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!

Orange Jello Salad (3-20-12)

Mom's Tips

March 20th, 2012 by Jim Field

  • 2 packages orange Jello
  • 2 cups boiling water
  • 1 pint orange sherbet
  • 1 can mandarin oranges

Dissolve Jello in boiling water; add one pint sherbet.  Drain the juice off oranges and add to mixture.  Refrigerate until set.

Brunchy Egg Bake (3-20-12)

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March 20th, 2012 by Jim Field

  • One 6 oz. package frozen hash browns
  • 1/4 cup margarine
  • 1 cup cubed ham or bacon
  • 6 eggs, beaten
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 cup grated Cheddar cheese

Brown hash browns in margarine.  Grease 1 1/2 quart baking dish and place hash browns in the bottom.  Put meat on top.  Mix eggs, milk, salt and pepper; pour over hash browns and meat.  Sprinkle with Cheddar cheese.  Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes or until set.

Soda Bread (3-13-12)

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March 13th, 2012 by Jim Field

  • 5 cups sifted flour
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 lb butter
  • 2 1/2 cups raisins (light & dark raisins mixed) soaked in water for 15-20 minutes & drained
  • 3 teaspoons caraway seeds
  • 2 1/2 cups buttermilk
  • 1 large egg slightly beaten

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Generously butter 2 (9 x 5 inch) bread pans.  Sift together flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt.  Cut in the butter and mix very thoroughly until it gets grainy.  Stir in raisins and caraway seeds.  Add the buttermilk and egg to the flour mixture.  Stir until well moistened.  Shape dough into two loaves and place in the pans.  Bake for one hour.  Test with tooth pick to see if done.  Cool in pans for 3-5 minutes.  Transfer to a wire rack to cool.

Crock Pot Pizza Casserole (3-6-12)

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March 6th, 2012 by Jim Field

  • 1 1/2 lbs. hamburger
  • 12 oz. package of kluski noodles, cooked
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 8 oz. spaghetti sauce
  • 4 oz. mozzarella cheese
  • 8 oz. pizza sauce
  • 4 oz. American cheese

Brown hamburger and onion, drain.  Add spaghetti and pizza sauces.  Put 1/2 of cooked noodles in bottom of crock pot.  Add layer of hamburger mixture.  Sprinkle half of each of the cheese over that; repeat layers of each.  Cook 30 minutes on high and turn to low for 1 1/2 hours.

Mushrooms optional

Pepperoni slices

Butterball Coffee Cake (2-28-12)

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February 28th, 2012 by Jim Field

  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 2 tubes buttermilk biscuits

Grease a round layer pan.  Melt butter.  Mix sugar and cinnamon.  Dip biscuits into melted butter; then into cinnamon/sugar mixture, layering in pan overlapping.  Bake 25 to 30 minutes in 375 degree oven.

Sausage-Sauerkraut Dinner (2-28-12)

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February 28th, 2012 by Jim Field

  • 2 lbs. sauerkraut, drained and rinsed
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon caraway seeds, optional
  • 4 medium potatoes, pared and halved
  • 1 1/2 lbs. Polish sausage, cut in pieces
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine

Mix all ingredients in crock pot and cook on low for 4 to 6 hours.

Apple Crunch (2-21-12)

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February 21st, 2012 by Jim Field

  • 8 large or more apples, sliced
  • 1/2 cup sugar


  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup oatmeal
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 5 crushed graham crackers

Placed sliced apples in buttered 9 x 13 inch glass dish.  Sprinkle 1/2 cup sugar over apples.  Mix topping ingredients by cutting it together like pie dough; will be crumbly.  Spread over sliced apples.  Bake at 325 degrees for one hour or until done.  Serve with ice cream.

Cherry Almond Mousse Pie (2-14-12)

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February 14th, 2012 by Jim Field

  • 1 can (14 oz.) sweetened condensed milk, divided
  • 1 square (1 oz.) unsweetened chocolate
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract, divided
  • 1 pastry shell (9 inches) baked
  • 1 jar (10 oz.) maraschino cherries, drained
  • 1 package (8 oz.) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup cold water
  • 1 package (3.4 oz.) instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 1 cup whipping cream, whipped
  • 1/2 cup chopped almonds, toasted
  • chocolate curls (optional)

In a saucepan over low heat, cook and stir 1/2 cup condensed milk and chocolate until the chocolate is melted and mixture is thickened, about four minutes.  Stir in 1/4 teaspoon extract.  Pour into pastry shell, set aside.  Reserve eight whole cherries for garnish.  Chop the remaining cherries, set aside.  In a mixing bowl, beat the cream cheese until light and fluffy. Gradually beat in the water and remaining milk.  Add pudding mix and remaining extract, mix well.  Fold in whipped cream, chopped cherries and almonds.  Pour over the pie.  Chill for four hours or until set.  Garnish with whole cherries and chocolate curls if desired.  Yield: 8-10 servings.

Quick Poached Salmon with Cucumber Sauce (2-7-12)

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February 7th, 2012 by Jim Field

  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine or chicken broth
  • 1 small onion, sliced
  • 2 sprigs fresh parsley
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 5 peppercorns
  • 4 salmon steaks (6 oz. each)


  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/3 cup chopped seeded peeled cucumber
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped onion
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried basil

1.  In an 11 inch x 7 inch microwave safe dish coated with cooking spray, combine the first six ingredients.  Microwave, uncovered, on high for 2-3 minutes or until mixture comes to a boil.

2.  Carefully add salmon to dish.  Cover and microwave at 70% power for five to 5 1/2 minutes or until fish flakes easily with a fork.

3.  Meanwhile, in a small bowl, combine the sour cream, cucumber, onion, salt and basil.  Remove salmon from poaching liquid.  Serve with sauce.

Yield:  4 servings

Salmon Soup (1-31-12)

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January 31st, 2012 by Jim Field

  • 2-3 potatoes (diced)
  • 1 large onion (diced)
  • 2-3 large carrots (diced)
  • 1 bunch celery (diced)
  • 1 green pepper (diced)
  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 large can salmon
  • 1 stick oleo
  • 1 can Carnation milk
  • Whole milk

Cook first 7 ingredients in small amount of water.  Mash salmon in separate pan.  Add enough water to make soupy.  Season with salt, pepper and garlic salt.  Add oleo; simmer.  Add to vegetables when vegetables are half cooked.  When vegetables are cooked, add Carnation milk and enough whole milk to amount of soup desired.