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Episode 18: “Unassing Yourself”, Family Leadership, Master Recipes and More

Episode 18: “Unassing Yourself”, Family Leadership, Master Recipes and More

In Episode 18 of The Flying Kitchen Podcast, I talk about personal accountably and LEADERSHIP, how to start being a great leader in your own home (it does not require you to threaten or set ultimatums), and how to humbly ask yourself if there is […]

Episode 17 –  Bacon Chicken Podcast Cookalong Recipe

Episode 17 – Bacon Chicken Podcast Cookalong Recipe

A great dinner. Prep time: 30 minutes. Start to finish 1 hour 5 minutes. Serve with steamed rice. Ingredients: 3-5 LBS chicken of your choice (breast, hind quarters or whole cut-up chicken), 1 lb bacon, 2-3 teaspoons salt, 1 teaspoons pepper, 2 teaspoons garlic powder, […]

Episode 13 – How to Cultivate a Family Culture of Communication, Respect and Boundaries.  Servant Leadership and Why Your Kids Deserve It.

Episode 13 – How to Cultivate a Family Culture of Communication, Respect and Boundaries. Servant Leadership and Why Your Kids Deserve It.

In Episode 13 of The Flying Kitchen Podcast, I talk candidly about the challenges my family has faced in the midst of our military lifestyle, and my tips for overcoming upset, loneliness, resentment, and frustration. I talk pointedly about how it’s up to us military […]

Episode 12:  Meal Planning for Your Greater Mission

Episode 12: Meal Planning for Your Greater Mission

In Episode 12 of The Flying Kitchen Podcast, we talk MEAL PLANNING. I answer listener questions and reveal my four-part method of meal planning: Planning, Pacing, Execution and Attitude. I explain how I cooked for my family when all my children were little and what […]

Episode 11:  The Myth of the #tribe, Advice on Self-Care and a Recipe for Chicken & Leek Meatballs

Episode 11: The Myth of the #tribe, Advice on Self-Care and a Recipe for Chicken & Leek Meatballs

In Episode 11 of The Flying Kitchen Podcast, I answer a listener’s question about dealing with the negative reactions of others after you decide to change your life for the better. I lay out my 3-part method for SIMPLE and GENUINE self care, we talk […]

Episode 10 – How to Leverage Your Limitation into An Asset

Episode 10 – How to Leverage Your Limitation into An Asset

In Episode 10 of The Flying Kitchen Podcast I give you my three-part formula on how to leverage your limitation into a personal ASSET. I share my story on how, after repeated injuries, I taught myself how to lap swim when I was 21, and […]

Episode 9  – Empowerment, Recovering From a Setback, Curating Quality Female Friendships, and More

Episode 9 – Empowerment, Recovering From a Setback, Curating Quality Female Friendships, and More

About female friendships: “Pick the women who empower you”. In Episode 9 of The Flying Kitchen Podcast, I talk about EMPOWERMENT EMPOWERMENT EMPOWERMENT. How to empower yourself, how to empower others, and how to spot disempowerment, and how to shut it down. I give my […]

Episode 8 – Making Your Home Business Work

Episode 8 – Making Your Home Business Work

In Episode eight of The Flying Kitchen Podcast, I give you the truthy-truth about HOME BUSINESSES and how my new mentorship program can help you achieve your goals. I’ve owned small businesses for 22 years, and I’ve learned how to adapt and overcome the greatest […]

Episode 7: A Chat with Lydia Bradbury, part 2 of 2

Episode 7: A Chat with Lydia Bradbury, part 2 of 2

In episode seven of The Flying Kitchen Podcast, Shannon and Lydia continue their talk from Shannon’s “compound” in Kentucky.   Lydia describes the unique experience of traveling Europe and the Mediterranean with her three young sons while her husband was deployed.  She explains how they […]

