Chef Anthony teaches us to make chicken cordon bleu

Chef Anthony stops by his test kitchen to teach us how to make a simple and delicious chicken cordon bleu! Here’s what you need to make the recipe:

  • Chicken breast
  • Plastic wrap
  • Bamboo skewers
  • Cheese
  • Ham, bacon, or your choice of meat
  • Veggies
  • 3 eggs
  • Panko bread crumbs

Charlene Patton teaches us to make spicy party nuts

Charlene Patton from the Kansas Soybean Commission is back in the studio! Today, she teaches us how to make spicy party nuts. Here’s how to make them:

Ingredients needed:

  • 2 tablespoons margarine, melted
  • 1 teaspoon smoky flavoring
  • 1/2 teaspoon hot pepper sauce
  • 1 and 1/2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 cup roasted edamame
  • 1 cup pecan halves
  • 1 cup walnut halves
  • 1 cup cashews


  1. Combine in a mixing bowl: melted margarine, smoky flavoring, and hot pepper sauce.
  2. In a large bowl: add edamame, pecans, walnuts, and cashews; add the margarine mixture and stir to coat the nuts.
  3. Add chili powder, curry powder, and salt to the nut mixture; stir to coat the nuts.
  4. Spread nuts on a baking pan covered with parchment paper.
  5. Bake at 350 degrees until nuts are crisp and toasted. Stir occasionally.

“Axe the Food Tax” effort in Kansas is on track

TOPEKA, Kan. – On Friday, Governor Luara Kelly announced Kansas is on track to implement ‘Axe the Food Tax.’

Lawmakers passed the bill during the 2022 session.

This bill eliminates the state sales tax on:

  • Groceries
  • Diapers
  • feminine hygiene products

“We have ‘Axed the Food Tax’ and are putting money back in Kansans’ pockets,” Governor Laura Kelly said. “Kansans will see the savings very soon, but we can do more. When the Kansas Legislature comes back in January, I will push again for the complete and immediate elimination of the state’s sales tax on groceries.”

House Bill 2106 will gradually eliminate the state’s sales tax on groceries. The first reduction of the tax rate will occur on January 1, 2023, changing the state sales tax rate on groceries from 6.5% to 4.0%. Current legislation will completely eliminate the state’s sales tax on groceries by 2025. Local tax rates still apply.

The Department has formally posted its informational notice and sales tax publication, which address the state sales tax rate reduction and the kinds of food purchases covered by the rate reduction.

“Even after providing the educational materials and opportunities as it rolls out these changes, KDOR continues to be available to retailers to ensure the transition to these sales tax savings is as smooth as possible,” Revenue Secretary Mark Burghart said.

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Chef Anthony shows us how to make a sweet bread

Chef Anthony joins us in Studio K to teach us how to make a loaf of basic sweet bread. You can use it to make pretzels and more. Want to make this bread? Here’s what you’ll need:


Mix first:

  • 2 packages of yeast
  • 2 and 1/2 cups of warm water
  • 2 and 1/2 tsp of salt

Then add:

  • 2 eggs
  • 2/3 cup of sugar
  • 3/4 cup of oil (must be oil)
  • 8 and 1/2 cups of flour

The PHS Culinary Dragons are selling bread! For $8 you can buy the following types of bread: Cinnamon swirl, Strawberry creme cheese swirl, Brown sugar cinnamon, Cinnamon apple, Beignets, and sweet bread. For $2 more you can make the bread(s) of your choice gluten-free! You can pay with cash or check and they accept Venmo as well! Below is the QR code to order some bread:

Seneca students collect goods for local food pantry

SENECA, Mo. – Seneca Elementary and Intermediate students wrapped up their friendly competition to see who collected the most food.

Officials say this is an annual event done with Bright Futures, and the class that collects the most food wins a donut party.

Teachers assign each class a food item like cereal or juice, and its up to the students to collect their assigned goods.

This week, all the goods were donated to the Seneca Food Pantry.

Click here to learn more.

Kentucky Fried Chicken on W. 7th, weeks away from opening in Joplin

JOPLIN, Mo. – Kentucky Fried Chicken returns to Joplin in 2023. Located in the 2600 block of West 7th. It is adjacent west to Murphy’s USA.

In past years Joplin had numerous KFC locations, including: 20th and Main, 24th and Rangeline and E. 7th and South Florida. 

The new building is framed and banners are now up encouraging future team members to apply online.

TO APPLY: Text ‘KFCJOBS’ to 97211

Sources tell us they are just weeks away from opening.

There are currently other KFC locations near Joplin:

  • 1731 South Madison, Webb City, Mo.
  • 2625 Grand Ave, Carthage, Mo.
  • 3075 Gardner-Edgewood Drive, Neosho, Mo.
  • 921 South Broadway, Pittsburg, Kan.
  • 105 South Osage, Nevada, Mo.


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Making a soy-based turkey casserole with Charlene Patton

Charlene Patton from the Kansas Soybean Commission stops by the studio and teaches us how to make a turkey casserole. However, this isn’t just any casserole — it’s soy-based! Want to make it yourself? Well here’s how!

