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...

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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. 

  • 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.

  • 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...

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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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    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.

  • 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?

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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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Cruise Cocktails for Summertime

    Looking for adult summer beverages to chill the Kansas heat? I’ve discovered one of the best places to get ideas is on a cruise ship. They are pros at making fun, tropical drinks to enjoy in warm breezes and sunshine. I’ve been on three cruises and find myself ordering these drinks over and over...

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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: