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Nancy Schaadt
Portland Oregon
I'm middle-aged professional cook, crazy about food, Portland and Oregon.
Interests: My dog Belmont, my sweetie Christopher, good beer, red wine, whiskey, cooking, eating, farmer's markets, the Coast, walking, hiking, and thrift shops. and drinking beer in beervana -- Portland. For kicks, check out my first blog, CULA Confidential, which chronicles my years in culinary school and my first two jobs:
Recent Activity
Why would anyone make cranberry sauce? Unless it's Mama Stamberg's cranberry relish -- which is horseradishy delicious -- really, what's the point? It's cheap to buy, it comes in a can, it's jiggly, and nobody eats it. Right? Well.... I'm... Continue reading
Posted Nov 21, 2019 at A Jersey Girl in Portland
Thanks! I love these apple rings.
We picked up some pink-flesh apples at the Lents International Market yesterday. I'm not usually lured by luscious pink flesh but these apples were delicious, firm and slightly tart. They were also the least attractive apples available -- Beautiful flesh... Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2019 at A Jersey Girl in Portland
Seasons change. --screen shot Withered Jack O Lanterns. Thoughts of Thanksgiving. Leaves. --leaves in my backyard Ribs. --spare ribs with S&P & rosemary Eat well & love big. xoxo Nancy Continue reading
Posted Nov 5, 2019 at A Jersey Girl in Portland
Before I launch into the super delicious fish sauce treacle candy I made, some background. Last weekend, my friend Max was making golden syrup for a batch of moon cakes she was baking. Well, golden syrup is (apparently) easy to... Continue reading
Posted Oct 30, 2019 at A Jersey Girl in Portland
Scored 22 pounds of Italian plums for $30 at the Woodstock farmers market on Sunday. We dehydrated 2/3rds of them, froze three pounds, and made chutney with the rest. I used a spicy plum chutney recipe from the interwebs (Nigel... Continue reading
Posted Oct 12, 2019 at A Jersey Girl in Portland
Although I still mourn the demise of Lucky Peach magazine (published from 2011 to 2017, the magazine changed everything about how a food magazine is produced, it's content and most strikingly, the design), and cried the day I found out... Continue reading
Posted Oct 8, 2019 at A Jersey Girl in Portland
Now that we're settled into the new house, I'm starting to nest. [nest] (verb) To settle as if in to a nest It's almost too late to begin canning -- that'll wait till next year when I have a summer... Continue reading
Posted Sep 28, 2019 at A Jersey Girl in Portland
I need to refresh my brand. Re cast my blog-o-sphere to match my here-and-now. Like changing from this photo (May, 2008): To this photo (September, 2019): I'm no longer a fresh faced 40-something with a sweet puppy, new to the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 11, 2019 at A Jersey Girl in Portland
Hello again! Remember me? The Jersey Girl in Portland?? I used to write about food a lot. I've been away for a spell -- it's been a busy year. I changed jobs twice and bought a house with my sweetie.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 10, 2019 at A Jersey Girl in Portland
That's a really good point...
Some entrees need only a sour or a crunchy element to take the dish form good to fabulous. I made posole last night and as I was finishing the dish I thought 💭 how delicious pickled jalapeños would be. So... Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2019 at A Jersey Girl in Portland
I love potatoes. I've blogged at least a dozen potato recipes over the years. Hash brown potatoes, German potato dumplings, Salt boiled potatoes. Starchy, boiled, salted and buttered.... so delicious... so wintry. What's a cook to do for a... Continue reading
Posted May 31, 2019 at A Jersey Girl in Portland
Thanks for the question. Yes, I think you could but I'd start with half bacon and half belly. What makes this dish so lovely is it's bright, light flavor. I wonder if it would be (dare I say it...) too flavorful with bacon? Is it possible for a dish to be too flavorful? Try it and let me know! Cheers! Nancy
I guess I'm like a lot of cooks -- I make a dish I love, I become obsessed with it, and immediately make it 5 more times. I did it with the Meyer lemon and olive oil tart, posole, fir-tip... Continue reading
Posted May 17, 2019 at A Jersey Girl in Portland
Good! I really love cooking it like this but... beware overbaking it. I darn near murdered a piece of meat at my mom and sisters place! xoxo Nancy
Toggle Commented May 11, 2019 on Reverse seared steak at A Jersey Girl in Portland
I’m jumping on the reverse sear bandwagon. Cook a tough piece of meat, low-and-slow, then sear it on a smokin' hot grill. Never heard of it? Me neither till I read an article in bon appetit. According to t he... Continue reading
Posted Mar 16, 2019 at A Jersey Girl in Portland
The first time I had pozole, a Mexican pork soup, was at Taqueria Tepatitlan in the Oak Cliff neighborhood of Dallas. It was maybe 25 years ago and we had just moved to Dallas Texas from the Washington DC area.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 8, 2019 at A Jersey Girl in Portland
KittenHerder: That does sound good! But even a poor tool puts out a great meal with the right cook! I'll admit I've only used the instapot once but it didn't brown well. I found the food unevenly cooked too. Thanks for writing, Cheers! Nancy
I love sauerkraut. I love sauerkraut to distraction. It's sour, salty, crunchy and has vitamin C,K, antioxidants and probiotics out the butt. I make a few gallons of it a year, and have for years. Here's My first Sauerkraut post... Continue reading
Posted Feb 24, 2019 at A Jersey Girl in Portland
I recently celebrated my 11th year in Portland, my sixth in SE PDX. I knew I'd love Puddletown but I had no idea the food culture would be as good as Washington DC's food scene when I lived there in... Continue reading
Posted Feb 15, 2019 at A Jersey Girl in Portland
I hope it helps! Nancy
There is a sauce that elevates garlic to the highest of high. Toum. Lebanese garlic sauce. Many years ago, when I was a restaurant critic, I had the words to describe this amazing thing-to-dip-food-into. Now? I'll present it and let... Continue reading
Posted Jan 16, 2019 at A Jersey Girl in Portland
We picked walnuts that were not green enough so all the pickled walnuts I've checked just shattered. Bummer. Continue reading
Posted Jan 16, 2019 at A Jersey Girl in Portland
My neighborhood has become a foraging paradise. Plums from the neighbors tree, green walnuts from the house-with-the-old-VW, figs from Gray's tree. It's a bonanza this time of year. Plums are dried (to make prunes, delicious with chicken) and green walnuts... Continue reading
Posted Aug 29, 2018 at A Jersey Girl in Portland