Simple Kitchen 5-24-15 hour 1

Missy went to the kick-off party for FEAST and saw dancing meat carvers. Tressa Yellig of Salt Fire & Time is in with Missy and James and is talking all about therapeutic foods. Bone broth is presented, tasted, and approved.


Simple Kitchen 5-24-15 hour 2

Lounges, Pubs and Taverns. Missy is obsessed with them all. Missy is going to help you get out and enjoy the summer by using one simple tool. Your crock pot. Also, she’s got a few tips and tricks for portion control and cooking for one or two people. Things take a strange turn

Char Siu, the Chinese version of barbecue,

  • Yield: 8 servings (serving size: 3 ounces pork and 1/4 cup sauce)


  • 1/4 cup lower-sodium soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup hoisin sauce
  • 3 tablespoons ketchup
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 2 teaspoons grated peeled fresh ginger
  • 1 teaspoon dark sesame oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon five-spice powder
  • 1 (2-pound) boneless pork shoulder (Boston butt), trimmed
  • 1/2 cup fat-free, lower-sodium chicken broth


Combine first 8 ingredients in a small bowl, stirring well with a whisk. Place in a large zip-top plastic bag. Add pork to bag; seal. Marinate in refrigerator at least 2 hours, turning occasionally.

Place pork and marinade in an electric slow cooker. Cover and cook on low for 8 hours.

Remove pork from slow cooker using a slotted spoon; place on a cutting board or work surface. Cover with aluminum foil; keep warm.

Add broth to sauce in slow cooker. Cover and cook on low for 30 minutes or until sauce thickens. Shred pork with 2 forks; serve with sauce.


Big Juicy Burgers

Makes 8 servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cooking Time: 7-9 hours
Ideal slow cooker size: 4- or 5-quart

1 cup chopped onions
¼ cup chopped celery
2 lbs. ground beef
1 tsp. salt
½ tsp. pepper
2 cups tomato juice
2 tsp. minced garlic
1 Tbsp. ketchup
1 tsp. Italian seasoning
½ tsp. salt


1. Place chopped onions and celery in your slow cooker.
2. Place the beef, 1 tsp. salt, and pepper into a large mixing bowl. Use your hands to mix the salt and pepper into the beef. Divide the dough into eight balls, each the same size.
3. Flatten the eight balls of beef so they look like hamburger patties. Place the patties in the slow cooker on top of the onions and celery. Try not to stack them. If you have to, stager them so they don’t lie exactly on top of each other. Wash your hands well.
4. In a medium-sized mixing bowl stir together the tomato juice, minced garlic, ketchup, Italian seasoning and ½ tsp. salt. Pour this sauce over the patties in your slow cooker.
5. Cover your slow cooker. Cook the Burgers on Low for 7-9 hours.

Serving Suggestion: To serve, place each Big Juicy Burger with a bit of the sauce on a hamburger roll. Feel free to add toppings of your choice: cheese, pickles, lettuce, tomato or mustard if you wish. Serve with crackers, chips, or fries if you wish.

The Simple Kitchen 5-17-15

Simple Kitchen 5-17-15 Hour 1

Missy’s back after rubbing elbows with the President. The Farmer’s markets are opening all over Portland and Missy and James have the info for you. Missy is obsessed with Bread!

Simple Kitchen 5-17-15 Hour 2

More on the history of bread. Missy wants you to keep eating healthy even when you’re eating out. FEAST is coming soon and Missy has details.

The Simple Kitchen podcast 5-3-15

Simple Kitchen 5-3-15 Hour 1

Dan Letchinger, Product Manager of DAVE’S KILLER BREAD is in the Simple Kitchen to talk Million Dollar Buns, The greatest burger recipe and the pure awesomeness of Dave’s Killer Bread.

Simple Kitchen 5-3-15 Hour 2

Suzeanne of Guten Foods is in with Missy and is talking German cuisine, and the history of Der Rienlander and Gustav’s. Missy is obsessed with leeks.

Yes, there is a difference. Yes, it sucks.

