Simple Kitchen 11-27-16

Missy and James are celebrating three years on the air together. What is Thanksgiving like at the Maki house? Jams got to see first hand. Cards Against Humanity is a great and horrible game. BJ Smith is the latest Portland Chef to be on Bravo’s Top Chef. Superfoods that can help control your diabetes.

Johnny Nunn of Verdigris takes Missy and James on a fun and strange journey from Maryland to Portland, and talks about some of the delicious and fantastic things happening at Verdigris.


Simple Kitchen 11-20-16

It is the 5th Annual Ultimate Oregon Thanksgiving! Missy and James start the show with the fascinating story of Thanksgiving. Erin of and Meredith of help us plan our own Friends-Giving. Ryan of Aria gin has cocktails prepared. Lindsay From and Jenni Bost of are talking potatoes.

Lyndsey has some things to say about turkey, and Bee of has a few tips as well. Marylynn of Urbanblisslife and Melissa of are talking wine and dessert. Ryan returns with a delicious dessert cocktail.

What you might not know. You know, about me.

As I grow in my career, I find that I am trying to wrap words around who I am.  3 small sentences of a body of work. What if we all had a small page describing yourself, as a shorthand, to make you less of a name, and more of a human?

I recently received a promotion.  Earlier this year I was placed in charge of the Oregon sales force.  This week I was given California and Nevada as well.  My job doubled in one phone call.  There are all of these new, amazing people that I get to help, hopefully inspire.  But I cannot just go have coffee with them.  I am an email, a cell phone, and possibly a few visits a year.  It stumps me, because I have been in my industry for 26 years,  In Catering for 19.  Face to face is my thing.  I like to talk.  I mean, hell, I have been on the air for 5 years.  2 hours of talk radio, every Sunday.  I talk.  About food.  To people.

So, here it is.  Here is my description, and I can say what I want because it is my blog, and I am hoping if I describe myself here, perhaps I can describe myself to others….better.

I am a wife and mother.  I married a 6 foot 6 blonde haired blue eyed varsity basketball coach and PE teacher.  I married the dream.  Cool headed, steady, strong.  He blessed me with boy-girl twins.  Their names are Jordan James and Montana.  They are my sun and moon.

I am a career focused person.  I will always have a piece of my brain in my job at all time. I am never off.  I genuinely care about the welfare of those who work with me.  If you aren’t happy  outside of work, you certainly will not be happy when you are at work.  Balance is the key.  If you don’t force your balance, you will be an imbalanced employee, and you will not last.  Me, I last.  I power through the storms to get to the sunshine.  My career is absolutely a study in positive thinking, asking for forgiveness, and pushing the envelope.  Above all:  I laugh at myself. A lot.  I mean A LOT.  Ask any of my bosses.

I am a radio personality.  Okay, here is where it gets weird.  I have a successful career in radio.  I have been on the air with “The Simple Kitchen with Missy Maki” for 5 years.  It is a 2 hour talk show about food:  chefs, brewers, in home cooking, winemakers, cheesemakers, fishers, saltmakers.  TASTEMAKERS.  I live and die by food and beverage.  People wear shirts with my name on it.  (want one?  hahaha!  But really, they are cute)  You can listen live KPAM AM 860 Sundays 10am-noon, or you can find all the podcasts on iTunes or at or on this site under “Podcasts” up above.  My show is a top downloaded podcast.  It is really good.  Okay, now I am being a jerk…but google Missy Maki if you want to get a horrifying insight on my food life.  Particularly the images. *hides behind desk*

I am a public speaker and host.  Alrighty, it gets REALLY weird here.  I host and MC a large amount of Auctions and Food events.  Cook offs, The Bite, School Auctions, you name it.  I MC conferences on foods, I do mini commercials for food brands like Johnsonville Brats. I do Instagram takeovers for large brands…. See what I am saying?  I have a really weird life.

I am an athlete.  I put my health into every equation.  My home office is half office, half exercise equipment:  elliptical, recumbent cycle, stairmaster, yoga space and weights.  I do not separate my exercise and my work – they feed each other.  I have run 6 half marathons and Hood 2 Coast twice. (Third time this August!)  I am only 5 foot 5 but I pack a wallop, and physical strength and character strength go hand in hand for me.  I am not a swimsuit model, I am a strong, healthy woman.

I am an AMA Mother.  This is a big one for me and a huge part of who I am. .  I delivered my twins at age 42.  AMA means Advanced Maternal Age.  42 felt a little on the older side to have kids, by the way, even I agree about that.  Hey, we are not all blessed in every health category, but I definitely hit the jackpot with my kids.  BINGO!

I am an active member of Les Dames d’Escoffier.  I am a Dame and it is my biggest honor outside of being a mother.  If you are not sure of what that is:  Click the link, we are a wonderful, benevolent group of powerful women in the world of food and wine.  These women are my tribe.

I am funny, I cry easily, I love food, beer, wine and bourbon.

I love being a wife and mommy, and I was born to be a leader.  I will strive to deserve each of these roles, and as my roles change, I will work hard to be the best I can.  Your patience is appreciated.  Also a little forgiveness because I will make a mistake.  Sorry…..


