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  • Heartland Cooks: Beaird Family Homemade Ice Cream

    Heartland Cooks: Beaird Family Homemade Ice Cream

    Friday, June 26 2015 12:17 PM EDT2015-06-26 16:17:16 GMT
    Friday, June 16 2017 1:26 PM EDT2017-06-16 17:26:17 GMT

    Two Heartland Cooks mix up a batch of their homemade ice cream. Jeff and Chastity Beaird of Bernie, Missouri say they love to scoop up a bowl of homemade ice cream and top it with strawberries, peaches or other fresh fruit.

    Two Heartland Cooks mix up a batch of their homemade ice cream. Jeff and Chastity Beaird of Bernie, Missouri say they love to scoop up a bowl of homemade ice cream and top it with strawberries, peaches or other fresh fruit.

  • Heartland Cooks: Laura's Chocolate Swirl Cheesecake

    Heartland Cooks: Laura's Chocolate Swirl Cheesecake

    Friday, May 2 2014 10:51 AM EDT2014-05-02 14:51:23 GMT
    Friday, June 2 2017 12:45 PM EDT2017-06-02 16:45:26 GMT

    This week's Heartland Cook shares a sweet family recipe for Chocolate Swirl Cheesecake.

    This week’s Heartland Cook shares a sweet family recipe for Chocolate Swirl Cheesecake.

  • Heartland Cooks: Damarcus's Spicy Salmon Sushi Roll

    Heartland Cooks: Damarcus's Spicy Salmon Sushi Roll

    Friday, May 26 2017 3:24 PM EDT2017-05-26 19:24:15 GMT

    Damarcus Pryor enjoys challenging himself in the kitchen. The young chef enjoys trying out new, unusual recipes to improve his skills.

    Damarcus Pryor enjoys challenging himself in the kitchen. The young chef enjoys trying out new, unusual recipes to improve his skills.

  • Big Game Recipes - Neil’s Buffalo Chicken Dip

    Big Game Recipes - Neil’s Buffalo Chicken Dip

    Friday, January 29 2016 1:40 PM EST2016-01-29 18:40:30 GMT
    Friday, February 5 2016 1:47 PM EST2016-02-05 18:47:40 GMT

    Neil Reitenbach of Jackson is ready for the big game – and his warm up on game day includes Buffalo Chicken Dip.

    Neil Reitenbach of Jackson is ready for the big game – and his warm up on game day includes Buffalo Chicken Dip.

  • Heartland Cooks: Shirley Kay's Gooey Butter Cookies

    Heartland Cooks: Shirley Kay's Gooey Butter Cookies

    Friday, August 14 2015 11:59 AM EDT2015-08-14 15:59:00 GMT
    Friday, May 19 2017 1:31 PM EDT2017-05-19 17:31:50 GMT

    This week’s Heartland Cook loves to bake and shares her goodies with everyone she meets.

    This week’s Heartland Cook loves to bake and shares her goodies with everyone she meets.

  • Heartland Cooks: Dufek Family Homemade Bread & Cinnamon Rolls

    Heartland Cooks: Dufek Family Homemade Bread & Cinnamon Rolls

    Thursday, October 23 2014 1:29 PM EDT2014-10-23 17:29:38 GMT
    Friday, May 12 2017 1:14 PM EDT2017-05-12 17:14:01 GMT

    This week's Heartland Cook follows his family recipe of baking homemade bread. Dr. Jim Dufek moved to Cape Girardeau 30 years ago from Nebraska. Before he left, he had his mother, Lucille teach him to make the family's sweet bread.

    This week's Heartland Cook follows his family recipe of baking homemade bread. Dr. Jim Dufek moved to Cape Girardeau 30 years ago from Nebraska. Before he left, he had his mother, Lucille teach him to make the family's sweet bread.

  • Heartland Cooks: Julie's Sopapilla Cheesecake

    Heartland Cooks: Julie's Sopapilla Cheesecake

    Thursday, May 21 2015 12:08 PM EDT2015-05-21 16:08:52 GMT
    Friday, April 28 2017 12:26 PM EDT2017-04-28 16:26:30 GMT

    There are many varieties of cheesecake out there, and this week's Heartland Cook shares a simple recipe for a sweet and creamy cheesecake with a Mexican flair.

    There are many varieties of cheesecake out there, and this week's Heartland Cook shares a simple recipe for a sweet and creamy cheesecake with a Mexican flair.

  • Heartland Cooks: Marjorie's Peanut Butter Frosting

    Heartland Cooks: Marjorie's Peanut Butter Frosting

    Friday, April 21 2017 11:59 AM EDT2017-04-21 15:59:09 GMT
    Marjorie's Peanut Butter Frosting over angel food cake. (Source: KFVS)Marjorie's Peanut Butter Frosting over angel food cake. (Source: KFVS)

    Marjorie Phillips of Scott County, Missouri took her family’s love of peanut butter and created a frosting for her son’s favorite cake: angel food.

    Marjorie Phillips of Scott County, Missouri took her family’s love of peanut butter and created a frosting for her son’s favorite cake: angel food.

  • Heartland Cooks: Linda's Brunch Dutch Baby

    Heartland Cooks: Linda's Brunch Dutch Baby

    Thursday, September 17 2015 11:57 AM EDT2015-09-17 15:57:39 GMT
    Friday, April 14 2017 1:20 PM EDT2017-04-14 17:20:51 GMT

    Breakfast or brunch doesn’t have to be the same old bacon and eggs.

    Breakfast or brunch doesn’t have to be the same old bacon and eggs.

  • Heartland Cooks: The Original Girl Scout Cookie

    Heartland Cooks: The Original Girl Scout Cookie

    Friday, April 7 2017 12:04 PM EDT2017-04-07 16:04:39 GMT
    Girl Scouts with Troop 8843 from Pinckneyville, Illinois baked a batch of cookies from the original Girl Scout Cookie recipe. (Source: KFVS)Girl Scouts with Troop 8843 from Pinckneyville, Illinois baked a batch of cookies from the original Girl Scout Cookie recipe. (Source: KFVS)

    This year marks the one-hundredth anniversary of Girl Scout Cookie sales.

    This year marks the one-hundredth anniversary of Girl Scout Cookie sales.

  • Heartland Cooks: Ryan’s Home Run Pizza Puffs

    Heartland Cooks: Ryan’s Home Run Pizza Puffs

    Thursday, April 3 2014 5:19 PM EDT2014-04-03 21:19:05 GMT
    Friday, March 31 2017 1:21 PM EDT2017-03-31 17:21:51 GMT

    We’re getting you geared up with game-watching grub. Cardinals’ fan and KFVS graphic artist Ryan Bollinger of Jackson, Mo. shares his recipe for Home Run Pizza Puffs.

    We’re getting you geared up with game-watching grub. Cardinals’ fan and KFVS graphic artist Ryan Bollinger of Jackson, Mo. shares his recipe for Home Run Pizza Puffs.

  • Heartland Cooks: Satish's North Indian Fish Fry

    Heartland Cooks: Satish's North Indian Fish Fry

    Friday, March 24 2017 12:29 PM EDT2017-03-24 16:29:42 GMT
    Satish Walia of India Delight in Marion, IL. (Source: KFVS)Satish Walia of India Delight in Marion, IL. (Source: KFVS)

    There are plenty of fish fries in the Heartland throughout spring leading up to Easter, but Satish Walia at India Delight in Marion, Illinois makes his fried fish much differently.

    There are plenty of fish fries in the Heartland throughout spring leading up to Easter, but Satish Walia at India Delight in Marion, Illinois makes his fried fish much differently.

  • Heartland Cooks: Katy O’Ferrell’s Irish Boxty

    Heartland Cooks: Katy O’Ferrell’s Irish Boxty

    Wednesday, March 15 2017 1:06 PM EDT2017-03-15 17:06:14 GMT
    Boxty are Irish Potato PancakesBoxty are Irish Potato Pancakes

    Every day is St. Patrick’s Day at Katy O’Ferrell’s Irish Pub in Cape Girardeau.

    Every day is St. Patrick’s Day at Katy O’Ferrell’s Publick House in Cape Girardeau.

  • Heartland Cooks - Murphysboro "No Fail" Appletime Apple Pie

    Heartland Cooks - Murphysboro "No Fail" Appletime Apple Pie

    Monday, March 13 2017 5:28 PM EDT2017-03-13 21:28:45 GMT
    No fail Appletime Apple PieNo fail Appletime Apple Pie

    Ingredients: No-Fail Pie Crust 3 cups all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon fine salt 1 cup shortening (chilled) 1 egg 1 teaspoon white vinegar 7-10 tablespoons ice water Apple Mixture 7-8 cups apples* peeled, cored and sliced to ¼ inch 1 tablespoon lemon juice ¼ teaspoon salt ½ teaspoon cinnamon ¼ teaspoon nutmeg (optional) 3 tablespoons cornstarch 2 tablespoons butter (not margarine) *Granny Smith, Jonathan or Golden Delicious apples Directi...

    Folks are gearing up for the 2016 Murphysboro Apple Festival September 14 - 17 and that means baking perfect apple pies for the annual Apple Pie Contest. Heartland Cook Rosie Wece's pies have won the blue ribbon in years past. Rosie taught nearly 40 local kids how to bake a perfect apple pie with no-fail pie crust at the University of Illinois Extension office two weeks ahead of the Apple Festival, and shared the step-by-step recipe.

  • Heartland Cooks: Salmon en Papillote (in parchment)

    Heartland Cooks: Salmon en Papillote (in parchment)

    Friday, March 10 2017 12:31 PM EST2017-03-10 17:31:20 GMT

    During the 40 days of Lent many Christians forgo meat on Fridays. Beef, chicken and pork are forbidden – leaving fish as the lone protein option.

    During the 40 days of Lent many Christians forgo meat on Fridays. Beef, chicken and pork are forbidden – leaving fish as the lone protein option.

  • Heartland Cooks: Dennis' Boudin King Cake

    Heartland Cooks: Dennis' Boudin King Cake

    Friday, February 24 2017 12:06 PM EST2017-02-24 17:06:49 GMT

    Dennis Kinkead of Cape Girardeau prefers his Mardi Gras king cakes to be spicy and savory, not sweet.

    Dennis Kinkead of Cape Girardeau prefers his Mardi Gras king cakes to be spicy and savory, not sweet.

  • Heartland Cooks: Shirley K.'s Cherry Delight

    Heartland Cooks: Shirley K.'s Cherry Delight

    Friday, February 17 2017 12:47 PM EST2017-02-17 17:47:53 GMT
    Shirley Kay's Cherry DelightShirley Kay's Cherry Delight

    Just in time for Presidents’ Day, Shirley Kay Davis is whipping up a dessert even George Washington would love.

