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.

  • Kids a Cookin': Tuna Salad Sandwich

    INGREDIENTS: 1 (3-ounce) can tuna, packed in water, drained 2 tablespoons mayonnaise Pita or pocket bread, whole wheat bread, bagel or bun  INSTRUCTIONS: 1. Combine tuna and mayonaise in a small bowl. 2.  Add variations of your choice.

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    Food safety and summer BBQs

    Summer grilling season is well underway. With plenty of warm (OK, hot and humid) days ahead of us, it’s more important than ever to get a good handle on food safety to avoid inviting food-borne illnesses to the party.

  • Kids a Cookin': Pork Roast with Fruit Sauce

    INGREDIENTS: 1 pork shoulder roast (4 to 5 pounds) 1 /4 teaspoon ground black pepper 1 /2 teaspoon dried rosemary 2 cooking apples 1 /2 cup raisins 1 /2 cup apple juice INSTRUCTIONS: 1. Lightly spray slow cooker with cooking spray. 2. Place roast in slow cooker and sprinkle with pepper...

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    5 Tips for Talking with Your Butcher

    Butcher shops are making a comeback, reviving their craft all across the country. Having access to a butcher shop means you have a very knowledgeable person behind the counter, but many people find it to be a very intimidating experience.

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    Soup Swap 101

     A soup swap is a fun opportunity to gather with friends AND take home a variety of soups. The best part? You only have to make one big batch of your favorite soup. Planning Your Soup Swap Set a date for your swap, then invite your besties. For your first swap, I recommend inviting five people...

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    12 Small Improvements That Made My Kitchen More Organized

    Once I establish a good system that makes my life easier and my work more streamlined, I wouldn’t trade it for the world. And, because cooking involves a significant amount of work, good systems in my kitchen are very important. Below are a few organizational ideas I implemented that have made a...

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    Celebrate Ice Cream Month with these recipes

    Celebrate National Ice Cream Month in July with all these fun recipes. 

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    Steppin’ Up Your Stir Fry

    Stir fry is a fast and healthy cooking method that anyone can conquer. What’s the REAL secret? Use a good wok (or heavy-duty skillet), fresh, not frozen, veggies, and a super-hot heat source. Add a bit of practice and you’ll soon find yo-self a stir fry pro. 

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    25 of the Best Thanksgiving Side Dishes

    Make this Thanksgiving one to remember with these inspiring side-dish recipes. Don't miss the extra recipes at the bottom!

  • Fall Corn Recipes

    Kansas corn harvest is well underway. Combines rumble through the tall, dry stalks from the wee hours of the morning into night harvesting the hard, golden kernels from the cobs. Of course, if you’re like me, you’ve enjoyed fresh Kansas sweet corn all summer long, slathered with butter.

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