07/14/17

Enter to win a FREE copy of “The Home Chef: Transforming the American Kitchen”

See this #AmazonGiveaway for a chance to win: The Home Chef: Transforming the American Kitchen.

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY.

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Title: Win a FREE copy of The Home Chef!

 

Entry Message: Welcome to this week’s Home Chef giveaway! To get revved up for the upcoming release of “The Home Chef’s Guide to Frugal Cooking” I’m giving away 5 copies of the book that started it all…The Home Chef:Transforming the American Kitchen!

 

Duration: Jul 14, 2017 3:00 PM PDT – Jul 19, 2017 11:59 PM PDT

 

Prize: The Home Chef: Transforming the American Kitchen

 

Number of Prizes: 5

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07/10/17

Support us on Prime Day!

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Support MY KITCHEN Outreach Program
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Amazon’s Prime Day is here, and will feature more than 100,000 deals exclusively for Prime Members, making it one of the biggest shopping days of the year!

Deals start at 9:00 pm ET tonight, July 10
and run through July 11.

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06/5/17
MY KITCHEN Hero Circle

Announcing our Heroes Circle!

MY KITCHEN Hero Circle

For our 2016 Spring pledge drive, we’re initiating the MY KITCHEN Outreach Hero Circle!

This new program is in response to many of you asking for a way to make automated monthly contributions to the outreach program.

MY KITCHEN is a hands-on learning program; a series of basic nutrition, planning, shopping, and cooking classes for at-risk youth, including children recovering from abuse, and foster-care teens who are preparing to live on their own for the first time. We also cook for homeless shelters and family warming centers, and offer our cooking services for other charity’s fundraisers.

We have partnered with organizations like Impact Northwest, Amy Roloff Charity Foundation, and Sparks of Hope to offer hands on, “real food” cooking classes for the youth they work with.

MY KITCHEN Hero Circle

These are not classes that focus on a career in the culinary arts (though, we’ll be adding those in the future), but instead cover the primary skills and techniques required to plan, shop for, and cook healthy, affordable meals at home, using basic cooking equipment that these young people are likely to have available starting out on their own.

Think of it as “Home Ec.” for kids who may have never had a stable home environment to learn these essential skills from.

We believe that the ability to cook for oneself is a basic skill needed by everyone, and that the confidence and independence that comes along with these skills will transfer into all other areas of these kids lives.

In other words, if they can cook for themselves, they learn that they can do anything they want to do!

MY KITCHEN Hero Circle

Become a monthly giver and help us change kid’s lives by joining our Hero Program!

$30/mo ~ Thirty dollars a month will put one new student through our entire program, and provide them with a syllabus/cookbook, and vital skills in nutrition, shopping, and healthy cooking.

$50/mo ~ Fifty dollars will teach a full 10 student cooking class, every month! Basic knife skills, how to prepare healthy vegetables, how to be a savvy grocery shopper…be responsible for providing our kids with a life-skill they will never forget!

$100/mo ~ One Hundred dollars will fund an entire weekend of youth camp classes. Each student will be provided a commemorative camp cookbook, vital skills in nutrition, their own personal cooking utensils to keep, a MY Kitchen apron, and hands-on healthy cooking classes. As a special thank you, each $100.00 monthly hero will be gifted 2 Pop-Up Dinner Tickets to the upcoming event of their choice!

MY KITCHEN Hero CircleCustomize your Donation! ~ You can set the amount you give to any amount, and change that amount at any time, on our donation page.

*All donations will be deposited into the MY KITCHEN Outreach Program’s general fund, to be used at the discretion of our board of directors for outreach expenses.

If you would like to join us in mentoring kids, you can sign up for automated donations with your credit card, here on our GoFundMe page. (See detailed instructions, below…)

If you would like receive a mailed reminder to make a monthly contribution by check, or bank payment, please contact us (below) with your name and email address and we’ll send you the information!

Thank you for helping us help kids!

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MY KITCHEN Outreach Program is a 501(c)3, and all contributors will receive an itemized giving receipt at the end of each fiscal year.

05/16/17

Exciting plans!

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Talk about a thorn among the roses!

This is my new friend, Pastor Bob Haught, on my left, and my old friend Pastor Jerry Valde of Hillside Foursquare Church (Leyte, Philippines) on my right.

Take a good look at Pastor Jerry…you’re going to be seeing his face a lot in the coming months, as we work together on an AMAZING new partnership!

Stay tuned for more details!

Chef Perry

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

Plus, you’ll be helping us teach nutrition, shopping, and hands-on cooking classes to at-risk kids, in our MY KITCHEN Outreach Program.

 

05/9/17

The Home Chef’s Mother’s Day Cookbook (it’s free!)

Home Chef Mother's Day Cookbook FreeTips, ideas, and of course…lots of delicious, easy to make recipes with full color step-by-step instructions.
Breakfast, appetizers, dinner, and dessert recipes to show Mom just how awesome she is this Mother’s day, and every day after!
  • Tips for a Perfect Mother’s Day   
  • Blackberry Banana Smoothies
  • Sweet Potato Gratin Stacks
  • Bacon Apple Cheddar Dutch Baby
  • Patatas y Huevos Tacos
  • Truffles Flower Eggs
  • Mother’s Day Chili Egg Puffs
  • Caprese Tomato Bites
  • Garlic-Parmesan Baked Chicken Wings
  • Pho Deviled Eggs
  • Bacon & Shrimp Mini Soft Tacos
  • Slow Cooker Pork and Sweet Potato Curry  
  • Risotto ai Funghi Porcini
  • Pasta alla Carbonara
  • Poisson Meunière   
  • Easy Caramel Apple Crisp
  • Mint Oreo Truffles
  • Chocolate Peanut Butter Pot de Creme
  • Sweet Butter Rum Plantains
  • Banana Bread Muffins with Brown Sugar Glaze   

    …and more!

This guidebook will be sent to all of our free meal plan subscribers this afternoon.
 
Not on the list? Sign up at: www.joinmykitchen.com to get your copy!
 
Happy Mother’s Day, and thank you for helping us help kids!
 
~Chef Perry

04/1/17

It is done

The Home Chef Book

CLICK HERE TO READ MORE

IT’S DONE.

How do you write a book on how to save the world?

When I started this project, over two years ago, I had no idea how all-encompassing it would become. Unlike my blog, or the “Caja” cookbooks, which practically write themselves, this was more than just how-to’s and recipes (though, rest assured, there are plenty of those), this manuscript included deep, wide, unpredictable rivers of philosophy and conviction, unexplored dark chasms of learned opinion, personal bias, and (often cynical) worldview, as well.

It was easy to get lost. The sheer volume of hubris, alone, required to assume such a goal is exhausting.

Every idea, it seemed, birthed two more, and each of those two more again, growing exponentially into a fertile rabbit-warren of thoughts, questions, arguments, and hundreds of hours of research, fact-checking, testing, photography, formatting, and more than a dozen re-writes (In fact, I ditched the whole damn thing, twice, as just being too much of an information dump.)

The toll on myself and my family was much higher than I could have expected in the beginning, but it would have been impossible without their amazing patience, support, and occasional kick in the ass.

But here we are. Today, the book releases, it is done…

Consummatum est.

So, how do you write a book on how to save the world?

As someone once said, it’s a bit like watching hippos have sex. Scary in places, hilarious in others, a little awkward, and once it gets going, you want to stay out of its way.

Most of all…you’ll know when it’s done.

It’s done.

Enjoy…

~Chef P

03/29/17

Just Two More Days to Order “The Home Chef!”

Heads up!The Home Chef: Transforming the American Kitchen

Just TWO days left to pre-order “The Home Chef: Transforming the American Kitchen” and get the discounted shipping, and guaranteed ship date!

Here’s the order link: https://www.gofundme.com/home-chef-pre-orders

Help a brutha out!