Episode 6: A Chat with Lydia Bradbury Part 1 of 2

Episode 6: A Chat with Lydia Bradbury Part 1 of 2

In episode 6 of The Flying Kitchen Podcast, Shannon interviews Lydia Bradbury;  a fellow Marine Corps Spouse, anthropologist, archaeologist and mother of three.  Shannon and Lydia talk about Lydia’s extraordinary journey through Europe and the Mediterranean.  A journey Lydia embarked on with her three young […]

Episode 4 -Home Management Hacks for Budgeting and Back-to-School

Episode 4 -Home Management Hacks for Budgeting and Back-to-School

In episode for of The Flying Kitchen Podcast, Shannon shares her best tips for managing a household and sticking to a budget during back-to-school and fall sports season. “Without a budget, your household will fail”, she cautions. Shannon answers questions about comparison- shopping, managing multiple […]

Episode 2 – Mom Cliques, Sports Season Angst, Dog Diarrhea, The “over 40 face”, Pressure Cookers and PCS Advice

Episode 2 – Mom Cliques, Sports Season Angst, Dog Diarrhea, The “over 40 face”, Pressure Cookers and PCS Advice

Who invented “snack mom” for sports seasons?  Where did that even come from?  In Episode two of The Flying Kitchen Podcast, Shannon recounts her funny experiences with youth sports teams – the “snack mom” phenomenon, and why there only two colors of socks in her […]

My New Podcast!

My New Podcast!

Hello! I have a new podcast!  What does a recipe writer and cooking instructor really feed her family every day?  I’ve got lots of good info for you here.  We’re talking about burnout, perfectionism, food shaming, the nitty-gritty of parenting, and more real-life stuff.  What […]

Recipe:  Kabocha Squash Soup   カボチャのスープ

Recipe: Kabocha Squash Soup カボチャのスープ

  The Kabocha squash is a variety of winter squash grown throughout Asia.  It is commonly referred to as “Japanese Pumpkin”. Here in Okinawa, you will find Kabocha squash soup served in many cafes, schools and homes.  The locals simply call it “pumpkin soup”.   It […]

Warabimochi (蕨餅)

Warabimochi (蕨餅)

Warabimochi  is a popular confection in Okinawa.  It is enjoyed primarily during the hot months because it is “suzushige” which means cooling/refreshing (涼しげ). Warabimochi is different from regular mochi because it is made with the starch of the bracken root, rather than glutinous rice powder.  […]

Maitake (Grifola Frondosa) – “Dancing Mushroom” 舞茸

Maitake (Grifola Frondosa) – “Dancing Mushroom” 舞茸

“Maitake” is a mushroom native to northeastern Japan.  It is used widely in Japanese and Chinese medicine as an aid to restore balance to the body. Known here as the “king of mushrooms”, it is one of the principle mushrooms used in Japanese and Okinawan cuisine. It can be […]

Hmong Red Cucumber (Cucumis sativus) 赤キュウリ

Hmong Red Cucumber (Cucumis sativus) 赤キュウリ

The Hmong red cucumber is a rather deceiving vegetable.  From the outside it looks like a gourd or a squash.  Many Westerners here in Okinawa have come across them and not known they were looking at a cucumber in disguise! The flesh is mild and […]

Egg Fruit / Canistel (Pouteria campechiana) (Kanisuteru) 卵、果物

Egg Fruit / Canistel (Pouteria campechiana) (Kanisuteru) 卵、果物

The “egg fruit” (scientific name: Pouteria campechinana) is a sweet, light fruit, originally from central America.  It is cultivated widely throughout Southeast Asia, including Okinawa. It grows on a hardy evergreen,  (Sapotaceae family) and is a distant cousin of the shea nut from the African […]

Hanami Dango 花見団子. 三色だんご

Hanami Dango 花見団子. 三色だんご

Perhaps the world’s first “cake pop”, The “hanami dango” is a popular confection in Japan and Okinawa.  Similar to the popular mochi dessert of Japan; which is a sweet dumpling made with machiko (glutinous rice flower), it is served on a skewer to celebrate flower blooming […]