Important MY KITCHEN Outreach Update!

NotDeadOkay Peeps…there seems to have been a misunderstanding in some corners of the interwebs about the future of the MY KITCHEN Program
Don’t send flowers…we’re not dead!
Here’s What Happened:
Due to financial restrictions, and a (much) lower than expected Q4 giving period, we have taken a TEMPORARY hiatus from active classes.
Here’s The Plan:
MY KITCHEN OutreachClasses WILL resume as soon as we have sufficient funds to cover at least a six-month period of classes and charitable cooking. It’s just not fair to the kids, parents, or volunteers, to have to notify them week by week, if there will be a class.
My goal is to return to the regularly scheduled programming in early Spring of this year, and you can help!
As long I have not returned to room-temp, the outreach program will continue! 😉
Please pass it along.
Thank you!
~Chef Perry
PS ~ What we REALLY need is a group of ongoing monthly patrons, in the $10-$100 range, so that we have an accurate idea of what our upcoming budget is, and can plan accordingly. Please contact me for more info!

Mentoring Youth ~ Fostering Hope

3-Dinner Pork Shoulder, Bacon-Wrapped Pickles, and Custom BBQ Sauces!

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~Chef Perry

3 Dinner Pork Roast

3 Dinner Roast Pork Shoulder. Delicious and cheap!

Custom BBQ Sauce
Chef Perry’s Guide to Creating Your Own BBQ Sauce

Bacon Pickle Fries
Bacon Wrapped Pickle Spears


Don’t miss the Valentine’s Day Issue!

Chocolate Covered Strawberries

My Baby’s Chocolate Covered Strawberries!

Newsletter (the Valentine’s issue!) is going out in about an hour!

Some great recipes, videos, and tips in this one! Chocolate covered strawberries (and marshmallows!), beautiful breakfasts, and romantic dinners on the grill!

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~Chef Perry


An Ode to ADHD

Just a little fun this morning! 😉

~Chef Perry


An ADHD Poem

I forgot to take my meds today, I’m not quite sure what else to say…

My body’s weak, my arms are lead, (I’d really rather stay in bed…)

The world is gray, my breakfast bland, I can’t decide to sit or stand.

Everything is in a fog…(I scritched my wife, and kissed the dog…)

Did I brush my teeth? Did I comb my hair? Post It notes are everywhere!

Tomorrow I WILL take my meds, TOMORROW, I’ll get out of bed.

 But, I forgot to take my meds today, and so, I’ll…

 Hey, where my phone???


ADHD Humor





The Guy’s Guide to the PERFECT Valentine’s Menu

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~Chef Perry


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Fire Camp Recipes: Green Chili Chicken Enchiladas

Easy Green Chili Chicken Enchiladas

Eagle Creek Fire Animal ShelterIn September of 2017, the MY KITCHEN Crew, along with many amazing helpers, spent two week in Stevenson, WA, cooking and serving meals to the shelter volunteers, evacuees, and firefighters at the emergency shelter there.

The shelter had been set up to temporarily house families, pets, and livestock from the Eagle Creek fires in the Columbia Gorge. 

Many of these folks wouldn’t have left the danger zones without their animals (I wouldn’t have), and thanks to an amazing group of local volunteers, they were able to bring them here.

A dozen or so shelter volunteers fed, calmed, and cared for several hundred animals (more, if you count all the chickens, lol) and it was hard work. A LOT of hard work, and someone needed to feed these folks.

We were lucky enough to be the ones they called.

Eagle Creek Fire Shelter

We cooked three meals a day, and covered a lot of my favorite dishes, as well as some new ones. This is the first of those “fire camp” recipes, that I’m posting. Many more will follow.

Cooking for the Eagle Creek Fires

MamaGinny…therapist, babysitter, fixer, force of nature…we couldn’t have done it without her!

Our time in Stevenson was invigorating, exhausting, sometimes hilarious, and sometimes heart-breaking, but I’m so thankful that we had the opportunity to serve some hot food, and put smiles on the faces of some very frightened and worried folks.

Eagle Creek Fire Evacuee Camp

The bosses (and the real heroes of the Eagle Creek Fire Animal Shelter) Pam Seaman & Jean Foster!

We developed some great relationships, and new friendships during our time at firecamp, and many of those new friends are working with us at the MY KITCHEN Outreach classes that we’ve been teaching to the kids in Carson, WA.

An opportunity that arose from meeting the amazing Karen Douglass, another shelter volunteer, who also happens to be Superintendent of the Stevenson-Carson School District!

This one is one of my favorite dishes, regardless of where I’m cooking it. I have other recipes for these enchiladas, but this is the exact version I made at camp, with the donated ingredients we had available.


~Chef Perry

Green Chili Chicken Enchiladas

  • 8 skinless, boneless chicken breasts (or two rotisserie chickens, shredded)
  • garlic salt to taste
  • 12 large corn tortillas
  • 1 (28 ounce) can green chili enchilada sauce
  • 1 (36 ounce) package shredded “Mexican blend” cheese
  • 1 (8 ounce) container Mexican sour cream

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly grease a medium baking dish.

chopped chicken breast

Season chicken with garlic salt. Arrange in the prepared baking dish. Bake 45 minutes in the preheated oven, until no longer pink and juices run clear. Cool, chop, and set aside.

charring tortillas

With metal tongs, char each tortilla over the open flame of a gas stove burner for about 1 minute, until lightly puffed, but still flexible.