~ Chef Perry

Today the average American spends a mere 27 minutes on food prep each day (another four minutes, or so, cleaning up); that’s less than half the time that we spent in the kitchen when Julia Child arrived on our television screens.

It’s also less than half the time it takes to sit through an episode of “Chopped” or “Cutthroat Kitchen.” As Americans, we’re are spending considerably more time watching cooking than they are cooking ourselves — an “old fashioned” activity that today’s hustle and bustle world will tell you they no longer have the time for.

We are standing at the edge of a cliff.

Our health, our finances, even the very fabric of our families are poised to plunge over the brink. At our backs is the home kitchen, the family…time.

Before us nothing less than total destruction.

We have an obligation, a moral imperative if you will, to regain control of our children’s health, our planet’s sustainability, even our nation’s greatness.

And I believe it starts in the kitchen.

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Part syllabus, part autobiography, part call-to-arms, The Home Chef is about the rapidly evolving landscape of cooking in America, and how to cook real food, the best food possible, in your own kitchen, and more importantly…why you should.

Filled with insider tips and tricks from the professional kitchen, hundreds of links and resources to (free) professional level education, and easy to follow instructions from a professional cooking instructor, The Home Chef: Transforming the American Kitchen is culinary school for the home cook.

Everything you need, and nothing you don’t, to take your own culinary creations to the next level, while saving time, money, and waste doing so.

This collection of dozens of “real food” recipes, hundreds of professional cooking tips and free educational video links, includes topic to take the home cook (or the never-have-cook) to a professional level of food preparation with topics like: The Adventurous Chef, Real Food, The Problem with Farm to Table, Using Organic Ingredients, The Secret to Kitchen Success, The Home Chef’s Pantry, Stocking Your Kitchen Toolbox. Knife Handling & Care, Tips & Tricks from the Restaurant Kitchen, What is a Chef, Corporate Food, GMO Labeling, Grocery Shopping Tips, How to Shop for Fresh Vegetables, The Flavor Profiles, The Truth about “Super-Foods”, Veganism, Food Safety, Mise en Place, Kitchen Organization, Spices, Gourmet Cooking, How to Read (and Write) a Recipe, Common Cooking Methods, Broths & Gravies, The Mother Sauces, How to Cook Vegetables, “Food Porn”, Layering Flavors, Grilling & BBQ, Paying it Forward, and more.

Resources include a Printable Fridge & Pantry List, Vegetable Cooking Charts, Meat Marinating Charts, Weights & Measurements, Wine Pairing Tips, Glossary of Cooking Terms, Favorite YouTube Cooking Channels, Pay-to-Play Online Resources, and links to hundreds of Chef Perry’s own Recipes.

Peppered with true stories and humorous anecdotes, “hands on” homework assignments, and inspirational quotes from the best chefs in the world, The Home Chef gives the reader everything they need to begin or advance their home cooking to the next level.

# # # # #

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Perry P. Perkins is an award-winning third generation professional chef, culinary instructor, cookbook author, a professional food blogger, and member of the International Food Blogger’s Conference Advisory Board. Chef Perry has appeared on “Little People, BIG World” with Amy Roloff, “RibFest Chicago” with Ty Pennington, and writes regularly for Kenmore Grills, La Caja China, and Latin Touch.

He operates SimplySmartDinnerPlans.com, which is a free weekly recipe and meal-planning service that’s designed to help consumers maximize their grocery dollars by preparing budget-friendly healthy meals, while reducing food waste.

Perkins also runs the non-profit My Kitchen Outreach Program, which teaches the basics of nutrition and money-saving shopping, as well as no-cost hands on cooking classes for at-risk and special needs kids.