    Just in time for Presidents’ Day, Shirley K. Davis is whipping up a dessert even George Washington would love.

  • Heartland Cooks: Old Fashioned Pound Cake

    Heartland Cooks: Old Fashioned Pound Cake

    Friday, February 10 2017 12:28 PM EST2017-02-10 17:28:00 GMT

    In Jane Stacy’s eyes, nothings says Valentine’s Day more than pound cake.

    In Jane Stacy’s eyes, nothings says Valentine’s Day more than pound cake.

  • Heartland Cooks - Tracy's Valentine's Day Double Chocolate Ganache Cake

    Heartland Cooks - Tracy's Valentine's Day Double Chocolate Ganache Cake

    Friday, February 3 2017 1:15 PM EST2017-02-03 18:15:42 GMT
    Tracy's Double Chocolate Ganache CakeTracy's Double Chocolate Ganache Cake

    Valentine’s Day is approaching and that means you’ll be looking for something sweet for your sweetie.

    Valentine’s Day is approaching and that means you’ll be looking for something sweet for your sweetie.

  • Heartland Cooks - Deb's cold weather ribs

    Heartland Cooks - Deb's cold weather ribs

    Friday, February 19 2016 12:06 PM EST2016-02-19 17:06:59 GMT
    Friday, January 27 2017 12:19 PM EST2017-01-27 17:19:12 GMT

    There’s nothing tastier than fall-off-the-bone ribs, but in the winter months you may feel less inclined to spend hours tending a grill or smoker.

    There’s nothing tastier than fall-off-the-bone ribs, but in the winter months you may feel less inclined to spend hours tending a grill or smoker. 

  • Heartland Cooks: Andrea’s Taste of Chocolate Dessert Waffles & Strawberry Whipped Cream

    Heartland Cooks: Andrea’s Taste of Chocolate Dessert Waffles & Strawberry Whipped Cream

    Friday, January 20 2017 12:10 PM EST2017-01-20 17:10:35 GMT

    Andrea Stephens is the Domestic Violence Program coordinator with the Women’s Center in southern Illinois.

    Andrea Stephens is the Domestic Violence Program coordinator with the Women’s Center in southern Illinois.

  • Heartland Cooks - Grant's Low-Carb Breakfast Hash

    Heartland Cooks - Grant's Low-Carb Breakfast Hash

    Friday, January 6 2017 12:26 PM EST2017-01-06 17:26:22 GMT
    Grant's low-carb breakfast hashGrant's low-carb breakfast hash

    Losing weight tops many lists of New Year’s resolutions.

    Losing weight tops many lists of New Year’s resolutions.

  • Heartland Cooks: Cheryl's Special Cinnamon Rolls

    Heartland Cooks: Cheryl's Special Cinnamon Rolls

    Friday, October 10 2014 11:06 AM EDT2014-10-10 15:06:40 GMT
    Friday, December 30 2016 11:21 AM EST2016-12-30 16:21:03 GMT

    This week's Heartland Cook is known for her special cinnamon rolls.

    This week's Heartland Cook is known for her special cinnamon rolls.

  • Heartland Cooks: Lorrie's Mexican Wedding Cake Cookies

    Heartland Cooks: Lorrie's Mexican Wedding Cake Cookies

    Friday, December 23 2016 12:37 PM EST2016-12-23 17:37:43 GMT

    In many families baking Christmas cookies is a tradition. Lorrie Edwards of Cape Girardeau shares her family favorite – Mexican Wedding Cake cookies.

    In many families baking Christmas cookies is a tradition. Lorrie Edwards of Cape Girardeau shares her family favorite – Mexican Wedding Cake cookies.

  • Heartland Cooks: Love, marriage & Fruitcake

    Heartland Cooks: Love, marriage & Fruitcake

    Friday, December 16 2016 12:44 PM EST2016-12-16 17:44:59 GMT

    Every Christmas, Adelaide Parsons of Cape Girardeau bakes a fruitcake with a lot of history.

    Every Christmas, Adelaide Parsons of Cape Girardeau bakes a fruitcake with a lot of history.

  • Heartland Cooks: Zac's Holiday Seafood Rolls

    Heartland Cooks: Zac's Holiday Seafood Rolls

    Friday, December 9 2016 12:27 PM EST2016-12-09 17:27:19 GMT
    Zac's Holiday Seafood RollsZac's Holiday Seafood Rolls

    With Zac’s Holiday Seafood Rolls you can feed your family a fancy hors d’oeuvre that doesn’t take too long to make!

    With Zac’s Holiday Seafood Rolls you can feed your family a fancy hors d’oeuvre that doesn’t take too long to make!

  • Heartland Cooks - Zac's Spicy Jambalaya

    Heartland Cooks - Zac's Spicy Jambalaya

    Friday, February 27 2015 12:05 PM EST2015-02-27 17:05:09 GMT
    Friday, December 2 2016 10:26 AM EST2016-12-02 15:26:19 GMT

    The weather's warming up a little, but this week's Heartland Cook is going to really heat us up with a little Cajun spice.

    The weather's warming up a little, but this week's Heartland Cook is going to really heat us up with a little Cajun spice.

  • Heartland Cooks: Lt. Farmer's Leftover Turkey Enchiladas

    Heartland Cooks: Lt. Farmer's Leftover Turkey Enchiladas

    Monday, November 24 2014 4:44 PM EST2014-11-24 21:44:33 GMT
    Friday, November 25 2016 11:24 AM EST2016-11-25 16:24:18 GMT

    Lt. Farmer of the Paducah fire department shares his easy recipe for Turkey Salsa Enchiladas in Cream Sauce.

    Lt. Farmer of the Paducah fire department shares his easy recipe for Turkey Salsa Enchiladas in Cream Sauce.

  • Heartland Cooks - Lesley’s Sweet Potato Bake

    Heartland Cooks - Lesley’s Sweet Potato Bake

    Friday, November 18 2016 12:06 PM EST2016-11-18 17:06:17 GMT

    Sweet potatoes are a must-have dish on any Thanksgiving table, but Lesley Dormeyer of Fruitland does hers a little differently.

    Sweet potatoes are a must-have dish on any Thanksgiving table, but Lesley Dormeyer of Fruitland does hers a little differently.

  • Heartland Cooks - I Love the '90s Cocktail

    Heartland Cooks - I Love the '90s Cocktail

    Friday, November 11 2016 12:43 PM EST2016-11-11 17:43:50 GMT

    It’s flashback Friday on Heartland Cooks! This week Abbie Jo Vander Bol shares a recipe for a mixed drink that’ll take you back to the 90s when Salt N Pepa and Coolio were on the radio and clear drinks were all the rage.

    It’s flashback Friday on Heartland Cooks! This week Abbie Jo Vander Bol shares a recipe for a mixed drink that’ll take you back to the 90s when Salt N Pepa and Coolio were on the radio and clear drinks were all the rage.

  • Heartland Cooks: A.J.'s Venison Chili

    Heartland Cooks: A.J.'s Venison Chili

    Friday, November 4 2016 3:59 PM EDT2016-11-04 19:59:39 GMT

    Archery deer season is well underway and firearm season is just around the corner. That means hunters’ freezers are filling up with ground venison.

    Archery deer season is well underway and firearm season is just around the corner. That means hunters’ freezers are filling up with ground venison.

  • Heartland Cooks - Healthy Halloween Treats

    Friday, October 28 2016 12:56 PM EDT2016-10-28 16:56:12 GMT

    Halloween is known for spooky costumes and tons of candy, but all that sugar isn’t the best thing for your health.

    Halloween is known for spooky costumes and tons of candy, but all that sugar isn’t the best thing for your health.

  • Heartland Cooks: Dennis' French Onion Soup Burgers

    Heartland Cooks: Dennis' French Onion Soup Burgers

    Friday, April 29 2016 12:08 PM EDT2016-04-29 16:08:28 GMT
    Friday, October 14 2016 12:20 PM EDT2016-10-14 16:20:13 GMT

    Dennis Kinkead of Cape Girardeau, Missouri loves to cook for his wife, Julie. This week he whips up one of Julie’s favorites: French Onion Soup Burgers.

    Dennis Kinkead of Cape Girardeau, Missouri loves to cook for his wife, Julie. This week he whips up one of Julie’s favorites: French Onion Soup Burgers.

  • Heartland Cooks - Candice & Liam's Easy Venison Steak

    Heartland Cooks - Candice & Liam's Easy Venison Steak

    Friday, October 7 2016 12:25 PM EDT2016-10-07 16:25:46 GMT
    Photo Courtesy of Candice DavisPhoto Courtesy of Candice Davis

    Deer season is under way in the Heartland and Candice Davis of the Missouri Department of Conservation is ready to hunt!

    Deer season is under way in the Heartland and Candice Davis of the Missouri Department of Conservation is ready to hunt!

  • Heartland Cooks - Wendy's Taco Soup

    Heartland Cooks - Wendy's Taco Soup

    Friday, September 30 2016 1:10 PM EDT2016-09-30 17:10:03 GMT
    Wendy Diamond of Cape Girardeau shares her recipe for Taco Soup.Wendy Diamond of Cape Girardeau shares her recipe for Taco Soup.

    Autumn means cooler weather, football, sweaters and hot soup.

    Autumn means cooler weather, football, sweaters and hot soup.

  • Heartland Cooks - Satish’s India Delight Beef Boti Masala

    Heartland Cooks - Satish’s India Delight Beef Boti Masala

    Friday, September 23 2016 12:53 PM EDT2016-09-23 16:53:24 GMT

    Satish Walia and his wife own India Delight restaurant in Marion, Illinois.

    Satish Walia and his wife own India Delight restaurant in Marion, Illinois.

  • Heartland Cooks: SEMO District Fair Ziggy Burger

    Heartland Cooks: SEMO District Fair Ziggy Burger

    Friday, September 16 2016 2:07 PM EDT2016-09-16 18:07:03 GMT

    Just beyond the glow of the usual food vendors stands the Trinity Lutheran Men’s club pavilion with no glitzy lights or flashing signs. What it lacks in showmanship it more than makes up for with flavor.

    Just beyond the glow of the usual food vendors stands the Trinity Lutheran Men’s club pavilion with no glitzy lights or flashing signs. What it lacks in showmanship it more than makes up for with flavor.

  • Heartland Cooks - Grandma Betty's Tater Tot Casserole

    Heartland Cooks - Grandma Betty's Tater Tot Casserole

    Friday, June 12 2015 9:01 AM EDT2015-06-12 13:01:38 GMT
    Friday, August 26 2016 11:39 AM EDT2016-08-26 15:39:06 GMT

    This week's Heartland Cook shares a family recipe that is near and dear to his heart. Leevon DeCourley of Cape Girardeau says his Grandma Betty is well-known for her Tater Tot Casserole.

