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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 has accumulated quite a few artworks of Oregon and Northern California landscapes, many of unknown provenance. She has assigned a different subject to each of 12 walls in her home. The only completed display, in the kitchen above the range, features nine depictions of Crater Lake, including a 1957 black-and-white Kodak snapshot with the curator standing in the foreground.

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News | Food | local

Cook It: Super Bowl Snack Recipes From Portland Chefs

OPB | Feb. 5, 2016 5:45 p.m.

No kale or crickets in our snackalicious Super Bowl recipe lineup. Share these yummy, mostly indulgent treats from local chefs on game day.

News | Food

Cook It: Succulent Salt-Baked Steelhead

OPB | Feb. 4, 2016 9:15 a.m.

Watch a time-lapse video of The Country Cat's Adam Sappington making salt-baked steelhead, a quick and delicious recipe from the restaurant's new cookbook.

NW Life | History | local | Oregon Historical Photo Of The Week

Oregon Historical Photo: Celebrating Oregon's Statehood

OPB | Feb. 1, 2016 6 a.m.

Oregon celebrates its 157th birthday on Feb. 14. But the journey to become the 33rd state in the Union was tumultuous.

NW Life | History | local | Oregon Historical Photo Of The Week

Oregon Historical Photo: Destruction Of A Synagogue

OPB | Jan. 18, 2016 6 a.m.

Before urban renewal in the 1960s brought development and a freeway, South Portland was a diverse neighborhood whose immigrant populations included Sephardic Jews.

NW Life | local | Food | Health | Greetings From The Northwest: Under The Weather

Cook It: Latin American Stews To Cure A Cold

OPB | Jan. 4, 2016 midnight

Under the winter weather? Cook up one of these two easy, healing Latin American stews.

NW Life | History | local | Oregon Historical Photo Of The Week

Oregon Historical Photo: Southern Pacific's Expansion To The West Coast

OPB | Dec. 14, 2015 6 a.m.

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.

NW Life | News | Food | local | Greetings From The Northwest: Under The Weather

Cook It: Hors D'oeuvres For Your Holiday Party

OPB | Dec. 1, 2015 midnight

Brighten your holiday gathering with Asian-influenced hors d'oeuvres like Spicy Candied Peanuts and Korean Lettuce Tacos.

NW Life | Renewable energy | History | local

Oregon Historical Photo: Riding with Hitler, 1943

OPB | Nov. 30, 2015 midnight

During World War II, the government urged Americans to conserve resources such as gasoline and rubber to support the country’s military effort. This poster was intended to inspire patriotism and persuade people to join “car-sharing clubs.”

NW Life | local | Oregon Historical Photo Of The Week

Oregon Historical Photo: Modoc Indians In Chains

OPB | Nov. 16, 2015 6 a.m.

The Modoc War of 1872-73 is largely forgotten but was one of the costliest and most dramatic American Indian wars in United States history.

NW Life | local | Oregon Historical Photo Of The Week

Oregon Historical Photo: Nobel Prize Winner Linus Pauling

OPB | Nov. 2, 2015 6 a.m.

Linus Pauling, the brilliant chemist and humanitarian who grew up and attended college in Oregon, is the only person in history to win two unshared Nobel Prizes.

NW Life | Food | local

Portland Chefs' Recipes Celebrate Fall Harvest

OPB | Oct. 24, 2015 midnight

On crisp autumn days, try these market-fresh dishes adapted for home kitchens.

NW Life | Arts | History | Entertainment

Oregon Historical Photo: Shakespearean Festival Tour

OPB | Oct. 19, 2015 midnight

Eighty years after an English professor organized three days of Shakespeare performances in Ashland, the Oregon Shakespeare Festival has become the country’s largest repertory theater, drawing audiences mostly from out of town.

NW Life | Food | local

Try These Harvest-Inspired Dishes This Fall

OPB | Oct. 17, 2015 5 a.m.

Try these Portland chefs' delectable make-it-at-home recipes featuring signature local ingredients.

NW Life | Arts | History | Entertainment | local | Oregon Historical Photo Of The Week

Oregon Historical Photo: Shakespearean Festival, 1938

OPB | Oct. 5, 2015 6 a.m.

In the midst of the Great Depression, an English professor organized three days of Shakespeare performances in Ashland. Eighty years later, the Oregon Shakespeare Festival has become the city’s economic mainstay.

NW Life | local

Oregon Historical Photo: One-Room Schoolhouse

OPB | Sept. 21, 2015 midnight

Most photographs capturing rural Oregon’s frontier era were carelessly discarded long ago. But one man’s vast collection brings new insights into everyday life in Southern Oregon at the turn of the 20th century.

NW Life | History | local | Oregon Historical Photo Of The Week

Oregon Historical Photo: Contemplating Crater Lake

OPB | Sept. 7, 2015 5 a.m.

Southern Oregon’s Crater Lake is a bright gem in our National Park system. One man led the long fight to protect it from private development.

NW Life | local | Oregon Historical Photo Of The Week

Oregon Historical Photo: Modern Art’s Slow Evolution

OPB | July 27, 2015 6 a.m.

A small group of early- to mid-20th century artists connected to the Portland Art Museum developed variations on a modernist regional style and paved the way for today’s rich, flourishing art scene.

NW Life | local | Oregon Historical Photo Of The Week

Oregon Historical Photo: Capturing The Frontier

OPB | July 13, 2015 7 a.m. | Portland

The discovery of thousands of glass-plate negatives brings new insights into everyday life in Southern Oregon at the turn of the 20th century.

NW Life | local | Oregon Historical Photo Of The Week

Oregon Historical Photo: The Original Pacific Highway

OPB | June 29, 2015 midnight | Portland

In 1967, a threat to public access for recreational use of Oregon’s ocean beaches mobilized citizens, sparking the fiercest legislative battle in the state’s history. Could landowners erect barriers to create private beaches?

NW Life | local | Oregon Historical Photo Of The Week

Oregon Historical Photo: Quest For First People

OPB | June 22, 2015 midnight

Could Southeast Oregon’s ancient caves hold secrets of the first human settlements in the Americas? Archaeologist Luther Cressman's groundbreaking discoveries in the 1930s upset long-held beliefs and continue to affect science profoundly.