Hi, I’m Chelsea
I was born and raised in Portland, OR and haven’t been able to get away. Yes, it’s rainy, but it’s really fun to tell the judgy Lyft driver that you’ve lived in Portland your whole life when they asked when you moved here. Then I get to say, “When did you move here?” and they say, “Six years ago, so I consider myself a Portlander…” Seriously, so gratifying.
I promise I’m not this petty IRL.
I went to the University of Oregon (Go Ducks!) and started teaching myself how to cook when I moved into my first apartment. I loved it. Cooking quickly became my stress relief from school and my job. Most of the other college students I knew relied on takeout, frozen meals, and boxed mac and cheese. Don’t get me wrong – I totally love those things, but they have their place, and it is not for dinner every night. So, A Duck’s Oven was born to say, “Hey, cooking isn’t that hard! Really, look!”
This was way back in 2010 before foodies were even cool yet and everyone and their mother didn’t have blogs (well, my mom did). You’ll find some pretty horrifying cell phone photography in the archives, but it was all a part of the process. I’ve definitely taken breaks from consistent blogging, but always come back to my first true love. <<< Just kidding, Husband, you know you hold that place in my heart (I may or may not have been with the guy since we were 16 years old).
This blog has seen me through three career changes (early childhood education > restaurant management > digital marketing) and actually helped to guide me through each of them. I’ve finally landed doing my dream work with my own small business helping other small businesses nail their digital marketing, while still loving this blog. I still have some big dreams yet to be achieved, and you better believe this blog inspired them.
Here, you’ll find a mix of fun recipes, dinners that I promise you can get on the table in a reasonable amount of time after a long work day, my sous vide experiments, and chronicles of my travels (you’ll see a lot from Husband and I’s time living in Cape Town, South Africa).
Husband and I live in North Portland in a home we finally, finally finished building after about 4 years of planning and restarting and planning and restarting (and when I say “we” I mean a team of capable people that are not Husband and I). We are very lucky, and very happy. If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll learn Husband is a high school teacher (and a great one, at that).
I’d love to chat with you! Please do follow me on Instagram and shoot me an email if ya got somethin’ to say.