“The Home Chef: Transforming the American Kitchen”
List Price: $19.95
6″ x 9″ (15.24 x 22.86 cm)
552 pages

Release Date: April, 01, 2017

03/24/17

The Home Chef: Transforming the American Kitchen” Available for Pre-Order

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Perry P. Perkins/Elk Mountain Books
perry@perryperkinsbooks.com; 503-899-0558

The Home Chef

Transforming the American Kitchen

By Chef Perry P. Perkins

Now Taking Pre-Orders

The Home Chef: Transforming the American KitchenPraise for THE HOME CHEF:

This cookbook is about much more than just cooking. Chock full of how-tos, meal planning tips, and tasty recipes, its purpose is to teach our current and future generations to appreciate and enjoy the benefits and importance of cooking for themselves and their families, and how eating healthy can effect the length, quality, and impact of their lives. And that, changes destinies. ~ Amy J. Roloff, Little People BIG World

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This is the book I have been waiting for! I am thrilled and love the countless incredible recipes featured. Perkins writes with a calm and reassuring manner. He is precise in his description of cooking time, internal temperatures, thermometer readings, and detailed profession-level techniques to achieve the best results.

~ Just A Pinch Recipe Club

* * * *

Perkins is a chef with both skill and passion. I am sure whoever reads and tries the recipes and tips in “The Home Chef” will embark on an amazing culinary adventure, just as I have.

~ Round Table Reviews

* * * *

Today the average American spends just 27 minutes on food prep each day (and another four or five cleaning up); that’s less than half the time that we spent in the kitchen when Julia Child first appeared on our TV screens.

It’s also less than half the time it takes to sit through an episode of “Chopped” or “Cutthroat Kitchen.” As Americans, we’re are spending considerably more time watching cooking than we are cooking ourselves — an “old fashioned” activity that today’s hustle and bustle world will tell you they no longer have the time for.

We are standing at the edge of a cliff.

Our health, our finances, even the very fabric of our families are poised to plunge over the brink. At our backs is the home kitchen, the family…time.

Before us nothing less than total destruction.

We have an obligation, a moral imperative if you will, to regain control of our children’s health, our planet’s sustainability, even our nation’s greatness.

And I believe it starts in the kitchen.

* * * *

Part syllabus, part autobiography, part call-to-arms, The Home Chef is about the rapidly evolving landscape of cooking in America, and how to cook real food, the best food possible, in your own kitchen, and more importantly…why you should.

Filled with insider tips and tricks from the professional kitchen, hundreds of links and resources to (free) professional level education, and easy to follow instructions from a professional cooking instructor, The Home Chef: Transforming the American Kitchen is culinary school for the home cook.

Everything you need, and nothing you don’t, to take your own culinary creations to the next level, while saving time, money, and waste doing so.

This collection of dozens of “real food” recipes, hundreds of professional cooking tips and free educational video links, includes topic to take the home cook (or the never-have-cook) to a professional level of food preparation with topics like: The Adventurous Chef, Real Food, The Problem with Farm to Table, Using Organic Ingredients, The Secret to Kitchen Success, The Home Chef’s Pantry, Stocking Your Kitchen Toolbox. Knife Handling & Care, Tips & Tricks from the Restaurant Kitchen, What is a Chef, Corporate Food, GMO Labeling, Grocery Shopping Tips, How to Shop for Fresh Vegetables, The Flavor Profiles, The Truth about “Super-Foods”, Veganism, Food Safety, Mise en Place, Kitchen Organization, Spices, Gourmet Cooking, How to Read (and Write) a Recipe, Common Cooking Methods, Broths & Gravies, The Mother Sauces, How to Cook Vegetables, “Food Porn”, Layering Flavors, Grilling & BBQ, Paying it Forward, and more.

Resources include: a Printable Fridge & Pantry List, Vegetable Cooking Charts, Meat Marinating Charts, Weights & Measurements, Wine Pairing Tips, Glossary of Cooking Terms, Favorite YouTube Cooking Channels, Pay-to-Play Online Resources, and links to hundreds of Chef Perry’s own Recipes.

Peppered with true stories and humorous anecdotes, “hands on” homework assignments, and inspirational quotes from the best chefs in the world, The Home Chef gives the reader everything they need to begin or advance their home cooking to the next level.