Green Chili Chicken Enchiladas

Spread a little of the enchilada sauce in the bottom of a large baking dish. Fill each tortilla with 1/2 cup of chicken, 2 Tbs of cheese, 2 Tbs of sour cream, and 2 Tbs enchilada sauce.

Green Chili Chicken Enchiladas

Roll, and  arrange 6 tortillas in a single layer. Top with 1/2 the remaining chicken, 1/2 the cheese, and 1/2 of the sour cream, and 1/3 of the remaining enchilada sauce.

Green Chili Chicken Enchiladas

Repeat, coating the remaining enchiladas (2nd layer) thoroughly with remaining enchilada sauce, and cheese.

Green Chili Chicken Enchiladas

Cover, and bake 45 minutes in the preheated oven. Cool slightly before serving.

Green Chili Chicken Enchiladas

This recipes is also AMAZING using grilled chicken thighs! Follow this recipe (but skip the sauce):


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Zuchinni Bow Tie Salad


Easy Pork Potstickers ala the MY KITCHEN Kids

As we saw in yesterday’s update video, the kids in Carson had a great time making pork pot-stickers and restaurant-style fried rice, in our first “Advanced Cooking” class, for our MY KITCHEN Program graduates.

The kid’s did an amazing job (their pot-stickers turned out a LOT better than my early attempts, lol) and everyone was excited that they could now make one of thier favorite snacks at home, for a fraction of the cost, and they tasted better!

Here they are, to show YOU how to do it…

Steaming PotstickersEasy Pork Potstickers

Yield 48 potstickers, approximately

Home Chef note: This recipe can be easily halved (the wrappers come in packs of 48, hence the recipe size) and the meat mixture freezes well, for a quick batch later.

  • ¾ Lb. ground pork or other meat                        
  • 1 cup minced cabbage
  • 2 Tbs. minced ginger                        
  • 1 Tbs. minced garlic
  • 6 scallions, or green onions*            
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 Tbs. good soy sauce
  • ¼ cup Gyoza (pot-sticker) dipping sauce
  • 48 pot-sticker (dumpling) wrappers
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten in a bowl                
  • 2 Tbs. peanut oil or vegetable oil      
  • 2 Tbs. toasted sesame oil                        
  • 2 Tbs. rice vinegar (unseasoned)

Pork Mix for Pot-Stickers *the white and green parts separated, both minced

Combine meat, cabbage, ginger, garlic, scallion whites, 2 tablespoons soy sauce, Gyoza sauce, and vinegar in a bowl.

Most recipes have you make a dipping sauce, but put nothing in the meat mixture in the way of seasonings.

Personally, I prefer to add a little “dippin’ sauce” flavor directly to the meat. You can always serve with additional (warmed) dipping sauce, on the side.

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Lay a wrapper on a clean, dry surface, and using your finger or a brush, spread a bit of egg along half of its circumference:

 How to make the best Pork Pot-stickers at home

Place a rounded teaspoon of filling in center. (Do not overfill.)

How to make the best Pork Pot-stickers at home recipe

Fold over the wrapper (like a taco)

How to make the best Pork Pot-stickers at home recipe

Seal by crimping the edges together with a fork

How to make the best Pork Pot-stickers at home recipe

Place pot-stickers on a plate; if you want to wait a few hours before cooking, cover plate with plastic wrap and refrigerate. Or freeze, for up to two weeks.

How to make the best Pork Pot-stickers at home recipe

To Fry:

Put about 2 tablespoons combined oils in a large nonstick skillet and turn heat to medium-high.

How to make the best Pork Pot-stickers at home

A minute later, add pot-stickers, one at a time; they can touch one another, but should still sit flat in one layer.

Cook about 2 minutes, turning once, until lightly browned and most of the oil has been absorbed.

How to make the best Pork Pot-stickers at home recipe

Add 1/4 cup water per dozen pot-stickers to pan, and cover.

Lower heat to medium, and let simmer about 3 minutes.

How to make the best Pork Pot-stickers at home recipe

Uncover pot-stickers, return heat to medium-high and cook another minute or two, until bottoms are dark brown and crisp and water evaporates. (Use more oil if necessary.)

Serve hot, with sauce.

Pan Fried Pot-stickers recipe

How to steam the best Pork Pot-stickers at home recipe

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To Steam:

 Spray the grates of your steaming basket with oil, cover, and place them over a skillet of simmering water.

Allow 2-3 minutes for the steamer to warm (if using bamboo, less is metal)

Lay pot-stickers on the grate(s), not touching, and cover.

How to steam the best Pork Pot-stickers at home recipe

Allow to steam 6-8 minutes, until translucent.

Remove pot-stickers from basket, and place on a warm serving plate.

Serve hot, with sauce.

Steamed Pot-stickers recipe

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~Chef Perry
MY KITCHEN Outreach Program


Our first Advanced Class in Carson, WA

Advanced Cooking Class in Carson WA

Here’s a quick update video of our first “Advanced Class” for the graduates of our 6-Week program in Carson WA.

The kids wanted to learn how to make pot-stickers, and they nailed it!

100% of the ad-revenue from this video goes to support our non-profit outreach program, teaching hands-on cooking, shopping, and nutrition skills for at-risk and special needs kids, and after-school programs like this one…so PLEASE share!


~Chef Perry
MY KITCHEN Outreach Program