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 05-21-2016

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May 21st, 2016 by Chris Parks

Lavon and Miss NiNi talk about an easy recipe for a main dish.

Asian Beef and Noodles
A one dish supper that’s six ingredients quick and guaranteed to be delicious!
Total Preparation and Cooking Time: 25 minutes

1-1/4 pounds ground beef
2 packages (3 ounces each) Asian- flavored
instant ramen noodles, broken up
2 cups frozen vegetable mixture, such as
broccoli, carrots, red pepper, water chestnuts
2 cups water
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
2 tablespoons thinly sliced green onion

EasyBeefNoodles

• Brown ground beef in large nonstick skillet over medium heat 8 to 10 minutes or until beef is not pink, breaking up into 3/4-inch crumbles. Remove from skillet and place in a drainer;pour hot water over beef to remove extra fat; season with one seasoning packet from noodles and set aside.
• Place noodles in same skillet. Add vegetable mixture, water, ginger and remaining seasoning packet; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer 3 minutes or until noodles are tender,stirring occasionally.
• Return beef to skillet; heat through. Stir in green onion.

Makes 4 to 5 Servings

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Family Fun in the Kitchen 05-14-2016

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May 14th, 2016 by Chris Parks

Lavon and Miss NiNi talk about food events at the Iowa State Fair.

For more information about entering food exhibits at the Iowa State Fair or to enter online, go to www.iowastatefairentry.org on or before July 1, 2016. Phone 515-262-3111-ext. 243 or 267.

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Family Fun in the Kitchen 05-07-2016

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May 7th, 2016 by Chris Parks

Lavon and Miss NiNi talk about a baking basic: making a muffin.

Cheery Cherry Muffins (Miss NiNi): Prepare basic Muffin recipe as noted, except add 1 t. almond extract to liquid ingredients. Fold in ¾ c. plumped dried cherries, chopped. (To plump dried cherries, place cherries in a microwave-safe bowl. Add about 2 T. warm water. Cover bowl with plastic wrap. Microwave on high for about 30 seconds. Drain water—this will be hot. Coarsely chop cherries.) Top with streusel topping. (I used chopped pecans, but slivered almonds make a lovely substitute.)

Miss NiNi–Recipe–Muffins – From Better Homes and Gardens 75th Anniversary Cookbook

Muffins 1

 

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Family Fun in the Kitchen 04-30-2016

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May 3rd, 2016 by Jim Field

Lavon and Miss NiNi discuss May Day and May Baskets.

May Day Basket from Sally Richter

May Day Basket from Sally Richter

 

Almond Bark Puffed Corn
1 bag puffed corn
9 squares almond bark (about 3/4 of a package)
Pour puffed corn into a large bowl. Melt almond bark in thirty second intervals in the microwave until melted. Pour almond bark over puffed corn. Stir to coat. Pour out onto a baking sheet covered with waxed paper or parchment paper. Let set. Break apart if necessary and store in an airtight container.
Frosting Fudge
1 cup sifted powdered sugar
1 teaspoon cold cream or milk
1 container ready-made creamy frosting
1/2 to 1 teaspoon flavoring
Stir sugar, milk and frosting together. Add flavoring a bit at a time. Pour into a baking pan. Place in freezer to harden. Store in freezer. It is cold, but creamy so can be served immediately.
Suggestions: Add peanut butter or mint flavoring to chocolate frosting. Add almond flavoring and chopped almonds to cherry frosting. Add lemon flavoring to vanilla frosting.
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Family Fun in the Kitchen 04-23-2016

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April 23rd, 2016 by Jim Field

Lavon and Miss NiNi talk about peas.

ITALIAN PEAS

These peas have received “yummy” reviews and they are easy.

