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Jo Mancuso


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.

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Filberts Vs. Hazelnuts: Celebrate Oregon's Nutty Late-Fall Bounty

OPB | Dec. 2, 2016 4:15 p.m.

Whether you call them hazelnuts or filberts, this season's abundant Willamette Valley crop is in, and it's time to celebrate a rebound led by the Oregon State University-developed Jefferson tree.

local | NW Life | Family | Food | Cooking

Thanksgiving Tips, Memories From Oregon Purveyors Of Food And Drink

OPB | Nov. 23, 2016 2 p.m. | Portland

What makes Thanksgiving special for food and drink purveyors around Oregon? Nostalgia, tradition and gravy.

local | Books | NW Life | Food | Cooking

Celebrate A Cornucopia Of New Pacific Northwest Cookbooks

OPB | Nov. 22, 2016 11:45 a.m.

Enjoy a sampling of tempting dishes and culinary wisdom from a cornucopia of cookbooks published recently in the Pacific Northwest.

local | Books | Food | Cooking

Pacific Northwest Pies: All About The (Cran)berries

OPB | Nov. 21, 2016 4 p.m.

The approachable new "Art of the Pie" cookbook's Olympic Peninsula author knows how to slice it for fall-winter holidays: In the Pacific Northwest, pie-baking is all about the (cran)berries.

Books | Food | Cooking

Kitchen Techniques Flavor Naomi Pomeroy's New Cookbook

OPB | Nov. 20, 2016 6 a.m.

Award-winning Portland chef Naomi Pomeroy shares hard-earned know-how in her new cookbook, "Taste & Technique." Try her Pan-Seared Wild Mushrooms with Parsley and Parmesan as a Thanksgiving side.

Books | NW Life | Food | Cooking

Roasted Garlic And Baba Ganoush Fire Up Northwest Flavors

OPB | Nov. 19, 2016 6 a.m.

Vancouver, B.C., restaurant chef Andrew Richardson's new cookbook offers fired-up Northwest flavors in these two simple recipes for versatile Whole Roasted Garlic and creamy Baba Ganoush.

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Up Your Kitchen Game With Craft Salt Cooking

OPB | Nov. 18, 2016 7:30 p.m.

Serve your holiday guests Salty Dalmatians concocted with secret ingredients, from Portlander Mark Bitterman's new craft-salt cookbook.

Food | Cooking

'Adventures In Chicken': A Rich, Buttery-Tangy Salad For Fall

OPB | Oct. 21, 2016 7:30 p.m.

From a Portlander's new cookbook: Toss pistachios with caramelized fennel, tangy goat cheese and crispy-juicy roasted chicken for a scrumptious fall salad.

local | NW Life | Food

Grind Your Own Fresh Garam Masala For Zingiest Indian Curries

OPB | Sept. 16, 2016 6 a.m. | Portland

Grind whole spices at home to make fresh, fragrant garam masala, the simple foundation for zingy-flavored Indian curry dishes.

local | Family | Food | Cooking

Scandinavian Celebrations: Savor These Swedish Meat Pies

OPB | Aug. 10, 2016 4:15 p.m.

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. 

local | Food | Cooking

Watch: Master The Magic Knife Trick For Mashing Garlic

OPB | July 16, 2016 7 a.m.

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.

local | Food | Cooking

Fire Up Your Fourth With Grilled Asian Salmon Burgers

OPB | July 2, 2016 9 a.m.

These juicy Asian Salmon Burgers with Green Onion-Soy Mayonnaise will launch surprising, savory fireworks at your Fourth of July barbecue.

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Turn Up The Heat With Sautéed-Radish Rice Bowls

OPB | June 24, 2016 11:30 a.m.

Push the peppery heat of radishes up a notch by sautéing them and their greens to create quick, fragrant brunch-or-lunch rice bowls.

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Savor Portland Rose Festival With Rustic Strawberry Galette

OPB | June 8, 2016 12:15 a.m.

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.

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English Pea And White Bean Salad Kicks Spring Into High Gear

OPB | May 27, 2016 9:15 a.m.

Savor this easy, flavorful English Pea And White Bean Salad With Spring Herb Chimichurri from the new "Portland Farmers Market Cookbook."

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Peas In A Pod: Life Is Sweet With Mr. Big

OPB | May 27, 2016 9:15 a.m.

Pacific Northwest weather is iffy for growing popular shelling peas, but Rick Steffen Farm in Silverton, Oregon, shelters them in greenhouses and gets them to market early.

local | Food

Sweet And Savory Roasted Asparagus Spears

OPB | May 13, 2016 midnight

For a quick and easy sweet-savory dish, roast Parmesan-topped asparagus spears and drizzle with balsamic vinegar.

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Hats Off To Kentucky Derby Drinks ... With A Northwest Twist

OPB | May 3, 2016 1:15 p.m.

Assemble these icy-fresh, Northwest flavor-laced drinks, settle your wide-brimmed Southern-belle hats and celebrate the Kentucky Derby!

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

Oregon Historical Photo: Vintage Tektronix

OPB | March 28, 2016 6 a.m.

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.

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

Oregon Historical Photo: Lola G. Baldwin, Portland’s Pioneering Policewoman

OPB | March 14, 2016 6 a.m.

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.