Thursday, July 7, 2011


Although I've always called it Bagoki.  In any event, it's Korean Barbeque and a family favorite.  To be completely honest, I'm surprised I haven't posted this recipe before!

I still remember when my Mom was stationed in Korea.  I was 7.  I remember that she sent us letters ever week with a tape recording of her voice.  Now, I can't recall if it was reading the letter to us, or reading a story for us.  But my sister and I loved listening to it.

When she came back, she introduced us to Bagoki, and I've loved it ever since (:


Stir Fry beef  (You can just as easily buy a beef roast and cut it up yourself if they don't already have it done for you)

The marinade:

Soy sauce-- about a cup
Sesame oil-- a good sploosh
2 tbspoons of sugar
Fresh minced garlic to taste
Onion powder to taste
Garlic powder to taste
Pepper to taste
Sesame seeds

Put the meat in a bowl with a lid, add all the marinade ingredients, mix with your hands, then add enough water to cover the meat.  Marinate in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours but up to over night.

Prepare rice to serve with the bulgogi.  To cook the meat, heat a frying pan under medium high heat, then add the meat and cook until the liquid is absorbed.  You can boil the rest of the marinade if you want additional sauce to serve with it.

The entire meal goes well with kimchee.

And enjoy (:

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Chili Con Carnies

Okay, so 5:30 in the morning with a crock pot might be a little early to start cooking...but as I stood there preparing the meat, I started laughing. And so I share my early morning thought: Chili Con Carnies.

Have I mentioned I hate all those "repost this if...." ?

by Janin Wise on Wednesday, 13 April 2011 at 06:45
When I was a kid my family got their first computer when I was 12, I loved my Mom's rotary dial Mickey Mouse phone that made noise when you picked up the receiver, my Mom had the most extensive collection of cassette tapes I'd ever seen and we listened to music when we did house chores on Saturday, we loved our new microwave because Ramen went from 10 minutes to 3, my Dad stayed up all night to beat my score on Nintendo Tetris & I beat his high score 1st thing in the morning--He wouldn't play with me after that. I had 2 feet, tunnel tag, 1-2-3-kick-up, snap the dragon, & had to come in when the street lights came on. I had chores & did them, or bargained with my sister to swap the ones I really hated. I talked back a few times to my parents when I became a teen & it earned me a well deserved slap once, & an equally well deserved name calling. I survived. Please DON'T repost--this is part of how -I- was raised ...& we weren't allowed to drink water out of a hose because it had a sticker that said not to.

It's not just the full moon

by Janin Wise on Wednesday, 16 February 2011 at 21:10
I'm left wondering when loss of self control and the apparent death of the internal voice that tells you NOT to do things became so prevalent.  ):

Tonight, I've read about the poisoning of the Auburn oaks by a rabid opposing fan, as well as a 16 year old boy who killed his mother with a hammer because she took away his gaming privileges.

But I've had this thought several times lately-- as I listen to dumb crook news where the woman bloodied her boyfriend with a frozen steak because there wasn't room in her freezer for her frozen drink.  As I watched the driver pull out in front of me 2 days ago, fish tailing and flipping the bird.  As I hollered at my oldest about escalating with his brother as they started a "I don't want to go to bed" argument.

I'm thinking conscience and patience are two things our world needs a lot more of.

I'm thinking this  event "A Day of Peace", is a really good idea.  And I think I'm going to start -now-.  And I'm going to bring my boys along with me.

Because although I don't anticipate a hammer 20 times to my head in the future... the current world we live in means it might well be a possibility...

Thinking and Cooking

by Janin Wise on Monday, 14 February 2011 at 16:32

Apparently, while cooking, I'm prone to amusing myself.  Cooking doesn't use a whole lot of my mind, so it leaves it free to roam.

Today, while preparing the meat for Greek Meat Pies, I was thinking of the wonderful variety of things that can be made with ground beef, having recently made spaghetti, egg rolls, and chili.

Then I thought, "I'd like to thank whoever invented the cow.....  Wait!  That would be God!....
"Dear God, thank you for inventing the cow!...and the chicken!....and the pig!".... WOOHOO!!"

...and then, I have to admit, I was cooking and giggling.

Valentine's Day

by Janin Wise on Monday, 14 February 2011 at 16:25
I'm thinking I grew up with a different Valentine's Day.  I've seen so many posts today about "Singles Awareness Day" and hating Valentine's Day-- and even when I was single, I've always liked Valentine's Day.

I guess because I still see it from the same view I did when I was my boys' age.  You fill out all the little paper cards to let your friends know you like them, and you share candy.

My boys each took little valentine's cards and candy to school today... and so did I (:

So to all my friends and family, Happy Valentine's Day!!

And don't forget, tomorrow is one of my all time favorite holidays of the year:  Half priced Candy and Chocolate Day!!! (;   Thanks for introducing it to me Cat!


by Janin Wise on Wednesday, 26 January 2011 at 15:20
Okay, so my husband has informed me that I have really weird dreams, after I told him about the 2 nightmares I had last night.

