01/16/18

The New SimplySmartDinnerPlans Cookbook

SimplySmartDinnerPlans Cookbook

100% of pre-sales go to the MY KITCHEN Outreach, to continue and expand our new “After-school” Program, teaching hands-on cooking, shopping, and nutrition skills for kids!

Every single recipe in the Heart Healthy Plan (Classic, and GF coming soon!) beautifully printed and bound in 8.5 x 11 perfect-bound paperback!

600 pages of delicious, healthy, easy-to-prepare dinners at your fingertips!

Take your recipes with you where ever you go, jot down notes and ideas directly in your book, and enjoy the exclusive SimplySmartDesserts chapter, found only in the cookbook!

Pre-order your copy today! (ships February 1, 2018)



01/13/18

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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01/2/18

2018 MY KITCHEN Outreach Budget & Plan

MY KITCHEN Outreach Program

MY KITCHEN Outreach Program2018 MY KITCHEN Outreach Operating Budget: $20,000

  • $6000 Classes (, equipment, materials, travel, graduation gifts)
  • $4000 Travel and Training for satellite MY KITCHEN Outreaches both local and international.
  • $2000 Business (licenses, insurance, permits)
  • $2000 Equipment replacement/upgrades (cooking burners, projector, new coolers, power cords, etc.)
  • $2000 New tires for outreach van
  • $2000 Marketing (websites, online ads, promotional materials)
  • $1500 Ing. and supplies for fundraising dinners supporting partner outreaches and ministries.
  • $500 General maintenance for outreach van

MY KITCHEN Outreach Special Needs Program

Our Fund Raising Goals for 2018 Corporate Sponsorships

We will be  aggressively seeking monthly, quarterly, and annual financial  sponsorship’s from businesses and corporations. If you would like to  help us seek out new companies to partner with, or own a business that  might be interested in partnering with us, please contact us at mykitchenoutreach@gmail.com

MY KITCHEN Outreach Afterschool ClassesHeroes Circle

To increase the number of monthly patrons in our “Hero Circle” program from its current level of $225.00/mo to $1000.00/mo.

One Time Gifts

Develop quarterly one-time gift campaigns through social media, and local “supper club” events.

Outreach Goals for 2018

  • Develop  and sponsor our first satellite outreach in Carson WA, offering 2-3  six-week class sessions, and four single-day classes, partnering with  the Skamania School District, for local at-risk and special needs youth.
  • Train a  local mentor team to plan and teach classes, gather local support, and  develop an long-term fund raising plan for self-sufficiency by January  2019.
  • MY KITCHEN Outreach ProgramExpand local class programs in the Portland/Vancouver area, working with established non-profits, and public-school programs.
  • Develop and text curriculum for our “Little Chef” program, for children 8-12, to launch Summer 2019.
  • Develop  program materials and curriculum for a satellite outreach in Lyete, The  Philippines. Including on-site mentor training, kitchen development, and  class materials at the local Foursquare Church community kitchen.
  • Establish  and recruit for a corporate CFO position to maintain ongoing financial  records, taxes, and year end reporting and tax-deductible donation  receipts.

 

MY KITCHEN Outreach Program YouCaringYouCaring.com

After  six years of partnering with GoFundMe as our donation processor, we  will be transitioning to YouCaring.com.

This new provider is more  appropriately designed for non-profits, insuring that more of our  donated finances reach the kids.

MY KITCHEN Outreach ProgramPlease visit this link, today, to help us reach our goals: www.youcaring.com/mykitchenoutreach

We  appreciate your continued support and encouragement in 2018, as we  mentor more kids, expand our hands-on cooking classes, and expand our  outreach to exciting new levels.

Thank YOU for helping us help kids!

~Chef Perry & Crew
MY KITCHEN Outreach Program
www.joinmykitchen.com

11/5/17

MY KITCHEN Outreach Recipes: Toad in a Hole

Toad in the Hole

For my friend, Sharon!

This is one of the first recipes I learned as a child, and one of the first I taught my own daughter. It’s a great “first step” recipe when teaching kids to cook, and is always a part of our egg class, in our 6-week MY KITCHEN Outreach series.

My kiddo is ten now, and has moved on to omelets and frittatas, but no TeamPerk camping trip would be complete without a breakfast of Toad in the Hole, and a side of English -style bacon!

