Avocado Season and a Fun Recipe- PODCAST of Simple Kitchen

Yesterday was a fun show on Simple Kitchen with Missy Maki. We had a wonderful guest (Kim of www.saltandstraw.com ) and we put a spotlight on avocados!

They are officially in season and we talked about how to select a good avocado as well as how to store and ripen them! I also reviewed a fun recipe and promised to post it!

Blue Cheese Guacamole:


  • 2 whole avocados cut into small pieces
  • 1 whole lime,juice
  • 1/4 cup blue cheese crumbled
  • 1 whole jalapeno finley diced
  • 1 whole roma tomato seeded and diced
  • 1/4 cup red onion diced
  • 1 tablespoon cilantro chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic and toasted cumin
  • salt and pepper to taste



Mash all together and get to dipping!!


For the PODCAST of this fun show click the link below and scroll to SIMPLE KITCHEN April 19 2013!!


Simple Kitchen with Missy Maki 5.19.2013

Join me on SIMPLE KITCHEN WITH MISSY MAKI on @kpam860 at 10am we are talking: @saltandstraw @andinaportland @feastpdx !!!


Hey Portland! It is SIMPLE KITCHEN SUNDAY and I have a LOT to talk about!

Salt and Straw’s Kim is joining me today! Lets learn about their crazy delicious and trend-setting ice creams! Avocados are in season – but what do you REALLY know about them? Gadget Girl will tell us how to cut them properly as well! FEAST tickets are going on sale – need some assistance with this multi-day event? Let me be your guide! Lots of food gossip and events and a personal review of Andina right as they celebrate their 10th anniversary!

~Simple Kitchen with Missy Maki Airs LIVE every Sunday morning on KPAM AM 860 from 10am-NOON~

Oh FUDGE! Tips on Fudge ~ Simple Kitchen “Question of the Week”


Missy – I can never get my fudge to set – it is either grainy or runny.  Help – it is my husbands favorite treat!


For this information I went to a GREAT source!  www.thehappyhousewife.com  (FABULOUS BLOG!) and added a few tips:

Try a recipe that calls for marshmallow creme, marshmallows, or corn syrup if you are a beginner.

These ingredients keep the sugar from crystalizing and producing a grainy fudge.

Don’t scrape the sides and bottom of the pan while cooking.

This will also make the fudge grainy.

Look for recipes that call for butter instead of margarine…or sub butter.

Margarine is the devil.

Cut it in the Pan

After the fudge has cooled, flip out the fudge and the foil lining and cut.

Follow the recipe!!

All chocolate chips have different cocoa ratios. Use the brand that the reside asks for….

Have all your ingredients measured and ready before you begin.

Fudge making is a very precise science and letting something boil an extra minute or two while you look for the right measuring spoon can mean disaster. Use a scale when applicable.

Line your pan with buttered foil.

This will make getting the fudge out of the pan much easier.

Use a candy thermometer.

candy thermometer is the trick to making delicious fudge. They only cost about ten dollars.  Kitchen Kaboodle or Sur La Table. (great mothers Day gifts and stocking stuffers – make sure new brides get one if it is not not heir registry as well…..)


For recipes on items like fudge or really any candy, I would say that practice makes perfect.  The more you do it, the better you get.  Using the hi heat and the thermometer, etc takes a while to get used to but you can do it.

 Now for an easy Recipe!

Paula Deans “Dummy Fudge” (from her fabulous website!)


1 cup chocolate chips

1 cup butterscotch chips

1 (14-ounce) can sweetened condensed milk

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

1 cup pecans (any type of nut will work)


  • Butter a 9 by 9-inch baking dish
  • Melt chocolate chips, butterscotch chips, and condensed milk in double boiler on medium heat. Once smooth remove from heat. Add vanilla and nuts. Scoop into baking dish and chill in refrigerator until set for approximately 10 minutes.
  • Use some of the tips above to make this easier – and then let me know how it works out!!

Why Are You So Funny?

