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

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

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

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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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

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.

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