I am not without divinity

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I find spirituality in the sun, the moon, the air.  The seasons, the slow and steady movement of the mountains, the consistent ebb and flow of the sea.

Children, love, family.

I do not need organized religion to create a full circle in my life.   I see the spirits that I need in trees, words, laughter.  I am spiritual.  I am.  I do not need a parted sea, or to believe I will rise.  I simply do not need access to the before or the after.  I am okay with the now.

Can I be a woman, wife, mother, and can I believe in marriage and not a God that is in the vision of what many believe?  To me, marriage is a simple commitment of combining lives, and committing to each other.

Raising children with a love of nature, an appreciation to commitment, health, love of the earth and equality among all is a legacy I hope for.

I am not without divinity,  I am more blessed than I ever thought I would be, but the blessings are brought on by my open arms.  I worked and willed them to my heart, and now I reap their rewards.

I am not without a religion, my religion is nature.

*Written in honor of my stepfather, Claude Gagnon, who would be mortified today*




Simple Kitchen 11-6-16

Deconstructing food isn’t always the greatest. Missy can’t work her headphones. Darcy Kochis of Little Handfuls Organic is making it easier to get your kids good nutrition. Missy is obsessed with cheese

The mastermind behind Chevoo is on The Simple Kitchen. How do you make goat cheese better, infuse it with sea salt, chilies, of dill. Gerrard explains why chevre is popular Down Under. Missy has some pretty strange ways to help keep you healthy.


Clinging to the edge of a canyon. A Post for Brandie.

*Brandie Kajino, my friend, passed away November 1st, 2016 of Pancreatic Cancer.  I wrote this while she was in hospice but was never able to post it, I was simply too scared to let the insides out.  Brandie, I love you and will never forget our kooky friendship, pretty sure you are sitting right here with me now, fixing my typos…..*

“It’s Brandie with an EYE-EE, not a Y, but people make that mistake all the time……”  Is how we met.  She was straight up telling me to fix my press release and I had never even met her.  We met in my studio a few weeks later, and it was magic.  We shared a clear view of the world, no nonsense, and funny.  We were not “spring chickens” and we both loved to eat food.  We REALLY loved food.  We were instantly IM/DM friends, ending most days talking shop online and dreaming up new ventures, talking about what we ate, what we hoped for our futures and what was annoying that day.  Brandie and I just fit.

I am no stranger to loss.  I have experienced it on a high level, low level, human, animal, and love.  I know about losing 15 pounds in a month after heartbreak.  I know how it feels to lose my grandparents, my father and beloved animals.  All loss feels different, but right now I am desolate and confused.

It is even worse after I had kids because I somehow put every loss in an equation that inserts me into them.  If I lose something I think how my kids will feel when it happens to them, or how my grief will affect them, or if the loss will be something they will understand and should I talk to them about it.  When you become a parent this happens I guess.  I don’t know.  I am very confused.


My friend is dying.

She is the light that I didn’t know I needed.  The voice on the other end of chat after my then- infants went to bed, the person who talked me into going in front of a camera instead of staying inside of a radio studio.  She made me believe that my opinion mattered.  She helped me build my confidence and find my voice in many ways.

When someone is sick, and it is a slow closure with bursts of hope, sprinkled with devastating lows, you feel as if you are always walking along the edge of a canyon.  You have your balance, but it is inevitable that at one point the wind will whip up, and you will fall.  The bottom of the canyon is filled with loss.

Another strange part of the equation, is that I am the friend.  Not the husband, not the child, not the mother.  I am struggling with how to insert myself, or not.  There is no right answer.  All I know is that I feel inadequate, and over-lucky to be walking around with my health and my life moving along, moving forward, while she is losing grasp of hers.

All I can think about is her, in her kitchen, shiny, lustrous, long chestnut curls and rosy cheeks, baking up food, teaching us about berries, showing us that healthy food is easy, just slow down and learn.  Her, with the the roundest, highest cheekbones and the biggest eyes.  No nonsense, kind, mothering, warmth at all times.  Writer, friend, humorist, wife, daughter, mother.  Oh God, she is a Mother.

So here is where it wraps around me:  A woman with a son still in school is dying.  The thought is like being rolled up into a hot, wool carpet.  I cannot breathe, I cannot move.  I am without breath because she is my friend and the world has turned on her.  Nature turned on her, and she does not deserve it.

I can give you a list of 10 reasons, without even thinking, right off the top of my head why she needs to be on this planet longer, why the world needs her, why the level of wrong and unfair that is going on inside of her body is incomprehensible.


You get to be on this planet for a blip of time.  Jump on the horse, ride it bareback down the beach and don’t look back.  Try to clean a few messes up that were here when you got here, and leave a small legacy of hope for the future.  Don’t waste time on people who do not deserve that time because my friends, nothing is guaranteed.

I am lucky.  I have a legacy of filmed conversations with Brandie that I will keep up on YouTube and on our Facebook page.  We laughed, we made fun of ourselves and together tried to show the world that we were okay with just being us.  We are enough.

I love you Brandie.  Thank you for teaching me that it is okay to be me.  I am enough.