Simple Kitchen Podcast 9-23-2012 Heathman Restaurant & Cattail Creek Lamb @kpam860

Hey-O! It is Podcast time!!

Great show last Sunday and I am late getting the post up! Here is the link to the show:

Click the link then scroll to the bottom to “Simple Kitchen with Missy Maki” and select the 9-23 episode:


First Hour: Chef Michael Stanton of Heathman Restaurant & Bar

Second Hour: John Neumeister of Cattail Creek Lamb

Join me this weekend as we talk about new cookbooks ( Clark Haass Hashcapades) and Local Grovers (Zupans!)

See you soon in the Simple Kitchen!! Sundays 9-11am on AM 860 KPAM!

Side of Life – Lets Rock this Baby Thang!

Can you BELIEVE I am only 15 days away from starting Lupron? For those of you who are not fertility-challenged, that is the first phase of IVF. I am sort of flabbergasted that I am back on this train. I really thought last summer would yield a pregnancy and that I would be making an announcement around Thanksgiving. Shows how much I know.

As I cruise into this next stage I am in a different space at work at least. I have 2 new team members at work which should make things start to go smoother, and there are some new systems in place that should…when up and running…prove to make everyone’s jobs easier.

But how am I? I don’t know. Do I trust that this will “happen” ? Not really. Despite our first cycle being a bust through no fault of our own (READ: no clue why the eggs died and had never happened before) I just still have that sneaking feeling in the back of my mind that this was not meant to be.

How do I shake that feeling? Maybe excitement will take over and perhaps I will shake off years of disappointment and embrace the possibility of being a mother through birth (for those of you who don’t know, I am open to adoption and foster care, this is our last shot before we finish those proceedings). I doubt it. I am TOO used to things not working in this sector of my life.

We will see…and I will keep you posted, but in a less “rah rah, OMG I am gonna be a mommy” kind of way…..I think, but this is my blog and I can change my mind.

XOXO Missy


Hoisin Chicken with Broccoli

I love hoisin sauce. It started about 10 years ago when I worked at a Mongolian Grill. One of the suaces that people used was the thick, sweet plum sauce. I put it on everything.

Flash forward to me being a bona fide Portland Foodie. I was fashionably at the food carts, ordering my lunch of “pho” and I got a little .5 ounce cup of hoisin. BOOM, I was back in my 20s. I forgot how much I love this sticky, sweet, tangy sauce. I needed to introduce my husband to it:

The ingredients on hand were perfect, but I did contact my friend Tara Blair who the famous “Tara Thai” is named after about what to add to the dish. Between my texts with her and many google searches….here is what I came up with:

Hoisin Chicken with Broccoli


  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breast
  • 3 cups broccoli, chopped into 2 inch pieces
  • 2 T olive oil
  • 2 T chopped garlic
  • 2/3 cup chicken stock
  • 4 T hoisin sauce
  • 1/2 tsp corn starch
  • 1 tsp toasted sesame seeds


  1. Clean and pat chicken breasts. Slice into 2-3 inch pieces. Heat oil to medium in a wok and slowly add chicken. Cook until just done – do not overcook. Set aside. Pour our excess oil, but do not clean wok. Add the stock and hoisin and mix until combined. Add garlic. Add broccoli and start to cook over medium heat…but do not overcook. When broccoli starts to take on the bright green color, add the chicken and when fully incorporated add the starch until sauce thickens. Sprinkle with sesame seeds. Serve immediately over steamed rice and with a dollop of garlic chili paste if you like heat! Enjoy!


Simple Kitchen with Missy Maki on @kpam860 9-11am Sundays – What’s on the Show?

Good Morning! Happy “Feast Hangover Sunday”! I can tell by the social network outlets that our foodies were up late last night partying and enjoying the last of Feast PDX. Join me on Simple Kitchen today as I discus the weekends revels as well as well as talk with Chef Stanton of The Heathman Restaurant & Bar as well as John Neumeister of Cattail Creek Lamb. Feast, Farming, and Cooking…..looking forward to 2 hours of FUN!


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See you in the Kitchen!


The Definition of Insanity…..Infertility Talk

I have heard that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result. This applies in all things excluding conceiving a child.

For starters, you are told to keep doing what you are doing, and at some point it will happen. Particularly if you have gone through all of the testing and you and your partner are both healthy and there is nothing “amiss” in your reproductive machinery.

After 6 months you go to a specialist. You start medication….that doesn't work, so you start artificial inseminations and those don't hurt anything but your wallet. Finally….you go to the big gun. The ultimate end all – the one you hear in hush-hush tones. “IVF”

Then that doesn't work. For some strange reason that is unknown, it doesn't work. We did not even get to the point where we had embryos! All 15 of our fertilized eggs died. So….there was no reasoning. The doctors, at a clinic that in world renowned….were stumped. “We have no idea” So, we walk away, purse lighter and confused. Thinking that the world has another plan for us.

Flash forward. Done with the classes for adoption, awaiting the orientation for adoption and excited that we “figured it out”. We had realized….when put in the situation that we HAD to realize…that we just want a family, and that having our own children is not the only way to go about that.

THEN….you get another opportunity to go through the IVF process.

What do you do? The definition of insanity looms in your mind.

Sometimes you have to tell insanity to SHUT UP and start listening to FAITH.

Welcome to our next cycle if IVF……looking forward to keeping you posted on more of Mrs Maki's “Sides of Life”

XOXO Missy Maki – The Insanely Faithful Blogger.


Simple Kitchen with Missy Maki: Big Show!

Hey everyone!  Just wanted to make sure you knew that I have a pretty big line up this weekend!

 REMEMBER:  We are on Sundays a9-11am on AM 860!

( if you are not local!)  PLUS, the podcasts are on the radio website as well as this website!

Starting with Michael Stanton, the Executive Chef of the FAMOUS Heathman Restaurant and Bar!  (50 shades of Grey’s Hotel/Restaurant!!)

Followed by

Cattail Creek Lambs John Neumeister!

Not to mention we are going to DISH about FeastPDX!  I will be there and I am going to tell you all about it!  Expect a lot of photos and info on the blog – I think I may live blog a bit as well!

Have a great day, and remember…. Keep it Simple in the Kitchen!