Cooking Tips & Inspiration

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    Add a little zing!

    Try these 10 easy-to-use, healthy and tasty herbs and spices in your upcoming meals.

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    Herb Appeal

    Ever wonder why everything tastes exotic and exudes delicious aromas when you eat at a five-star restaurant? It is usually because of the seasoning. Exceptional chefs know fresh food is always best and includes fresh herbs. Fantastic cuisine can be very simply prepared, but add a few fresh herbs...

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    Corn & 'Maters

    Check out these tips on making corn on the cob quickly and deliciously, getting those tomatoes skinned and seeded in a snap and how to get the most out of your visit to the farmers market.

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    Roasting Vegetables

    Need a tasty, enticing way to convince your family to eat their veggies? Try roasting them. 

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    Tailgating with Nutrition in Mind

    Supporting your favorite team is always fun. When you add in tasty food, you up your game, but you may inadvertently end up calling "foul" on your waistline. Registered dietitian Karen Hanson offers tips to keep nutrition in mind without sacrificing taste and fun. 

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    Beef Nutrition

    Hy-Vee registered dietitian Karen Hanson offers tips about lean beef’s role in a healthy diet.

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    Delicious Seafood

    Although we live in a landlocked state, Kansans can — and should — enjoy seafood as part of a nutritious diet. 

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    The Crowd Pleaser

    Preparing a meal for the holidays may seem overwhelming, but with these five tips and the recipes to follow, a large holiday gathering can truly be a joyous event. 1. Have a written plan. Then remember it’s not set in stone. A plan is simply a guide that helps us stay organized and on schedule....

  • Delicious Recipes Using Holiday Leftovers

    Thanksgiving and Christmas often feature big meals that leave us with some tasty leftovers. Hy-Vee registered dietician Karen Hanson offers some recipes and nutrition tips that will take you beyond turkey casserole and ham sandwiches.

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    Five breakfasts to warm up your tummy

    Mom nailed it: a hot and wholesome start to the day can make a tremendous difference for all of us.  So why do more than 31 million Americans still skip the first (and maybe the most important) meal of the day? It’s hard to know for absolute certain, but easy to guess--we are short on our most...

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    A flavorful healthy snack

    Many snacks are chock full of sodium and over time our taste buds can become accustomed to craving more salt. Instead of hitting the salt shaker, we can sprinkle a small amount of coarse grain salt over a hardboiled egg, top it with hummus or guacamole and  finish it off with a curry powder and...

  • Delicious Dutch-Oven Recipes

    When you hear the words “Dutch oven,” do you automatically think of campfire cooking? Many do, and when we need that kind of support out in the wilderness, it’s a superb vessel for feeding the crew. My Dutch ovens have proved to be faithful tools for simple, everyday cooking at home. A six-quart...

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    14 Seasoning Blends and Gravy Mixes to Stock Your Pantry

    Here are 14 of  Chef Alli's favorite blends. Feel free to customize them to your tastes. These homemade seasoning mixes also make great gifts, especially when you can include a recipe or two that incorporates that specific seasoning blend. There’s nothing like helping someone get dinner on the...

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    Mason Jar Salads

    Jar salads seem to be all the rage these days and I’ve jumped on the bandwagon myself. I love getting a chilled jar out of the fridge, packed tight with fresh greens, vegetables and dressing. 

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    Celebrate Noodle Month

    March is National Noodle Month and what better time for this comfort food to take the stage.  Here are some fun noodle facts to amuse and amaze you:

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    Apple donuts

    Fruit is a common snack for kids because it’s so convenient. It can get boring, and sometimes we need a little change to spice up our routine. Apple donuts are easy to prepare and make snack time fun. Slice an apple crosswise into 1/4” slices and use a pop-bottle lid to remove the core. Spread...

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    Homemade Dough and Tea Ring

    These recipes were orginally shared at the 2018 Kansas State Fair by Melanie, a farm wife from western Kansas who loves to bake. Ever have the urge to bake something from scratch? Well we have the baked goods for you! Enjoy this white or wheat dough recipe for all your dough-dreams, and if you'...

  • Homemade Noodles Made Simple

    When I was growing up, I often helped my grandmothers make homemade noodles. I can still remember noodles laying everywhere. They covered every single kitchen surface. It was messy. My grandmothers believed if you were going to all the trouble of making noodles, you might as well do it BIG. They...

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    New nutrition labels coming

    What if you held in your hand a tool that could tell you exactly what you wanted to know about a product’s contents and quality? It’s something we demand from the tools we use in everyday life, whether we’re at home, on the farm or in the car and it’s essential for safety and efficiency.

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    Ordinary Greatness

    "It might have been otherwise" is a line from a poem that reminds me how important it is to appreciate the ordinary. What a miracle it is that we are able to walk and talk and think, much less see and hear. When Jane Kenyon wrote those words she doubtless felt their truth. She died of leukemia...