BTW, before I get outraged letters from my friends “across the pond”…this “American” breakfast is not to be confused with the British Toad-In-The-Hole, which is sausages baked in Yorkshire pudding batter, and hails from England.

Also know as: “Eggs in the basket”, “bird’s nests”, “one eyed jack”, “cowboy eggs”, “gashouse eggs”, “a hole in one”, “eggs in a nest”, “eggs in a frame”, “rocky mountain toast” (which would make me think of a very different dish, lol), “spit in the ocean” (yuck), and “popeye eggs.”

Whatever you call it, is a super simple, delicious, one-pan breakfast!

One of our current amazing MY KITCHEN students, Noah, has fallen in love with this recipe, and makes it regularly for his family. He’s even asked for his own skillet, spatula, and biscuit cutter for Christmas! (Which warms this old chef’s heart.)

Toad in the Hole recipe

Noah and his masterpiece!


 
Noah’s Toad in the Hole

  • 1 slice of bread
  • 1 teaspoon butter or margarine
  • 1 fresh egg
  • 1 slice deli-style honey ham
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Use a biscuit cutter* to cut a 3-in. hole in the middle of the bread. In a small skillet, melt the butter; place the bread in the skillet, over medium heat.

Crack an egg into each bread hole (be careful not to break the yolk), and cook for about 2 minutes over medium heat until the bread is lightly browned.

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Turn, add the diced ham to the other side of the pan, and cook the other side until egg reaches desired consistency.

Plate, season with salt and pepper, and spoon the warmed ham over the top.

Serve immediately.

*If you don’t own a biscuit cutter (get one, they’re cheap!), a wide-mouth juice glass will work. My dad cut both ends out of a tuna can, and used that same can for more than 30 years to make this dish (and his buttermilk biscuits!)

Optional: Lay 1 slice of cheese on each egg and then the bread rounds, after flipping. I use thin-sliced American cheese, because I like how it tastes with egg yolk, and it melts quickly. Noah preferred a Mexican shredded cheese blend. He also adds an additional egg…my kind of cook!

Home Chef Note:  Waste not, want not. Toast the circle of bread in the same pan with the Toad in the Hole!

Go Cook!

~Chef Perry
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01/10/17

Perfect Chicken Piccata

Perfect Chicken Piccata recipe

At-risk kids cooking“Piccata” is a method of preparing food: meat is floured, sautéed and served in a sauce. The dish originated in Italy using veal (veal piccata). In the United States, the most well-known variant is chicken piccata.

This is one of my all-time favorite dishes, and often the “finals” recipe for our MY KITCHEN classes.

It’s quick, delicious, and easy to fix, and we always get the same response from our students… “I can’t believe I cooked that!”

Enjoy!

Chef Perry

Perfect Chicken Piccata
Serves 4

PREP 10 mins.
COOK 15 mins.
READY IN 25 mins.

2 boneless chicken breasts or 8 tenders
1 cup AP flour
salt and ground black pepper
cayenne pepper, to taste
2 Tbs olive oil
2 Tbs capers
1 cup dry white wine (pinot gris) or real apple juice*
1/2 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice
1/2 cup homemade chicken stock
1/2 cup cold unsalted butter
1/4 cup fresh Italian parsley
1 lb fettuccine or spaghetti pasta

*For the classes, we have the kids deglaze with apple juice instead of wine…it’s delicious!

Mise en Place

Drain capers, squeeze lemon, cut butter into 1/4-inch slices, chop parsley

Prepare the Dish

Place chicken breasts into a gallon zip bag and pound to about 1/2-inch thick.

flattening chicken breasts in a Ziploc

Season both sides of chicken breasts with cayenne, salt, and black pepper; dredge lightly in flour and shake off any excess.

Pan Seared Chicken Breasts
Heat olive oil in a SS skillet over medium-high heat. Place chicken in the pan, reduce heat to medium, and cook until browned and cooked through, about 5 minutes per side; remove to a plate.

Meanwhile, cook your pasta.

Add capers to the pan in reserved oil, smashing them lightly to release brine, until warmed though, about 30 seconds.  Pour wine into skillet to deglaze (see my video on deglazing), scraping any browned bits from the bottom of the pan with a wooden spatula. Cook until reduced by half, about 2 minutes.

