Monthly Archives: June 2012

Foodie Pen Pal Reveal!

My foodie Pen Pal was Teresa Langley of   fitnwoodbine.blogspot.com  !!  Go to her site – it is super cool!!!

I have never done a foodie pen pal and if you never have, you SHOULD!  It is so fun!

First, I want to thank my new friend!  Teresa, I LOVED me treats, and the coolest item of them all was the dried peanut butter!  I am also a smoothie fanatic and I had no idea that was even available!  I have used it twice and love it with banana especially!

Alos, I got a cool wholewheat hotcake mix and some healthy treats for exercise day as well as some awesome nut butter ( she must have been stalking me, I lOVE nut butters!  I LOVE green tea, so the box of tazo was right up my alley!

Here is a photo of my “loot”  It was SO exciting to rip open!  The really cool part was she sent me a photo of the box before it went into the mail!  SO thoughtful!!!

I got SPOILED!!

Thank you again Teresa! You are the BEST!!

If you are interested in the Foodie Pen Pal Program – please contact Lindsay at  www.theleangreenbean.com

Hooray for the reveal day!!

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Time for a Side of Life from Missy…

Anyone who reads my blog, or should I say anyone who has actually read my blogs “About” area knows that this blog was created in a desperate need to find an outlet to so many things. I was 2 years into a fight with infertility that had left me confused and a little empty.

Anyone who knows me would say that me saying that I felt empty was ridiculous. I have a full, successful career. I have a marriage that is emotionally rewarding, challenging, and fun! I never knew that your marriage could be so fun! I live in a dream home and am surrounded often by great friends who I trust and love like family members. But, we all need something of our own.

As I sit here and write this I am struck cold. I realize that this is MY blog. It is Cooking, Baking, and a Side of Life. I haven’t been giving you the side of life lately, which is funny because I wanted to “weave personal anecdotes into my blog posts” (my own words) but I have been holding back. Why? No reason, there is not much to hold back. Nothing so interesting and groundbreaking about being Missy that I can’t share with you. Well, that is not true. I am going through IVF starting Monday. It takes 5 weeks to get pregnant when you start the cycle and includes daily self-imposed shots and a large amount of medication to ensure the ultimate environment. A several month process started in the beginning of the year that has culminated in us starting the process to become parents and I just started to realize that I stopped planning. I was told my odds are 81%, pretty much as high as you can possibly get. It won’t sink in that I will need a crib. A crib. I am STRAIGHT TRIPPING. This could be it!

So, here is sit in Peet’s Coffee, blogging, enjoying the last of the few days I will enjoy full-power coffee, thinking about the journey behind me, and the journey in front of me. I know that this blog is what has sort of kept me in the center lane, not veering off onto some strange path, but focussing on a passion of mine, cooking and baking, and allowing that to decide my path. in other realms as well.

Since I started my blog, I have grown into a larger job professionally that has brought some of the most amazing individuals into my path. Real, strong, loving people with their own dreams and passions. I was asked to host a radio show named after myself once a week and talk about what I know best…food, restaurants, spirits, and my favorite…home cuisine! The show is doing well, and will very likely go from one hour to a 2 hour format. Now…… the babies!!! They are ready for us to create them and be their parents. It is time.

So, I write this because I pulled back, and I am sorry. My goal was to be crazy little Missy who likes to cook and eat, and I got very serious there for a bit. I think the first time you step into any form of media, even if it is just a little 1 hour weekly radio show you get a little spooked. But, that is not being true to me or my blog. Mrs. Maki Cooks. “Cooking, Baking, and a Side of Life” Look out for some big doses of a “side of life” I love you all!

Ready to be an embarrassment to my children!!

 

Simple Kitchen Sunday AM 860 – Craft Beer Month Kick-Off with Widmer!!

 

Yes – Widmer Brothers Brewing Brewer Ben Dobler is going to come and talk about the craft.  Who better to ask than the Pro?

We will be talking about Oregon Craft Beer Month, Widmer: Past Present, and Future, beer pairnings….and of course a FABULOUS tasting of come cool brews along with my version of a Widmer Beer-Bread!

Call in on Sunday morning at 9am – if you want to ask the master any questions…..oh, and if you have any questions for Ben as well……haha!

~See you Sunday in the Simple Kitchen  AM 860 or www.kpam.com if you are not local

Steamed Chicken with Coconut Brown Rice Bowl

I live in Portland Oregon and we are a mecca for food carts.  Now that I work right next to a 2-block pod of food carts, I am challenging myself on a daily basis to try new items.  The goal is that is will push my boundaries a bit and possibly teach me new flavors that go great together.  Coconut in rice – this is a new one for me!  So……

Anyone who knows me knows I love coconut.  I also got a new rice steamer, and it has an extra device that I did not know steamers had:  A steam basket that sits over the rice while it is cooking.  Upon closer inspection, I found you could steam your vegetables AND chicken or other protein in it.  Umm..WOW!~

So, here is my first steamed recipe!

Steamy Coconut Brown Rice with Steamed Chicken!! HEALTHY!!!

Steamed Chicken with Coconut Brown Rice Bowl

Ingredients

  • 2 cups brown rice
  • 2/3 can lite coconut milk
  • 1/4 cup sweet chile sauce
  • water
  • 1/2 cup carrots, diced or in matchsticks
  • 2 chicken breasts
  • pepper & salt
  • Basil or cilantro and tomatoes

Instructions

  1. Rinse the rice. Place into steamer with milk, chili sauce and enough water to hit the "2" line. Add carrots. Place basket above the rice and set the chicken breasts (defrosted and rinsed) into the basket, salt and pepper their tops.
  2. Close lid and set the steamer for "brown rice" or steam for approximately 45 minutes of you do not have that option.
  3. When done scoop out rice into bowl, slice chicken, lay over rice and top with sliced tomatoes and basil or cilantro! I would prefer cilantro but my herb garden only had basil. Enjoy!!
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Whole Wheat Orange &Oatmeal Glazed Muffins

Oh man, I love baking and the fact that summer has been a bummer so far this year makes it easy to keep on baking…..rainy or overcast weekends just mean more time in the kitchen with my baked goods.  Not so great for the figure…..fabulous for my growing tome of recipes!

I got these funky little muffin plastic cupcake baker-inner-thingys.  I was a little skeptical, but now here is my advice:  If you don’t have these – go to Ikea and spend the 4 dollars and be prepared to have your muffin world ROCKED.  They were so easy to use, muffins popped right our perfectly and they go in the dishwasher.  This is a trifecta of baking item perfection.  Here is my new muffin recipe!  It turned out great!

Muffins!!!!

Whole Wheat Orange Oatmeal Glazed Muffins

Ingredients

  • 1 cup rolled oats ( uncooked)
  • 1-1/4 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup fat free greek yogurt
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tbsp dried minced orange rind
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • cooking spray
  • GLAZE:
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 tbsp milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract ( you can use half orange and half vanilla if you really want a lot of orange flavor)

Instructions

  1. SO simple! Preheat oven to 400. Mix all ingredients together up to the cooking spray. Spay your cupcake tip, then evenly ditribute the muffins between the tins (or molds like I used in photos) Should yield 10-12 muffins. Cook for 20 minutes. Allow to fully cool and remove from tin/molds.
  2. Whisk the milk, powdered sugar and extract together until a clump-free texture. Dip the tops of the muffins in the glaze and allow to harden on cookie sheet that is placed over wax paper.
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Fill your cups or tins half way!

Cool your muffins. (that is fun to say)

Adore your muffins!