The first one, that woke me up at 2:

I was driving-- either to school or headed back home, but I knew the road was 231.  And there were a LOT of struck deer in the road.  I jumped the first with my car to avoid hitting it.  I swirved around the second.  But when I went to jump over the third, I was no longer in a car, I was running.  And when I jumped over it, it reached out and grabbed my ankle with a hoof.  It was NOT completely dead, but it wasn't long before it was going to be.  So I decided to move it out of the road and off to the side so it wouldn't be hit by any other vehicles.  But as soon as we were off in the ditch, it turned into my youngest son, and he was disembowled and on death's door.

I woke up with a start, trying not to panic, then checked on both of my children to make sure that they were alright.  After spending almost 10 minutes with each of them, I tried to head back to bed, but the dream was so vivid in my mind, I started to cry and knew I couldn't go to sleep with it in my thoughts.

So I got up to work on some more homework and headed back to bed at 3:30 with pleasant thoughts of my print making project in mind.

To wake up wide awake again at 4 after having another nightmare:

In this one, I was in our bed, but for some reason, it was pushed up against the right wall and the top bedding (the sheet, comforter and quilt) were all on the bed sideways and slipping down under the bed between the wall and the bed-- but slipping wasn't exactly right-- it was like they were being pulled.  While I was sitting there trying to figure out what was going on with the sheets, something was moving up from the bottom corner towards me.  I figured it was my cat Peeve and I thought that it must be difficult going, with the bedding being pulled like that, so I flipped them over like I was going to get out to give the cat more room to move.  Except that it wasn't my cat.  It was 4 snakes.  Two red cobras and two yellow and white cobras.  And they were fighting.  I stayed absolutely still trying not to catch their attention.  In their fighting, one of the red ones was thrown against my thigh and the other red one reared up to strike it, so I pushed it off my lap and onto the floor.  As the other 3 snakes followed the red one off the bed, the yellow and white cobras turned into kittens, but were still fighting.  When I moved my head to follow their movement off the bed-- it was too much movement on my part and all four of them turned their attention to me and the two kittens turned back into snakes.  All four of them reared up to strike me-- and I woke up wide awake.

I had another two hours before I needed to get up, so I went back to sleep... without any real rest.

If it wasn't for my cat Peeve climbing up on my hip and gently nudging my hand after my alarm clock went off, I would NOT have gotten up this morning.  So thank you, my sweet alarm clock kitty for you help.

There are days I absolutely -hate- vivid dreaming.  Especially when it's the nightmare variety.  Mark jokingly accused me of making it all up, because he never remembers his dreams, but I almost always remember at least one of mine.

Here's hoping tonight's bedtime is full of more rest.

Cranberry Relish

by Janin Wise on Friday, 26 November 2010 at 09:52
5 years ago, my friend Laura introduced me to this.  It's absolutely delicious!


1 can cranberry sauce with whole berries
1 can of mandarine oranges, drained
1 packages of nut topping
2 boxes of black cherry flavored jello

Mix the oranges, nuts and cranberry sauce.  Then add 2 cups of boiling water, add the black cherry jello and stir for 2 minutes until it's dissolved.  Then stir in 1 1/2 cups of cold water and chill in the fridge for 4 hours.

7 spices

by Janin Wise on Thursday, 07 January 2010 at 21:02
So when it comes to whole bird recipes, whether it's chicken, Cornish game hen, or turkey (that isn't being deep fried!), and whether it's roasting, grilling, baking, or rotisserie, I never pay any attention to the spices suggested.

That's because, about ten years ago, I came across a recipe with a recommendation for seven spices for rubbing into poultry. Can't tell you what that first recipe was for. Can't tell you where I saw it. What I CAN tell you is that it was really easy to remember what the seven spices were after tasting that meal because together, they are DELICIOUS!

So here they are:

Cardamom, Garlic Powder, Onion Powder, Nutmeg, Paprika, Salt and Pepper

You pretty much mix them in equal portions (with the cardamom being the smallest) in a bowl with a fork-- then rub it into the poultry of choice-- both outside and in. Then cook as you would.

It's good crock pot rotisseried, but it doesn't crisp in a crock pot-- and they're REALLY good on crispy skin (:

As a side note, if you use spices, you probably have all except the Cardamom already in your cabinet. Cardamom is a bit expensive, but it's DELICIOUS! And no worse pricing than any other 'exotic' spice.

All About My Mommy

by Janin Wise on Thursday, 06 May 2010 at 17:06
"All About My Mommy", as answered by my pre-schooler for Mother's Day.

My mommy has brown hair.

My mommy has brown eyes.

My mommy weighs 53 lbs. (lol-- LOVE this answer (; What Momma wouldn't?!? ((:)

My mommy's favorite food is spaghetti.

My mommy's favorite song is the January one. (I asked him to sing to me last night, and they have one that they learned at school about the months of the year that I requested.)

My mommy loves to dance. (He knows me! ((: )

I like when my mommy sings. (He asks me to sing him a song every night (: )

I help my mommy put laundry up.

My mommy likes when I play with something and clean-up afterward.

I love my mommy because she loves me.

Happy Mother's Day!

