KJAN Family Fun in the Kitchen

You spend a lot of time in the kitchen, so let’s make it a great time!  Listen each week as LaVon and Miss NiNi inform and inspire families to have fun and success with cooking and baking. They will share recipes, experiences and tips. Have questions or suggestions for a show topic? Like us on Facebook, e-mail us at familyfuninthekitchen@gmail.com, text or call 712-254-2254.  Check out Miss NiNi’s website at missnini.com.

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Family Fun in the Kitchen 06-27-2015

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June 27th, 2015 by Chris Parks

Lavon and Miss NiNi talk about Carrots.

Family Fun in the Kitchen 06-20-2015

Podcasts, Family Fun in the Kitchen

June 20th, 2015 by Chris Parks

Lavon and Miss NiNi talk about making popsicles, cool treats for summertime.



  • 1 -1/4 t. cocoa powder
  • 2 T. chocolate spread (Nutella, Hershey’s chocolate spread, Biscoff Cookie Spread)
  • 1 c. milk (any type of milk you PREFER—I used whole dairy milk because I wanted a creamier
  • texture.)
  • 4 medium size fresh strawberries, thinly sliced (may substitute whole frozen strawberries)


In a blender, blend cocoa powder, chocolate spread and milk. Line sides of popsicle molds or 5-oz. paper cups with thinly sliced strawberries. Slowly pour chocolate mixture into molds, tryingto avoid strawberry slices from moving. Place in freezer until slushy. Insert popsicle stick orsturdy plastic straw that has been cut to desired handle length into slushy mixture. If stick/straw tends to lean in the mixture, straighten it and recheck in about 15 minutes. May need to keep rechecking until mixture is solid enough to hold stick/straw vertically. Freeze until solid, at least 4 hours before releasing from molds and serving. To unmold, I removed popsicles in cups from freezer about 10 minutes before unmolding, allowing the popsicles to still be firm but easy to withdraw from the paper cup. Makes 4 small popsicles.

NOTE from Miss NiNi: These popsicles are so refreshing! Fresh strawberries are abundant right now and were my fruit of choice. However, other fresh or whole frozen fruits can be added for a different taste. Word of caution: Might want to keep the paper cup close by once the popsicle has been removed as it’s great for catching drips—especially if little ones are enjoying these treats!

Popsicle 1 Popsicle 2 Popsicle 3 Popsicle 4

Other fruit flavor combinations:


  • ½ heaping c. ripe cantaloupe, chopped into small chunks
  • ½ c. milk

Blend ingredients together; pour into molds or small paper cups; freeze at least 4 hours, inserting stick into mixture when slushy in order to hold stick vertically.


  • 1 c. fresh blueberries
  • ½ banana
  • 1 T. Chia seeds
  • ¾ c. milk

Blend ingredients together; pour into popsicle molds or small paper cups; freeze for at least 4 hours, inserting stick into mixture when slushy in order to hold stick vertically.

Miss NiNi

Family Fun in the Kitchen 06-13-2015

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June 13th, 2015 by Chris Parks

Lavon and Miss Nini talk about baking for competition at the Iowa State Fair.

Family Fun in the Kitchen 06-06-2015

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June 6th, 2015 by Chris Parks

Lavon and Miss NiNi talk about making cookies.

WHAT’S IN THOSE OATMEAL COOKIES?—adapted from kingarthurlour.com


  • 1 c. butter, room temperature
  • 1 c. granulated sugar
  • ½ c. brown sugar
  • 1 t. vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1-1/2 c. all-purpose flour
  • 1 t. baking soda
  • ½ t. salt
  • 2 t. Chinese Five Spice Powder (original recipe called for 1 t. cinnamon as the only spice)
  • 3 c. old-fashioned rolled oats (Old-fashioned oats will give a great chewy texture. I discourage the use of quick or instant oats in this recipe.)
  • 1 c. Grape-Nuts cereal
  • 2 T. sesame seeds, toasted

Optional add-ins—

  • ½ c. semisweet chocolate chips
  • ½ c. shredded coconut
  • ½ c. raisins
  • ½ c. toasted pecans, chopped



To toast sesame seeds, put small frying pan on range  top on low to medium heat. Add sesame seeds. Stir frequently until lightly brown. (Keep a constant vigil on this as all-of-a-sudden, they could burn.) Cool slightly.