    This week's Heartland Cook shares a family recipe that is near and dear to his heart. Leevon DeCourley of Cape Girardeau says his Grandma Betty is well-known for her Tater Tot Casserole.

  • Heartland Cooks - Chris's Smoky Pimento Cheese Spread

    Heartland Cooks - Chris's Smoky Pimento Cheese Spread

    Friday, August 19 2016 11:58 AM EDT2016-08-19 15:58:13 GMT
    Chris Foeste shares his recipe for Smoky Pimento Cheese SpreadChris Foeste shares his recipe for Smoky Pimento Cheese Spread

    More than 60 teams are gearing up for the 24th annual Jaycee Barbecue fest in Cape Girardeau's Arena Park August 19 and 20.

    More than 60 teams are gearing up for the 24th annual Jaycee Barbecue fest in Cape Girardeau's Arena Park August 19 and 20.

  • Heartland Cooks: Julie's Hawaiian Bread Dip

    Heartland Cooks: Julie's Hawaiian Bread Dip

    Friday, August 5 2016 1:47 PM EDT2016-08-05 17:47:53 GMT

    Southeast Missouri State University is preparing for a new school year. Each year, a group of faculty members within the university’s agriculture department meet to plan for the return of students.

    Southeast Missouri State University is preparing for a new school year. Each year, a group of faculty members within the university’s agriculture department meet to plan for the return of students.

  • Heartland Cooks - Rendleman Orchard's Fresh Peach Salsa

    Heartland Cooks - Rendleman Orchard's Fresh Peach Salsa

    Friday, July 29 2016 1:00 PM EDT2016-07-29 17:00:02 GMT

    Everything is just peachy at Rendleman Orchards in Alto Pass, Illinois.

    Everything is just peachy at Rendleman Orchards in Alto Pass, Illinois.

  • Heartland Cooks: Julie’s STA Chocolate Banana Bread Pudding

    Heartland Cooks: Julie’s STA Chocolate Banana Bread Pudding

    Friday, July 22 2016 2:32 PM EDT2016-07-22 18:32:24 GMT
    Julie’s STA Chocolate Banana Bread PuddingJulie’s STA Chocolate Banana Bread Pudding

    Julie Malone is a bit of a culinary jet setter. She spent six years in New York at the Culinary Institute of American as well as a stint in St. Louis perfecting her art.

    Julie Malone is a bit of a culinary jet setter. She spent six years in New York at the Culinary Institute of American as well as a stint in St. Louis perfecting her art.

  • Heartland Cooks: Campfire Chicken Pot Pie

    Heartland Cooks: Campfire Chicken Pot Pie

    Friday, July 15 2016 12:19 PM EDT2016-07-15 16:19:05 GMT
    Boy Scout Kaden Mitchell, 12, makes Campfire Chicken Pot Pie.Boy Scout Kaden Mitchell, 12, makes Campfire Chicken Pot Pie.

    Summertime is full of outdoor activities and family campouts. Eventually, everyone gets sick of weenies roasted over an open fire.

    Summertime is full of outdoor activities and family campouts. Eventually, everyone gets sick of weenies roasted over an open fire.

  • Heartland Cooks - Sydney's Spicy Salsa

    Friday, July 10 2015 11:56 AM EDT2015-07-10 15:56:24 GMT
    Friday, July 8 2016 11:32 AM EDT2016-07-08 15:32:48 GMT

    This weeks Heartland Cook comes from within the KFVS family. When Breakfast Show anchor Crystal Britt isn't on the news, she and her daughter, Sydney, love to whip things up together in the kitchen. While most kids don't like spicy foods, Sydney loves it! With a little help from mom and little sister Makenzie - Sydney shares one of her favorite recipes:spicy salsa.

    This weeks Heartland Cook comes from within the KFVS family. When Breakfast Show anchor Crystal Britt isn't on the news, she and her daughter, Sydney, love to whip things up together in the kitchen. While most kids don't like spicy foods, Sydney loves it! With a little help from mom and little sister Makenzie - Sydney shares one of her favorite recipes:spicy salsa.

  • Heartland Cooks - Sandy's Quick Baked Beans

    Heartland Cooks - Sandy's Quick Baked Beans

    Friday, July 1 2016 12:13 PM EDT2016-07-01 16:13:22 GMT

    Independence Day cookouts are just around the corner, and this week’s Heartland Cook shares a recipe for a quick and easy baked beans recipe that’s sweet, spicy and saucy.

    Independence Day cookouts are just around the corner, and this week’s Heartland Cook shares a recipe for a quick and easy baked beans recipe that’s sweet, spicy and saucy.

  • Heartland Cooks - Claire's Simple Summer Salsa

    Heartland Cooks - Claire's Simple Summer Salsa

    Friday, July 11 2014 11:54 AM EDT2014-07-11 15:54:12 GMT
    Friday, June 24 2016 11:19 AM EDT2016-06-24 15:19:36 GMT

    This week’s Heartland Cook frequents Cape Girardeau’s Riverfront Farmers’ Market. Claire Bruce says in the summer months she tries to buy as much fresh produce from local vendors as she can find. Claire’s Simple Summer Salsa is a great way to spice up your tomatoes whether they’re fresh from your garden, a farmers market or the produce aisle at the grocery store.

    This week’s Heartland Cook frequents Cape Girardeau’s Riverfront Farmers’ Market. Claire Bruce says in the summer months she tries to buy as much fresh produce from local vendors as she can find. Claire’s Simple Summer Salsa is a great way to spice up your tomatoes whether they’re fresh from your garden, a farmers market or the produce aisle at the grocery store.

  • Heartland Cooks - Kelso Classic Pork Steak

    Heartland Cooks - Kelso Classic Pork Steak

    Friday, June 10 2016 1:01 PM EDT2016-06-10 17:01:13 GMT

    This week’s Heartland Cook is one of many who’ll be manning the grills at the Kelso Classic June 10 and 11. For the past 32 years, the Kelso Classic fastpitch softball tournament has drawn in ball fans and those hungry for good food. 

    This week’s Heartland Cook is one of many who’ll be manning the grills at the Kelso Classic June 10 and 11. For the past 32 years, the Kelso Classic fastpitch softball tournament has drawn in ball fans and those hungry for good food. 

  • Heartland Cooks 10/11 - Roshelle's Spicy Creole Chicken

    Heartland Cooks 10/11 - Roshelle's Spicy Creole Chicken

    Friday, October 11 2013 11:49 AM EDT2013-10-11 15:49:14 GMT
    Monday, May 30 2016 12:38 PM EDT2016-05-30 16:38:05 GMT

    October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, and this week’s Heartland Cook says her time in the kitchen helped her through some of her most trying times as she battled breast cancer.

    October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, and this week’s Heartland Cook says her time in the kitchen helped her through some of her most trying times as she battled breast cancer.

  • Heartland Cooks - Ryan's Backyard Baby Back Ribs

    Heartland Cooks - Ryan's Backyard Baby Back Ribs

    Friday, August 15 2014 12:03 PM EDT2014-08-15 16:03:27 GMT
    Monday, May 30 2016 12:34 PM EDT2016-05-30 16:34:32 GMT

    This week's Heartland Cook is somewhat of a backyard barbecue pro. Ryan's Backyard Baby Back Ribs are tender and moist, with a tacky barbeque sauce method that makes eating off the bone a little less messy.

    This week's Heartland Cook is somewhat of a backyard barbecue pro. Ryan’s Backyard Baby Back Ribs are tender and moist, with a tacky barbeque sauce method that makes eating off the bone a little less messy.

  • Heartland Cooks - Jason's Spicy Sriracha Reuben Sandwich

    Heartland Cooks - Jason's Spicy Sriracha Reuben Sandwich

    Friday, May 27 2016 12:15 PM EDT2016-05-27 16:15:53 GMT
    Jason's Sriracha Reuben SandwichJason's Sriracha Reuben Sandwich

    This week’s Heartland Cook is among 100 or so men cooking for a cause, or rather two causes. Jason Cook of Carterville is taking part in the Chef Clash June 4, 2016 at SIU Arena. Tickets are $75 with all food and drinks included. Each cook serves up his favorite recipe and this year, Cook is whipping up Sriracha Reuben Sandwiches. You can learn more about the event though the Chef Clash website, and purchase tickets here.  

    This week’s Heartland Cook is among 100 or so men cooking for a cause, or rather two causes. Jason Cook of Carterville is taking part in the Chef Clash June 4, 2016 at SIU Arena. Tickets are $75 with all food and drinks included. Each cook serves up his favorite recipe and this year, Cook is whipping up Sriracha Reuben Sandwiches. You can learn more about the event though the Chef Clash website, and purchase tickets here.  

  • Heartland Cooks: Shirley K.'s Milk Chocolate Pie

    Heartland Cooks: Shirley K.'s Milk Chocolate Pie

    Friday, May 20 2016 12:52 PM EDT2016-05-20 16:52:48 GMT

    Shirley K. Davis of Millersville, Missouri is a self-admitted chocoholic. One of her favorite treats is her Milk Chocolate Pie.

    Shirley K. Davis of Millersville, Missouri is a self-admitted chocoholic. One of her favorite treats is her Milk Chocolate Pie.

  • Heartland Cooks: Robert's Macaroni & Meatballs

    Heartland Cooks: Robert's Macaroni & Meatballs

    Friday, May 13 2016 10:29 AM EDT2016-05-13 14:29:30 GMT
    Friday, May 13 2016 1:04 PM EDT2016-05-13 17:04:38 GMT

    This week’s recipe is the product of that home-alone ingenuity. Robert took his two favorite things: meatballs and macaroni and mixed them together to make a man meal fit for a king.

    This week’s recipe is the product of that home-alone ingenuity. Robert took his two favorite things: meatballs and macaroni and mixed them together to make a man meal fit for a king.

  • Heartland Cooks - Wendy's Wild Rice Chicken Salad

    Heartland Cooks - Wendy's Wild Rice Chicken Salad

    Friday, April 10 2015 11:54 AM EDT2015-04-10 15:54:04 GMT
    Friday, May 6 2016 1:21 PM EDT2016-05-06 17:21:34 GMT

    This week's Heartland Cook whips her family's favorite warm weather sandwich. Wendy Diamond of Cape Girardeau County says her Wild Rice Chicken Salad mingles the flavors of sweet red grapes and citrus with a savory dill dressing. Wendy's chicken salad comes together to form a tasty snack that that's great for picnics or a day on the lake.

    This week's Heartland Cook whips her family's favorite warm weather sandwich. Wendy Diamond of Cape Girardeau County says her Wild Rice Chicken Salad mingles the flavors of sweet red grapes and citrus with a savory dill dressing. Wendy's chicken salad comes together to form a tasty snack that that's great for picnics or a day on the lake.

