Cooking Tips & Inspiration

  • string of fresh herbs

    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...

  • Corn & 'Maters | Chef Alli | Kansas Living

    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. 

  • Beef Nutrition | Karen's Nutrition | Kansas Living

    Beef Nutrition

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

  • Delicious Seafood | Kansas Living

    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.

  • Kids a Cookin': Orange Fluff Salad

    INGREDIENTS: 1 container (12 ounces) low fat cottage cheese 1 package (3 ounces) orange gelatin 1 can (8 ounces) crushed pineapple with juice 1 can (11 ounces) mandarin oranges, drained 1 cup whipped topping INSTRUCTIONS: 1. Combine cottage cheese and gelatin powder in mixing bowl. 2....

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    A Charcuterie Board for Any Occasion

    Some people call it an antipasti platter. Others think of it as hors d’oeuvres, while many just see it as a basic cheese and meat snack. Whatever you call it, a charcuterie board is a great way to feed friends and family, be it for a party, an appetizer or even as a simple meal.

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    Amazing Ways Technology Can Make Cooking More Enjoyable

    Technology is changing the way we cook. Thanks to technology advancements and the ease of information sharing, cooking has become incredibly accessible to nearly everyone. Anyone can enjoy the fulfillment of cooking good, healthy food, no matter their skills, budget or time limitations. Whether you...

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    8 Microwave Techniques That Save Time in the Kitchen

    Would you like to use your microwave for more than just heating water for tea, making popcorn, and reheating leftovers? Chef Alli shares 8 great ways your microwave can earn its keep in the kitchen. 

  • 18 Recipes to Try in July

    July is a scorcher (usually). Beat the heat with these delicious recipes.

  • The Love-Hate Relationship with Eggnog

    When it seems like the rest of the world is celebrating pumpkin spice season, I start looking for eggnog in my grocer’s dairy case. I love eggnog, especially the one made by Kansas’s Hildebrand Farms Dairy. To me, it’s a sure sign the holidays have arrived. However, there are people who feel...

  • Decorated Easter Cupcakes

    Easter Treats

    Spring will be here soon! I’m ready for warmer days, bright sunshine and the pastel colors of Easter that cheer up my heart, mind and soul after the long days of January and February. Those two months seem to drag on forever, wouldn’t you agree?

  • Kids a Cookin': Microwave Baked Apple

    INGREDIENTS: 4 large baking apples 1 /2 cup brown sugar 1 teaspoon cinnamon INSTRUCTIONS:  1. Wash apples and remove core. 2. Cut a thin slice off bottom of each apple to form a flat surface. Place apples in a microwave safe baking dish. 3. Mix brown sugar and cinnamon in a small dish....

  • English muffin and peanut butter and banana

    A sweet healthy snack

    Fresh fruit is naturally sweet but sometimes that just doesn’t quite cut it. A whole grain English muffin with peanut or almond butter can serve as a base for your favorite fruit topped with mini dark chocolate chips. Using dark chocolate limits the amount of added sugar that shows up in chocolate...

  • hardboiled egg with hummus and bacon

    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...

  • Kids a Cookin': Strawberry Spinach Salad

    INGREDIENTS: 6 ounce package spinach leaves (or about 2 bunches) 1 pint strawberries (about 2 cups sliced) Dressing: 1 /2 cup sugar 2 tablespoons sesame seeds 1 tablespoon poppy seeds 1/2 teaspoon minced onions 1/4 teaspoon Worchestershire Sauce 1/4 teaspoon paprika 1...