2 tablespoons olive oil
1 medium onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
16 ounces frozen green peas (could also use fresh when available)
2 tablespoons chicken stock*
salt and pepper to taste

Heat olive oil over medium heat in skillet with lid and large enough to hold peas. Stir in onion and garlic; cook about 5 minutes. Add frozen peas; stir in stock. Cover & cook until peas are just tender, up to 10 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Serve hot.

*I keep a jar of Tones Chicken Base in the refrigerator. You can make any amount of chicken stock that is needed. It keeps well. A bouillon cube, canned stock or homemade all work well. Just water could also be used.

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Family Fun in the Kitchen 04-16-2016

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April 22nd, 2016 by Jim Field

Lavon and Miss NiNi have a couple of special guests on the program.

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Family Fun in the Kitchen 04-09-2016

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April 9th, 2016 by Chris Parks

Lavon and Miss NiNi talk about fluffing and measuring flour.

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Family Fun in the Kitchen 04-02-2016

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April 3rd, 2016 by Chris Parks

Lavon and Miss NiNi talk about spring time growth and grilling asparagus.

GRILLED ASPARAGUS

Delicious, crispy asparagus grilled on an open flame releases the flavor and makes kids love their veggies. Add or reduce time cooking time to your liking. One pound will adequately serve 4 people but more veggies are always encouraged.

1 pound asparagus, trimmed
1 tablespoon olive oil
Kosher salt

Preheat grill to medium-high; lightly oil grill. Toss asparagus with oil until evenly coated. Sprinkle with salt. Lay crosswise on grill. Cook about 5 minutes then turn for another 5 minutes. Other grill seasonings may be used to suit your taste. Parmesan cheese is a good flavor combination. Sprinkle before grilling (may brown faster) or immediately after removing from grill to melt on the hot stalks.

Notes: Look for firm asparagus stalks with deep green or purplish tips. Check the bottom of spears. If they are dried up, they have been setting too long. Use as soon as possible but if you have to store, stand stalks upright in a glass or other container with a small amount of water in the bottom.Prepare by grasping each end and bending it gently until it snaps at its natural point of tenderness.

 

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Family Fun in the Kitchen 03-26-2016

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March 26th, 2016 by Jim Field

Lavon and Miss NiNi talk about soup.

QUICK VEGETABLE CHICKEN NOODLE SOUP

2 teaspoons vegetable or olive oil
½ onion, chopped
½ cup celery, chopped
½ cup carrots, chopped
4 cups (2 cans) chicken broth
5 oz can of chicken meat
1 to 2 cups thin noodles
Pepper to taste
Optional: Fresh or frozen spinach

Heat oil in skillet or cooking pot to medium heat.
Add onion, celery and carrots. Cook 3 to 5 minutes.
Add broth, chicken, noodles and seasoning.
Simmer until vegetables are almost tender and noodles are cooked
About 10 minutes. Add frozen spinach. Heat through.

Note:
Use ½ to 1 cup leftover chicken instead of canned
Substitute any pre-cooked vegetables. Add at end.
Cook fresh spinach before adding to soup.

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Family Fun in the Kitchen 03-19-2016

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March 22nd, 2016 by Chris Parks

Lavon and Miss NiNi talk about and share a recipe for frosting.

BUTTERCREAM FROSTING—Miss NiNi

Ingredients:

  • 2 T. butter, browned
  • 1-1/2 c. powdered sugar
  • 1 t. vanilla extract.
  • 2 T. whipping cream
  • 2-4 T. whole milk

Method:

In a small pan and on low heat, melt butter until color changes to light brown. (During this process, the melting butter will be spitting and sounding very noisy. Listen carefully. When the sound quiets, the butter should be brown and ready to add to the powdered sugar.)

In the bowl of an electric mixer, place powdered sugar. On a low speed, mix in browned butter. Add vanilla extract, whipping cream, and milk. (Amount of milk added will vary depending if you want to drizzle or spread the frosting.) Turn mixer to medium speed; beat until smooth.

Yield: Frosts about 1 dozen cookies.

Miss NiNi

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