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Meet the Official Jelly of Rockstars, Royalty, and Voodoo Doughnuts

11 Mar

Kellys Jelly Jar

Kelly’s Jelly – hovering above Mt. Hood

By Molly Norton

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“The way I see it, life is a jelly doughnut. You don’t really know what it’s about until you bite into it. And then, just when you decided it’s good, you drop a big glob of jelly on your best T-shirt.”

― Janet EvanovichHard Eight

But if you’re really lucky, that jelly will be Kelly’s Jelly and that doughnut will be from Voodoo Doughnuts – two tastes that mate once a week to birth a quintessential Portland treat (check them out on Thursdays at Voodoo, Portlanders).

We caught up with the mistress of jelly-making herself, Kelly Calabria, at Blue Moon Coffee in Lake Oswego. Blue Moon features Kelly’s blueberry lemon jelly in their drool-worthy gluten-free jam thumbprint cookies, so it was a perfect place to do jelly reconnaissance.

Kellys Jelly Portland Monthly Mag

Kelly’s Jelly – A Prestigious Portland Pantry Pick!
(photo by Allison Jones – Portland Monthly Mag)

Fascinating Facts about Kelly and Kelly’s Jelly

  • Kelly’s Jelly is a a true Portland story: borne from a jelly-and-tear stained family recipe found on a scrap of paper, The Calabrias started making their famous Habanero pepper jelly for family and friends and it quickly morphed into a mighty local empire – all through word of mouth. (Thanks, Aunt Dani!)
  • Kelly and Adam once hired the founder of Voodoo Doughnuts’ band “Karaoke From Hell” and their relationship was forever cemented — in jelly and sweet, sticky doughnut glaze (hat tip to Voodoo founder, Tres Shannon).
  • Kelly’s Jelly has delighted a Royal family in Kuwait and has traveled as far as Europe and South Africa.
  • The Jelly recently captured First Place in the international Scovie Awards – the world’s largest spicy food competition.
  • Kelly holds a degree in biology from University of Oregon – which explains why this jelly has a perfect consistency and flavor balance.
  • In true Portland fashion, Kelly’s Jelly is
    • Gluten-free – wheeeeee.
    • All natural, uses the highest quality, fresh & locally sourced berries and peppers (whenever possible).
    • Committed to supporting all entrepreneurs and local business owners.
Olympic Provisions Photo

Kelly’s Jelly and Olympic Provisions: Together Forever

Cool Stuff You Can Do With Kelly’s Jelly

  • Need a quick appetizer? Pour the Habanero Pepper Jelly over the top of a brick of cream (or goat) cheese et voilà! You can also spread the cheese over a slice of sweetheart ham from Olympic Provisions, add jelly, and roll.
  • Layer a buttery cracker with delicate chicken liver mousse from Olympic Provisions and a tsp of Kelly’s Blackberry, Tayberry, or Marionberry jam on top and watch your guests fight over the last one.
  • Millions of people are now using the Habanero Pepper Jelly in place of chutney in South Asia — ok, maybe not yet, but it’s coming.
  • More recipes can be found here – including “Kelly’s Jelly 3 Ways,” “Kelly’s SuperBowl Wings,” and Crave Bake Shop’s “Spicy Bellini Cupcake,” as seen on Food Network’s “Cupcakes Wars.”

Where to Buy

For your all your cooking and gifting needs, Kelly’s Jelly can be found throughout the land at several fine establishments, including Zupan’s, New Seasons, and Market of Choice.

Don’t live in Oregon? You can sate your craving by ordering online. Everybody is doing it.

Note: This is a Fan Site. No Jelly was harmed in the making of this blog post – nor did any money or cases of jelly change hands.


