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

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


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.

Dos and Donuts

IMG_4337For the record, I actually made these.  they are coconut cake with vanilla glaze and dipped in orange tinted coconut flakes.  I am annoying like that.

Why do I feel like shit when I take a day to relax?  I think Coach would say that he has never seen me relax in his life, but I don’t know how to.  There is something to do, and if you are tired?  Take a pull off the keurig and get back to it.  I am literally so much of a hyper-performer that an afternoon pf non accomplishment ( for normal people that is considered rest or relaxing,) will leave me disappointing in myself.

So, tomorrow, Sunday, after the show (one of my last!) I will be attempting to power-watch some netflix and  drink la croix and maybe go for a walk.  Snuggle the kids and do no chores.

So, I am going to Donut-ing.  Get it?  Do-Nothing?



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.


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!

Simple Kitchen 10-22-17

Lani Raider of No Bull Starters has brought her amazing starters, and a buffet of amazing delicious and nourishing food for Missy and James to try.

Yana Yahnkes of Only Child Chocolate has brought her truly wondorous chocolates and some fun stories about Russia to the Simple Kitchen. Things get deep with Missy and James.

Simple Kitchen 10/15/17

Missy and James are raving about Wild About Game. Ryan and Erik of Aria Gin are in studio and they are mixing up drinks.

Ryan and Erik of Aria Gin have a couple more cocktails, and a delicious hot cocoa for Missy and James. Aria is rolling out some brand new barrel aged gins.

Simple Kitchen 9-24-17

It’s been crazy. Missy made it through FEAST, and has loads to tell you about. Wedge is coming. A celebration of cheese, and Missy wants you to know all about what’s happening, and who’s gonna be there. It wouldn’t be Simple Kitchen without some Game of Thrones talk.

Missy is obsessed again. This time, it’s Pumpkin spice lattes. Carolyn Ketchum of Alldayidreamaboutfood.com has a brand new book coming, and you need to get your hands on it. Geoff Latham of Nicky USA is hard at work preparing this year’s Wild About Game, which is right around the corner. Portland vs. Seattle. Who will be king of the kitchen?