In mixing bowl, beat together butter and sugars until light and fluffy. Add vanilla and eggs, one at a time, beating until well combined. In a separate bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, salt, and Chinese Five Spice Powder. Slowly add flour mixture to butter mixture, beating until well combined. Add oatmeal, cereal, and toasted sesame seed and blend until combined. Add optional add-ins. (May need to stir by hand if optional add-ins make dough too stiff for mixer to handle). Refrigerate dough (covered) for at least 30 minutes or up to overnight.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper or Teflon baking sheets. Using a cookie scoop, spoon, or your clean hands, drop balls (about 2 inches in diameter) onto cookie sheets. Bake for approximately 10-12 minutes, (Cookies will become less chewy the longer they are baked.) until just beginning to brown around the edges. Remove from oven. Do not remove cookies from cookie sheets until slightly cool. Makes about 40 cookies.Oatmeal Cookies 1 Oatmeal Cookies 2

Oatmeal Cookies 3Miss NiNi

Kohlrabi Slaw (5-30-2015)

Family Fun in the Kitchen

May 30th, 2015 by Jim Field

1 large kohlrabi, peeled and grated
or several small (2 – 3” in diameter) which don’t require peeling
1/2 Fuji apple (or other of your choice), peeled and grated
1 carrot, peeled and grated
1/2 sweet yellow or red onion, thinly sliced
1/4 cup parsley leaves, chopped
Juice of half a lime
1 to 4 shakes of sherry wine vinegar
2 Tablespoons mayonnaise
Salt and pepper to taste
Combine everything in a large bowl. Mix well. Chill for 30 minutes
or more to blend flavors.

You will be surprised to taste the changes in flavor of radishes which have
been grilled or roasted. They lose the “bite” and become rather sweet.
Recipes are available for side dishes using only radishes, but for smaller
numbers just add then to a mixture of other vegetables to be grilled or roasted.

Family Fun in the Kitchen 05-30-2015

Podcasts, Family Fun in the Kitchen

May 30th, 2015 by Chris Parks

Lavon and Miss NiNi talk about radishes and kohlrabi.

Family Fun in the Kitchen 05-23-2015

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May 23rd, 2015 by Chris Parks

Ice Cream Bread—adapted from recipe discovered on the Internet by Joy Sexton


  • 1 pint any flavor ice cream, softened (I used Vanilla Bean)
  • 1-1/2 c. self-rising flour (may substitute with 1-1/2 c. all-purpose flour and 1-1/2 t. baking powder—I did)
  • ¼ c. semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 8 dried apricot halves, snipped into small pieces
  • 2 dried apricot halves
  • 1 t. semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • Optional: 1 T. apricot preserves


Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Spray bottom and sides of an 8-1/2 x 4-1/2 x 2-1/2-inch loaf pan with vegetable spray with flour. In a bowl mix together ice cream and self-rising flour. Spray the blades of a kitchen shears with vegetable spray. Snip 8 dried apricot halves into small pieces. Add to batter. Stir in chocolate chips. Pour mixture into prepared loaf pan. Level batter with small bent-handle spatula. Decorate top with remaining dried apricot halves and chocolate chips. Bake for approximately 45 minutes. Test for doneness; no batter should cling to a cake tester or toothpick. Remove from oven. Brush top of loaf with optional apricot preserves. Cool in pan for 10 min. Turn out of pan on to cooling rack. Cool thoroughly before enjoying.

NOTE from MISS NiNi: This is an unusual, very simple to make, dense bread. The original recipe only called for ice cream and self-rising flour. The ingredients added by Miss NiNi definitely helped with the textural and flavor profiles and indeed brought some colorful pizzazz to this bread. Brushing the top of the bread with apricot jam after baking gave a shiny luster, giving the bread a more inviting presentation. I found that the more bites I took, the more I enjoyed it. Make this recipe your own by adding, deleting, or changing fruits, chocolate chips, and nuts. OR leave the batter “naked” without added fruits, nuts, or chips. Plate cut slices and adorn with fresh fruit and whipped cream.

Miss NiNi

bread 1 bread 2 bread 3 bread 4

Family Fun in the Kitchen 05-16-2015

Podcasts, Family Fun in the Kitchen

May 16th, 2015 by Chris Parks

Lavon and Miss NiNi talk about making smoothies.