I think the things that people WANT to ask you when they realize you are in your 40s and have 2 year old twins are: Is it weird? Did you do IVF? How old will you be when they graduate?

What I want to say is: Yes, it is weird. Yes, I did IVF. I will be 58, approximately 10 years after YOUR husband leaves you for a 30 year old (enjoy your youth! It is fleeting!). #snarky

The weird part is that I do not have anything in common with my parent peers. I just overheard a woman who has kids similiar age to mine use the work “Like” over 20 times while telling a small story. “You know? Like, I totally said that! Then, like, I said so and so, then like they did this….” My husband overheard it as well. We are in agreeance that we VERY likely spoke the same way at that age. I can be many things, but I refuse to be a douchebag. It is just a point that we do not speak the same language and are at different places. No one is better or worse than anyone.

It is not their fault that we are older. We see life differently. We are engrossed in the small joyful moments, and not make up or cars or crazy trips with friends or even appearances. It is an age thing, 100%. No one is in the wrong, how we all are behaving is how we should behave. Acting our respective ages. Guess what? That sucks because it sets us apart. We do not want that.

This has pulled me away from a lot of people. I have a small, very selective group of friends who I truly tell my soulful thoughts to. Who I allow into what I am going through, what my family is going through. How we are actually doing. By the way, we are fine, but twins are not easy, they are very expensive, and 2 is a heck of an age. I couldn't be happier if I tried. Does that make sense? It doesn't need to, and that is something I know because I am 44.

So, yes, there is a difference having kids when you are older. You are more tired, but you have a lot more money. You have parent peers who are 15 years younger than you. You are not fun to them. That sucks, and is a blow to the ego, but on the other hand….what are we missing out on? All the stuff we already did? Travel? First marriages? (face it, facts are facts and the odds are not in many peoples favor…both Jason and I were married before as well) I am just saying that we are all snuggled into this age and life that we have built, and what our parent peers have to go through in the next 1.5 decades I am happy to not have to do again.

The good part is our careers are 20 years strong. We will be able to enjoy our kids as they get more involved in school, sports, etc. As you hit the pinnacle of your career, you have more power of writing your schedule. We have the best nanny, a great housecleaner and no debt. The only reason something doesn't get done is time. We do not have a lot of time and the time we have we prefer to spend hanging out as a family. The yard can wait. My kids have a childhood to enjoy.

However, it sucks have a slowing metabolism! It sucks being the oldest mom. It sucks being tired. It sucks not having anything to contribute to a conversation. I hate small talk. But I still want to belong, I think.

Not many know that I am a solid introvert. There are people who come across as strong personalities and leaders who actually prefer to be alone (learning this made me realize I am not crazy…..). I found over the last 5 years that I am introverted and have used an energetic persona to fight and hide it. I prefer to be home or with my family. I do not like crowds, or loud environments. On my 40th birthday it really hit home becasue just as my party started I was hoping it would end. I wanted for it to be over. I loved the people but I just wanted to have the house be quiet again. Birthdays are the worst – I try to not bring it up so that no one will make a fuss. However I LOVE other peoples birthdays!

So, yeah, there is a difference as an older parent, some of it is good…..but some of it sucks.


The Simple kitchen 4-19-15

Simple Kitchen 4-19-15 Hour 1

Catch up with Missy about the Grilled Cheese Day and meeting Super Slice. James is still a terse texter, but Missy wants people to follow him on Twitter. Greg priest of Albertina Kerr sits in the Simple Kitchen and tells Missy all about the rich history of Albertina Kerr. Lisa and Meredith of Ruby Jewel Ice Cream are in with Missy and James to talk about ice cream sandwiches.

Simple Kitchen 4-19-15 Hour 2

The Ruby Jewel Ladies are still hanging out with Missy and talking ice cream joy.  Missy’s old friend CHEF  AJ Voytko of The Original Dinerant is in the Simple kitchen to talk Poutine for the People. 

Cooking, Baking, and a Side of of my Crazy Life!