And he wrote his own name (:

I sure do love that little boy (:


by Janin Wise on Thursday, 24 June 2010 at 22:05
Okay, so back in high school, I liked doing 'group' poetry (: Get everyone to add a line at a time, taking turns, until the poem was done. Here's one we made on the bus on the way back from "The Bowl". I should note, the title didn't happen until -after- the poem was written.


Like the candle of youth
-burning to nothing
The wick has been slowly drained of potency.
Unveil the mask,
For untruth has granted me power over The Liar.
His soul to sustain me
-His blood to clothe me,
His touch to soothe
-His eyes to engulf my soul.
Poison to others, darkness causes peace.
Laughter sees the soul
being drained slowly from the vein of life.
Suddenly the sweet blackness
from the core of the heart lashes out-
Bright eyes glowing with the vigor of death-
Mortis has no reign-
He slowly turns and lashes out at nothing
And what remains. . .
An end to innocence.


As it was a group poem, we used the first 2 letters from each of our names: KAra Z., DAniel S., MElissa B., TIna T., AMbrosia D., JAnin S., CHristy G., and ISreal)

Bacon Wrapped Chicken

by Janin Wise on Tuesday, 05 January 2010 at 17:07
This is so easy to make, I don't even break it down like a recipe.

Thaw skinless chicken breasts-- wrap in bacon, put in tin foil like you would a baked potato and bake at 350 for an hour (or barbeque on the grill for about the same amount of time)-- remove from the tin foil and broil/grill for about 5 minutes, flipping, to crisp the bacon at the end, and viola (:

I usually serve it with rice.

It's a favorite at our house (:

Spicy Pot Roast

by Janin Wise on Tuesday, 05 January 2010 at 16:33
(Although it's actually the gravy and vegetables that turns out spicy!)


4 lb beef roast
1 med. onion, cubed large
4-5 potatoes, peeled and cubed large
baby carrots-- good hand full
bunch of celery, cubed large
Worcester sauce
spicy mustard
garlic powder
can of beer

2 tbsp of cornstarch mixed with warm water

The first thing you may notice is there aren't any real measurements. That's because it's all really to taste. I'll tell you how I did it, but adjustments are up to you (:

Toss all the root vegetables and the onion in the crock pot. Add about a cup of water, about 1/4 cup of Worcester sauce, about 1/4 cup of ketchup, 2 heaping spoons full of spicy mustard, a good covering of salt, pepper and garlic powder and a can of beer. Stir it all up together, then place the roast on top. Cook on low for 8-10 hours. Take the roast out and while it settles for about 5 minutes, mix the cornstarch/water with the remaining liquid/vegetables and it makes a nice spicy gravy.

Cracker Barrel Hash Brown Casserole Recipe

by Janin Wise on Sunday, 27 December 2009 at 14:23
A couple of years ago, I came across this recipe on line. So here's the recipe from "Top Secret Resturant Recipes", published in 1997 by Todd Wilbur and shared by Darlene from Bancroft, ON Canada....with a few Janin modifications (;


1 26 oz bag of country-style hash browns
2 cups shredded Colby cheese
1/4 cup minced onion
1 cup milk
1/2 cup beef stock or canned broth
*2 tbsp butter, melted
Dash of garlic powder
1 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. ground black pepper

(I put the * by the butter because I like to brown a lb of ground beef or mild sausage and add it to this recipe. If you add the meat, you do NOT need the butter at all!-- Janin)

Preheat oven to 425. Brown the meat and onions in a large cast iron skillet. While that is cooking, combine the frozen hash browns and cheese in a large bowl. Combine the milk, beef stock, *half the melted butter, the garlic powder, salt and black pepper in another bowl. Mix until well blended, then pour the mixture over the hash browns and mix well.

*Heat the remaining butter in a large cast iron skillet over high heat-- if NOT adding the meat!

Otherwise, once the meat is browned, add the hash brown mixture to the meat and mix well. Cook the hash browns mixture, stirring occasionally, until hot and all of the cheese has melted. Put the skillet in the oven and bake for 45-60 minutes or until the surface of the hash browns is dark brown.

Serve and enjoy (:

On an aside, be aware that the pan is going to be a -mess- to clean.

Inappropriate Sense of Humor

 Just like I copied over all my myspace information, I decided today to do the same for my fb notes.

by Janin Wise on Wednesday, 14 October 2009 at 17:00
Okay, so I know I've mentioned it before, but I periodically have an inappropriate sense of humor. I'm usually pretty good about just not saying anything about it, but you can always tell when I'm overly tired because I'll slip.

Had such a slip in class today. We've started the student lessons, and this was the first. The ladies presented Tangrams and we cut out the shapes from 2 different colored pieces of construction paper, then glued them down in the shape we liked on black backgrounds. Very fun (:

While we were doing so, my seat neighbor Breanne's glue overflowed and she exclaimed, "Oh! My glue just exploded!"

To which I quipped, "It's happy to see you!"

I SO didn't mean to say that outloud (lol). We all laughed so hard we had tears coming to our eyes, and I ended up blushing-- Did I mention I hadn't meant to say that outloud? (lol)

Oops (;

Can I blame it on one too many viewing of "American Pie"? (;