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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!

Savory Sweet Potato Casserole (11-26-2020)

Mom's Tips

November 26th, 2020 by Jim Field

  • 4 pounds sweet potatoes
  • 2 (5.2 oz.) packages garlic and herb spreadable cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 3/4 cup chopped pecans
  • 3/4 cup panko (Japanese breadcrumbs)
  • 1/4 cup shaved Parmesan cheese
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Place sweet potatoes on a baking sheet.  Bake one hour or until tender.  Cool slightly and peel.

Place sweet potato flesh in a medium bowl.  Beat together sweet potato flesh, cheese, salt and pepper until smooth, using a hand mixer with a whisk attachment.  Beat in eggs, one at a time, until blended.  Spoon sweet potato mixture into a 13″ x 9″ baking dish coated with cooking spray.

Stir together butter, pecans, panko, Parmesan and parsley in a bowl.  Sprinkle mixture over sweet potato mixture.

Bake at 400 degrees for 20 minutes or until puffed and golden.  Let stand 5 to 10 minutes before serving.

Hamburger Potato Casserole (11-19-2020)

Mom's Tips

November 19th, 2020 by Jim Field

  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 5 small potatoes
  • 2 cans cream of mushroom soup
  • 1 1/2 cups cheese
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Brown ground beef and set aside.  Peel and slice potatoes and set aside.

In a mixing bowl, combine cream of mushroom soup, milk salt and pepper.  Mix well. Set aside.

Spray a 9″ x 13″ baking dish with nonstick spray.

Layer potatoes, beef, soup and cheese in the pan.  Then repeat.  Top with remaining cheese.

Cover with foil and bake for one hour.

Remove foil and bake another 30 minutes until potatoes are tender.

Allow to sit for 10 minutes, then cut and serve.

Praline Pumpkin Pie (11-12-2020)

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November 12th, 2020 by Jim Field

  • 1/3 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons butter

Combine these ingredients and press into bottom of 9″ unbaked pie shell.  Prick sides with fork.  Bake in 450 degree oven for 10 minutes and cool.

Pie Filling

  • 2 eggs, slightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoons flour
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ginger
  • 2 cups cooked pumpkin
  • 1 (14 oz.) can condensed milk

Mix together eggs, sugars, flour, salt and spices.  Blend in pumpkin.  Gradually add milk.  Mix well.  Pour into baked pie shell and bake at 350 degrees for 50 to 60 minutes or until knife inserted in filling comes out clean.

Bacon-Cheddar Dutch Baby (11-5-2020)

Mom's Tips

November 5th, 2020 by Jim Field

  • 4 thick-cut bacon slices (about 6 oz.), chopped
  • 3 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup whole milk, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, melted and slightly cooled
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 3 oz. sharp Cheddar cheese, shredded (about 3/4 cup)
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh chives

Preheat oven to 425 degrees.  Cook bacon in a 10″ cast iron skillet over medium, turning occasionally, until bacon is crisp and fat has rendered, about 10 minutes.  Remove from heat; transfer bacon to a plate lined with paper towels.  Reserve 1 1/2 tablespoons drippings in skillet.

While bacon cooks, process eggs, milk, flour, melted butter, salt and pepper in a blender on medium speed until completely smooth, about 30 seconds, stopping to scrape down sides as needed.

Return skillet to medium heat; let heat one minute.  Remove skillet from heat and pour batter into skillet.  Immediately transfer skillet to preheated oven.  Bake until Dutch baby is puffed and golden brown, about 18 minutes.  Do not open oven while cooking.

Remove Dutch baby from oven; immediately sprinkle with cheese.  Return to oven; bake at 425 degrees until cheese melts, 1 to 2 minutes.  Sprinkle with bacon and chives; serve immediately.

Fajita Frittata (10-29-2020)

Mom's Tips

October 29th, 2020 by Jim Field

  • 1/2 pound boneless skinless chicken breast, cut into strips
  • 1 small onion, cut into thin strips
  • 1/2 medium green pepper, cut into thin strips
  • 1 teaspoon lime juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 8 eggs, beaten
  • 1 cup (4 oz.) shredded Coly-Monterey Jack cheese
  • salsa and sour cream (optional)

In a large ovenproof skillet, saute and chicken, onion, green pepper, lime juice, salt, cumin and chili powder in oil until chicken juices run clear.

Pour eggs over chicken mixture.  Cover and cook over medium-low heat for 8-10 minutes or until eggs are nearly set.  Uncover; broil 6″ from the heat for 2-3 minutes or until eggs are set.  Sprinkle with cheese.  Cover and let stand for one minute or until cheese is melted.  Serve with salsa and sour cream, if desired.  YIELD:  8 servings.

