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!

Chicken Taco Bake (5-14-2019)

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May 14th, 2019 by Jim Field

  • 2 lbs. skinless, boneless chicken, cubed and browned
  • 10 large tortilla shells, soft
  • 1 can green chilies
  • 1 cup diced tomatoes
  • diced onions
  • taco sauce
  • 1 can cream of chicken soup
  • mushrooms (optional)
  • red and green peppers, diced
  • chili beans
  • shredded cheese

Mix chicken, chicken soup and vegetables.  Spray 9″ x 13″ pan.  Layer tortilla shells, chicken mixture, beans, tomatoes and taco sauce.  Sprinkle on cheese, then tortilla shells; repeat layers until gone.  End with cheese on top of tortilla shells.  Bake at 350 degrees covered with aluminum foil for 45 minutes; uncover to brown top.  Top with melted cheese.

Apple Bars (5-7-2019)

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May 7th, 2019 by Jim Field

  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup salad oil
  • 4 cups sliced apples
  • 1 cup chopped nuts

Mix all ingredients as follows with electric mixer.  Spread in 9″ x 13″ pan and bake at b350 degrees for 35 minutes.


  • 1 8 oz. cream cheese
  • 3/4 stick of margarine or butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 cups powdered sugar

Spicy Shrimp Tacos (4-30-2019)

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April 30th, 2019 by Jim Field

  • 1 pound medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • salt and pepper to taste

Cilantro Sauce:

  • 1/4 cup Greek yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice

Combine all ingredients for cilantro sauce and set aside.  In a medium bowl, combine 1 tablespoon oil, garlic, cumin, chili powder, onion powder, salt and pepper.  Add shrimp and toss to coat.  Cover and refrigerate for 15 minutes or up to 24 hours.  Heat remaining oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.  Cook shrimp until cooked through, about 5 minutes.  Serve with cilantro sauce.

Breakfast Bread (4-23-2019)

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April 23rd, 2019 by Jim Field

  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 3 tablespoons sesame seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 30 oz. package frozen unbaked rolls (24 count)
  • 1/4 cup margarine, melted
  • 5 to 6 slices bacon, fried and crumbled

Combine cheese sesame seeds and basil.  Put 1/3 of cheese mixture in greased bundt pan; shake to coat pan 1/2 way up side.  Place 1/2 of rolls in pan.  Drizzle 1/2 of margarine over.  Put 1/3 of cheese mixture over rolls plus bacon bits.  Add rest of rolls, drizzle remainder of margarine over, put rest of cheese on top.  Cover and put in refrigerator.  Thaw 12 to 24 hours.  Let stand 30 minutes at room temperature.  Bake uncovered at 350 degrees for 20 minutes.  Put foil bake on and bake 10 to 15 minutes more.

(Joyce Gross)

Cream Cheese Brownies (4-16-2019)

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April 16th, 2019 by Jim Field

  • 1 package German sweet chocolate cake mix
  • 8 oz. package cream cheese
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup milk chocolate chips (can use semi-sweet chocolate)
  • 1/2 cup flaked coconut (optional)
  • 1/2 cup chopped nuts (optional)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Grease and flour a jelly roll pan (10 1/2″ x 15 1/2″ x 1″).  Prepare cake mix as directed on  package.  Pour batter into prepared pan.  Combine remaining ingredients.  Drop by tablespoonful onto cake batter.  Cut through batter with knife or spatula several times for marbled effect.  Sprinkle with additional chocolate chips and chopped nuts if desired.  Bake at 350 degrees until cake springs back when lightly touched in center, about 25 to 30 minutes.  Cool, cut in bars.  Serve.  Delicious!

(Evelyn Nelson)

Charlene’s Box Cake Mix (4-9-2019)

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April 9th, 2019 by Jim Field

  • 1 box cake mix
  • 1 package instant pudding
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • pinch of salt

Make sure the colors of the cake mix and pudding mix compliment each other, such as: do not use strawberry cake and chocolate pudding.

Some examples:

  • chocolate cake mix with chocolate instant pudding and 1 cup chips
  • red velvet cake mix with choclate instant pudding
  • white cake mix with white chocolate pudding
  • spice cake mix with cheese cake pudding

Remember:  you will have a larger amount of mixture, so fill your pan 3/4 full.

