodes in the mouth. It’s... Continue reading
Posted Sep 20, 2020 at A Jersey Girl in Portland
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I’ve been having fun with offal, namely tripe. It’s inexpensive (less than $4.50/pound), and delicious. I’ve made Roman tripe, but I wanted to make menudo, the famous Mexican soup usually reserved for family gatherings (but also known as hangover cure).... Continue reading
Posted Sep 7, 2020 at A Jersey Girl in Portland