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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:
Recent Activity
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
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