  • Heartland Cooks: Derek's St. Louis Smoky Blues Wings

    Heartland Cooks: Derek's St. Louis Smoky Blues Wings

    Friday, April 22 2016 12:20 PM EDT2016-04-22 16:20:15 GMT
    Friday, April 22 2016 1:52 PM EDT2016-04-22 17:52:53 GMT

    This week’s Heartland Cook is a huge St. Louis Blues fan and is rooting for his team to take the Stanley Cup.

    This week’s Heartland Cook is a huge St. Louis Blues fan and is rooting for his team to take the Stanley Cup.

  • Heartland Cooks: Cheryl's "Good for the Soul" Filipino Rolls

    Heartland Cooks: Cheryl's "Good for the Soul" Filipino Rolls

    Friday, April 1 2016 12:23 PM EDT2016-04-01 16:23:53 GMT
    Friday, April 1 2016 3:49 PM EDT2016-04-01 19:49:37 GMT

    Heartland Cook Cheryl Reinagel brings this week’s recipe all the way from the Philippines.

    Heartland Cook Cheryl Reinagel brings this week’s recipe all the way from the Philippines.

  • Heartland Cooks: Easter Bunny Bait

    Heartland Cooks: Easter Bunny Bait

    Friday, March 25 2016 12:17 PM EDT2016-03-25 16:17:23 GMT
    Friday, March 25 2016 12:52 PM EDT2016-03-25 16:52:46 GMT

    Easter is upon us and this week’s Heartland Cook shares a recipe sure to bring the Easter Bunny hopping into your home.

    Easter is upon us and this week’s Heartland Cook shares a recipe sure to bring the Easter Bunny hopping into your home.

  • Heartland Cooks: Ryan Eftink's Smoked Meatloaf

    Heartland Cooks: Ryan Eftink's Smoked Meatloaf

    Thursday, March 17 2016 4:34 PM EDT2016-03-17 20:34:51 GMT
    Friday, March 18 2016 6:00 AM EDT2016-03-18 10:00:22 GMT

    Folks will flock to the Show Me Center March 18-20 for the annual Heartland Home and Garden Show. All you need to do is follow your nose and you’ll find this week’s Heartland Cook. Ryan Eftink of Cape Girardeau owns Smokin’ Brother’s, and is always cooking up something good at his booth. He shares his recipe for easy smoked Meatloaf that’s not your mama’s dinner dish.

    Folks will flock to the Show Me Center March 18-20 for the annual Heartland Home and Garden Show. All you need to do is follow your nose and you’ll find this week’s Heartland Cook. Ryan Eftink of Cape Girardeau owns Smokin’ Brother’s, and is always cooking up something good at his booth. He shares his recipe for easy smoked Meatloaf that’s not your mama’s dinner dish.

  • Heartland Cooks - Deb's Honey Cornbread

    Heartland Cooks - Deb's Honey Cornbread

    Thursday, March 10 2016 11:36 AM EST2016-03-10 16:36:54 GMT
    Friday, March 11 2016 1:00 PM EST2016-03-11 18:00:22 GMT

    Heartland Cook Deb Martin of Jackson, Missouri has a dietary restriction that makes eating store-bought baked goods very difficult. Just because Martin has to maintain a gluten-free diet, doesn’t mean she wants to skimp on taste! Deb’s Honey cornbread muffins can be made with gluten-free flour, or with regular all-purpose flour for those who do not have a gluten intolerance. 

    Heartland Cook Deb Martin of Jackson, Missouri has a dietary restriction that makes eating store-bought baked goods very difficult. Just because Martin has to maintain a gluten-free diet, doesn’t mean she wants to skimp on taste! Deb’s Honey cornbread muffins can be made with gluten-free flour, or with regular all-purpose flour for those who do not have a gluten intolerance. 

  • Heartland Cooks: Adam Glenn's Blackened Catfish & Creamy Pea & Kale Risotto

    Heartland Cooks: Adam Glenn's Blackened Catfish & Creamy Pea & Kale Risotto

    Friday, February 26 2016 3:15 PM EST2016-02-26 20:15:55 GMT
    Friday, February 26 2016 3:22 PM EST2016-02-26 20:22:45 GMT

    This week's Heartland Cook has a passion for cooking that put him in kitchens out west cooking up first-class cuisine in locations like Yosemite's Grand Dining Room. Two years ago, Adam Glenn decided to come back home to Charleston, Missouri. He opened The Glenn restaurant and ever since he's been serving up gourmet dishes to folks from his hometown. 

    This week's Heartland Cook has a passion for cooking that put him in kitchens out west cooking up first-class cuisine in locations like Yosemite's Grand Dining Room. Two years ago, Adam Glenn decided to come back home to Charleston, Missouri. He opened The Glenn restaurant and ever since he's been serving up gourmet dishes to folks from his hometown. 

  • Heartland Cooks - showing Valentine's Day love on a budget

    Heartland Cooks - showing Valentine's Day love on a budget

    Friday, February 12 2016 12:29 PM EST2016-02-12 17:29:34 GMT
    Friday, February 12 2016 5:04 PM EST2016-02-12 22:04:51 GMT
    Watermelon Raspberry Sangria (Left) & Moscato Wine Punch (Right)Watermelon Raspberry Sangria (Left) & Moscato Wine Punch (Right)

    Showing love on Valentine’s Day doesn’t mean you have to empty the bank.

    Showing love on Valentine’s Day doesn’t mean you have to empty the bank.

  • Big Game Recipes – Pigskin Pizza Puffs

    Big Game Recipes – Pigskin Pizza Puffs

    Wednesday, February 3 2016 6:10 PM EST2016-02-03 23:10:35 GMT
    Wednesday, February 3 2016 6:10 PM EST2016-02-03 23:10:35 GMT
    Pizza is a game day staple, and Pigskin Pizza Puffs are a twist on an old favorite. It’s very easy to make, but not so easy to eat just one! 

    Pizza is a game day staple, and Pigskin Pizza Puffs are a twist on an old favorite. It’s very easy to make, but not so easy to eat just one! 

  • Big Game Recipes – Game Day Kielbasa

    Big Game Recipes – Game Day Kielbasa

    Wednesday, February 3 2016 5:59 PM EST2016-02-03 22:59:41 GMT
    Wednesday, February 3 2016 5:59 PM EST2016-02-03 22:59:41 GMT
    On game day you don’t want to spend all your time in the kitchen before  - or even worse, during – the big game. This quick and easy, three-ingredient recipe sounds strange, but will have your guests cheering for more. 

    On game day you don’t want to spend all your time in the kitchen before  - or even worse, during – the big game. This quick and easy, three-ingredient recipe sounds strange, but will have your guests cheering for more. 

  • Big Game Recipes – Brown Sugar Smokies

    Big Game Recipes – Brown Sugar Smokies

    Wednesday, February 3 2016 5:49 PM EST2016-02-03 22:49:31 GMT
    Wednesday, February 3 2016 5:49 PM EST2016-02-03 22:49:31 GMT
    You and your friends have huddled up for the big game and you’re ready to tackle some snacks. This game day classic combines sweet and savory tastes of brown sugar, little smokies & bacon for a full-flavored finger food that takes just a few minutes to make.

    You and your friends have huddled up for the big game and you’re ready to tackle some snacks. This game day classic combines sweet and savory tastes of brown sugar, little smokies & bacon for a full-flavored finger food that takes just a few minutes to make.

  • Big Game Recipes – Buffalo Chicken Deviled Eggs

    Big Game Recipes – Buffalo Chicken Deviled Eggs

    Wednesday, February 3 2016 5:39 PM EST2016-02-03 22:39:59 GMT
    Wednesday, February 3 2016 5:39 PM EST2016-02-03 22:39:59 GMT
    Deviled eggs are a staple of any sort of get-together; but if you’re gathering for the big game – you need to kick it up a notch! This Game Day Recipe combines two party favorites: deviled eggs and Buffalo wings to create a spicy appetizer that’s a real crowd pleaser. 

    Deviled eggs are a staple of any sort of get-together; but if you’re gathering for the big game – you need to kick it up a notch! This Game Day Recipe combines two party favorites: deviled eggs and Buffalo wings to create a spicy appetizer that’s a real crowd pleaser. 

  • Big Game Recipes – Sausage & Pepper Roll ups

    Big Game Recipes – Sausage & Pepper Roll ups

    Wednesday, February 3 2016 5:24 PM EST2016-02-03 22:24:46 GMT
    Wednesday, February 3 2016 5:24 PM EST2016-02-03 22:24:45 GMT
    If you don’t have much time and don’t want to spend all your time in the kitchen before or during the game - this is a perfect recipe for you. With just three ingredients you can whip up a tiny appetizer with a big flavor. WARNING: These little rollups are addicting and it’s very easy for a  cook to eat one for every one that makes it out of the kitchen! 

    If you don’t have much time and don’t want to spend all your time in the kitchen before or during the game - this is a perfect recipe for you. With just three ingredients you can whip up a tiny appetizer with a big flavor. WARNING: These little rollups are addicting and it’s very easy for a  cook to eat one for every one that makes it out of the kitchen! 

  • Big Game Recipes – Cheese & Bacon Football

    Big Game Recipes – Cheese & Bacon Football

    Wednesday, February 3 2016 5:07 PM EST2016-02-03 22:07:33 GMT
    Wednesday, February 3 2016 5:15 PM EST2016-02-03 22:15:19 GMT

    Cheese balls are often found on snack tables around the holidays, but this one has gridiron flair. Made with cream cheese, bacon and green onion –  this football-shaped cheese spread  gives your game day spread a catered look with very little time or effort on your part! It also tastes really, really good! 

    Cheese balls are often found on snack tables around the holidays, but this one has gridiron flair. Made with cream cheese, bacon and green onion –  this football-shaped cheese spread  gives your game day spread a catered look with very little time or effort on your part! It also tastes really, really good! 

  • Heartland Cooks - Patrick's Cup 'n Cork Chili

    Heartland Cooks - Patrick's Cup 'n Cork Chili

    Friday, September 26 2014 11:16 AM EDT2014-09-26 15:16:48 GMT
    Sep 26, 2014 05:42 PM2016-01-22 19:23:49 GMT
    The weather still feels like summer, but it is autumn on the calendar. This week we're mixing up a pot of one of fall's favorite recipes: chili. Heartland Cook Patrick Abbott serves chili every day of the year. 

    The weather still feels like summer, but it is autumn on the calendar. This week we're mixing up a pot of one of fall's favorite recipes: chili. Heartland Cook Patrick Abbott serves chili every day of the year. 