Lemon-Garlic Salmon with Tzatziki Sauce (10-22-2020)

Mom's Tips

October 22nd, 2020 by Jim Field

  • 1/2 cup diced cucumber
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt, divided
  • 1 cup plain nonfat Greek yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice, divided
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon peel, divided
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic, divided
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 4 (4 oz.) skinless salmon fillets

Place cucumber in small colander set over small bowl; sprinkle with 1/4 teaspoon salt.  Drain one hour.

For tzatziki sauce, stir yogurt, cucumber, 1 tablespoon lemon juice, 1/2 teaspoon lemon peel, 1/2 teaspoon garlic and 1/4 teaspoon salt in small bowl until combined.  Cover and refrigerate until ready to use.

Combine remaining 1 tablespoon lemon juice, 1/2 teaspoon lemon peel, 1/2 teaspoon garlic, 1/4 teaspoon salt and pepper in small bowl; mix well.  Rub evenly onto salmon.

Heat nonstick grill pan over medium-high heat.  Cook salmon 5 minutes per side or until fish begins to flake when tested with fork.  Serve with tzatziki sauce.

Serving Suggestion:  Serve this Mediterranean-inspired dish with fresh vegetables or a savory salad, if desired.  (Makes 4 servings)

Stromboli Sandwiches (10-15-2020)

Mom's Tips

October 15th, 2020 by Jim Field

  • 1 lb. Italian sausage
  • 1/2 lb. ground beef
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup chopped green pepper
  • 8 oz. jar tomato sauce
  • 6 oz. jar tomato paste
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 teaspoon oregano leaves
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon rosemary
  • 1 loaf French bread
  • 6 oz. package mozzarella cheese slices, cut in half

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Remove sausage from casing.  Brown sausage, hamburger and drain.  Cook onion and green pepper for five minutes.  Stir in tomato sauce and paste, water, Parmesan cheese and seasonings.  Mix well.  Simmer 10 minutes.  Heat oven to 400 degrees.  Cut lengthwise slice from top of bread, scoop out center to form a shell.  Place 1/2 of the mozzarella cheese on the bottom, add hot mixture.  Cover with remaining cheese and top slice of bread.  Wrap in foil.  Bake 6-8 minutes.

(Peg Liddle)

Fresh Apple Cake and Topping (10-8-2020)

Mom's Tips

October 8th, 2020 by Jim Field

Cream together:

  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • add 2 eggs

Sift together:

  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon

Add to above alternating with 1 cup milk.  Add 2 cups chopped apples and 1 teaspoon vanilla.  Pour batter into 8 1/2″ x 12″ greased cake pan.

For topping:  melt 1/3 cup butter or oleo and mix in 2/3 cup brown sugar, 1 cup coconut and 1/2 cup nuts.

Sprinkle over top of cake and bake at 375 degrees for 45 to 55 minutes.

(Mrs. Floyd Walker)

Very Good Hamburger Casserole (10-1-2020)

Mom's Tips

October 1st, 2020 by Jim Field

  • 3 tablespoons salad oil
  • 1 1/2 to 2 lbs. ground beef
  • 2 cups green peppers, chopped
  • 2 cups chopped onions
  • 1 cup chopped celery
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1/2 can ripe olives, sliced
  • 1 (4 oz.) can sliced mushrooms with liquid
  • 1 can tomato soup
  • 1 cup hot water
  • 1 quart jar spaghetti sauce
  • 8 oz. mozzarella cheese
  • 1 (12 oz.) package noodles, cooked

Brown meat in oil; add next 4 ingredients; saute until well done.  Spoon off extra fat.  Add olives and mushrooms and all liquids and simmer 5 minutes.  Mix in noodles.  Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes covered, then remove cover and top with shredded cheese and bake until cheese melts.  This freezes well.  14-16 servings.

(Marrita Yoder)

Apple Pancakes (9-24-2020)

Mom's Tips

September 24th, 2020 by Jim Field

Also may use blueberries or any fruit.  Drain and use fruit juice as a syrup, if you wish.  Measure dry ingredients and mix together:

  • 1 1/2 cup flour
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Beat one egg.  Add to the above with:

  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons melted shortening

Stir or beat until smooth.  Fold in 2 cups apples, peeled and cut up very fine.  Bake in moderately hot pan or the apples won”t be done.  Bake slow.  The apples don’t get way done but taste very good.  Grease griddle.

(Mildred Ruehs)