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The Simple Kitchen with Missy Maki – Right at the Fork – Pappy Dog 10-23-16

We started out hot:  Snapchat, Instagrams and all sort of silly.  Then…..the hard hitting interviews kicked in!


Chris Angelus of Right At The Fork joins us, and he’s brought Gary the Foodie to talk about their new podcast partnership. Missy hits the guys with some big questions and some… not so big ones.  Truthfully, she steered clear from cannibalism, so that is a win.

PAPPY’S BACK! Greg Papworth of Mack’s Finer Foods has returned with two new editions to the Pappy hot Dog line and they are terrific.  Missy ate the sausage, but then again…you knew she would.


The Simple Kitchen with Missy Maki: Rogue Creamery & Hazelfern Cellars

Starting the show with a Bloody Mary and some fine bleu cheese. Tom Van Voorhees of Rogue Creamery is on with Missy to talk about European cheese, cave aging and what is trying to get out of the cheese.maki


Laura Lange of Hazelfern Winery has brought some amazing wines and discusses changing your life so completely to achieve your dream.


In which I become successful because of love.

Yes, I am busy. I am embarrassed to even talk about the way my life has rolled into a wild ride of motherhood, marriage, career, radio, events and trying to find pockets of rest. The world as arrived at my doorstep and I am absolutely busy.

I wake up at 4am and do a “quick 1-2 hours of work” now. I am terrified of taking time from my kids. I am worried about not keeping up with my commitments to a career that I love and the employees who need me. I am nothing like who I thought I was. This is a good thing.

Do you think back about times in your life where your self worth was low? I do. I never went so far as to damage myself or my health (entirely) but I come from a somewhat lost generation. We never really learned how to love or give love in return. When we grew up, life and families had taken this intense pace. Latchkey kids, both parents working….climbing the ladder. It was the 80s and the 80s were a good time for career minded and educated people! Money was there to be had. Time to connect, not so much. I may have been one of the few kids who sat down to dinner several nights a week but I was on my own for breakfast and lunch since I was in 3rd grade.

So…you get through adolescence. You somehow find your way through your 20s. You fall in love in your 30s and start to make a life. By your 40s you are here. Busy, successful, and busy.

How do I fit 48 hours into 24 hours? I don't. I just don't. I set my own precedences as they arise and stay true to my foundation which is my home. I embrace mornings that I wake up at 4 ready to go, but I crash hard at 8:30 when the kids are down and the house is clean. I don't waste time on movies, and I make sure we gather at the table as much as possible. I laugh, I love. I stop and sit on the sofa and have time with my kids that has no hidden educational agenda. I hold them. I tell them they are awesome. I kiss their soft heads and laugh their toes and let them chew on my pearls. They are just pearls and I will have no need for them when I am gone. When THEY leave me though I will be left with my memories of them. Did I stop? Did I look at them? Did I tell them they have value? Did they see me smile at them with no hidden agenda? No concern?

What really matters? Keeping your love alive in your marriage so you can show your kids how to make it work. Kissing and hugging in front of them. Laughing together as a family. Making your life work for the family you are now. Are you showing and teaching your kids how to love? Showing them to gain strength through holding hands? Through talking and laughing? Complimenting each other and reminding each other of their worth and their value to the family.

So, I finally get a blog post up. It is not about food. There are no photos, but it is where I am in my mind. I am rich in love and successful in career. But really, the career stems from the love that fuels my heart that takes me through my days and helps me make ethical and smart decisions. It all starts here, at home.

I will not forget that.


Slow Cooked Coconut Oats

You know January – it is a beast, and if you know me – you know I have no time.

I am watching my calories.  I am trying to regain my energy, physical fitness….and, well, my hotness.  The ugly truth about pregnancy in your 40s is that it is harder.  Tougher on every part of you body, from bones to muscles.  It is, in a word….atrocious.

The worst part is seeing photos of yourself…and it just isnt you!  The face is fuller, the arms are thicker.  It is so hard and you have the added scenario of wanting to lengthen your life so crash dieting is not an option.  The only way to make this work is exercise and diet.

Breakfast has to be eaten.  You are kidding yourself of you think skipping breakfast is a meal you can skip to “save calories” .  You must eat your breakfast, and frankly – GO BIG!  you will burn more energy in the day if you do this as well as you will feel better about exercise as you have MORE ENERGY!

Okay – no more preaching, and time for me to get my butt back to blogging, eating well and posting recipes for you!

