Today Only – Help us help kids (and get a great book, too!)

Home Chef Book Fundraiser

Cover in FrameI’m donating 100% of sales from “The Home Chef’s Guide to Frugal Fine Cooking” AND “The Home Chef: Transforming the American Kitchen” to the MY KITCHEN OUTREACH Program, to help feed the hungry, and teach important life skills to at-risk and special-needs youth.

This guidebook would make a great gift for struggling families, college students, and young couples trying to eat healthy on a limited budget!

Proceeds will only be used to pay for teaching materials, supplies, and ingredients for classes. I’ll post the results here, at MY KITCHEN Outreach Program on Monday, October 16th.

Please place your order, on Amazon, before midnight TONIGHT, to help support the outreach!

Cover in frameThese funds will be earmarked specifically for the new youth classes we’ll be doing for the high school in Stevenson WA, and for our annual turkey roast (10 this year!) for The Father’s Heart Street Ministry. Anything left over will go into the general use fund for MK.

Order your copies of “The Home Chef’s Guide to Frugal Fine Cooking” HERE.

BOTH are availabe on my Amazon author page: www.perryperkinsbooks.com

PLEASE LET YOUR FRIENDS KNOW (by using the “sharing buttons”, below!)

Thank you for helping us help kids!

Chef Perry


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.



Ends the earlier of Jul 19, 2017 11:59 PM PDT, or when all prizes are claimed. See Official Rules http://amzn.to/GArules.

Giveaway Summary:
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

The Home Chef



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

The Guy' Guide FINAL

The Guy’s Guide to the Perfect Valentine’s Dinner

The Guy' Guide to the Perfect Valentine's Dinner

Click on the cover!

Guys…the big day is coming up!

Here’s our free 60-page guide to help you, regardless of your kitchen skills, prepare the perfect romantic meal for the love of your life!

Beef, pork, chicken, & vegetarian dinners, amazing sides, and unforgettable desserts! Fully illustrated step-by-step recipes and tips!

This FREE* guide will help make an unforgettable restaurant quality Valentine’s meal. The rest of the night…well, that’s up to you…

Get it here!

Chef Perry

*New subscribers to the MY KITCHEN weekly newsletters and meal plans will receive their copy with their welcome email.






IFBCgiveawayHey peeps…

12 of my favorite awesome bloggers (and I) have all teamed up to share some of our sweet swag from The International Food Blogger’s Conference that we all attended in Seattle a couple of week’s back.

Today I’ll be giving away my LAST box of Krusteaz Italian flatbread mix (plus a few more cool foodie toys and items I’ll throw in with it…yes, that’s a salmon-shaped dark chocolate bar…) PLUS, one secret item (not shown).

Hint…it’s really cool…

IFBC Flash Givaway

HOW TO ENTER: Like this post and leave a comment letting me know what ONE item is this prize pack you want the most (if you win, you’ll get ’em all).

This is a Round Robin giveaway — Hop through my friends’ Facebook pages and blogs to enter to win MORE great giveaways! Now go visit my friend Sarah over at Coder’s Kitchen, she’s giving away another awesome prize! Enter her giveaway and to find out where to head next!

Hurry, these FLASH GIVEAWAYS end in 24 hours!

Each blogger’s post should have a link to the next, so when you get back to me, you know you’ve hit them all!

~ To enter simply like this post and leave a comment here, and/or on our Facebook post.

~Only ONE entry per person. Extra entries will be deleted.

…and of course:

Want to take the hassle out of meal planning? For super-simple, healthy and delicious dinner recipes, check out our FREE weekly meal plans and shopping lists!  Your free membership helps us teach as-risk youth valuable life skills!


*This giveaway is sponsored by SimplySmartDinnerPlans and is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook. Giveaway will end on Tuesday, September 30th, 2014 8am EST. One winner will be selected at random and will be announced (and tagged) in another post. Be sure to check back here on 9/30/14 after 8am EST to see if you’ve won. Winner will have 24 hours to respond to notification of win or a new winner will be chosen. Prize will be sent via CANADA POST/US POST, ETC. so you’ll need to provide your mailing address if you win. Please allow 6-8 weeks for delivery. Open to US (or Canadian) residents only, must be 18 years or older to enter.*


“Name the Outreach Program” Contest!