Deglazing a pan

Stir lemon juice, stock, and butter into the reduced wine mixture; cook and stir continuously to form a thick sauce, about 2 minutes. Reduce heat to low, add adente pasta (with a little pasta water) and parsley, stir.

Adding pasta to pan

Return chicken breasts to the pan cook until heated through, 1 to 2 minutes. Serve chicken over pasta, with additional sauce spooned over the top.

 

 

11/4/16

What is a MY KITCHEN “SupperClub” Party?

MY KITCHEN SupperClub

One method of getting the word out for our MY KITCHEN Outreach Program, is to throw “SupperClub Parties” with families, friends, and supporters of our non-profit charity.

It’s all about fun, highlighting the things that the MK chefs do best: teaching hands-on cooking skills, and serving amazing food!

MY KITCHEN SupperClub

Prepping kale slaw for our “Farmers Market” SupperClub

 

MY KITCHEN SupperClub

Fun, Food, & Friends!

How it works:

Each host invites 10-15 friends over to their house, and we share a little bit about what we do, give some hands-on cooking demos of several recipes that follow a specific theme chosen by the host, maybe drink a little wine (at the host’s discretion), and then enjoy the fruits of our labors with a multi-course tapas-style meal of the dishes we’ve just learned to prepare.

Attendees are welcome to participate in the prep and cooking, or not, no pressure.

It’s a casual, low-stress, lots-of-laughs night with friends and family, that helps us help kids…

How’s THAT for a win-win?

See you there!

Chef Perry
MY KITCHEN Outreach Program
www.joinmykitchen.com

PS – Here are a couple of sample themes:

Kale Slaw

Theme: Farmer’s Market

Synopsis: Three simple vegetable dishes that highlight seasonally fresh produce

Meal: Copper Pennies, Kale Slaw, Italian Green Beans

 Pork Shoulders in Smoker

Theme: Creating Your Signature BBQ Sauce

Synopsis: Attendees will learn the basic elements of a BBQ sauce, then create their own from a wide variety of ingredients.

Meal: Pulled Pork Sliders, Cilantro-Sesame Slaw

Mushroom Pan Sauce

Theme: Perfect Pan Sauces

Synopsis: Instruction on three of the basic “Mother Sauces” of French cooking: Mornay (cheese), Tomato, and Mushroom Beurre Blanc.

Meal: Chicken Marsala, Pasta Rustica, Vegetable Trio with Mornay

  • If you would like to consider hosting your own SupperClub, and would like a full list of available themes, please contact us at mykitchenoutreach@gmail.com; Subject line: “SupperClub”

MY KITCHEN SupperClub

The Fine Print

Host pays for the cost of ingredients and materials only. All shopping, prep, delivery, and service are provided at no additional fee by the MY KITCHEN Program. Travel expenses outside of the Portland/Metro area will be considered a material expense. An invoice for food/material costs will be provided by MY KITCHEN. Payment in full must be received at least 1 week prior to the event date. Due to shopping requirements, cancellations within the last 72 hours will be non-refundable.

Host will provide space for a MY KITCHEN information and donation table (which we provide), as well as 10-15 minutes for our chefs to present the outreach to guests (typically just prior to the class).

Additional sides, beverages, and desserts may be added to the base menu for an additional fee. MY KITCHEN is not licensed to provide or serve alcohol, but you are certainly welcome to do so yourselves. Plating and serving-ware are provided by the host, or by us for an additional fee.

10 Guest minimum.*

Per our “Personal Chef” status, the States of Oregon/Washington require that there must be a residential kitchen onsite, and that we use that facility to prepare food.

Gratuities are not included in ingredient/materials pricing, nor required, but if you love the class (and you will) we never turn down a tip! All gratuities will be considered a donation to the MY KITCHEN Outreach Program, and used soley for the outreach. Tax-deductible receipts for tips and donations are can be provided.

*Obviously, our goal in these SupperClubs is to raise funds and support for the MY KITCHEN Program. Please keep this is mind when inviting attendees to your event, and consider those with the ability, means, and desire to partner with charities like ours to help mentor kids and feed the hungry.

Thank you for helping us help kids!


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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
MY KITCHEN Outreach Program

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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

Click here for this week’s Dinner Plans!

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

Please feel free to share this post with your friends and family. If they would like to receive their own free weekly meal plans and newsletters, they can sign up by clicking right here!