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!

A Death by Dairy Products (1-15-13)

Mom's Tips

January 15th, 2013 by Jim Field

  • 6 to 10 large baking potatoes
  • 1 to 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese, divided
  • salt & pepper
  • 1 cup butter, melted
  • 1/2 pint heavy cream
  • 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Bake the potatoes in a 350 degree oven until done (about an hour).  Leave oven on.  Cut in half and scoop out the flesh into a bowl; discard skins.  Gently mix potatoes with half the mozzarella, salt and pepper and cream.  Transfer to a large shallow baking dish, top with Parmesan and remaining mozzarella.  Bake for about an hour, or until the top is very brown and there is a nice crusty edge all around the pan.

Sweetened Condensed Milk (1-8-13)

Mom's Tips

January 8th, 2013 by Jim Field

  • 1 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 stick margarine
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 2 cups dry powdered milk

In 1-quart glass measuring cup mix sugar, water and margarine.  Microwave o high for 3 to 5 minutes until mixture boils, stirring every 30 seconds.  Place in blender and combine with powdered milk.  Blend until smooth.  Refrigerate until needed.

1 2/3 cup mixture = 14 oz. can sweetened condensed milk.  Can be used for any recipe calling for Eagle Brand milk.

(Diane Dea)

Cranberry Orange Walnut Bread (12-18-12)

Mom's Tips

December 18th, 2012 by Jim Field

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • grated peel of 1 orange
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 2 tablespoons hot water
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen cranberries
  • 1 cup coarsely chopped walnuts

In a large bowl, combine the dry ingredients.  In another bowl, beat egg; add orange juice, peel, butter and hot water.  Add to flour mixture, stirring just until moistened.  Gently fold in cranberries and walnuts.  Spoon onto a greased 9″ x 5″ loaf pan.  Bake at 325 degrees for 60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean.  Cool loaf for 10 minutes before removing from pan to a wire rack.

Yield:  1 loaf (16 servings)

(Elaine Kremenak of Grants Pass, OR)

Turtles (12-11-12)

Mom's Tips

December 11th, 2012 by Jim Field

  • Chocolate Coating
  • Toasted Pecans
  • Caramels, melted

Melt chocolate coating.  Use a teaspoon to make twelve circles of melted chocolate on lightly oiled 9 x 12 inch baking sheet.  Tap sheet briskly on table to make chocolate smooth.  Lay four nuts on each chocolate circle to resemble turtle feet.  Refrigerate until firm.  Spoon on caramel.  Quickly cover completely with melted chocolate to seal.

Robin Tarbell-Thomas, Centerville

Easy Chocolate Clusters (12-4-12)

Mom's Tips

December 4th, 2012 by Jim Field

  • 2 pounds white candy coating
  • 2 cups (12 oz.) semisweet chocolate chips
  • 4 oz. German sweet chocolate, chopped
  • 1 jar (24 oz.) dry roasted peanuts

In a 3 quart slow cooker, combine the candy coating, chocolate chips and German chocolate.  Cover and cook on high for one hour.  Reduce heat to low; cover and cook 1 hour longer or until melted, stirring every 15 minutes.  Stir in peanuts.  Drop by teaspoonfuls onto waxed paper.  Let stand until set.  Store at room temperature.  YIELD:  3 1/2 dozen.

(Doris Reynolds, Munds Park, AZ)

Turkey Chow Mein (11-20-12)

Mom's Tips

November 20th, 2012 by Jim Field

  • 2 turkey thighs (1 1/4 lb. each), boned, cut into 1/2 inch cubes
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 teaspoons instant chicken bouillon granules
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 cup thinly sliced celery
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 16 oz. can chow mein vegetables, drained
  • 8 oz. freshly sliced mushrooms
  • 1/2 cup chow mein noodles

Place turkey pieces in a two quart casserole; cover.  Microwave on high for five to six minutes, or until meat is no longer pink, stirring after half the time; drain.  Blend corn starch and water.  Add to casserole.  Stir in all the remaining ingredients except the noodles; cover.  Microwave on high 10 to 12 minutes, or until sauce thickens and vegetables are hot, stirring two to three times.  Top with chow mein noodles.  Serves 6.  167 calories per serving.  455 mg. sodium.  Note:  for low sodium diet, use low-salt soy sauce and bouillon.  (Evelyn Nelson)

Fruit-Filled French Toast Wraps (11-13-12)

Mom's Tips

November 13th, 2012 by Jim Field

  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup 2% milk
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 whole wheat tortillas (8 inches)
  • 2 teaspoons butter
  • 2/3 cup sliced fresh strawberries
  • 2/3 cup sliced ripe banana
  • 1 carton (6 oz) vanilla yogurt
  • 1/4 cup granola
  • 1 teaspoon confectioners sugar

In a shallow bowl, whisk the egg, milk, cinnamon and nutmeg.  Dip both sides of tortillas in egg mixture.  In a non-stick skillet, cook tortillas in butter over medium-high heat for two minutes on each side or until tortillas are golden brown.  In a small bowl, combine the berries, banana, yogurt and granola.  Spoon down the center of tortillas.  Roll up; sprinkle with confectioners sugar.  Serve immediately.

Yield:  2 servings

(Dawn Jarvis, Breckenridge, Minnesota)

Surprise Chocolate Fudge (11-6-12)

Mom's Tips

November 6th, 2012 by Jim Field

  • 1 can pinto beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 cup baking cocoa
  • 3/4 cup butter or stick margarine, melted
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 7 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts

In microwave dish, mash beans with fork until smooth.  Cover and microwave 90 seconds or until heated through.  Add cocoa, butter and vanilla (mix will be thick).  Slowly stir in sugar and add nuts.  Press mixture into 9 inch pan coated with spray.  Cover and refrigerate until firm.  Cut into 1 inch pieces.  Yield:  about 3 1/2 pounds (81 pieces).

Shortcake (10-23-12)

Mom's Tips

October 23rd, 2012 by Jim Field

  • 1 1/2 cup flour
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 heaping teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 heaping tablespoon soft butter or margarine
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3/4 cup sweet milk

Combine all ingredients and stir.  Pour batter into 8 or 9 inch greased pan.  Sprinkle with cinnamon, then granulated sugar for topping.  Bake at 350 degrees for 20 to 25 minutes.  Good with fresh or canned fruit topped with ice cream or whipped topping, or just as a snack cake.

(Wanda Weidner)

Apple Crunch (10-16-12)

Mom's Tips

October 16th, 2012 by Jim Field

  • 8 cups sliced apples

Place in a 9″ x 12″ buttered pan.  Sprinkle 1/2 cup sugar over apples.  In a mixing bowl combine the following:

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

With a pastry blender cut these ingredients into pea-sized crumbs.  (I also add 2 teaspoons cinnamon to the mixture.)  Sprinkle over apples.  Bake at 325 degrees for approximately one hour, or until apples are soft.  Serve with whipped topping or ice cream.

(Mildred Bergman)