Took a break from working on curriculum today to play with the logo and name of the new outreach program. I like the logo (picture it on a t-shirt or apron), and the name “MY KITCHEN” but not feelin’ it with the tag line so much.

Again, we’re teaching basic cooking skills to teens coming out of the foster care system to live on their own. You can see, around the outside of the logo, some words that represent what we want kids to get from these classes. We’ve kicked around “Program” “Outreach” “Outreach Program” “Community (something)” “Independent Cooking Project”… you get the idea…

At the same time, we want to clearly communicate the educational aspect.

If you’re interested, take a look at the words above and/or add some of your own, and post a name idea or two, below.

I’ll send a copy of our BBQ cookbook, “MEAT FIRE GOOD” to anyone who can come up with something that all three of us like!

(BTW…this is just my rough draft of a logo, whatever we end up with will be sent to a professional graphic artist, lol)

-Chef Perry


Teaming up with Macaroni Grill and No Kid Hungry to help end Childhood Hunger! (Plus my favorite pasta recipe!)

Heyya Hauties…

If you’ve been around the hautemealz.com blog for any amount of time, you’ll know that childhood hunger is an issue that is near and dear to us. You wouldn’t tell it to look at me, but I have some very personal experience with this subject (I’ve made up for it since, lol) and we do our best to support charities, ministries, and organizations that are fighting to feed kids.

1 in 5 children are hungry in America. Yes, America. They live in Oregon, California, Dallas, New York, Colorado. From coast to coast there are millions of children who have no idea where their next meal is going to come from.

This is an astounding number ­ and it’s not going to change without awareness and funds. And it’s easy to help.

Romano’s Macaroni Grill, in partnership with Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry, is doing something about the epidemic as they embark on a national campaign to share ONE MILLION meals with kids in need.

Macaroni Grill is enlisting the food blogger community to help end childhood hunger with a single post.

By simply tagging #macgrillgive to a recipe, message or photo of our favorite Italian meal on our blogs, Macaroni Grill will donate $50 to connect a child to up to 500 meals.

Yeah, pretty freakin’ awesome.

So, here’s my current favorite Italian dish, and one we recently featured on the hautemealz.com menuSpaghetti with Shrimp & Italian Herb Salad.

But first…if you’re not a food blogger, you can still take Macaroni Grill up on this amazingly generous offer. Here are three ways you can help:


Throughout the entire month of September, Macaroni Grill diners can donate $2 to No Kid Hungry and receive $5 off their next visit.  Each donation can help connect a child in need to up to 20 meals.


Every time a fan shares a photo from the Mac Grill Give Facebook Gallery, Macaroni Grill will donate $1 to help connect a kid to 10 meals.


Fans are invited to tag a Tweet or Instagram photo of their Macaroni Grill experience with #macgrillgive.  For every tag, Macaroni Grill will donate $1 to help connect a kid to 10 meals.

Okay, here’s the recipe…

Remember, hautemealz.com is a recipe for every night of the month, a grocery list for every week of the month, all for just $5 a month! Classic, Lighter-Side, Low-Carb/Diabetic-Friendly/ & Gluten-free menus available.


-Chef Perry

Spaghetti with Shrimp
Yield: 2 servings Active Time: 15 min. Total Time: 15 min.

  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 1/2 cups cherry tomatoes, quartered
  • 1/2 tsp. red pepper flakes
  • 2 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
  • 3/4 cups dry white wine
  • 1/2 lb. jumbo shrimp, peeled and deviened*
  • Salt, to taste 3 oz. spaghetti
  • 1 tbsp each. finely chopped fresh parsley, oregano, and basil.
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • Black Pepper, freshly ground, to taste

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil.

While the water is heating up, add 1/2 of the oil in a 12in skillet over medium-high heat. Add tomatoes, chile flakes, and garlic; cook, stirring, until soft, about 6 minutes. Add wine; cook until reduced by half, about 6 minutes.

