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!

3-2-1 Cake (7-30-13)

Mom's Tips

July 30th, 2013 by Jim Field

  • 3 teaspoons mixture
  • 2 teaspoons water

Mix together one box cake mix and one box angel food cake – put in large Zip Lock bag and mix well.  Add mixture and water in a mug and place in microwave one minute.  Mixture can be kept on shelf for months.  Can use any cake mix, chocolate, spice, yellow, etc.


Tomato Salad (7-30-13)

Mom's Tips

July 30th, 2013 by Jim Field

  • 4 or 5 large ripe tomatoes (diced)
  • 1 small or 1/2 large green pepper (diced)
  • 1 small onion (diced)
  • 1 or 2 pieces of celery (diced)

Mix together and cover with Italian dressing.  Let set at least two hours before serving.


Buttermilk Chicken Kebabs with Chopped Salad (7-23-13)

Mom's Tips

July 23rd, 2013 by Jim Field

  • 2/3 cup low-fat buttermilk
  • 3 tablespoons EVOO
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme
  • 1 1/2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken thighs, cut into 1 1/2 inch pieces
  • 1 head romaine, cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 1 large cucumber, halved lengthwise, seeded and sliced 1/2 inch thick
  • 1/2 small red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup red grapes, halved
  • Zest of 1 lemon, plus 3 tablespoons juice
  • Salt and pepper

Preheat a grill or grill pan to medium high.  In a small bowl, mix buttermilk, EVOO, thyme, lemon zest and juice; season with salt and pepper.  In a medium bowl, toss the chicken with half the buttermilk mixture.  Thread chicken onto 8 skewers.  Grill, turning frequently, until cooked through and browned in spots, 13 to 15 minutes.  In a large bowl, toss together the romaine, cucumber, onion and grapes.  Drizlle with the remaining buttermilk mixture, season.  Serve the salad with the kebabs.


Tomato Salad (7-16-13)

Mom's Tips

July 16th, 2013 by Jim Field

  • 4 or 5 large ripe tomatoes (diced)
  • 1 small or 1/2 large green pepper (diced)
  •  1 small onion (diced)
  • 1 or 2 pieces of celery (diced)

Mix together and cover with Italian dressing.  Let set at least two hours before serving.

Stuffed Eggplant (7-9-13)

Mom's Tips

July 9th, 2013 by Stacie Linfor


  • Eggplant
  • fresh mushrooms or 1 – 4 1/2 oz can
  • 1 average onion
  • 1 green pepper
  • salt
  • pepper
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • light cream
  • 1 jar red pimiento (cut up)
  • parmesan cheese

Split eggplant in half lengthwise. Remove as much of the vegetable as possible and cut into squares. Save the shells of the eggplant. Gently saute the eggplant squares, mushrooms, onion (cut up), 1 green pepper (cut up). Fill each half eggplant shell. Sprinkle parmesan cheese on top and bake on a cookie sheet at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes.

Fruit Pizza (7-2-13)

Mom's Tips

July 2nd, 2013 by Jim Field


  • 1 cup oleo
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 3/4 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

Cream Cheese Mixture:

  • 8 ounce package cream cheese
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/4 cup sugar


  • 3 bananas, sliced
  • 1 cup chunk pineapple
  • 2 to 3 cups strawberries
  • 1 can mandarin oranges


  • 3/8 cup water
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons corn starch
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1/8 cup lemon juice

Crust:  Mix crust ingredients together and place on cookie sheet.  Bake at 350 degrees for 12 to 15 minutes.  Allow to cool before applying cream cheese mixture.

Cream Cheese Mixture:  Cream together and spread on cooled crust.

Glaze:  Cook glaze until thick, then cool.  Pour over entire pizza.  Serves 12 to 15.

(Barb Krauel)





Dijon-Crusted Chicken Breasts (6-25-13)

Mom's Tips

June 25th, 2013 by Jim Field

  • 1/3 cup dry bread crumbs (or Panko)
  • 1 tablespoon grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breast halves (4 ounces each)
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon reduced-fat margarine

Place the first six ingredients in a shallow bowl.  Brush chicken with mustard; roll in crumb mixture.

In a large non-stick skillet, cook chicken in oil and margarine over medium heat for five to six minutes on each side or until a thermometer reads 170 degrees.


Yellow Cake from Mix (6-18-13)

Mom's Tips

June 18th, 2013 by Jim Field

  • 4 1/2 cups basic cake mix
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Grease and flour a 9 x 13 inch pan and set aside.  In a bowl, combine all the ingredients.  Beat until moistened, one to two minutes.  Pour into the prepared pan and bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, about 25 minutes.

White cake from mix:  Prepare the batter as for the yellow cake, but use 3 egg whites instead of 2 whole eggs.

Chocolate cake from mix:  Follow the ingredients as for the yellow cake, but add 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder.

Spice cake from mix:  Follow the recipe as for a yellow cake, except add 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon, 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice and 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves.


7 Minute Microwave Pickles (6-11-13)

Mom's Tips

June 11th, 2013 by Jim Field

  • 2 cups cucumbers sliced thinly
  • 1 onion sliced thinly
  • 1/2 green pepper, sliced in thin strips


  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup dark vinegar
  • 1/4 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1/4 teaspoon celery seed
  • 1/2 teaspoon mustard seed

Warm the solution, then….

Place cucumbers in microwave dish, pour syrup solution over them.  Cook three minutes, stir, cook additional four minutes.  Keep in refrigerator.

Basic Cake Mix (6-11-13)

Mom's Tips

June 11th, 2013 by Jim Field

  • 9 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 6 cups sugar
  • 1/4 cup baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 2 1/2 cups shortening, softened

In large bowl, sift together the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt and ad the softened shortening.  Cut in until the mixture resembles very fine crumbs.  Divide the mix into four equal portions of 4 1/2 cups each.  Place in airtight containers and store in a cool, dry place for up to two months.  Or place in freezer containers and freeze for up to six months.

To use:  all the mix to come to room temperature.