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Nancy Schaadt
Portland Oregon
Middle-aged chef & cook, crazy about food, crazy about Portland.
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: http://batgirl42.blogs.com/culaconfidential/
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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 an chef, freelance writer, and cannabis culture fan. Currently budtending (like a bartender but... 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
Hello Les. Thank you for the kind words. Jamie and I did have many good years together and he remains a wonderful man. Would you like me to pass along your e-mail? Be well, Nancy
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Have I been doing pickles wrong for these past 15 years? Oh gawd, perhaps. But first, what does one want from a pickle? Sweet pickles? Sour pickles? Kosher dill? Do you want to stack it on a burger? Put it... Continue reading
Posted Aug 16, 2020 at A Jersey Girl in Portland
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There is a wonderful shrub called Oregon Grape (Mahonia aquifolium). The leaves are sharp and spiked like holly. The fruit is bitter and considered to be inedible at worst, or at least not worth the effort. I But it’s a... Continue reading
Posted Aug 8, 2020 at A Jersey Girl in Portland
I've adapted this from an Epicurious recipe. 1 cup warm water (105-115°F), divided 1/2 teaspoon active dry yeast 3 tablespoons sugar plus a pinch 2 tablespoons nonfat dried milk 3 1/2 cups AP flour 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder Canola... Continue reading
Posted Aug 5, 2020 at A Jersey Girl in Portland
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Sourdough starter discard is the bane of a frugal baker’s existence. When cultivating a starter (a combination of equal parts flour and water that, over time, develops a wild yeast strain), there is a lot of good quasi-dough that gets... Continue reading
Posted Jul 28, 2020 at A Jersey Girl in Portland
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Oh My Yes it’s worth it! Anyone who cooks or bakes bread should try it. Since the pandemic and resulting furlough, I’ve had time on my hands and I’ve been cooking a lot. (Doh! Everyone is...) Cooking is what I... Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2020 at A Jersey Girl in Portland
I think it would. Lately I've been upping my sourdough game. My next project is sourdough pizza crust! Cheers and thanks for writing. Nancy
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My friend Gray has a number of fruit trees in his yard; plum, persimmon, and cherry. Each season brings another delicious treat from his yard. He’s a sweet guy and (lucky for me) he loves to share. Gray gave me... Continue reading
Posted Jun 18, 2020 at A Jersey Girl in Portland
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On 9.11.2001 I was writing a restaurant review about a new sandwich shop in Arlington, Texas (I was a freelance journalist). The magnitude of what happened that morning made my work seem unnecessary. Frivolous, even. I finished the piece and... Continue reading
Posted May 31, 2020 at A Jersey Girl in Portland
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if peanut butter on a banana is da b0mb (and you know it is) how ‘bout peanuts in banana bread? Well, hell son. It’s delish. And do not tell me you don’t have two overripe, black bananas glaring at you... Continue reading
Posted May 21, 2020 at A Jersey Girl in Portland
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I wrote the bulk of this post about dried beans in November — six months ago. When I began writing this, my mother was still alive (getting sick, but I didn’t know it then), Corona was a beer, and I... Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2020 at A Jersey Girl in Portland
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One of my pandemic hobbies — baking — is kicking my ass. Specifically, sourdough is kicking my ass. It’s like this: if muffins are the Hook-up of baking, and quick breads a First Date, sourdough from scratch is the Relationship.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 30, 2020 at A Jersey Girl in Portland
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It seems anyone with a food tattoo is blogging, pod casting, or otherwise putting forth in the form of iPhone videos, Instagram, FaceBook, Twitter. And I am no exception. (All I can say in my defense is that I've been... Continue reading
Posted Apr 18, 2020 at A Jersey Girl in Portland
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Right off the top, I want to scream a big thank you to the King Arthur Flour web site. I've made about 12 baked goodies from their recipes -- with great success -- and it's where this sourdough journey* begins.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2020 at A Jersey Girl in Portland
It's been ages... it's similar, for sure. xoxo Nancy
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We're all cooking out of our pantries right now. Canned beans & tuna wit h that last stalk of celery... Pasta, pasta, and more pasta... Why, just the other day a fancy food magazine proposed using that box of matzo... Continue reading
Posted Apr 11, 2020 at A Jersey Girl in Portland
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Yes! Lower salt bacon is not only doable, it's transformative. Fantastic. Delicious. The formula with a-third less salt had all the flavor of products that send you reaching for a water glass, but with much less salt. The flavor was... Continue reading
Posted Mar 29, 2020 at A Jersey Girl in Portland
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Everyone's life has changed as a result of the novel coronavirus pandemic. I lost my job (for four weeks, maybe longer, maybe forever), people are dying and this thing is spreading faster than juicy gossip at a church picnic. My... Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2020 at A Jersey Girl in Portland
I think the biggest thing i did is scale it down. It was a gigantic cake! Plus subbing olive oil and a more interesting juice really helped.