Willamette Valley Wine Country: Perfect Day for Foodies and Families

7 Jul

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By Molly Norton

Beautiful grounds, fantastic Pinot on offer at Domaine Serene

Enjoy food and wine, but would rather stick a spoon in your eye than take your kids out to decent restaurant? Grab a designated driver and spend a sunny afternoon wine tasting in Oregon’s family friendly wine country. Gorgeous views, great wines, relaxing atmosphere. Many wineries have lawns where kids can tumble in the grass while families picnic. And you can easily wine-taste on a budget.

We almost hesitate sharing these jewels, but figure that supporting our amazing local wine makers who just brought $2.7B into the state of Oregon is a good thing to do.

Tasting fees run between $5 and $15 and are usually refunded with purchase. Some favorites include:

  • Oswego Hills (Lake Oswego) – Excellent Syrah, tasting up to 11 wines (usually on Sundays), spacious covered patio and lawn where kids can play.
  • Domaine Drouhin – Amazing Pinot, though at a higher price point. Stunning, sweeping views from this winery’s outdoor patio. Go early as it can get quite crowded. (price point $40 – $60)
  • Domaine Serene – Stunning grounds. Upscale ambiance both inside and out. Classy and refined Pinot and Chardonnay in a European-styled winery. Bring a picnic. Higher price point ($40 – $60)
  • Penner Ash – Another good choice for excellent Pinot and Syrah, not much in terms of area for kids to spread out/run around, but a beautiful facility with lovely views of the vineyards. Being Syrah fans, we really enjoy their Rubeo which is a Pinot/Syrah blend – the best of both worlds. Check out their wine dinners.
  • Anne Amie – Winery up on a hill. Known for their Müller Thurgau and Pinot Noir. Offers impressive views of vineyards and the Pacific Coast Range. Nice place to sit and meditate (if you don’t have the kids, of course).
  • Ponzi (Beaverton) and Ponzi Tasting Room (Dundee) – While the tasting room is not the ideal place to bring kids, it’s next door to the Dundee Bistro which is an excellent place to have a kid-friendly lunch/dinner during your wine country adventures. Both venues offer Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Pinot Blanc, Chardonnay and White Riesling, as well as Arneis and Dolcetto, two rare Italian varietals. Reasonable price points.
  • Red Ridge Farms – This lovely vineyard is a destination retreat in itself. Sample their olive oils and you’ll realize that you may have never experienced the “real thing.” Enjoy wine tasting in their new tasting room, pick up some fresh lavender, suck in the sweet air while surveying the vineyards, and then tuck into one of their gorgeous cottages or guest suites for an evening.
  • Archery Summit – Wine Spectator calls Archery Summit the “Rolls Royce of Pinot Noir.” More of those sweeping vineyard views which are some of the best in the region. Offers special wine/food pairings with reservations.

There are several dozen more that are worthy of a favorites list, but these are good places to start.

If you find yourself hungry while in wine country, stop by the lovely Red Hills Market for a snack where you can enjoy a pizza with a blistered crust or a sandwich with bacon and fresh farm egg. Great children’s menu available and the place is very kid-friendly; they even have a “secret” cubby area with chalkboards where kids can entertain themselves. Bocce ball court and picnicking supplies can be found here along with live music and an extra nice covered patio.

For lunch, check out Dundee Bistro. Terrific food, great wine list, reasonable prices, and they even bring out crayons and high chairs for the littlest foodies. For brunch, lunch, or dinner, don’t miss Paulée for a more upscale offering that’s actually family friendly. For lunch or dinner (check their schedule), you can’t go wrong with Tina’s, though it is a smaller venue, so not the ideal place for toddlers who are on the go. Perfectly roasted meats, inventive pastas, seafood chowders can all be had for a pittance. Yes!

Pro tip: If you stop at Red Hills Market, be sure to pick up some Kelly’s Jelly. This sweet and spicy Habanero goodness by a local mom makes an excellent dip with cream cheese and crackers. Or as a glaze for chicken/ham. Or just enjoy naked (the jelly, not you). It’s so good that Voodoo features her jelly in their doughnuts on Thursdays.

I can haz Kelly’s Jelly?

Enjoy! And stop sticking spoons in your eye.