KJAN Mom’s Tips

Each week, Charlene Johnson shares some of her favorite recipes with you on the air.  If you didn’t get a chance to write them down, don’t worry, here they are!

Peanut Butter Cups (12-11-2018)

Mom's Tips

December 11th, 2018 by Jim Field

  • 1 whole cellophane package graham crackers, crushed
  • 1/2 lb. or 1 cup oleo in pan
  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 12 oz. package chocolate chips

Grease 9″ x 13″ pan.  Melt oleo in pan.  Add peanut butter, sugar and crushed crackers.  Press into pan.  Chill 1/2 hour.  Melt chocolate chips.  Spread over the top and chill.

(Debbie Liddle/Millie Ruehs)

Gumdrop Cookies (12-4-2018)

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December 4th, 2018 by Jim Field

  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • 2 cups shortening
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 5 cups flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 cups coconut
  • 2 cups gumdrops, cut
  • 2 cups oatmeal
  • 2 cups corn flakes

Cream together the first 3 ingredients.  Then add the rest of the ingredients.  Place small balls of dough on greased cookie sheets.  Bake 10 to 12 minutes at 375 degrees.

(Lisa Swanson)

Hamburger Quiche (11-27-2018)

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November 27th, 2018 by Jim Field

  • 1.2 lb. Ground beef
  • Chopped onion, to taste
  • Garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 cup milk

Preheat oven to 425 degrees.  Brown beef, onion, garlic powder, salt and pepper.  Add flour.  Beat eggs, Worcestershire sauce and milk.  Add to meat and pour in unbaked pie shell.  Top with 1/2 cup shredded cheese.  Bake for 20-25 minutes.  Let set.  Serve warm.

(Mildred Ruehs)

Spaghetti Pizza (11-20-2018)

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November 20th, 2018 by Jim Field

  • 1 lb. spaghetti, cooked and drained
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 lb. hamburger
  • 32 oz. jar spaghetti sauce
  • 1 package pepperoni
  • 4 oz. can mushrooms
  • onions, green pepper, garlic salt

Spread spaghetti in a greased 9″ x 13″ pan.  Combine milk and eggs; our over spaghetti.  Brown hamburger and drain.  Mix with spaghetti sauce.  Put on top of milk and egg mixture.  Layer the rest of the ingredients over sauce.  Sprinkle with garlic salt.  Bake 20 minutes at 350 degrees.  Cover with 2 cups grated mozzarella cheese, 1 cup cheddar cheese.  Bake 10 minutes longer.  Remove from oven.  Cool five minutes.

(Grace Martens)

French Silk Chocolate Pie (11-13-2018)

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November 13th, 2018 by Jim Field


  • 1 Pillsbury refrigerated pie crust (from 15 oz. box) softened as directed on box


  • 3 oz. unsweetened baking chocolate, cut into pieces
  • 1 cup butter, softened (do not use margarine)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 4 pasteurized eggs or 1 cup fat-free egg product.


  • 1/2 cup sweetened whipped cream
  • Chocolate curls, if desired

Heat oven to 450 degrees.  Bake pie crust as directed on box for One-Crust Baked Shell, using 9″ glass pie plate.  Cool completely on cooling rack, about 15 minutes.

In 1 quart saucepan, melt chocolate over low heat; cool.  In small bowl, beat butter with electric mixer on medium speed until fluffy.  Gradually add sugar, beating until light and fluffy.  Add cooled chocolate and vanilla; beat well.

Add eggs one at a time, beating on high speed two minutes after each addition.  Beat until mixture is smooth and fluffy.  Pour into cooled baked crust.  Refrigerate at least two hours before serving, or until set.  Top with whipped cream and chocolate curls.  Cover and refrigerate any remaining pie.

Garlic Parmesan Butternut Squash (11-6-2018)

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November 6th, 2018 by Jim Field

  • 1 butternut squash
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/3 cup Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • salt and pepper, to taste

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Cut squash in half lengthwise.  Scrape out and discard seeds.  Peel squash, then cut into 1″ cubes.  On a foil-lined baking sheet, toss squash with remaining ingredients.  Bake for 40-45 minutes, or until tender.

Creamed Chicken and Biscuits (10-30-2018)

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October 30th, 2018 by Jim Field

  • 1 can of cream of chicken soup
  • 1 can of cream of celery soup
  • 1 package frozen peas
  • 1/2 soup can of water
  • 1/2 soup can of milk
  • 2 cups chicken (diced)
  • biscuits or toast

Combine all ingredients.  Simmer until hot.  Serve over biscuits or toast.

Crock Pot Pizza (10-23-2018)

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October 23rd, 2018 by Jim Field

  • 1 lb. hamburger
  • 1 (32 oz) jar spaghetti sauce
  • 1 lb. pasta (spaghetti, lasagna, etc.)
  • 1 (8 oz) package mozzarella cheese
  • Parmesan cheese
  • Pepperoni, Canadian bacon, sausage or pizza topping of choice

Brown hamburger.  Cook noodles according to package directions.  Layer ingredients in crock pot.  Cook on low for four hours.

Hamburger Cabbage Casserole (10-16-2018)

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October 16th, 2018 by Jim Field

  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 can tomato soup
  • 1 can water
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 tablespoons raw rice
  • 3 cups raw cabbage, grated or sliced fine
  • 1 tablespoon salad oil

Brown beef in oil until crumbly.  Mix in onion, salt, pepper and rice.  Cook 2 to 3 minutes.  Add soup and water and mix.  Remove from heat.  Place cabbage in 2-quart casserole.  Pour meat mixture on top but don’t mix together.  Cover and bake in slow oven for 1 to 1 1/2 hours or slow cooker for 3 to 4 hours on medium heat.  This is also good with ground pork.

(Deb Pedersen)

Bacon-Wrapped Chicken (10-9-2018)

Mom's Tips

October 9th, 2018 by Jim Field

  • 4 bacon strips
  • 2 (6 oz.) boneless chicken breast halves
  • 1/4 teaspoon seasoned salt (optional)
  • 1/4 cup canned chopped green chilies
  • 1 1/2 oz. cream cheese (softened)
  • 1 garlic clove

In a large skillet, cook bacon over medium heat until partially cooked but not crisp; drain on paper towels.  Flatten chicken to 1/4 inch thickness.  Sprinkle with seasoned salt if desired.

In a small bowl, combine the chilies, cream cheese and garlic.  Spread over one side of each chicken breast.  Roll up and tuck ends in.  Wrap each with two bacon strips; secure with toothpicks.

Place in an 8 inch square baking dish coated with non-stick cooking spray.  Bake, uncovered, at 375 degrees for 30-35 minutes or until chicken juices run clear (160-170 degrees with meat thermometer).  Discard toothpicks.

YIELD:  2 servings.