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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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NW Life | local | Food | Arts | Cooking

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!

History | NW Life | local | 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.

History | NW Life | local | 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.

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

Oregon Historical Photo: Women Of Carman Ranch

OPB | Feb. 29, 2016 11:45 a.m.

Early logging railroads in the forested hills of northeast Oregon could cut through farms and ranches to link sawmills to workers’ camp towns.

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

Oregon Historical Photo: Sightseeing In The John Day Fossil Beds

OPB | Feb. 15, 2016 5 a.m.

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.

local | News | Food

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 Succulent Salt-Baked Steelhead In 30 Minutes

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.

History | NW Life | 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.

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

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.

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

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.

History | NW Life | local | Renewable energy

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 | local | Food

Portland Chefs' Recipes Celebrate Fall Harvest

OPB | Oct. 24, 2015 midnight

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

History | NW Life | Entertainment | Arts

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 | local | Food

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.

History | NW Life | local | Entertainment | Arts | 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.