  • Heartland Cooks - Christy's Go-to Game Day Dip

    Heartland Cooks - Christy's Go-to Game Day Dip

    Friday, January 22 2016 12:58 PM EST2016-01-22 17:58:28 GMT
    Friday, January 22 2016 1:55 PM EST2016-01-22 18:55:08 GMT

    This dip recipe is perfect for any get-together with a large crowd. Your guests will come back for seconds and thirds! If you have a large crowd, you may want to double or triple the recipe.

    This dip recipe is perfect for any get-together with a large crowd. Your guests will come back for seconds and thirds! If you have a large crowd, you may want to double or triple the recipe.

  • Heartland Cooks - Len’s Homemade Yogurt

    Heartland Cooks - Len’s Homemade Yogurt

    Friday, January 8 2016 12:22 PM EST2016-01-08 17:22:27 GMT
    Friday, January 8 2016 12:39 PM EST2016-01-08 17:39:29 GMT

    When Len Fiedler of Shawneetown, Missouri retired he wanted to eat healthier. While his wife Janet admits she wasn’t thrilled when Len started taking over her kitchen, she’s come to enjoy the fruits of his labor – homemade yogurt. 

    When Len Fiedler of Shawneetown, Missouri retired he wanted to eat healthier. While his wife Janet admits she wasn’t thrilled when Len started taking over her kitchen, she’s come to enjoy the fruits of his labor – homemade yogurt. 

  • Pat's Scandinavian Almond Bars

    Pat's Scandinavian Almond Bars

    Monday, December 8 2014 11:39 AM EST2014-12-08 16:39:47 GMT
    Friday, December 18 2015 1:56 PM EST2015-12-18 18:56:13 GMT

    We continue to count the 12 Treats of Christmas with Pat Brase of Cape Girardeau with #9 – Scandinavian Almond Bars. They're delicate pastries with a strong almond flavor your family is sure to love.

    We continue to count the 12 Treats of Christmas with Pat Brase of Cape Girardeau with #9 – Scandinavian Almond Bars. They're delicate pastries with a strong almond flavor your family is sure to love.

  • 12 Treats of Christmas #4 - Sarah's Superb English Toffee

    12 Treats of Christmas #4 - Sarah's Superb English Toffee

    Monday, December 8 2014 9:52 AM EST2014-12-08 14:52:14 GMT
    Friday, December 11 2015 11:47 AM EST2015-12-11 16:47:50 GMT
    Sarah Ross of Cape Girardeau mixes up a batch of Superb English Toffee.

    Sarah Ross of Cape Girardeau mixes up a batch of Superb English Toffee.

  • Heartland Cooks - Damarcus' Chicken Napoleon

    Heartland Cooks - Damarcus' Chicken Napoleon

    Friday, December 4 2015 11:59 AM EST2015-12-04 16:59:39 GMT
    Friday, December 4 2015 12:07 PM EST2015-12-04 17:07:15 GMT
    Southeast Missouri State University student Damarcus Pryor’s passion for cooking goes back a long time. He cooked for his three older brothers starting at a young age and his skill in the kitchen has only grown over time. Now as a college student he’s whipping up French fare for others. 

    Southeast Missouri State University student Damarcus Pryor’s passion for cooking goes back a long time. He cooked for his three older brothers starting at a young age and his skill in the kitchen has only grown over time. Now as a college student he’s whipping up French fare for others. 

  • Heartland Cooks 11/29 - Ann's Leftover Turkey Soup

    Heartland Cooks - Ann's Leftover Turkey Soup

    Heartland Cooks - Ann's Leftover Turkey Soup

    Friday, November 27 2015 12:55 PM EST2015-11-27 17:55:09 GMT
    Friday, November 27 2015 12:55 PM EST2015-11-27 17:55:09 GMT

    Your Thanksgiving dinner has been eaten and enjoyed; but there’s still a lot of food left on the counter. This week’s Heartland Cook has a solution to rid your fridge of at least some of those leftovers.

    Your Thanksgiving dinner has been eaten and enjoyed; but there’s still a lot of food left on the counter. This week’s Heartland Cook has a solution to rid your fridge of at least some of those leftovers.

  • Heartland Cooks - Jane & Betty's Garlic Cheese Casserole

    Friday, November 20 2015 11:24 AM EST2015-11-20 16:24:16 GMT
    Friday, November 20 2015 1:00 PM EST2015-11-20 18:00:18 GMT
    Jane Stacy of Cape Girardeau says her family hasn’t had a Thanksgiving dinner without Garlic Cheese Grits Casserole in decades.

    Jane Stacy of Cape Girardeau says her family hasn’t had a Thanksgiving dinner without Garlic Cheese Grits Casserole in decades.

  • Thanksgiving side dish: Spinach casserole recipe

    Thanksgiving side dish: Spinach casserole recipe

    Tuesday, November 17 2015 3:50 PM EST2015-11-17 20:50:37 GMT
    Tuesday, November 17 2015 4:46 PM EST2015-11-17 21:46:19 GMT
    Registered dietitian Christa Hudson offers a tasty side dish you can whip up and take to your Thanksgiving gathering. 
    Registered dietitian Christa Hudson offers a tasty side dish you can whip up and take to your Thanksgiving gathering. 
  • Heartland Cooks - Linda's Cranberry, Orange & Pecan Relish

    Heartland Cooks - Linda's Cranberry, Orange & Pecan Relish

    Friday, November 13 2015 11:54 AM EST2015-11-13 16:54:29 GMT
    Friday, November 13 2015 1:00 PM EST2015-11-13 18:00:20 GMT
    Thanksgiving is coming up and this week’s Heartland Cook offers an alternative to canned cranberry sauce. Linda Gast of Jackson, Missouri says her family hasn’t had canned cranberry in years because there would be a family feud if she didn’t make her Cranberry, Orange and Pecan Relish. 
    Thanksgiving is coming up and this week’s Heartland Cook offers an alternative to canned cranberry sauce. Linda Gast of Jackson, Missouri says her family hasn’t had canned cranberry in years because there would be a family feud if she didn’t make her Cranberry, Orange and Pecan Relish. 
  • Heartland Cooks - French Onion Soup

    Heartland Cooks - French Onion Soup

    Friday, November 6 2015 9:59 AM EST2015-11-06 14:59:11 GMT
    Friday, November 6 2015 12:19 PM EST2015-11-06 17:19:22 GMT
    This week’s Heartland Cook is an aspiring caterer who’s attending culinary classes through Southeast Missouri State University. Damarcus Pryor has been cooking since junior high, and says he loves to fix French fare for anyone who’s hungry. His French Onion Soup has garnered rave reviews - C’est Magnifique!
    This week’s Heartland Cook is an aspiring caterer who’s attending culinary classes through Southeast Missouri State University. Damarcus Pryor has been cooking since junior high, and says he loves to fix French fare for anyone who’s hungry. His French Onion Soup has garnered rave reviews - C’est Magnifique!
  • Heartland Cooks - Tim's Friendship Pizza

    Heartland Cooks - Tim's Friendship Pizza

    Friday, October 30 2015 10:41 AM EDT2015-10-30 14:41:53 GMT
    Friday, October 30 2015 1:11 PM EDT2015-10-30 17:11:04 GMT
    Tim Koehler and his family recently moved to Cape Girardeau, but they’ve already made quite a few friends – and they have pizza to thank for it. Every Friday, the Koehler family opens their home to anyone who’s hungry. Tim, a father of four, makes as many pizzas as his guests will eat, and shares his recipe for making friends with Heartland Cooks.
    Tim Koehler and his family recently moved to Cape Girardeau, but they’ve already made quite a few friends – and they have pizza to thank for it. Every Friday, the Koehler family opens their home to anyone who’s hungry. Tim, a father of four, makes as many pizzas as his guests will eat, and shares his recipe for making friends with Heartland Cooks.
  • Heartland Cooks - Deb's Homemade Chicken & Noodles

    Heartland Cooks - Deb's Homemade Chicken & Noodles

    Friday, June 20 2014 11:39 AM EDT2014-06-20 15:39:09 GMT
    Friday, October 23 2015 12:19 PM EDT2015-10-23 16:19:52 GMT
    This week’s Heartland Cook stirs up memories in a large pot of chicken and noodles. Deb Hudson’s sister-in-law Connie Price taught her how to make homemade egg noodles decades ago and the recipe became a staple in Deb’s home as she raised her children. Connie passed away December 29, 2012, but her memory lives on in Deb’s recipes and in her heart.
    This week’s Heartland Cook stirs up memories in a large pot of chicken and noodles. Deb Hudson’s sister-in-law Connie Price taught her how to make homemade egg noodles decades ago and the recipe became a staple in Deb’s home as she raised her children. Connie passed away December 29, 2012, but her memory lives on in Deb’s recipes and in her heart.
  • Heartland Cooks - White Chocolate Popcorn Pink Up

    Heartland Cooks - White Chocolate Popcorn Pink Up

    Thursday, October 15 2015 12:16 PM EDT2015-10-15 16:16:45 GMT
    Friday, October 16 2015 2:15 PM EDT2015-10-16 18:15:43 GMT
    October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and everything is pink – including this week’s recipe. Heartland Cook Cheryl Reinagel of Kelso, Missouri shares her recipe for White Chocolate Popcorn Pink Up.
    October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and everything is pink – including this week’s recipe. Heartland Cook Cheryl Reinagel of Kelso, Missouri shares her recipe for White Chocolate Popcorn Pink Up.
  • Heartland Cooks - Gabriele's Pumpkin Risotto

    Friday, October 9 2015 12:10 PM EDT2015-10-09 16:10:32 GMT
    Friday, October 9 2015 1:24 PM EDT2015-10-09 17:24:13 GMT
    Pumpkin Risotto is a traditional northern Italian cold-weather dish.
    Pumpkin Risotto is a traditional northern Italian cold-weather dish.
  • Heartland Cooks 3/28/14 - Ann Marie's Sausage, Spinach & Wild Rice Casserole

    Heartland Cooks 3/28/14 - Ann Marie's Sausage, Spinach & Wild Rice Casserole

    Friday, March 21 2014 3:47 PM EDT2014-03-21 19:47:31 GMT
    Friday, October 2 2015 12:01 PM EDT2015-10-02 16:01:49 GMT
    Lots of experimentation led Ann Marie Bloemer to Sausage, Spinach Wild Rice Casserole, a dish her kids absolutely love. 
    Lots of experimentation led Ann Marie Bloemer to Sausage, Spinach Wild Rice Casserole, a dish her kids absolutely love. 
  • Heartland Cooks: Mike Mills' Perfect Ribeye Steak