# # # # #

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Perry P. Perkins is an award-winning third generation professional chef, culinary instructor, cookbook author, a professional food blogger, and member of the International Food Blogger’s Conference Advisory Board. Chef Perry has appeared on “Little People, BIG World” with Amy Roloff, “RibFest Chicago” with Ty Pennington, and writes regularly for Kenmore Grills, La Caja China, and Latin Touch.

He operates SimplySmartDinnerPlans.com, which is a free weekly recipe and meal-planning service that’s designed to help consumers maximize their grocery dollars by preparing budget-friendly healthy meals, while reducing food waste.

Perkins also runs the non-profit My Kitchen Outreach Program, which teaches the basics of nutrition and money-saving shopping, as well as no-cost hands on cooking classes for at-risk and special needs kids.

Pre-Order Here for Discounted & Early Shipping!

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THE HOME CHEF” TRANSFORMING THE AMERICAN KITCHEN

By Perry P. Perkins

Elk Mountain Books * April 1, 2017 * 410 pages

Price: $19.95 paperback * ISBN: 1533350337

01/3/17

We grieve, and we rejoice.

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It is with a very heavy heart, and very mixed emotions that I share with you that our dear friend, and a great mentor in the service to others, has passed away.

1850917_origTeri Gant, founder and CEO of The Father’s Heart Street Ministry, who we have been cooking and working with for many years, passed this week.

Teri was, by far, the most giving and compassionate person I have ever had the privilege to know.

We met many years ago at Sunnyside Foursquare Church, where her ministry began, simply and faithfully taking bags of homemade sandwiches to the homeless in the Clackamas area. She sought no credit or glory, but ministered as she was called, week in and week out.

It wasn’t about her, is was about Jesus.

FullSizeRenderHer tireless and selfless work expanded into a shelter and feeding center in Clackamas, where MY KITCHEN was honored to provide turkeys for the annual Thanksgiving dinner for the homeless.

Many of you have given to and supported this event every year, and on behalf of myself and Teri, I say thank you.

Eventually, her outreach moved to a new facility in Oregon City, where Teri continued to minister and change lives for “the least of these” among us.

We continued to do summer BBQ’s and Thanksgiving turkeys, and watched as Teri loved and gave everything to the work that God called her to. She was my example, my mentor, and my inspiration.

photo4I have, personally, never known anyone who more clearly and faithfully demonstrated “Jesus with skin on” than my friend Teri Gant.

The number of lives and souls that Teri saved cannot be counted, and the love and comfort she so easily shared with others is the finest example of the Great Commission that I have ever known.

She will continue to be the example I look to of a servants heart, and unfailing love.

Her ministry was to the “inglorious”…the homeless, the mentally ill, the drug addicts, the prostitutes, she loved without judgement, and those who needed Jesus the most, trusted her unfailing love. She touched the lepers of our society, without fear or judgement, and she brought to them the healing power of Christ.

4580586My mixed emotions come from the grief I feel that I will no longer see my friend here on Earth, take strength from her selfless example, or see her beautiful smile as she touches the lives of those around her, and yet, at the same time I rejoice that she is now with her savoir, whom she loved so very much, and served so faithfully, to the last.

Teri, I will miss your laughter, your encouragement, and your shared dreams and prayers for our fledgling outreach, as we sat in your office and talked about the needs around us.

I will miss your generosity as we dug through your freezers for meals, and planned our meals, and fundraisers, and appreciation dinners.

Teri Gant was the best example I have ever known of a true and unfailing servant of Jesus Christ, and we say in her memory, what she has now surely heard from the lips of her beloved bridegroom…

IMG_1444 (2)“Well done, thou good and faithful servant…enter thou into the joy of thy lord.”

Well done, my dear friend, well done…

I love you, sister, and I will miss you. Save me a spot at the table.

Chef Perry

Donations in Teri’s memory can be made here.