Add spaghetti to the boiling water and cook until al dente, about 7 minutes.

Meanwhile add the shrimp to the skillet; cook, turning once, until just pink, about 3 minutes.

Using tongs or a pasta-fork, add pasta to the skillet along with the remaining oil, parsley, and lemon juice; cook, tossing, until sauce thickens, about 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.

*See our video post, How to peel and clean shrimp and prawns!

Italian Herb Salad
Yield: 2 servings Active Time: 20 min. Total Time: 20 min.

  • 1 tsp. fresh lemon juice
  • 2/3 tsp. grated lemon peel
  • 1/3 tsp. honey
  • 1/3 tsp. salt, plus
  • Black Pepper, freshly ground, to taste
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1/3 head romaine, coarsely chopped
  • 1 1/3 Belgian endives, thinly sliced crosswise
  • 5 tbsp. pitted kalamata olives, halved
  • 1/3 cup fresh Italian parsley, chopped
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil leaves, torn

Blend the lemon juice, lemon peel, honey, salt, and black pepper in a blender.

With the machine running, gradually blend in the oil.

Toss the lettuce, endive, olives, parsley, and basil in a large bowl with enough dressing to coat.

Season the salad with more salt and pepper, to taste, and serve.


For more information, please visit: macaronigrill.com/macgrillgive, fan us: facebook.com/romanosmacaronigrillor follow us on twitter @macaronigrill

About Romano¹s Macaroni Grill®

Romano¹s Macaroni Grill is an Italian restaurant serving hand-crafted pastas and crave-able entrees in over 200 locations world-wide.  The restaurant blends 20 years of tradition, such as the honor system house wine, with progressive culinary inspiration from all regions of Italy and the U.S.  The casually-elegant atmosphere is comfortable for any occasion‹from celebrating birthdays to celebrating Tuesdays. For more information, visit http://www.macaronigrill.com.

 Share Our Strength¹s Dine Out For No Kid Hungry   

Share Our Strength¹s Dine Out For No Kid Hungry is a national fundraising event that brings together thousands of restaurants and millions of consumers to help make sure no child in America grows up hungry.

Every September, participating restaurants raise funds in a variety of ways to support the No Kid Hungry® campaign, Share Our Strength¹s® national movement to end childhood hunger in America. Through Share Our Strength¹s No Kid Hungry Campaign, $1 can help connect a child facing hunger to (10) meals. This amount is based on the individual experiences of Share Our Strength¹s grant recipients and is provided to illustrate how community investments can be used to help end childhood hunger.

Share Our Strength¹s Dine Out For No Kid Hungry is nationally sponsored by Sysco, American Express, Ecolab, ONEHOPE Wine, Food Network, Clear Channel and the National Restaurant Association. Visit DineOutForNoKidHungry.org.

Share Our Strength is a non-profit 501c3 organization.

For more information, visit nokidhungry.org.


The Crawdaddy Cookbook

The Crawdaddy Cookbook is a free gift from hautemealz.com to our friends in the Tualatin Chamber of Commerce, all the attendees of the Tualatin Crawfish Festival, and to all of our fellow lovers of crawdads everwhere!

Click on the cover to download the PDF eBook

Inside, you’ll find a Crawdad F.A.Q., prep, cooking and shelling suggestions, Nutrition information on crawfish, and a bunch of delicious crawdad recipes from right in our own backyard, and around the world. Recipes like…

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Beef eater? Steak junkie? Cow aficionado?

Are you a beef eater? Steak junkie? Cow aficionado? If you’re drooling right now, then, brothers and sisters, next week’s hautemealz.com menu plan is for you!

Check it out…

Soy-Honey Flank Steak and Grilled Potato Slices with Salt & Vinegar
Salt & Pepper Flank Steak with Roasted Vegetables
Flank Steak, Asparagus & Red Pepper Stir-fry

Plus 4 more delicious, nutritious recipes including:

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Name the Menu Contest! $25 Gift Card

Okay, we are very, very close to unveiling our new “diabetic-friendly” menu here at hautemealz.com! Trouble is…we can’t come up with a name we like!

So…we’re going to let YOU name it!

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