    Heartland Cooks: Mike Mills' Perfect Ribeye Steak

    Friday, September 25 2015 12:41 PM EDT2015-09-25 16:41:02 GMT
    Friday, September 25 2015 3:38 PM EDT2015-09-25 19:38:55 GMT
    The 28th Praise the Lard Murphysboro Barbecue Cook-off is under way on Murphysboro’s 17th Street, but your nose will pick up more than pork smells in the air. The first ever Steak Cookoff Association sanctioned steak cookoff event will take place Friday, September 25. Organizer and 17th Street Barbecue Owner Mike Mills can’t enter the contest, but he knows his way around a Weber grill.
    The 28th Praise the Lard Murphysboro Barbecue Cook-off is under way on Murphysboro’s 17th Street, but your nose will pick up more than pork smells in the air. The first ever Steak Cookoff Association sanctioned steak cookoff event will take place Friday, September 25. Organizer and 17th Street Barbecue Owner Mike Mills can’t enter the contest, but he knows his way around a Weber grill.
  • Heartland Cooks: Rosie's Apple Sheet Pie

    Heartland Cooks: Rosie's Apple Sheet Pie

    Friday, September 11 2015 9:28 AM EDT2015-09-11 13:28:41 GMT
    Friday, September 11 2015 1:49 PM EDT2015-09-11 17:49:22 GMT
    Rosie says even though she’s well-known for her traditional apple pies – her husband begs her to make his favorite Apple Sheet Pie or “the skinny pie” as he calls it.
    Rosie says even though she’s well-known for her traditional apple pies – her husband begs her to make his favorite Apple Sheet Pie or “the skinny pie” as he calls it.
  • Heartland Cooks - James' Peanut Butter & Jelly Muffins

    Heartland Cooks - James' Peanut Butter & Jelly Muffins

    Friday, September 4 2015 12:16 PM EDT2015-09-04 16:16:55 GMT
    Friday, September 4 2015 2:30 PM EDT2015-09-04 18:30:38 GMT
    The fall semester is in full swing at Southeast Missouri State University, and one student’s senior year is on a roll. James Killion wheels around campus on his unicycle. If that wasn’t enough to turn heads - he also pedaled his one-wheeler around to make a delivery of homemade muffins to folks in Southeast’s agriculture department. 
    The fall semester is in full swing at Southeast Missouri State University, and one student’s senior year is on a roll. James Killion wheels around campus on his unicycle. If that wasn’t enough to turn heads - he also pedaled his one-wheeler around to make a delivery of homemade muffins to folks in Southeast’s agriculture department. 
  • Heartland Cooks - Sharon's Poppy Seed Bread

    Heartland Cooks - Sharon's Poppy Seed Bread

    Friday, August 28 2015 12:54 PM EDT2015-08-28 16:54:09 GMT
    Friday, August 28 2015 12:54 PM EDT2015-08-28 16:54:09 GMT
    This week's Heartland Cook is known by many for her fantastically flavorful Poppy Seed Bread.
    This week's Heartland Cook is known by many for her fantastically flavorful Poppy Seed Bread.
  • Heartland Cooks - Zac's Alabama Chicken Thighs

    Thursday, August 20 2015 6:22 PM EDT2015-08-20 22:22:43 GMT
    Friday, August 21 2015 12:50 PM EDT2015-08-21 16:50:09 GMT
    Backyard barbecue enthusiasts are gearing up for the twenty-third annual Cape Jaycee’s BBQ Fest. The annual event will be held August 21 and 22 in Arena Park. Among the teams competing for braggin’ rights and $2500 cash: Team Frankenswine. Team Frankenswine member Zac Caldwell says his Alabama Chicken Thighs are sure to wow the judges or anyone else who has a bite. Zac’s says his secret weapon to win in the BBQ fest chicken division is his Alabama white sauce tha...
    Backyard barbecue enthusiasts are gearing up for the twenty-third annual Cape Jaycee’s BBQ Fest. The annual event will be held August 21 and 22 in Arena Park. Among the teams competing for braggin’ rights and $2500 cash: Team Frankenswine. Team Frankenswine member Zac Caldwell says his Alabama Chicken Thighs are sure to wow the judges or anyone else who has a bite. Zac’s says his secret weapon to win in the BBQ fest chicken division is his Alabama white sauce tha...
  • Heartland Cooks - Molly's Cobden Peach Cobbler

    Heartland Cooks - Molly's Cobden Peach Cobbler

    Heartland Cooks - Molly's Cobden Peach Cobbler

    Friday, August 7 2015 12:23 PM EDT2015-08-07 16:23:36 GMT
    Friday, August 7 2015 1:29 PM EDT2015-08-07 17:29:01 GMT
    Molly Beckley's Cobden Peach CobblerMolly Beckley's Cobden Peach Cobbler
    The Cobden Peach Festival is an annual celebration of Union County’s favorite fruit. This week’s Heartland Cook’s kitchen is always busy this time of year baking Peach Cobblers.
    The Cobden Peach Festival is an annual celebration of Union County’s favorite fruit. This week’s Heartland Cook’s kitchen is always busy this time of year baking Peach Cobblers.
  • Heartland Cooks - Mom's Back-to-School Overnight Oats

    Heartland Cooks - Mom's Back-to-School Overnight Oats

    Friday, July 31 2015 11:44 AM EDT2015-07-31 15:44:59 GMT
    Friday, July 31 2015 5:42 PM EDT2015-07-31 21:42:07 GMT
    Summer break is winding down and it’s nearly time to send the kids back to school. That means mom will soon be caught up in the hustle and bustle of lunch packing and bus catching, so much so she might forget to take care of herself! This week Nichole Cartmell shares her go-to no-cook good morning recipe that you can mix the night before and grab and go come morning. It’s a perfect breakfast for busy moms. 
    Summer break is winding down and it’s nearly time to send the kids back to school. That means mom will soon be caught up in the hustle and bustle of lunch packing and bus catching, so much so she might forget to take care of herself! This week Nichole Cartmell shares her go-to no-cook good morning recipe that you can mix the night before and grab and go come morning. It’s a perfect breakfast for busy moms. 
  • Heartland Cooks - Emily's Fresh Peach Trifle

    Heartland Cooks - Emily's Fresh Peach Trifle

    Friday, July 24 2015 11:59 AM EDT2015-07-24 15:59:37 GMT
    Friday, July 24 2015 1:00 PM EDT2015-07-24 17:00:19 GMT
    Peach season is in full swing, and this week we head to the hills of Cobden, Illinois to spend some time in the kitchen with a Heartland Cook that knows a thing or two about peaches. Emily Garner’s family owns Flamm Orchards and she’s tried out plenty of peach recipes. This is among her favorites. Emily says this easy, no-bake Fresh Peach Trifle recipe is a crowd pleaser.
    Peach season is in full swing, and this week we head to the hills of Cobden, Illinois to spend some time in the kitchen with a Heartland Cook that knows a thing or two about peaches. Emily Garner’s family owns Flamm Orchards and she’s tried out plenty of peach recipes. This is among her favorites. Emily says this easy, no-bake Fresh Peach Trifle recipe is a crowd pleaser.
  • Heartland Cooks - Perry's Garden-to-Table Spinach, Sesame & Salmon Salad

    Heartland Cooks - Perry's Garden-to-Table Spinach, Sesame & Salmon Salad

    Friday, July 4 2014 11:15 AM EDT2014-07-04 15:15:07 GMT
    Friday, July 17 2015 2:16 PM EDT2015-07-17 18:16:24 GMT
    This week's Heartland Cook prepares a meal that’s good for your body and your community.
    This week's Heartland Cook prepares a meal that’s good for your body and your community.
  • Heartland Cooks - Brandi's Deep Dish Cookie Pie

    Heartland Cooks - Brandi's Deep Dish Cookie Pie

    Friday, June 19 2015 11:47 AM EDT2015-06-19 15:47:46 GMT
    Friday, June 19 2015 1:00 PM EDT2015-06-19 17:00:20 GMT
    This week's Heartland Cook lives with dietary restrictions due to a diagnosis of celiac disease. Brandi Knight eats only gluten-free foods. That means she cannot eat wheat, rye or barley without suffering negative symptoms. Still, Brandi says she has a sweet tooth and can't do without her baked goodies! Brandi's Deep Dish Cookie Pie made with garbanzo beans and oats may sound strange, but it is delicious!
    This week's Heartland Cook lives with dietary restrictions due to a diagnosis of celiac disease. Brandi Knight eats only gluten-free foods. That means she cannot eat wheat, rye or barley without suffering negative symptoms. Still, Brandi says she has a sweet tooth and can't do without her baked goodies! Brandi's Deep Dish Cookie Pie made with garbanzo beans and oats may sound strange, but it is delicious!
  • Heartland Cooks - Nichole's Strawberry Salsa with Cinnamon & Sugar Chips

    Heartland Cooks - Nichole's Strawberry Salsa with Cinnamon & Sugar Chips

    Friday, June 5 2015 12:07 PM EDT2015-06-05 16:07:31 GMT
    Friday, June 5 2015 1:25 PM EDT2015-06-05 17:25:20 GMT
    Heartland News reporter Nichole Cartmell shares her recipe for Strawberry Salsa with Cinnamon Sugar Chips. It's sweet and tart, tangy and fresh. It's great with the cinnamon chips or served on top of grilled chicken or pork.
    Heartland News reporter Nichole Cartmell shares her recipe for Strawberry Salsa with Cinnamon Sugar Chips. It's sweet and tart, tangy and fresh. It's great with the cinnamon chips or served on top of grilled chicken or pork.
  • Heartland Cooks - Jason's Kentucky Pork Tenderloin

    Heartland Cooks - Jason's Kentucky Pork Tenderloin

    Friday, May 29 2015 11:32 AM EDT2015-05-29 15:32:55 GMT
    Friday, May 29 2015 2:18 PM EDT2015-05-29 18:18:26 GMT
    This week's Heartland Cook is one of the 100 Men Who Cook – a group of men who'll be gathering June 6 at SIU Arena to cook up some funds to help a local charity. 
    This week's Heartland Cook is one of the 100 Men Who Cook – a group of men who'll be gathering June 6 at SIU Arena to cook up some funds to help a local charity. 
  • Heartland Cooks - Laura's Baby Food

    Heartland Cooks - Laura's Baby Food

    Friday, May 8 2015 1:28 PM EDT2015-05-08 17:28:25 GMT
    Friday, May 8 2015 2:02 PM EDT2015-05-08 18:02:25 GMT
    Mother's Day is this weekend and this week we turn to our KFVS new mother, Laura Wibbenmeyer along with Vivian Josephine and her mom, Victoria Wibbenmeyer. Laura explains how she makes baby food for Vivian.
    Mother's Day is this weekend and this week we turn to our KFVS new mother, Laura Wibbenmeyer along with Vivian Josephine and her mom, Victoria Wibbenmeyer. Laura explains how she makes baby food for Vivian.
  • Heartland Cooks - Perry's Spicy Stuffed Poppers

