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!

Soft Sugar Cookies (2-7-2017)

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February 7th, 2017 by Jim Field

  • 1 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1 1/2 cup margarine
  • 1 1/2 cup Crisco
  • 6 eggs
  • 9 tablespoons sour cream
  • 3 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 9 cups flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon baking soda

Mix together all ingredients.  Chill dough in refrigerator.  Roll out, cut with cookie cutters.  Bake at 325 degrees until lightly brown.  Don’t over bake.

Old-Fashioned Hearty Oatmeal Raisin Cookies (1-31-2017)

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January 31st, 2017 by Jim Field

  • 2 cups raisins
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup shortening (half butter and half butter flavor Crisco)
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cap full vanilla extract
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 cups old-fashioned Quaker Oats (not quick cook)
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.  In a small saucepan, boil the raisins in water for 5 minutes or so, and drain, saving 5 tablespoons of the raisin juice.  Let cool.

Cream the shortening and sugar together in a large bowl.  Add the vanilla, eggs and cooked raisin juice.

In a separate bowl, mix together the oats,. flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice and salt.  Blend with the raisin mixture and drop by rounded teaspoonfuls onto a lightly buttered cookie sheet.  These have rounded, not flat tops.

Bake for 12 to 15 minutes until a finger doesn’t leave a dent.

Speedy Mini Meat Loaves (1-24-2017)

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January 24th, 2017 by Jim Field

  • 1 1/2 lb. ground beef
  • 1 cup plain bread crumbs
  • 3 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon minced thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 3 tablespoons ketchup
  • 3 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

Heat oven to 350 degrees.  Lightly grease 12 cup muffin pan.

Combine beef, bread crumbs, eggs milk, onion, garlic, salt, thyme and black pepper in large bowl.  Divide mixture among muffin cups, pressing meat firmly into pan.

Place pan on baking sheet.  Bake until loaves are firm when pressed lightly in center but not set, 20 to 25 minutes.

Whisk together ketchup, mustard and Worcestershire sauce in small bowl while loaves bake.  Remove pan from oven.  Brush tops of loaves with ketchup glaze and return pan to oven.

Bake loaves until glaze has thickened and meat is completely cooked through, 10 minutes longer.  Run spatula around edges of muffin cups and pop out meat loaves

Chicken-Rice Casserole (1-17-2017)

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January 17th, 2017 by Jim Field

  • 1/2 cup Minute Rice
  • 1/2 large onion, chopped
  • 1/2 cup green pepper, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon butter or margarine
  • 8 oz. herb-seasoned stuffing mix
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 3 beaten eggs
  • 1/2 can condensed cream of chicken soup
  • 1 can condensed cream of celery soup
  • 4 cups cooked chicken or turkey, chopped or diced
  • 1/2 (2 oz.) jar diced pimento

Cook Minute Rice according to directions.  Saute onion and green pepper in butter until tender.  Mix all ingredients well.  Put in a greased 9″ x 13″ pan.  Bake, uncovered, at 350 degrees for 30 to 40 minutes.  When done, pour sauce over top.


  • 1/2 can condensed cream of chicken soup
  • 1/8 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup sour cream

Combine soup and milk; heat and stir until smooth.  Stir in sour cream.  Heat through, but do not boil.

Makes 12 to 15 servings.

(Jacquie Aupperle)

Broccoli-Cheese Casserole (1-10-2017)

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January 12th, 2017 by Jim Field

  • 1 stick margarine
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup chopped celery
  • 1 package frozen broccoli (can use fresh broccoli, just steam first)
  • 1 (10.5 oz.) can cream of mushroom soup
  • 1 cup instant rice
  • 1 small jar Cheez Whiz (or melt about 3″ to 4″ of Velveeta)

Saute margarine, onion and celery.  Mix together the broccoli, soup, cheese and rice in a 2 quart microwave/oven safe bowl.  Stir in the onion mixture and microwave on high for about 10 to 12 minutes, or bake in a 350 degree oven for 30 minutes.  Crush potato chips on top for extra flavor.