Lazy Lasagna (4-2-2019)

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April 2nd, 2019 by Jim Field

  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 1 teaspoon dry onion
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons sweet basil flakes
  • 6 oz. can tomato paste
  • 8 oz. can tomato sauce
  • 3 1/2 cups water
  • 3/4 lb. grated mozzarella cheese
  • 15 lasagna noodles, uncooked

Brown beef; add onion and seasonings.  Add tomato sauce, paste and water.  Boil and simmer 10 minutes.  In a 9″ x 13″ pan, ladle 1 1/2 cups sauce on bottom of pan.  Put on layer of uncooked lasagna noodles, more sauce and 1/3 of cheese.  Makes 3 layers of noodles, sauce and cheese on top.  Cover with foil.  Bake 1 1/4 hours at 350 degrees.

(Mary Frederiksen)

Famous Company Casserole (3-26-2019)

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March 26th, 2019 by Jim Field

  • 2 lbs. ground beef
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon instant minced onion
  • 8 oz. package cream cheese (soft)
  • 1/4 cup chopped green pepper
  • 2 (8 oz.) cans tomato sauce
  • 8 oz. noodles or spaghetti
  • 1 cup cottage cheese
  • 1/4 cup dairy sour cream
  • 1/3 cup diced onion

Pan fry beef in large skillet and cook until pink color disappears.  Pour off drippings.  Add salt, onion and tomato sauce.  Cook about 1 minute and remove from heat.  Cook noodles according to directions and drain.  Mix together cottage cheese, cream cheese, sour cream, green pepper and onion.  Add cooked noodles and stir to blend.  Pour into greased 3 quart casserole and top with meat mixture.  Sprinkle parsley flakes over top if desired.  Bake in 350 degree oven for 30 to 40 minutes or until bubbly.  Makes 8 servings.

(Sharon Smith)

Buttery Chive and Mustard Drop Biscuits (3-19-2019)

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March 19th, 2019 by Jim Field

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 oz. Parmesan cheese, grated on smallest holes of a box grater (about 1/2 cup)
  • 1/4 cup sliced fresh chives, plus more for garnish
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 3/4 cup whole buttermilk
  • 3 tablespoons whole-grain mustard
  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter, frozen, plus melted butter for serving

Preheat oven to 475 degrees.  Stir together flour, cheese, chives, baking powder, pepper, salt, garlic powder and baking soda in a large bowl.  Whisk together buttermilk and mustard in a small bowl.  Grate frozen butter into flour mixture using the largest holes of a box grater; stir until well coated.  Add buttermilk mixture; stir until just combined.

Drop batter in 2 1/2 to 3 tablespoonful rounds onto two baking sheets lined with parchment paper, leaving 3″ between rounds.

Bake in preheated oven until biscuits are golden brown (14 to 18 minutes), rotating baking sheets between top and bottom racks halfway through baking time.  Brush biscuits with melted butter; garnish with sliced chives.  Serve warm.

Sticky, Kicky Chicken Wings with Cilantro Yogurt (3-12-2019)

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March 12th, 2019 by Jim Field

In a large bowl, combine 2 pounds chicken wings (tips removed and divided at joint), 1 tablespoon vegetable oil and 1 teaspoon Cajun seasoning.  Toss to coat.  Spread evenly on a large rimmed baking sheet lined with aluminum foil and greased with cooking spray.  Bake at 450 degrees for 20 minutes.  In another large bowl, stir together 1/2 cup jalapeno jelly, 1 teaspoon lemon zest, 1 1/2 tablespoons lemon juice, 1 teaspoon orange zest, 1 teaspoon Cajun seasoning and 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt.  Set aside 1/4 cup of the jelly mixture.  Add partially baked wings to remaining mixture in bowl; toss to coat.  Return to baking sheet.  Bake until mahogany-color, tender and fully-cooked (170 degrees), 15 to 20 minutes.  Toss wings in reserved jelly mixture and serve warm.

For dipping sauce:  Stir 1/4 cup chopped cilantro into 6 ounces plain low-fat yogurt.