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)



01/15/18

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.

Enjoy!

~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):


01/12/18

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!

Thanks!

~Chef Perry
MY KITCHEN Outreach Program
www.fosterhope.net

07/18/17

An open letter to my friends…

A letter to the bullied

Hello my friend…

I’m writing this letter to the young man who stutters, or has an acne problem, or is just smaller than everyone else. To the young lady who never seems to know what to say, or may be carrying a few extra pounds, or who’s skin is a different color than everyone else in class.

You may not believe it, but once upon a time, I was the littlest kid in class. An only child with a sick mom, a sever speech impediment, coke-bottle glasses, and a thrift-store wardrobe…in other words, I was an easy target.

You know what I’m talking about.

Bullies made my life a nightmare from the 3rd grade, through most of high-school. With no real friends or defenders, it was a frightening, lonely way to grow up, and I still carry some of those scars, on my skin and on my heart, forty years later, and I always will.

So will you.

Bullies suck, and so does being bullied.

You don’t deserve it, you didn’t ask for it, and it’s not happening because there’s anything wrong with YOU. You are amazing. You are beautiful, and there is not another living soul on earth who is like you. That makes you a treasure beyond price.

Maybe your parents don’t understand, maybe your teachers and coaches were never bullied, and can’t relate, but you’re not alone.

You are SO not alone.

Your bullies are weak, and scared, and small. So small on the inside that the only thing that makes them feel good about themselves is to make someone else feel bad.

How sad is that?

But, you know what? There’s a gift in being bullied.

That can be hard to accept, believe me, I know.

But it’s true.

It can make you strong. It can make you brave. But most importantly, it can make you…kind.

And it’s not easy (but you’re used to things not being easy, aren’t you?)

You see, when you know what it feels like, the fear, the confusion, the betrayal, the pain…you can choose to let it make you bitter, to make you as small inside as the ones who hurt you, OR you can use it to guide how you treat others, how you speak to others in pain, how you protect and defend those weaker than you. How to choose compassion and mercy, over hate.

How you be exactly the kind of hero that you lay awake longing for.

Hate is easy, any small-minded weakling can hate. But love…love and kindness are the strongest powers in the universe, and when you have that strength, you cannot be beaten.

Because you…YOU…know.

And because you know, you have greatness in you.

You are developing a strength that many will never attain, no matter how fast, or smart, or rich, or pretty. A strength of heart, and of mind.

You will be able to see things others don’t, do things other’s can’t.

And the world needs you…desperately. They need you more and more every day, because it’s people like you…like US…that have the power to make the world a better place…because we know.

chef-perry-perkinsChoose Kindness, little hero, and hang in there.

It will get better…I promise.

Your friend,

Chef Perry
chefperryperkins.com

If you’ve know what I’m talking about, please share this.

If not, share it anyway, you never know who’s reading…

05/15/16
MY KITCHEN Outreach Class

Great outreach class at Evergreen Middle School

MY KITCHEN Outreach Class

MY KITCHEN Outreach had an amazing morning, and made some new buddies, teaching this AWESOME group of kids at the Evergreen Middle School Life Skills Class how to make quesadillas! (Recipe below.)

MY KITCHEN Outreach Class

We discussed the basics of kitchen safety, and then the kids each assembled their own quesadillas, and we showed them how to cook them to crispy, golden-brown perfection.

MY KITCHEN Outreach Class
They were a hit!

MY KITCHEN Outreach Class
Thank you so much, Ginny Dias, Mike Seymour, and William H Johnson Jr for all your help, you are the bomb(s)!

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

 

Ham & Cheese Quesadillas
MY KITCHEN Quesadillas
Serves 1-2

2 flour/corn blend soft tortillas
1/4 cup diced ham
1/2 cup shredded “Mexican-blend” cheese
1/4 cup bagged broccoli slaw
2 Tbs fresh cilantro, chopped
Dash of salt & pepper

Toppings:
Simple guacamole (see our recipe here)
Mexican-style Crema (sour cream)
Shredded lettuce

Preheat a dry pan over medium heat. Lay one tortilla in the pan and let cook until just starting to color (1-2 minutes).

Flip the tortilla, and sprinkle evenly with 1/2 of the cheese, and then 1/2 of each of the remaining ingredients.

Cook until cheese has melted, then folk in half (tongs work better than spatula, but use what you’ve got). Repeat with second tortilla.

Cut in 1/2 or in 1/3’s and serve with crema, guacamole, and shredded lettuce.

04/27/16
MY KITCHEN Hero Circle

Getting our 501C!

MY KITCHEN Hero Circle

Hey Peeps, finally heard back from the IRS, and our 501(c)3 status had been approved…pending a $400 filing fee, lol.

So, I’m doing something I don’t often do… I need 40 of you to donate $10 so we can get this done before our big fund-raiser next month. If you want to give more…that would sure help, but any contribution will help!

Donate here:

Thank you for helping us help kids!

Chef Perry
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