    Heartland Cooks - Perry's Spicy Stuffed Poppers

    Friday, July 25 2014 10:39 AM EDT2014-07-25 14:39:36 GMT
    Friday, May 1 2015 9:39 AM EDT2015-05-01 13:39:30 GMT
    This week's Heartland Cook, Perry Byrd of Princeton, Kentucky serves up a spicy appetizer sure to get guests at your picnic or cookout talking. Perry's Spicy Stuffed Poppers are a fantastic finger food with a kick.
    This week’s Heartland Cook, Perry Byrd of Princeton, Kentucky serves up a spicy appetizer sure to get guests at your picnic or cookout talking. Perry’s Spicy Stuffed Poppers are a fantastic finger food with a kick.
  • Heartland Cooks - Flossie's WWII Ham Baked in Milk

    Heartland Cooks - Flossie's WWII Ham Baked in Milk

    Friday, April 11 2014 11:53 AM EDT2014-04-11 15:53:21 GMT
    Friday, April 24 2015 12:50 PM EDT2015-04-24 16:50:12 GMT
    This week's Heartland Cook gives us a culinary history lesson straight out of a World War II ration cookbook. Flossie Leggett of Cape Girardeau says in those days, folks did more with less. Flossie's simple recipe for Ham Baked in Milk uses just five ingredients to create a unique taste from the past that's sure to be a hit at your table - today.
    This week's Heartland Cook gives us a culinary history lesson straight out of a World War II ration cookbook. Flossie Leggett of Cape Girardeau says in those days, folks did more with less. Flossie’s simple recipe for Ham Baked in Milk uses just five ingredients to create a unique taste from the past that's sure to be a hit at your table - today.
  • Heartland Cooks - Joe's Morel-stuffed Puff Pastry

    Heartland Cooks - Joe's Morel-stuffed Puff Pastry

    Friday, April 17 2015 10:00 AM EDT2015-04-17 14:00:42 GMT
    Friday, April 17 2015 12:00 PM EDT2015-04-17 16:00:24 GMT
    Spring flowers are in bloom, the trees are starting to sprout and morel mushrooms are popping up. It's the time of year when morel madness hits the Heartland. Many folks head outdoors to orchards and forests in search of the season's first mushroom. This week's Heartland Cook is a mushroom expert who won't reveal his secret morel spots, but did share a really tasty recipe. 
    Spring flowers are in bloom, the trees are starting to sprout and morel mushrooms are popping up. It's the time of year when morel madness hits the Heartland. Many folks head outdoors to orchards and forests in search of the season's first mushroom. This week's Heartland Cook is a mushroom expert who won't reveal his secret morel spots, but did share a really tasty recipe. 
  • Heartland Cooks - Karen's Chicken Salad Pie

    Heartland Cooks - Karen's Chicken Salad Pie

    Thursday, June 5 2014 6:03 PM EDT2014-06-05 22:03:51 GMT
    Friday, April 3 2015 9:20 AM EDT2015-04-03 13:20:02 GMT
     This week's Heartland Cook shares a unique take on Chicken Salad. Karen Elledge of Jackson says her Chicken Salad Pie is always hit. Chock full of chicken, celery, almonds, and water chestnuts – this dish is full of flavor, but not so heavy that it'll weigh you down. It's a quick and easy fix for any busy cook, and Karen says it's also a great way to re-purpose leftover chicken.
     This week's Heartland Cook shares a unique take on Chicken Salad. Karen Elledge of Jackson says her Chicken Salad Pie is always hit. Chock full of chicken, celery, almonds, and water chestnuts – this dish is full of flavor, but not so heavy that it'll weigh you down. It's a quick and easy fix for any busy cook, and Karen says it's also a great way to re-purpose leftover chicken.

  • Heartland Cooks - Ryan's Smoked Salmon Dip

    Heartland Cooks - Ryan's Smoked Salmon Dip

    Friday, March 27 2015 12:05 PM EDT2015-03-27 16:05:18 GMT
    Friday, March 27 2015 1:00 PM EDT2015-03-27 17:00:21 GMT
    If you're observing Lent and not eating meat on Fridays, you may be running out of ideas for how to fix a fish dish. Ryan Eftink of Smokin' Brothers Barbecue in Cape Girardeau comes to the rescue with his recipe for Smoked Salmon Dip. 
    If you're observing Lent and not eating meat on Fridays, you may be running out of ideas for how to fix a fish dish. Ryan Eftink of Smokin' Brothers Barbecue in Cape Girardeau comes to the rescue with his recipe for Smoked Salmon Dip. 
  • Heartland Cooks - Jeff's St. Patrick's Day Colcannon

    Heartland Cooks - Jeff's St. Patrick's Day Colcannon

    Friday, March 13 2015 11:59 AM EDT2015-03-13 15:59:30 GMT
    Friday, March 13 2015 1:00 PM EDT2015-03-13 17:00:23 GMT
    This week's Heartland Cook celebrates his Irish heritage more than once a year. Jeff Furlow of Carterville and his wife Shannon often cook traditional Irish dishes at home. This week's recipe, Colcannon, is among their favorites.
    This week's Heartland Cook celebrates his Irish heritage more than once a year. Jeff Furlow of Carterville and his wife Shannon often cook traditional Irish dishes at home. This week's recipe, Colcannon, is among their favorites.
  • Heartland Cooks - Georgia's Reuben Bread & Rye Croutons

    Heartland Cooks - Georgia's Reuben Bread & Rye Croutons

    Friday, March 6 2015 11:46 AM EST2015-03-06 16:46:43 GMT
    Friday, March 6 2015 1:56 PM EST2015-03-06 18:56:49 GMT
    When is a sandwich not a sandwich? When it's a soup! This week's Heartland Cook shares a recipe that puts the bold flavor of a Reuben sandwich to a creamy bowl of soup. Georgia Smith shares a rich and creamy Reuben Soup recipe that's perfect for dinner on a cold day. .
    When is a sandwich not a sandwich? When it's a soup! This week's Heartland Cook shares a recipe that puts the bold flavor of a Reuben sandwich to a creamy bowl of soup. Georgia Smith shares a rich and creamy Reuben Soup recipe that's perfect for dinner on a cold day. .
  • Heartland Cooks - "One Hot" Valentine Sugar Cookie

    Heartland Cooks - "One Hot" Valentine Sugar Cookie

    Friday, February 13 2015 12:21 PM EST2015-02-13 17:21:06 GMT
    Friday, February 13 2015 6:48 PM EST2015-02-13 23:48:37 GMT
    This time of year love and sweets occupy our hearts and minds. If the way to your true love's heart is through their stomach, Sarah Lavender-Brashear of One Hot Cookie in Murphysboro, Illinois has just the recipe for you. Sarah's “One Hot” Sugar Cookie is a subtle sweet delicacy that you can decorate any way you want to make your sweetie smile this Valentine's Day.
    This time of year love and sweets occupy our hearts and minds. If the way to your true love's heart is through their stomach, Sarah Lavender-Brashear of One Hot Cookie in Murphysboro, Illinois has just the recipe for you. Sarah's “One Hot” Sugar Cookie is a subtle sweet delicacy that you can decorate any way you want to make your sweetie smile this Valentine's Day.
  • Heartland Cooks - My Daddy's French Vanilla Valentine Éclairs

    Heartland Cooks - My Daddy's French Vanilla Valentine Éclairs

    Friday, February 6 2015 11:07 AM EST2015-02-06 16:07:19 GMT
    Friday, February 6 2015 11:07 AM EST2015-02-06 16:07:20 GMT
    We're approaching the sweetest time of year. My Daddy's Cheesecake in Cape Girardeau deals in sweet treats year round, but one old-fashioned French pastry is always a hit around Valentine's Day. 
    We're approaching the sweetest time of year. My Daddy's Cheesecake in Cape Girardeau deals in sweet treats year round, but one old-fashioned French pastry is always a hit around Valentine's Day. 
  • Heartland Cooks - Christy's Apple Buttery Pear Pie

    Heartland Cooks - Christy's Apple Buttery Pear Pie

    Friday, November 14 2014 11:13 AM EST2014-11-14 16:13:55 GMT
    Friday, January 23 2015 10:38 AM EST2015-01-23 15:38:54 GMT
    This week's Heartland Cook shares a recipe that's a twist on traditional apple pie.
    This week's Heartland Cook shares a recipe that's a twist on traditional apple pie.
  • Maren & Daisy's Girl Scout Tagalong-Stuffed Do-Si-Do Brownie Cups

    Maren & Daisy's Girl Scout Tagalong-Stuffed Do-Si-Do Brownie Cups

    Friday, January 16 2015 10:10 AM EST2015-01-16 15:10:12 GMT
    Friday, January 16 2015 8:28 PM EST2015-01-17 01:28:06 GMT
    It's Girl Scout Cookie season and this week we're learning from expert cookie sellers (and eaters) how to make a deliciously chocolate-peanut butter treat. Five-year-old Maren Tolson and fellow Girl Scout six-year-old Daisy Urban mix up a batch of Tagalong-Stuffed Do-Si-Do Brownie Cups with just a little help from Scout Leader and mom Megan Tolson.
    It's Girl Scout Cookie season and this week we're learning from expert cookie sellers (and eaters) how to make a deliciously chocolate-peanut butter treat. Five-year-old Maren Tolson and fellow Girl Scout six-year-old Daisy Urban mix up a batch of Tagalong-Stuffed Do-Si-Do Brownie Cups with just a little help from Scout Leader and mom Megan Tolson.
  • Heartland Cooks 1/9/15 - Jory's Slim Santa Fe Soup

    Heartland Cooks 1/9/15 - Jory's Slim Santa Fe Soup

    Friday, January 9 2015 12:16 PM EST2015-01-09 17:16:01 GMT
    Friday, January 9 2015 4:27 PM EST2015-01-09 21:27:14 GMT
    Now that the holidays are over, many of us have made New Year's resolutions to slim down. This week's Heartland Cooks has a recipe to help you stick to the diet, without depriving yourself of taste.
    Now that the holidays are over, many of us have made New Year's resolutions to slim down. This week's Heartland Cooks has a recipe to help you stick to the diet, without depriving yourself of taste.
  • Heartland Cooks 5/9/14 - Carol's Creamy Chicken Enchiladas