Are you a “funny girl” the person with witty repartee and an easy laugh at most situations? I am. I crack myself up even, granted I have been told only a fool laughs at her own jokes. Well….color me a fool.

I was born with Duanes Syndrome. It is a very rare eye syndrome that one of your eyes does not have the nerve endings attached to it….so, in essence, it will not turn one way. When you are a child – you do not have the control you will as an adult to compensate for it….so….you will be called “cross-eyed”. Don't cry for me yet. I also had a beautiful smile, clear skin, thick blonde hair, and had big green eyes. The pre-requisite in the 80s to be popular….but until I got to the point of pretty or cute being a trump over anything else….I had cross-eyes. It was what everyone saw first.

One kid threw a pinecone at me because I didn't have peripheral vision. Scratched my face up pretty well. Playground was the worst…..kids are terrible and chant and make fun of you. Until I had it down I would walk into walls that I forgot were there ( I still do after a glass of wine). My mom tells a particularly chilling story of looking at her brand new baby girl, and when she saw my eyes the fear that went over her that I was not “normal”. Any new, young mothers response, I am sure.

What came out of it was that I became funny. I laughed easily, told jokes, got the best grades in class….read several grades above my level, and made sure that EVERYTHING ELSE about me was above the standard….so what was a silly eye defect? Nothing. I did this on my own, it was instinct. I knew I wanted more, and there was no cure (still isn't) for my syndrome, so, sink or swim. This funny girl swam. I was “most infectious laugh” or “prettiest smile”. I was always smiling, and fun to be around. I like to think I still am.

I guess, as I get closer to having babies, I start to think how my kids will deal with having anything different about them, and then I realize they have me as a role model. I got this “defect” thing down. I consider myself successful, happy, and in general living what I consider an above average life in just about every area.

As I have grown older, my easy nature, love of laughter has made me a quickly loved companion to friends and colleagues. Periodically I will get the random person who cannot handle how easy it is for me to laugh, create relationships, and be accepted into most circles. That is envy and it is ugly stuff so those are the people I stay away from…I am serious…the moment I see that type of behavior – I am DONE. Invitations dry up to our events, and I slowly back away until they are in the distance. I call it the “friendship fade” because I don't want to hurt them…I just don't want them around me and my family and friends.

I think sometimes, that life isn't THAT hard, and I have had my hardships…but learning very early to bend, go with the flow, and have a good attitude, smile, and laugh for everyone MAKES my life a lot easier than other more stiff and stringent individuals. These are some other things I think about as I get closer to the twins due date: Teaching my kids what an easy attitude, a quick smile, and an ability to be happy with what they have will get them: A Joyful Life!

Another item I think about it this: My defect is on the outside. I know a lot of people who have theirs in the inside. In their heart, or character. I will take a “funny-eyeball” as I call it, over that ANYDAY!

So, happy Spring and let your Funny-Eyeball be part of who you are…..it is okay. No one is perfect!!


What is Duane syndrome?

Duane syndrome (DS) is a rare, congenital (present from birth) eye movement disorder. Most patients are diagnosed by the age of 10 years and DS is more common in girls (60 percent of the cases) than boys (40 percent of the cases).

DS is a miswiring of the eye muscles, causing some eye muscles to contract when they shouldn't and other eye muscles not to contract when they should. People with DS have a limited (and sometimes absent) ability to move the eye outward toward the ear (abduction) and, in most cases, a limited ability to move the eye inward toward the nose (adduction).


Missy & Brandie Kajino together again “Simple Kitchen with Missy Maki” 10-12 @kpam860

SO excited to bring in Brandie Kajino on the of “Cup and Saucer” to talk about getting the FAM back into the kitchen and around the table as well as organizing yourselves for success!

Allyson Quon, better known as Gadget Girl is going to Clean up our Grills as well – I also have a LOT of fun tips for you – This episode of Simple Kitchen will be IN THE KITCHEN! AM 860 10am-12 TODAY!


Join us!  It will be fun, and FUNNY!