  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • ½ cup chopped onion
  • ½ cup chopped red bell pepper
  • ½ cup chopped mushrooms
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • ½ cup soy cream cheese
  • 2 cups chopped cooked turkey
  • 1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
  • ½ cup soy sour cream
  • ½ cup plain soy beverage
  • 1/3 cup instant rice
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • ½ teaspoon ground thyme
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • 1 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 2 tablespoons margarine, melted


  1. Heat vegetable oil in a skillet and sauté onion, red bell pepper, mushrooms, and garlic.
  2. Add soy cream cheese and stir to combine.
  3. Lower heat; add turkey, cheese, soy sour cream, soy beverage, rice, mustard, thyme, salt, and pepper;
    stir to combine.
  4.  Spoon the mixture into greased 8×8-inch baking dish.
  5.  Combine panko bread crumbs and melted margarine.
  6.  Sprinkle crumb topping over turkey casserole.
  7. Bake uncovered

‘Corn Kid’ helps donate 90,000 cans of veggies to NYC food rescue

NEW YORK, NY. – You may recognize him as the kid who loves corn. Now, folks are recognizing him for his donation this week.

Tariq “The Corn Kid” visited City Harvest to help the Green Giant mascot unload a truck full of canned corn and other vegetables.

He helped drop off 50,000 cans of corn.

You can watch the story above.

KOAM Morning Show’s Thanksgiving dishes

It’s hard to believe that sometimes a whole year passes by quickly. Thanksgiving is already almost here and like last year — our KOAM family brings dishes for you to make at home. From our News Assistants to our on-air talent — everyone has something to contribute. Each recipe is prepared with the utmost care and love. Below you’ll find the recipes for everything that was made today:

Green bean casserole:

  • 2 cans of French-cut green beans
  • 1 can of cream of mushroom soup
  • 1 cup of milk
  • Soy sauce to taste
  • 6 strips of bacon
  • 2 cups of fried onions
  • Half a cup of shredded cheese

Cinnamon Monkey Bread:

  • 2 oz Pillsbury Grands cinnamon rolls
  • 1/2 cup of granulated sugar
  • 2 tsp of ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup of butter
  • 1/4 cup of dark brown sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • Chopped pecans (optional)


3 Cheese mac:

  • 1 package elbow macaroni or Fusilli pasta
  • 6 tablespoons of butter (cubed)
  • 4 cups of 2% milk (warmed)
  • 4 cups of shredded gruyere cheese
  • 2 cups of shredded extra-sharp cheddar cheese
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 3/4 tsp ground pepper
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 and a 1/2 cups panko bread
  • 1/2 cup of all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 2 tablespoons butter (melted)

Pumpkin Pie:

  • 3 teaspoons of cinnamon
  • 1 cup of vanilla creamer
  • Pinch of salt
  • Pinch of pepper
  • A dollop of whip cream to the puree
  • Graham cracker crust

Strawberry cake mix cookies:

  • 15 oz of strawberry cake mix
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup of white chocolate chips

Chicken flavored stuffing:

  • 1 box of stuffing (chicken flavored)
  • 1 and 1/2 cups of water
  • 1/2 stick of butter

Finnish donuts (munkki):

  • 2/3 cup water
  • 1 (2 oz) cube fresh yeast or 1 and 1/5 tsp active dry yeast
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cardamom
  • 1 large egg
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour (divided)
  • 1/4 cup (4 tablespoons) unsalted butter (softened)
  • 1 quart of canola oil (for frying)
  • 3/4 cup of sugar (for garnish)

Cheesy potato casserole with cornflakes:

  • 1 bag frozen hash browns (shredded or cubed)
  • 2 cups cheddar cheese
  • 16 oz sour cream
  • 1 can of cream of chicken soup
  • 3/4 cup of butter
  • 1 cup of cornflakes (or more if desired)

Simple peasant bread:

  • 4 cups of all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp granulated sugar
  • 2 tsp instant yeast
  • 2 cups of lukewarm water
  • 2 tablespoons of softened butter

Roasted sweet potatoes:

  • 3 lbs of sweet potatoes
  • Granulated garlic
  • Maple syrup dust
  • Honey
  • Cayenne

Brown gravy:

  • Beef stock or beef broth
  • Flour
  • Butter
  • Seasonings (garlic powder, onion powder, bay leaf)

Chef Anthony’s Compound Butter recipe:

Chef Anthony’s Compound Butter

Two local farms team up to bring organic farming to high schools

PITTSBURG, Ks. – Leafy Green Farms and Community Green Farms are joining together to bring vertical hydroponic farms to 10 high schools to Southeast Kansas.

“We hope that by working through the schools we can help achieve our goal of moving the nutritional needle and fulfill the objective that access to quality food should not be dictated by income levels,” said the two in a joint statement.

Each vertical farm can grow up to two acres of produce a year, giving the schools and surrounding communities fresh produce throughout the year.


For more information on the organizations click here.