Monthly Archives: May 2014

Moments of Maya

I found Maya in Reno.

I had a summer job after my freshman year in college and I was a hostess at Harrahs.  There I met a girl named Molly.  She was a table busser and a writer.  She was always in the company of her notebooks, writing things, journaling, journaling, journaling.  I instantly liked her in the way you do someone who has a discipline that you don’t have.  She also could get me into bars.  That was cool as well.  She was also a lesbian, and very clearly not attracted to my blonde hair, pink nail polish and fluffy attitude.  But, we were a fun mismatch of friends that summer, riding around on our bikes in the hot desert heat, scared of nothing, open to everything.

After one night of  work, followed by drinking, followed by binge eating cheeseburgers …Molly pulled out Maya Angelou and read her poetry to me.  She read Phenomenal Woman.  I was hooked.  I never found myself to be a poetry person, but I did love good literature, and this spoke to me.  Maya was edgy.  Open about her sexuality, black, had a past…so may things that I was not.  This was how I found Maya.  Suddenly, I was reading every book of hers I could get my hands on.  She was strong, and weak at the same time.  She made me feel okay about all of the things that I was not, and that I would never be.  She felt like a friend that I needed.  She didn’t judge me, she understood why I made a bad decision…she still loved me and made me feel valid.  Maya Angelous love had no expectations or boundaries in my mind.  She was what I needed.  Finally, someone who showed how to love, and to love myself more importantly.  How to love myself.

I got to see Maya speak last year.  It as a wonderful show here in Portland Oregon, and I am glad I can say I sat in the same room and listened to her weave stories, and recite a poem, a wonderful poem that she wrote.  Not many can say that, and now we will be fewer and fewer.  Those of us who sat and listened to Maya speak Maya’s words.

I am a mother now.  I have a son and a daughter, and I realized that my daughter will never hear Maya speak Maya’s words.  But I can speak them for her.  Teach her that she is beautiful in whatever form her body and face decide to take on.   That she is loved whether she makes a bad decision, or always makes the right one.  That she will have my love unconditionally and that whoever she is, is who I like.  I will not expect her to be who I THINK she should be but whoever it is who blooms from her small, precious body.  She may be barely one, but she is the Phenomenal Woman that I created, and watching her take on this world, will be my greatest joy.  In her I see the future.

I don’t know when she will find Maya, but she will have all of her works waiting for her.  I will not force feed them, but I will have them waiting.  For that summer, when she is riding free on her bike in the desert, and Maya speaks to her.

Maya

Phenomenal Woman

BY MAYA ANGELOU

Pretty women wonder where my secret lies.
I’m not cute or built to suit a fashion model’s size
But when I start to tell them,
They think I’m telling lies.
I say,
It’s in the reach of my arms,
The span of my hips,
The stride of my step,
The curl of my lips.
I’m a woman
Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.
I walk into a room
Just as cool as you please,
And to a man,
The fellows stand or
Fall down on their knees.
Then they swarm around me,
A hive of honey bees.
I say,
It’s the fire in my eyes,
And the flash of my teeth,
The swing in my waist,
And the joy in my feet.
I’m a woman
Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.
Men themselves have wondered
What they see in me.
They try so much
But they can’t touch
My inner mystery.
When I try to show them,
They say they still can’t see.
I say,
It’s in the arch of my back,
The sun of my smile,
The ride of my breasts,
The grace of my style.
I’m a woman
Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.
Now you understand
Just why my head’s not bowed.
I don’t shout or jump about
Or have to talk real loud.
When you see me passing,
It ought to make you proud.
I say,
It’s in the click of my heels,
The bend of my hair,
the palm of my hand,
The need for my care.
’Cause I’m a woman
Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.

Easy Turkey Rigatoni

Hey friends, I get it – drive thru is easy, and it is even easier when you have a family and a career, and you are just, in general, overall – TIRED!  Well, let me tell you that the more you cook the easier it gets and the more you learn what basics to keep in your kitchen the better off you will be.  When you are ready – you can enter the magical world called “meal planning”  but baby steps for now.  Here is a great midweek meal that just needs a tossed salad and you are good to go!

Easy Turkey Rigatoni

Looks nice and rich, right?  That is whole wheat pasta, and ground turkey breast – I love the “little healthy cheats” that are out there these days!!  The Parmesan cheese gives it a nice tangy taste and a little salt – remember to NOT SALT the food when using most cheeses.  They do the work for you!  Here is the easy breezy recipe

Easy Turkey Rigatoni

Ingredients

  • 1 box whole wheat Rigatoni noodles
  • 1 lb ground turkey breast
  • 1/4 cup minced onion (this really adds depth)
  • Ground pepper
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese

Instructions

  1. Boil noodles per direction on package, drain and set aside 4 tbs pasta water
  2. Brown the ground turkey breast and when almost done, add the onion to flavor the meat.
  3. Break the meat up until crumbly but still a few chunks.
  4. Place noodles back into boiling pot on medium heat with the reserved pasta water and olive oil - allow to warm and coat.
  5. Addthe meat in and combine. When sufficiently combined, pull off the heat and toss in the Parmesan so it is distributed throughout. Pepper the top to your liking ans serve with more Parmesan cheese on the side for cheese lovers!
http://www.mrsmakicooks.com/2014/05/25/easy-turkey-rigatoni/

Rosemary Bacon Breakfast Casserole

You may or may not know this, but every Sunday morning, I get up at 5:45am with my twins.   They eat, play and I have coffee and make my husband a breakfast casserole.  Every week.  They are always different, but is his treat because at 9:00am I leave to go to my studio and go on the air for 2 hours as well as record the PODCASTs of the show.  So, he has a delicious treat AND get to sleep in!  It eases the guilt…you feel me?  Here you go….

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And here is the recipe…..

Rosemary Bacon Breakfast Casserole

Ingredients

  • 8 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup cream
  • 3 cups cooked and cubed potatoes
  • 4 crispy fried bacon slices, crumbled
  • 1/2 cup onion diced
  • 2 cups favorite cheese (I like sharp white Cabot cheddar in this dish)
  • salt and pepper
  • cooking spray

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Spray a casserole dish with cooking spray
  3. Lay the potatoes down on the bottom of the dish.
  4. Sprinkle the onion on the potatoes.
  5. Sprinkle the bacon over the potatoes.
  6. Spread cheese over potatoes, bacon and onion
  7. lightly dust with salt and pepper, then sprinkle the rosemary over that.
  8. Whisk the eggs and cream and pour over the ingredients.
  9. Cook on middle oven rack for 35 minutes - the first 15 with foil over the top so it does not overcook.
  10. Tip: Place fresh rosemary on the place and serve with whole grain toast
http://www.mrsmakicooks.com/2014/05/24/rosemary-bacon-breakfast-casserole/

Slow Cooked Honey Garlic Thighs

It is going to be a hot summer and I TRULY believe in using that crock pot and the grill.  If you can have your meats slow simmered and cooked all day then grill up some corn and asparagus and even toast up your bunz on the grill – that grill isn’t just for meat ya know!!!!    Anyways, I use my slow cooker because…well,  I am obsessed with it and also it is easy and when I get home my house is GLORIOUS smelling!  Here si an easy CHEAP recipe for those super-packs of thighs you see in the market – TRUST ME – the meat will FALL OF THE BONE and the flavor is gonzo-good.

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Slow Cooked Honey Garlic Thighs

Ingredients

  • Economy pack of thighs - about 10-12
  • 5 tbs minced garlic
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 3 tsp teriyaki sauce
  • cooking spray

Instructions

  1. This is embarrassingly easy.
  2. Spray the crock with the cooking spray.
  3. Whisk garlic, teriyaki, and honey together in a bowl.
  4. Place thighs in crock and pour mixture over. Cover, and cook on medium 6-8 hours depending on your crocks temp. I like to go even lower and slower if I have the time.(low for 8)
  5. Tip: This is so tender you can let the meat fall off the bone and serve on a bun with coleslaw
http://www.mrsmakicooks.com/2014/05/21/slow-cooked-honey-garlic-thighs/

Slow Cooked Cooked Country Pork Ribs

Oh good lord.  Have you heard of Slick’s Big Time BBQ?  Well they are local and are making all sorts of delicious sauces and rubs, not to mention putting a slug of their time and efforts into non-profits right here in Oregon.  Dan and Barbi Slick are the goods for sure.  Not to mention they are just amazing to be around.  Don;t you love that?  I heart good people.  Check out their website and make sure to pick up some BBQ at their drive- thru in Newberg as well!

I am really watching my dollah dollah bills these days.  I work hard for my money ….and I have a family that doubles in size plus the payroll added a nanny and a housekeeper.  I need to watch the purse!  That is where these country pork ribs came in – they are often on sale but they are fairly fatty – one thing I have learned is slow cooking often eliminates the fat while making the meat tends, you just life the meat out of the pot and leave the fat behind!!

RIBS BEFORE

This is such an easy recipe!  Here we go!

Slow Cooked Cooked Country Pork Ribs

Ingredients

  • 6-8 Country Style Pork Ribs
  • 1/2 cup Slicks Butt Rub (or any other combo of seasonings you like)
  • that's it!

Instructions

  1. Spray the inside of the slow cooker.
  2. Pat the ribs, all sides with the rub. Place in the pot
  3. Cook on low for 8 hours. Drain liquid and watch the meat just fall apart!!! Delicious. Serve with corn on the cob and lots of napkins.
http://www.mrsmakicooks.com/2014/05/20/slow-cooked-cooked-country-pork-ribs/

 RIBS AFTER

{PODCAST} Cole Danehower talks Northwet Summer Wines on Simple Kitchen

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