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!

Quick Cracker Cookie (12-20-11)

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December 20th, 2011 by Jim Field

  • soda crackers
  • 1 1/2 sticks of margarine, melted
  • 1 1/2 cups brown sugar
  • 1 bag semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • nuts

Line 9″ x 13″ pan with soda crackers, covering all the surface.  Drizzle melted margarine over the crackers.  Cover with brown sugar – just scatter the sugar.  Bake 10-12 minutes in 325 degree oven.  Watch carefully – you just want the  margarine and brown sugar to melt together.  Turn off oven, scatter the bags of chocolate chips over the crackers and return the pan to the oven for approximately two minutes.  Spread the melted chips over the crackers, scatter nuts over chocolate.  Break into serving pieces.  Tastes like a heath bar.

Chicken Casserole (12-13-11)

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December 13th, 2011 by Jim Field

  • 3 cups cooked chicken, cubed (rotisserie chicken is good)
  • 1 cup celery
  • 1 package traditional Rice-A-Roni
  • 1 can cream of chicken soup
  • 3/4 cup mayonnaise, maybe a little more (not Miracle Whip)
  • 1 can drained water chestnuts
  • 1 can drained mushrooms
  • 1/2 cup slivered almonds
  • 1 teaspoon poultry seasoning
  • salt to taste

Cook Rice-A-Roni according to directions.  Don’t over cook.  Mix all ingredients.  Top with 1 cup of crushed corn flakes (Ritz crackers are also good) mixed with 1/2 cup melted margarine.  Bake in 9″ x 13″ pan for 30-45 minutes.  One casserole serves 8.

Pecan Pie (12-6-11)

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December 6th, 2011 by Jim Field

  • 5 eggs
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 cup dark Karo syrup
  • 2/3 cup melted butter

Mix all of the ingredients in a mixing bowl.  Beat until the mixture changes to a caramel color.  In a 10″ unbaked pie shell, put a layer of pecans (2 1/2 cups) and pour pie mixture over the pecans.  Bake at 375 degrees for approximately 45 to 50 minutes – make sure the center still wiggles or it will be too hard.

Now, if you want to change this to a million dollar pie – place in the 10″ unbaked shell:  3/4 cup shredded coconut, 3/4 cup chocolate chips and 3/4 cup pecans.  Pour the mixture over them and bake the same.

Quickie Spice Cake (11-29-11)

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November 29th, 2011 by Jim Field

  • 1 package spice cake mix
  • 1 can raisin pie filling
  • 3 eggs

Mix all together.  Beat well  by hand or electric mixer.  Bake according to directions on package.  Cool and serve.

Quick Lemon Bar (11-29-11)

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November 29th, 2011 by Jim Field

  • 1 package angel food cake mix
  • 1 can lemon pie filling
  • 1 cup coconut

Combine.  Mix by hand, pour into greased 13″ x 9″ pan.  Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes or until tests done.  Cool.  Ice with powdered sugar icing.  Cut in bars.

Quick Cookie Mix (11-22-11)

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November 22nd, 2011 by Jim Field

  • 1 1/2 cups butter, softened
  • 3 teasponns salt
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 6 cups all-purpose flour

In a large bowl, beat the butter, salt and baking powder until blended. Gradually ad flour and mix just until crumbly.  Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to one month.  Yield:  8 cups

Can be used to make many types of cookies, including Toffee Triangles!

Toffee Triangles (11-22-11)

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November 22nd, 2011 by Jim Field

  • 2 cups Quick Cookie Mix (see other recipe for today)
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup (6 oz.) semi sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup mixed nuts, chopped

1.  In a large bowl, beat the cookie mix, brown sugar, butter and vanilla until mixture resembles coarse crumbs.  Add egg and mix well.

2.  Spread into a greased 13″ x 9″ baking pan.  Bake at 350 degrees for 12-15 minutes or until lightly browned.

3.  Sprinkle with chocolate chips; let stand for five minutes.  Spread chocolate over bars.  Sprinkle with nuts.  Let stand until chocolate is set.  Cut into squares, then cut in half to for triangles.  Store in an airtight container.  Yield:  5 dozen.

Harvest Salad (11-15-11)

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November 15th, 2011 by Jim Field

  • 2 (10 oz.) packages mixed vegetables (cook & drain)
  • 1 can kidney beans
  • 1/2 cup chopped green pepper
  • 1 can pimentos
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1 cup diced celery

Cook together:  3/4 cup sugar, 1/2 cup vinegar, 1 tablespoon flour, 1 table spoon mustard.  Stir this until it starts to thicken.  Pour over the vegetables.  Best served several days old.

Wacky Chocolate Cake (11-15-11)

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November 15th, 2011 by Jim Field

  • 3 cups flour
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons soda
  • 6 tablespoons cocoa
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 3/4 cup liquid shortening
  • 2 cups cold water

Combine the dry ingredients in a 9 x 13 inch pan.  Make three holes.  Put vinegar into one, vanilla into one and shortening in the last hole.  Pour cold water over all this and mix well.  Bake at 350 degrees for 40 minutes.

Coffee Cake (11-8-11)

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November 8th, 2011 by Jim Field

  • 4 cups flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 cups cream
  • 2 eggs
  • 4 teaspoons powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Mix all.  Put 1/3 batter in a greased tube pan.  Sprinkle sugar and cinnamon on top, then put in 1/3 more batter; add more sugar and cinnamon.  Put in last of batter and more sugar and cinnamon.  Bake in 350 degree oven until done.  Frost with powdered sugar frosting when cool.