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Final Ultimate Oregon Thanksgiving Show on The Simple Kitchen

WHAAAAAT- WHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAT?  It is that time again.  I am fasting today so I can get crazy tomorrow.  Funnest show of the year!!!! (that’s me below)

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As you know, Spookie & I are on the “farewell tour” of my show here at KPAM.  I have been on the air as the host of The Simple Kitchen for almost 6 years……and now I am  wrapping it up, calling it quits, walking away.  Fret not, because before we stick a fork in this thang, we will have ONE LAST Ultimate Oregon Thanksgiving with some of Portland’s top bloggers:

Lindsay A. Strannigan who writes at Rosemarried will talk to us about desserts, specifically a Cranberry Cream Pie as well as a Brussels Sprout Caesar !!

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Jenni Bost will join from A Well Crafted Party and cover the Cranberry sauce!

Next up will be Carrie Cowan  who writes at Swell Kid , one of the Original members of the Ultimate Thanksgiving crew back to do what she does best:  Teach us about Turkey!!

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We will be rounded out with the “Boys of Aria Gin” Erik & Ryan….showing us what we should be serving! (and keeping us in giggle-fits)

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So, we will see you Sunday 10am to Noon for one HECK of a show!  Join Spookie & I, along with this talented group as we show you how to have :

THE ULTIMATE OREGON THANKSGIVING!!

Simple Kitchen Farewell Tour PODCAST11-12-17

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It is the beginning of the Farewell tour of The Simple Kitchen. David Specter of Bells Up Winery stops by with a couple of bottles of delicious wine, and a fascinating story of how Bells Up came to be so magical. Jess of Red Duck is back to talk taco sauce!

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Alan and Ben of Bar Botellon have come to talk about Little Boxes and some delicious refillable wine. Dena of Tony’s Chocolonely has brought holiday chocolate. FRUIT MONKEY! Josh of Rubinette has returned with something perfect for Thanksgiving!

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Taking Cuts

OMG.  Come on dude, did you really cut in front of me and in the process almost knock me over with you and your 3 year old sons North Face puffy coats?

I’m standing in line at a store at a museum, ready to purchase the payoff for my kids learning about astronauts and planes for 3 hours.  A really cool Black Hawk thingy and a Space-Barbie.  My kids are ready to explode, but are minding themselves …excited for the toys, and UNDERSTANDING that there are rules.  Insert “Dad out with his son alone on the weekend” guy.  This mofo is knocking everything over with he and his sons fashionably matching 300- dollar nylon poofs. (seriously – these coats are made for surviving while climbing the face of a Alaskan Glacier……WTF?)  This bastard literally walks in front of me and “takes a cut” as Montana pointed out.  What did I do?  Waited my turn then when standing next to him at the counter I asked the cashier loudly “did I do that right?  Is that the line?”  She smiles….knowing what is happening and loudly responds “oh yes, that large yellow line is where the line begins,”  I look at him, Mr. Asshole who puts leather shoes on his kid when it is POURING rain and the poor kids feet are now sopping, you know, despite the fact that he is a “holder toddler” and say straight to his face “YES, that’s what my daughter thought…she is 4 and has manners.”  Grabbed my bags and walked away.  See, he was still cashing out because he has to hold his child at all times.  Makes it hard to do anything quickly.  No sympathy.  None.  If my old ass can figure out that there are normally lines in stores, with all that I have going on in an average moment…..then this ass hat can try to step outside of his 3 inch bubble and OPEN HIS EYES.

What a dickweed.

Momming like a Muth.

Damn….I must be Momming like a Muth……..Four seems to be the magical age that in my kids eyes I can do no wrong.  My hugs remove tears, my kisses take the sting out of scrapes, and my hugs are required for a good nights sleep.

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I will never forget this time as a mom, where I am omnipotent, and I so not take it for granted.  Every evening after my son goes to bed he says several times “Mom, I need you!” and when I go check on him he just smiles and asks about school or about what we are doing the next day, then ALWAYS tells me “my loves you so much momma.”  My daughter touches my face and tells me that she “Misses my so deep down in her heart” when she goes to school.

I guess my thoughts today, on this daily post is that I am so glad that I have been gentle and loving with my kids.  That they have had been gently touched, and reminded of love on a daily basis.  That we all hug and kiss and Mommy and Daddy walk the talk, showing what love and marriage is about by holding hands and showing outward affection.  They fight like normal siblings, but they LOVE each other.

What is there, when everything else is gone, if there is not love?

Maki Family Value:

Love openly and without embarrassment.

PODCAST-The Simple Kitchen – Bruno and Michael Zussman 10-29-17

Missy drops a huge announcement.  Listen in to find out what!

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Bruno Rose enters the studio to discuss something major happening at Jake’s in November. We Got Game has a fantastic menu, and Bruno ate everything.

Food writer Michael Zussman finally makes it into the studio, and he’s got a lot to say about Portland food trends, and eating around the world at large.

Ch-ch-ch-ch-Changes……

Some days you just flip the script and walk down another road.  Why did I decide to walk away from radio?  Well for starters the radio station was sold (granted it won’t change hands for 6 plus months) but it takes a situation like this to make you realize you have been trying to talk yourself out of doing radio for about a year…..maybe 2.  I have been on the air for 5 years and 8 months.  For those who don’t know radio – THAT IS A LONG TIME TO NOT BE CANCELLED.

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Here is the deal.  I am exhausted.  I am 46, and I have a full time corporate job  that includes travel and a lot of focus (I LOVE IT!), a husband that does not get NEARLY as much of my time as he deserves and twin 4 year-olds who are straight up magical.  Do I need a secondary career in media? No.  I do not work at the station for a paycheck, but for a hobby.  Yes, that is a luxury, I know it.  Hashtag blessed.

I will do about 3 more shows.  Maybe that.   Wish me luck as I throw myself back into family and food.  Expect a lot of cooking, family fun, home entertaining and dining out.  I might finally begin that garden, start canning beets and go to the coast more often.  Who knows….perhaps I will get in shape?

In the time I have been on the air I have been through a LOT.  I went though a long IVF journey, I became a mother, I have emceed every food event from here to Northern California, and I have loved it all.  But I need a break.  I need to rest.  I need to consider the marathon, not the sprint.

My family deserve it.  So do I.

Changing the blog name.  Changing the Direction of my posts ( back to personal and honest and about the struggles and successes of life) and changing my priorities.

I hope I will not lose you on my journey as I attempt to navigate these crazy waters and in the process uncover the Maki Family Values.

Love you all – thank you for your support!