Miss NiNi’s Smooth-A-Roothie


1 c. milk (dairy, soy milk, or nut milk)
¼ c. juice (I use orange juice)
2 oz. toasted English walnuts
1 T. chia seed
2-3 T. chocolate protein powder
1/2 oz. fresh spinach leaves (small hand full)
¼-1/2 c. fresh or whole frozen fruit (strawberries, blackberries, blueberries, raspberries, mango, banana, peaches or apricots with skin removed)


Put all ingredients into a blender container in the order listed above. Blend until very smooth. Makes about 14 ounces. May need a straw with an extra-wide opening if ingredients have not been chopped very finely. If you like “chew” in a smoothie, you will love this!


Strawberry Shortcake Smoothie—iowagirleats.com


½ c. milk
1 c. sliced strawberries (about 9 strawberries) fresh or frozen
½  banana
2 heaping Tablespoons raw cashews
½ t. vanilla extract
¼ t. lemon zest
½ c. ice


Add ingredients to blender listed in the order above. Blend until very smooth.

NOTE from Miss NiNi: I used lightly salted and roasted cashews. Lemon zest leaves a lingering lemon oil flavor on the tongue. A refreshing smoothie.

Miss NiNi

Smoothie 1 Smoothie 2 Smoothie 3 Smoothie 4

Family Fun in the Kitchen 05-08-2015

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May 9th, 2015 by Chris Parks

Lavon and Miss NiNi talk about making a special crisp recipe.

Rhubarb Crisp 1 Rhubarb Crisp 2 Rhubarb Crisp 3 Rhubarb Crisp 4

RHUBARB MANDARIN CRISP—Rachael Vandendool, Barry’s Bay, ON as printed in Taste of Home Five Star Desserts


6 c. chopped fresh or frozen rhubarb

1-1/2 c. granulated sugar

5 T. quick-cooking tapioca **

1, 11-oz. can mandarin oranges, drained

1 c. brown sugar

1 c. quick-cooking oats

½ c. all-purpose flour

½ t. salt

½ c. cold butter, cubed



Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. In a large bowl, toss the rhubarb, sugar, and tapioca; let stand for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Pour into a greased 13 x 9-inch baking pan. Top with oranges. In a large bowl, combine brown sugar, oats, flour, and salt. Cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs; sprinkle evenly over oranges. Bake for 40 minutes or until the top is golden brown. Serve with ice cream if desired.


NOTE: If using frozen rhubarb, measure it while still frozen; then thaw completely. Drain in a colander, but do not press the liquid out.


**May SUBSTITUTE  all-purpose flour or cornstarch for tapioca. According to joyofbaking.com, 1 T. quick-cooking tapioca equates with 1-1/2 T. all-purpose flour. Two Tablespoons all-purpose flour equates with 1 T. cornstarch. Therefore, if substituting all-purpose flour or cornstarch for the 5 T. quick-cooking tapioca in this recipe, one would use either 7-1/2 T. all-purpose flour or a shy 4 T. cornstarch.


Miss NiNi



Family Fun in the Kitchen

May 4th, 2015 by Jim Field

12 oz. fresh asparagus
1 tablespoon oil (olive or sesame adds flavor)
1 tablespoon toasted sesame seeds
1 tablespoon soy sauce

Rinse under cool running water. Break off tough ends. Leave whole. Heat a large skillet or wok until drops of water sprinkles onto skillet surface “dance”.
Add oil tilting pan to coat surface. Add asparagus, cook stirring or shaking constantly for 3 to 5 minutes until just tender and bright green. Shake soy sauce over asparagus; sprinkle with sesame seeds.
Serves 4

If preferred to pre cook, start with boiling water in the skillet and drain before adding oil; cook for several minutes before completing cooking in skillet.
Toast sesame seeds by placing in a dry skillet over medium heat. Shake often, watch carefully.
To store fresh asparagus, stand it upright with cut part of stems in cold water about 1″ deep. Change water every day.

1 Preheat your oven to 400°F (205°C). Rinse the asparagus spears.
2 Line a roasting pan with foil.Arrange the asparagus spears in a single layer on the lined roasting pan. Drizzle with olive oil and rub the spears all over with the olive oil to coat. Sprinkle with salt, pepper, and minced garlic (optional).
3 Roast for 10 minutes, more or less, depending on how thick the spears are, until the asparagus are just lightly browned and tender when you pierce them with a fork.