(Julie Williamson)

Pigs-in-a-Blanket (1-3-2017)

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January 3rd, 2017 by Jim Field

  • 1 head cabbage
  • 2 lbs. ground beef
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 2 cups minute rice
  • Ham or ribs
  • 1 can sauerkraut

Take whole cabbage and pare the center.  Place in hot water and vinegar until it wilts.  Drain.  Separate leaves.  Combine ground beef, eggs, garlic salt and Minute rice; mix together.  Roll up in the cabbage leaves and line pan with them.  Put ham or ribs on top.  Pour over 1 cup water and place sauerkraut over top of all.  Bake at 350 degrees for 1 1/2 to 2 hours.   I Added caraway seeds and 2 tablespoons butter.

(Barbara Sisler)

Apple Dew Dumplings (12-27-2016)

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December 27th, 2016 by Jim Field

  • 2 apples (Granny Smith or Jonagold work well)
  • 2 cans refrigerated crescent rolls
  • Cinnamon to taste
  • 2 sticks of butter
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 (12 oz) can or bottle of Mountain Dew, Sprite or 7-up.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Spray bottom of 9″ x 13″ pan with cooking spray.  Core and peel apples.  Slice into 8 pieces.  Unroll crescent rolls on wax paper, sprinkle with cinnamon and separate by scoring at the perforations of the rolls with a knife.  Place one apple slice on top of each triangle; roll up and place seam-side down in pan.  There will be 6 on each side of the pan and 4 placed between the 2 rows down the middle of the pan.  Sprinkle lightly with more cinnamon.

In medium sauce pan, melt butter over low heat.  Stir in sugar.  Mix well; add vanilla and salt.  You may add a bit of cinnamon to this mixture if you wish.  Stir well.  Pour/spoon over cinnamon-topped rolls.  Pour soft Mountain Dew over all.  Sprinkle more cinnamon or cinnamon/sugar mixture to your taste on top of this.

Bake for 30 minutes.  Let sit 45 to 60 minutes to absorb liquid after removing from oven.  You may warm up before serving, if desired.  Makes 16 servings.

Recipe may be halved, but use smaller baking dish.

Cry Baby Cookies (12-20-2016)

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December 20th, 2016 by Jim Field

  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 cup shortening
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 1/2 cup oatmeal
  • 1 1/2 cup Rice Krispies
  • 1 cup ground coconut
  • 1 1/2 cup chocolate chips
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • pinch of salt

Cream sugars and shortening together.  Beat in eggs.  Sift together dry ingredients and stir into creamed mixture.  Stir in oatmeal, Rice Krispies, coconut, chocolate chips and vanilla.  Roll into balls the size of walnuts.  Press flat.  Bake at 350 degrees for 12 to 15 minutes.

The Yummiest Potatoes (12-13-2016)

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December 13th, 2016 by Jim Field

  • 2 lbs. shredded frozen hash browns
  • 1 can cream of mushroom soup, undiluted
  • 1 stick margarine
  • 2 cups sour cream
  • 2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 small can sliced mushrooms, drained
  • 1 small can sliced black olives, drained

Put frozen hash browns in greased 9″ x 13″ pan.  Salt and pepper to taste and put onions on top of frozen  hash browns.  In saucepan, over low heat, mix soup, margarine, sour cream and Cheddar cheese.  Blend this until smooth, stirring often.  When melted, pour sauce over the top of potatoes; then sprinkle with crushed corn flakes.  Bake at 375 degrees for 45 to 60 minutes.

Broccoli Rice Bake (12-6-2016)

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December 6th, 2016 by Jim Field

  • 1 (10 oz.) package frozen broccoli
  • 1 cup Minute Rice
  • 1 can mushroom soup
  • 1/4 cup celery
  • 1/4 cup onion
  • 1/4 cup margarine
  • 1 1/2 cups milk

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes.