Jo Mancuso worked for the San Francisco Examiner for 20 years, on the news/copy desk, for the Sunday magazine and as editor of the weekly food and home sections. She also did feature-writing for the paper and won a Society of Professional Journalists award for best feature story (print). Previously she worked for the Oregonian, Oregon Journal and Idaho Free Press. She graduated from the University of Oregon.
Jo considers herself a “tentative home cook” who enjoys reading recipes as short fiction or poetry but lacks culinary confidence and training. She enjoys collaborating with food professionals to adapt their commercial-kitchen dishes – sourcing ingredients, using equipment at hand, tips and "hacks," presentation and serving suggestions – for the home cook.
Grind whole spices at home to make fresh, fragrant garam masala, the simple foundation for zingy-flavored Indian curry dishes.
Chow down on Loven Oven's popular Swedish meat pies at the Scandinavian Festival in Junction City or follow Lulu the Baker's adaptation and make them at home for a summer feast.
Try this magic knife trick to make a quick garlic paste with course salt when you want an infusion of fresh garlic flavor without the overpowering chunks.
These juicy Asian Salmon Burgers with Green Onion-Soy Mayonnaise will launch surprising, savory fireworks at your Fourth of July barbecue.
To celebrate the Portland Rose Festival, bake up these tangy Rustic Strawberry Galettes With Rose Hip Marmalade, created by a prince from the 1958 Junior Court.
Savor this easy, flavorful English Pea And White Bean Salad With Spring Herb Chimichurri from the new "Portland Farmers Market Cookbook."
Launched after World War II, Tektronix electronics company rapidly ballooned, becoming Oregon’s largest private employer in less than 40 years. But soon its role in the economy shifted.
Lola G. Baldwin was the nation’s first municipal policewoman, sworn in by Portland’s police department in 1908. She crusaded for the welfare of young, single working women.
Watch the premiere of the Oregon Experience documentary “Thomas Condon: Of Faith and Fossils” on Monday, Feb. 22, at 9 p.m. on OPB TV.
Oregon celebrates its 157th birthday on Feb. 14. But the journey to become the 33rd state in the Union was tumultuous.
Before urban renewal in the 1960s brought development and a freeway, South Portland was a diverse neighborhood whose immigrant populations included Sephardic Jews.
Expansion of the Southern Pacific Railroad into Oregon brought population growth and development but also created opportunities for crime, including the infamous so-called “Last Great Train Holdup” of 1923.