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 and Tomatoes

    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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    20 Recipes Celebrating Honey

    We all know the importance of pollinators. Bees make the world go 'round. They also provide us with a delicious, sweet treat - honey. Celebrate National Honey Month in September (or any time) with these delicious recipes.

  • 20 Recipes to Try in October

    October is a month for soups, all things pumpkin spice and warming up our ovens. Try these recipes this month!

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    Meal planning success

    Everyone has a packed schedule these days which often translates into less time devoted to cooking meals at home. Rather than resort to the convenience of the drive-through window or carry-out options, I've got tips that will help you prep your kitchen to make cooking at home easier than ever.

  • Kids a Cookin': Snack Pizza

    INGREDIENTS: 12-ounce can flaky refrigerator biscuits 1 /3 cup tomato sauce 1 teaspoon oregano 1 /2 small onion, chopped 1 /2 cup shredded cheese (any kind) INSTRUCTIONS: 1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. 2. Pat each biscuit into a 4-inch circle on a greased baking sheet. 3. Mix tomato...

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    8 tips to keep your fridge and freezer organized

    Bring peace and order to your heart and soul by implementing a few simple strategies for taming kitchen chaos. Even if you only put one of these into service for your family, you’ll be surprised what a difference it can make.

  • Kids a Cookin': Manly Muffin Meat Loaf

    INGREDIENTS: 1 egg 1/2 cup milk 3/4 cup oats 1 pound lean ground beef 3 tablespoons chopped onion 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/2 cup grated cheese (any variety) INSTRUCTIONS: 1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. 2. Combine all ingredients and mix well. 3. Spoon mixture into greased muffin cups. 4...

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    11 (Handy) Uses for Your Bench Scraper

    I know the name bench scraper sounds weird for a kitchen utensil because there's no bench in my kitchen (how about yours?), but what a super useful tool to have! It’s also called a bench knife and a dough scraper, and it originated as a tool that pastry chefs use for portioning out dough. Someone...

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    Healthy Valentine’s Day Treats

    Feb. 14 signifies a day of love, giving and for most, a sugar rush. Valentine’s Day is typically celebrated by gifting loved ones with a variety of sweet treats that can leave you feeling sluggish. While there is plenty of room in a healthy diet to enjoy a few pieces of chocolate, adding in a...

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    Freezer Meals Casserole Style

    Q: Can casseroles be frozen and baked later? A: Absolutely! Most family-favorite casseroles make perfect freezer meals. While you’re knee-deep in the recipe, why not go ahead and make a double or triple batch? That way, you can have a casserole for dinner this evening and a couple more down the...

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    Food Storage Tips

    I am always seeking ways to keep food fresh for my family while also reducing food waste. Below are some of my favorite food storage tips that have made a difference in my household. First Things First: Check the Internal Temp of Your Fridge  To keep your food as fresh as possible, the...

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    7 Yummy Ways to Completely Fall in Love with Roasted Garlic

    Spread warm roasted garlic over a slice of warm, chewy bread. Need a quick pasta sauce? In a skillet, heat some cream until slightly thickened, add rosemary, parmesan, and roasted garlic; toss with cooked noodles. Make a compound butter by adding roasted garlic with fresh herbs or spices to...