This is an overnight idea for breakfast!  Steel cut oats are a god send for those of you who are busy, have kids and need to streamline brekkie!  Please give it a try!


Slow Cookers are STILL a great way to save time!


Slow Cooked Coconut Oats


  • 1 cup steel cut oats
  • Dash of salt
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 can light coconut milk


  1. In your slow cooker, combine all ingredients and set to low heat. Cover and let cook for 8 to 9 hours.
  2. The following morning, stir and serve with any goodies you prefer such as fresh coconut, milk, natural sugars!

Simple Butterscotch Mini-Tartlets

We have all been there….both of you are running different directions, trying to make your professional dreams come true.This includes the weekends at our house. We both have 2 careers. Him: High School Teacher AND Varsity Basketball Coach. Me: Sales Director and Radio Host/Food Blogger. I get to Sunday and I am thinking…I need to do something nice for my little family….but I am BEAT.

I gain a little more energy when I see that my better half has washed all of the clothes and put them away. This guy deserves a treat. Well, here is an easy treat that will make him feel loved: Cute, sweet, and delicious! Mini Tartlets! I know this is simple…..but it is easy..perfect for showers or holiday parties……

Mini Butterscotch Tartlets


1 small box of butterscotch instant pudding ( or any flavor!)

2 cups cold non-fat milk

1 premade pie crust


With a ruffle edged biscuit cutter, cut out 12 rounds. Press into the bottom of standard cupcake tins. Poke the bottom of the crust with a fork so they do not puff up. Bake at 375 for about 8 minutes. I dont like brown crust…just baked is perfect for me. Allow to cool and remove from tins. Place on serving dish. Mix milk and pudding mix – it will start to thicken quickly, spoon into the tartlets just up to the top of the tartlets. Wait another minute and add another layer (the pudding is thiker and will not drip off) immediately refrigerate and serve as is or with a quick dollop of whipped cream – YUM


Portland Food Cart Top 5

God Bless Foodcarts. They are kind to my wallet and they are even kinder to my tum-tum. As a gal-on-the-go, I find myself out picking up a quick meal to take back to the office, or stopping off at a breakfast cart for a filling brekkie often.  Here are MY top picks. I reserve the right to have an opinion, and change it at any time…..feel free to try and sway me!

5. Korean Twist – 10th and 11th on Alder – Korean food with a twist – Korean Burritos – Or “Korritos” FAVE – Bulgogi bowl (beef) an amazing sauce….Korean tacos, I mean, COME ON!  So delicious! – FIVE BUCKS! (May 2010).

4. BIG ASS Sandwiches – Corner of SW 3rd and ASH Street – Brian & Lisa Wood – a husband and wife team – opened in 2009 “the fresher the better” is their motto – they are in the sandwich face off on the Travel Channel show with Salumi of Seattle – my pick: Big Ass Breakfast Sandwich 8.50 – eggs, fries and breakfasts meats and bechamel sauce on a ciabatta roll- GLORIOUS times a GAZILLION!!

3. The Egg Carton SE Foster Road and 52nd (this area is cool) great coffee lemony eggs benedict…..probably the friendliest people on the planet.  Give them your money.  Good food and kindness in one small trailer gets my vote any day.

2. WHIFFIES! SE Corner of 12th and Hawethorne – Sweet and Savory Pies ….Meat or Fruit, they are 100% pure awesomeness. But frankly you can wrap anything in pastry and get me to eat it…Greg Abbott owns it and he is a DOLL!


1. Nong’s Khao Man Gai – Another Alder Street cart betweet 10th and 11th. Nong, a gorgeous tatted up gal cooks up Bangkok vendor style food. It comes in these wrapped up paper packets: Sticky Rice, Poached chicken ( I hear the rice is cooked in the poaching water), and a Ginger, Thai Chile and Fermented Soybeans Sauce sauce that is so good you will forgive it coming out your pores at the office for the rest of the day. FEEL virtuous….a low fat meal that is incredibly healthy and inexpensive to boot!  It comes with a brothy soup $6.50. DON’T get me started on the “outfitted in a denim one-sie” guy who sells it weekdays at lunchtime……talking up frumpy administrative assistants, making them giggle and feel like Heidi Klum. 100% a fabuous experience – ALWAYS A LINE….entertainment factor is worth it! Nong is also kind of a celeb – been in a ton of foodie magazines so she is too legit to quit……(hey heeeeeey….)


Simple Kitchen with Missy Maki is on Sunday mornings at 9am – 11 am on AM 860….KPAM!