10/31/16

Next Level Grilled Cheese Tip

Perfect Grilled Cheese

Grilled cheese and tomato soup…is there anything better on a rainy Autumn afternoon? I think not!

Here’s a quick tip to bring your good old-fashioned grilled cheese up a notch, by adding another level of cheesy goodness and texture…

Step One: Make your grilled cheese the old fashioned way (white or whole wheat bread, melted butter in a medium-hot pan NOT on the bread, extra sharp cheddar cheese). I threw in a couple of slices of deli ham, but that’s optional.

Ultimate Grilled Cheese

Step Two: Once you get the first side a perfect golden-brown, flip, and quickly sprinkle a little freshly grated cheddar, Asiago, or Romano cheese over the still-hot surface, and cover.

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Step Three: Uncover when the bottom side is done and the grated cheese on top has softened or melted.

Step Four: Flip again and let grill until the grated cheese has cooked to a golden, crunchy perfection.

Cut and serve immediately, preferably with a hot bowl of tomato-basil soup!

Next Level Grilled Cheese

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10/29/16

Ultimate Thanksgiving Guide

Here’s my ultimate guide to a fantastic, and low-stress Thanksgiving.

50 pages of my best tips & tricks and favorite recipes!

Enjoy this free guide, and from everyone at SimplySmartDinnerPlans and MY KITCHEN Outreach, have a blessed and memorable Thanksgiving!

Chef Perry

Ultimate Thanksgiving Guide

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Here’s what’s inside…

Tips & Techniques
10 Thanksgiving Survival Tips, Thawing Your Thanksgiving Turkey, Perfect Holiday Wine Pairings, What are Giblets (and what do I do with them?),
The difference between dressing and stuffing

Thanksgiving Menu Plan & Shopping List
Aromatic Brined Turkey,  Garlic Mushroom Stuffing, Best-Ever Mashed Potatoes,  Old Fashioned Giblet Gravy, Simple Grilled Asparagus,  Roasted Cranberry Brussels Sprouts,  Cream Cheese Shrimp Dip,  Caprese Tomato Bites, Pumpkin Praline Pie,  Timeline and Notes,  Shopping List

Additional Recipes
Holiday Turkey Explosion, Thanksgiving Breakfast Sausage Roll-Ups, Traeger Peach-Ginger Smoked Holiday Ham, Peach-Ginger Smoked Holiday Ham, Old Fashioned Russet Potato Pie, Sweet Potato Gratin Stacks, Honey Ginger Carrots

Post-Thanksgiving Dishes
Thai Turkey Soup, Roast Turkey Risotto, Ham & 15 Bean Soup, Ham, Eggs & Cheese Breakfast Bagel, Quick Cobb Salad. Fried Red Potatoes & Ham, Ham & Gruyere Sandwich

How MY KITCHEN Outreach Works (the Reader’s Digest version…)

MY KITCHEN Outreach ProgramBy the way, if you’re enjoying this recipe, please subscribe to our free newsletter! We’ll send seven amazing dinner recipes and a shopping list to your inbox each Friday.

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10/22/16

This week’s dinner plans!

Hello friends and foodies!

Our free weekly dinnerplans have posted…and some of my favorites are on the menu!

This week we’ve got some amazing boneless pork recipes on Menu 1, and  and beef round-steak recipes on Menu 2!

Here are my favorites from each…

Chef Perry’s Picks of the Week:

Week 40

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MY KITCHEN CookbookDid you know…that every one of our students receive, as their graduation gift, their own free copy of the MY KITCHEN Cookbook, which contains all of the lessons and recipes they’ve learned over the last four weeks, as well as many more using the same basic techniques.

Speaking of which…

Have you picked up YOUR copies?

100% of sales goes to support MY KITCHEN classes, and for each copy you buy, you’re providing two free copies for future students!

Pick up your copies (they make great Christmas presents for kids, teens, or anyone who wants to learn their way around the kitchen) at our secure sales page.

New classes start soon, can’t wait!

Chef Perry
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10/17/16

This week’s dinner recipes are up!

Hello friends and foodies!

Our free weekly dinnerplans have posted…and some of my favorites are on the menu!        

This week we focus on Ground Beef (menu 1) and Whole Chicken (menu 2).

Here are my favorites from each…    

Chef Perry’s Picks of the Week:

Week 37 Free Dinner Plans

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Password: SimplySmart




MY KITCHEN CookbookDid you know…that every one of our students receive, as their graduation gift, their own free copy of the MY KITCHEN Cookbook, which contains all of the lessons and recipes they’ve learned over the last four weeks, as well as many more using the same basic techniques.

Speaking of which…

Have you picked up YOUR copies?

100% of sales goes to support MY KITCHEN  classes, and for each copy you buy, you’re providing two free copies for future students!

Pick up your copies (they make great Christmas presents for kids, teens, or anyone who wants to learn their way around the kitchen) at our secure sales page.

New classes start soon, can’t wait!

Chef Perry
MY KITCHEN Outreach Program

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10/13/16

Local Bacon Mustard = Best. Hotdog. Ever.

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Last week, I joined a group of old friends, piled into an RV, and headed up the Oregon side of the Columbia Gorge on a gorgeous fall day to get a taste of the world famous Hood River Fruit Loop.

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This 35-mile loop through the stunning Hood River valley in a brightly colored daisy-chain of fresh fruits, veggies, flowers, local wineries, fresh fruit pies, jams, syrups, fruit smoothies, and local artisan gifts.

You will never, my friends and neighbors, bite into a more perfect tasting apple of pear, or take a more delicious sip of fresh cider…anywhere…ever.


I, of course, was a kid in a candy store, coming waddling home with bags of new, local, goodies to try.

One of these, was AJ’s* Walla Walla Sweet Onion Mustard with Smokey Bacon.

I pan-seared a couple of all-beef hotdogs this afternoon, gave it a generous spread of this pork-centric condiment, hit it with a sprinkle of sweet and red onions and, MAN…so freaking good!

Bacon Mustard 2

MY KITCHEN Outreach ProgramBy the way, if you’re enjoying this recipe, please subscribe to our free newsletter! We’ll send seven amazing dinner recipes and a shopping list to your inbox each Friday.

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The mustard has a great texture, a perfect balance of tang, heat and sweet, and a very clear, very clean (but not overwhelming) bacon flavor.

It is, I kid you not, the best mustard I’ve ever had on a dog. Can’t wait to make some soft pretzels!

Chef Perry
MY KITCHEN Outreach

*AJ’s Edible Arts, Inc. is a woman-owned business based in Pasco, Wa.  They specialize in hand crafted mustards, sauces, dry mixes, and gourmet gift boxes. Check ’em out!