Just Cook Jannie

It’s Kind of Deep

Enjoy the podcast and give Mikey and Rinne a follow! They are some of my favorite people who love to eat, cook and laugh as much as I do. Note: Earmuffs for the kids. Mikey brings out the F bombs in me.

A New Schedule for a New Time

It was 7am. Time to wake up and do it all over again. Paul McCartney’s song would begin in my head, “It’s just another day.”

Start the coffee, boil the water for tea (it’s a press of a button) and make breakfast for the family. Take E to school, thank goodness they were still open. Come back home to find Carrie has done the dishes and Taylor will start online Kindergarten for an hour. 

Fresh Pasta with Guanciale and Veggies

Fresh pasta with guanciale, corn and peas

The year was 2009. I would wake up at 7am, get ready, make coffee for us and send Carrie to work. I then opened my laptop and did freelance agency design work until lunch time. Went to the corner cafe on Court St and grabbed a small pretzel bun ham sandwich with butter and another coffee. Back to freelance work until 1:45pm. Then walk five blocks to Chestnut and start prepping for service.

Let’s Talk About It…​

Dad's Chicken Noodle Soup Recipe

What happened in Atlanta was a tragedy and awful moment, and what is happening around the country to Asian people is terrifying, but I don’t have to tell you that. I don’t have to tell you that the world still has a lot of work to do.

Don’t Worry, I Focaccia!

Focaccia bread recipe and video - How to make Focaccia!

In 1990, dinner was at 6. Snacking on any dish that my dad had made after having three hours of basketball practice. Those chicken wings. Deep fried goodness in the perfect soy sauce, garlic and ginger marinade. He added corn starch so the marinade would stick to the chicken wing adding that tang with every bite.

Dad’s Chicken Noodle (Noo Noo) Soup in an Instant Pot

Dad's Chicken Noodle Soup Recipe

Chicken soup is easy to make and it always makes you feel better. I’m not sure what it is. Maybe it’s the love that we put into making the soup or what, but this soup just makes everything okay. For at least a couple minutes. Enjoy a simple and easy Instant Pot recipe. Set it and forget it. Then put it all together and take one deep sigh of relief. Then get back to work.

Dad’s Roast Pork Belly in an Instant Pot with Grandma’s Cucumbers and Rice

Instant Pot Roast Pork Belly with Grandma's Cucumbers

I’m making my dad’s recipe in an Instant Pot so it doesn’t take as long and is a perfect budget friendly dish for the family. The cucumber can be served with anything and, well, you know, white rice! I finally got the recipe from dad a year ago. I got my Instant Pot a couple years ago. I cook in it at least once or twice a week. All the rice bowls and pork belly. You can find the cucumbers and how to make rice videos on Tips + Tricks.

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