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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, my sweetie Christopher, 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. 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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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
I love neighborhood walks that result in additions to dinner. Green walnuts -- the kind that make Vin de Noix -- exist for the picking (legally, over the sidewalk) right across the street. For what to do with them? Ask... Continue reading
Posted Aug 17, 2018 at A Jersey Girl in Portland
Although I've lived in very hot places (Dallas Texas in the summer) I've lost my taste for the heat. So this week, as the temps creep close to 100 degrees, I'll probably find a pool or river to dunk into.... Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2018 at A Jersey Girl in Portland
Denise: Thank you for your kind words! I bet your ancestor had some amazing stories of how one cooked in castle kitchens! Cheers, Nancy
Making soap with dope. Continue reading
Posted Jul 26, 2018 at A Jersey Girl in Portland
Hello Again! I've been cooking up a storm these past few months, I just haven't blogged about it. Been busy! One of the most fun things we've done here at the Undisclosed Location is use alternative salt sources for making... Continue reading
Posted Jun 28, 2018 at A Jersey Girl in Portland
I'm having a tripe kinda day. Maybe I'm thinking about tripe in the aftermath of making haggis for Robert Burns birthday. Maybe I long to be back in Rome where we had a hearty and delicious tripe dish last year.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2018 at A Jersey Girl in Portland
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 Jan 15, 2018 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