Simple Kitchen 7-31-16

Missy is back from Vegas and James is falling apart right in front of her. The Fruit Monkey, Josh Alsberg of Rubinette is back and he’s talking tomatoes.

The Fruit Monkey isn’t just tomatoes. He’s got peppers, berries, cucumbers, peaches, and cantaloupe.

Simple Kitchen 7-24-16

Someone’s having a birthday! One of the most amazing culinary personalities enters the Simple Kitchen to talk to Missy and James about his journey. Dave Machado of Nel Centro also dishes on hotel restaurants and how excited he is for the future.

Kim Haines of Portland Cheesecake and Dessert Company brings loads of tasty treats for Missy and James. Portland has another reason to be proud. Ecliptic Brewing has brought home the gold again!


I have had so many people say “time flies, right?”  I shake my head, and get a little sad.  It is so true.

Missy with her family in the background, Manzanita, OR 2016

Time is passing so quickly.  I am reviewing my calendar through the end of the year, setting my travel plans for the holidays, deciding where we will be for Thanksgiving and Christmas, and then it will be a new year again.  I actually have to decide these things now.  I cannot put them off because of how swiftly the weeks fly by.  It is terrifying.

During our walks, my husband and I discuss our retirement plans, what our home, or even a second home would be like, how we handle college.  we discus how long we want to work, if we will travel.  This is only 2 decades away.  This is not very long from now, and we will need to prepare ourselves financially.

I always thought aging would be depressing.  I know women in their early or pre-retirement whose fear of aging (shown in their behavior) has made me decide that I will try to slide into my next few decades gracefully.  Embracing myself and my flaws, and focusing my energy on the love of my children, husband, and hobbies that I love.  Nurturing a strong, consistent home-life that gives us strength, comfort and something that we can count on.  Strong confident souls are not build on a ground that is constantly quaking, or rugs that are being pulled beneath them.  Metaphorically, and in real life.

So, as time passes, I actually also embrace it.  I want it to pass as my kids soak up their life, and their home, and familial consistency, and that one day they wake up, and they are 18, they are seniors in high school, and we are all still there, together, happy, in the same house, and that they know every little nook and cranny of their home, and it gives them comfort when they run off to school.  Mom and Dad will be here, and we will do the turkey trot together and Mom will cook a big turkey in November,  their Christmas Stockings will go up for winter break as they always have, and when they need us, we will answer the phone.

As time passes….I want them to know that nothing will change.  I will not decide to be someone different.  Dad will still shoot hoops in the rain. Mom will be found in the kitchen.

Time will pass, my kids will grow up, Jason and I will age, and that is that.

Simple Kitchen 7-17-16

Salt and Straw represent on National Ice Cream Day. Kim Malek, the founder of Salt and Straw is on with Missy to talk ice cream and July’s Berry Series. Missy and James are obsessed with tacos.

29 restaurants have had to close their doors in 2016. Missy has the list. A major opportunity for lovers of bier is coming to Portland.


Whisper words of wisdom…let it be.

Let It Be
Paul McCartney
When I find myself in times of trouble
Mother Mary comes to me
Speaking words of wisdom, let it be.
And in my hour of darkness
She is standing right in front of me
Speaking words of wisdom, let it be.
Let it be, let it be.
Whisper words of wisdom, let it be.
And when the broken hearted people
Living in the world agree,
There will be an answer, let it be.
For though they may be parted there is
Still a chance that they will see
There will be an answer, let it be.
Let it be, let it be. Yeah
There will be an answer, let it be.


Oh, how different we are from what people see, or think they see.  Do you ever step back and think….no one knows me.  They have no clue who I am.  I am alone.

As I gain wisdom and age, and speak to those items that hurt me most, understand my motives based on my past, and forgive myself, I look around, bewildered.  Almost scared.

What can come from shouting out “You don’t know me!  I am more than what you see!  I am less than what you think!”  Nothing can come from this, because I am imperfect, broken, and somewhat fragile.  Just like you.

So, I do my hair.  I put my makeup on, and step on the stage of life.  There are people who need me, people who depend on me and self examination is intensely selfish.

Some will love you, some will hate you, some will hurt you, some will raise you up.  Under the spotlight is both scary and elating.

Also, I know that just like Paul said, it is best to just let it be.

And when the night is cloudy
There is still a light that shines on me
Shine on until tomorrow, let it be


Simple Kitchen 7-10-16

Sarah Bowen Shea is the host of Mother Runner podcast and she’s in with Missy to talk about putting yourself first and what it really takes to be a runner. 10 foods you should be eating everyday for good health.

Pierre-Yves Caisse is the head chef of the epic Odysseo which is here in Portland. Pierre talks about building the menu for each new city and working in a trailer and making amazing food for roughly 600 people every night. Who is James Beard and why is he so important? Missy and James are going to learn along with you.