    Heartland Cooks 5/9/14 - Carol's Creamy Chicken Enchiladas

    Friday, May 9 2014 11:29 AM EDT2014-05-09 15:29:26 GMT
    Friday, January 2 2015 9:55 AM EST2015-01-02 14:55:20 GMT
    The kitchen is a place where memories are made for many families. That’s especially true for this week’s Heartland Cook and her siblings. Carol Statler of Gordonville, Missouri has 10 brothers and sisters. Carol says all 11 Kennedy kids learned to cook at a very early age at the insistence of their Mother who never used a recipe. Carol fixed her Chicken Enchiladas for her sisters this week as they marked the 18th anniversary of their mother's passing.
    The kitchen is a place where memories are made for many families. That’s especially true for this week’s Heartland Cook and her siblings. Carol Statler of Gordonville, Missouri has 10 brothers and sisters. Carol says all 11 Kennedy kids learned to cook at a very early age at the insistence of their Mother who never used a recipe. Carol fixed her Chicken Enchiladas for her sisters this week as they marked the 18th anniversary of their mother's passing.
  • Heartland Cooks 12/26/14 - Aunt Anna Jean's Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup

    Heartland Cooks 12/26/14 - Aunt Anna Jean's Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup

    Tuesday, December 23 2014 11:38 AM EST2014-12-23 16:38:07 GMT
    Friday, December 26 2014 12:00 PM EST2014-12-26 17:00:21 GMT
    It's that time of year – everyone is sick! We're in the height of flu season and when you have the flu or a cold chicken noodle soup is good for what ails you. Lee Schlitt of Broadway Prescription Shop in Cape Girardeau shares his Great Aunt Anna Jean's recipe for Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup – an old fashioned favorite that's easy to whip up even when you're feeling under the weather.
    It's that time of year – everyone is sick! We're in the height of flu season and when you have the flu or a cold chicken noodle soup is good for what ails you. Lee Schlitt of Broadway Prescription Shop in Cape Girardeau shares his Great Aunt Anna Jean's recipe for Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup – an old fashioned favorite that's easy to whip up even when you're feeling under the weather.
  • 12 Treats of Christmas #12 – Jennifer's Santa Claus Cookies

    12 Treats of Christmas #12 – Jennifer's Santa Claus Cookies

    Wednesday, December 10 2014 7:24 AM EST2014-12-10 12:24:22 GMT
    Wednesday, December 24 2014 1:00 PM EST2014-12-24 18:00:24 GMT
    We're wrapping up our 12 Treats of Christmas Series with a very simple, fun activity the whole family can take part in on Christmas Eve. Jennifer Berkbigler of Cape Girardeau shares her holiday favorite: Nutter Butter Santa Claus Cookies. All you need is six ingredients to make adorable cookies just perfect for leaving on a plate for Old St. Nick to enjoy when he comes down the chimney.
    We're wrapping up our 12 Treats of Christmas Series with a very simple, fun activity the whole family can take part in on Christmas Eve. Jennifer Berkbigler of Cape Girardeau shares her holiday favorite: Nutter Butter Santa Claus Cookies. All you need is six ingredients to make adorable cookies just perfect for leaving on a plate for Old St. Nick to enjoy when he comes down the chimney.
  • 12 Treats of Christmas #11 - Sarah's Christmas Cardamom Cookies

    12 Treats of Christmas #11 - Sarah's Christmas Cardamom Cookies

    Monday, December 8 2014 1:24 PM EST2014-12-08 18:24:18 GMT
    Tuesday, December 23 2014 1:00 PM EST2014-12-23 18:00:20 GMT
    We're nearing the end of the list on our 12 Treats of Christmas with #11 – a dainty cookie from Sarah Ross of Cape Girardeau. Sarah's Cardamom Cookies have a unique flavor that's spiced just right for the holidays.
    We're nearing the end of the list on our 12 Treats of Christmas with #11 – a dainty cookie from Sarah Ross of Cape Girardeau. Sarah's Cardamom Cookies have a unique flavor that's spiced just right for the holidays.
  • 12 Treats of Christmas #10 - Marti's Krispie Drops

    12 Treats of Christmas #10 - Marti's Krispie Drops

    Monday, December 8 2014 11:54 AM EST2014-12-08 16:54:26 GMT
    Monday, December 22 2014 1:00 PM EST2014-12-22 18:00:18 GMT
    Marti Obermann of Chaffee, Missouri makes a tasty but simple holiday treat at #9 on the 12 Treats of Christmas list. Marti's Krispie Drops are a no-bake, sweet and salty treat that's sure to offer lots of smiles this holiday season.Ingredients:1 package White Chocolate Almond Bark (24 oz.)1 cup Crunchy Peanut Butter3 to 4 cups Rice Krispies2 1/2 cups Mini Marshmallows12 oz. can Spanish PeanutsDirections:Melt white chocolate Almond Bark in a microwave safe dish according to package directions....
    Marti Obermann of Chaffee, Missouri makes a tasty but simple holiday treat at #9 on the 12 Treats of Christmas list. Marti's Krispie Drops are a no-bake, sweet and salty treat that's sure to offer lots of smiles this holiday season.Ingredients:1 package White Chocolate Almond Bark (24 oz.)1 cup Crunchy Peanut Butter3 to 4 cups Rice Krispies2 1/2 cups Mini Marshmallows12 oz. can Spanish PeanutsDirections:Melt white chocolate Almond Bark in a microwave safe dish according to package directions....
  • 12 Treats of Christmas #8 – Sarah's Pecan Tassies

    12 Treats of Christmas #8 – Sarah's Pecan Tassies

    Monday, December 8 2014 11:16 AM EST2014-12-08 16:16:44 GMT
    Thursday, December 18 2014 1:00 PM EST2014-12-18 18:00:20 GMT
    Sarah Ross of Cape Girardeau continues toward our goal of 12 Treats of Christmas with #8 – Pecan Tassies. These tiny treats are similar to a pecan pie, but fit in the palm of your hand. Dusted with powdered sugar they're a very pretty addition to your Christmas cookie collection.
    Sarah Ross of Cape Girardeau continues toward our goal of 12 Treats of Christmas with #8 – Pecan Tassies. These tiny treats are similar to a pecan pie, but fit in the palm of your hand. Dusted with powdered sugar they're a very pretty addition to your Christmas cookie collection.
  • 12 Treats of Christmas #7 - Clara's Oreo Bon-bons

    12 Treats of Christmas #7 - Clara's Oreo Bon-bons

    Monday, December 8 2014 10:52 AM EST2014-12-08 15:52:49 GMT
    Wednesday, December 17 2014 1:00 PM EST2014-12-17 18:00:29 GMT
    We continue the 12 Treats of Christmas with Clara Essner of Kelso, Missouri. Clara's Oreo Bon-Bons are a #7 on the list and a big hit among the members of her family. They're easy to make and fun to decorate.
    We continue the 12 Treats of Christmas with Clara Essner of Kelso, Missouri. Clara's Oreo Bon-Bons are a #7 on the list and a big hit among the members of her family. They're easy to make and fun to decorate.
  • 12 Treats of Christmas #6 - Pat's Candy Cane Snowballs

    12 Treats of Christmas #6 - Pat's Candy Cane Snowballs

    Monday, December 8 2014 10:33 AM EST2014-12-08 15:33:47 GMT
    Tuesday, December 16 2014 1:00 PM EST2014-12-16 18:00:21 GMT
    Pat Brase of Cape Girardeau rings in the halfway point in the 12 Treats of Christmas at #6 with her Candy Cane Snowballs. These tiny tea cookies have a Christmas zing when topped with crushed peppermint dust.
    Pat Brase of Cape Girardeau rings in the halfway point in the 12 Treats of Christmas at #6 with her Candy Cane Snowballs. These tiny tea cookies have a Christmas zing when topped with crushed peppermint dust.
  • 12 Treats of Christmas #5 - Julie's Homemade Marshmallows

    12 Treats of Christmas #5 - Julie's Homemade Marshmallows

    Monday, December 8 2014 10:09 AM EST2014-12-08 15:09:34 GMT
    Monday, December 15 2014 1:00 PM EST2014-12-15 18:00:17 GMT
    Julie Essner of Kelso, Missouri helps us continue to count down the 12 Treats of Christmas with #5 on the list: Homemade Marshmallows. Julie likes to decorate her marshmallows by coating them with multi-colored sprinkles, crushed candy canes, chopped nuts, colored sugars or by dipping them in chocolate almond bark.
    Julie Essner of Kelso, Missouri helps us continue to count down the 12 Treats of Christmas with #5 on the list: Homemade Marshmallows. Julie likes to decorate her marshmallows by coating them with multi-colored sprinkles, crushed candy canes, chopped nuts, colored sugars or by dipping them in chocolate almond bark.
  • 12 Treats of Christmas #3 - Marti's Hershey's Hug or Rollo Treats

    12 Treats of Christmas #3 - Marti's Hershey's Hug or Rollo Treats

    Monday, December 8 2014 9:39 AM EST2014-12-08 14:39:34 GMT
    Thursday, December 11 2014 1:00 PM EST2014-12-11 18:00:24 GMT
    Marti Obermann of Chaffee, Missouri offers up #3 in our 12 Treats of Christmas series. Marti's Hershey's Hug or Rolo treats are a quick and easy option for a tasty holiday treat. This recipe would be a great way to get even little kids involved in the kitchen.
    Marti Obermann of Chaffee, Missouri offers up #3 in our 12 Treats of Christmas series. Marti's Hershey's Hug or Rolo treats are a quick and easy option for a tasty holiday treat. This recipe would be a great way to get even little kids involved in the kitchen.
  • 12 Treats of Christmas #2 - Clara's Peanut Butter Fudge

    12 Treats of Christmas #2 - Clara's Peanut Butter Fudge

    Monday, December 8 2014 9:18 AM EST2014-12-08 14:18:47 GMT
    Tuesday, December 9 2014 1:00 PM EST2014-12-09 18:00:16 GMT
    Clara Essner of Kelso, Missouri continues our 12 Treats of Christmas series with her recipe for Peanut Butter Fudge. As Clara says – you can't go wrong with peanut butter!Ingredients:2 cups sugar2/3 cup milk7 ounces Marshmallow Creme1 cup creamy peanut butter1 teaspoon vanillaDirections:Mix sugar and milk in saucepan. Boil mixture until candy thermometer reads 235-240ºF, or to softball stage.Remove from heat; add vanilla, marshmallow crème and peanut butter. Mix well and pour into a buttered ...
    Clara Essner of Kelso, Missouri continues our 12 Treats of Christmas series with her recipe for Peanut Butter Fudge. As Clara says – you can't go wrong with peanut butter!Ingredients:2 cups sugar2/3 cup milk7 ounces Marshmallow Creme1 cup creamy peanut butter1 teaspoon vanillaDirections:Mix sugar and milk in saucepan. Boil mixture until candy thermometer reads 235-240ºF, or to softball stage.Remove from heat; add vanilla, marshmallow crème and peanut butter. Mix well and pour into a buttered ...
  • 12 Treats of Christmas #1 – Martha Eftink's Caramel Candy Marshmallows

    12 Treats of Christmas #1 – Martha Eftink's Caramel Candy Marshmallows

    Thursday, December 4 2014 2:42 PM EST2014-12-04 19:42:58 GMT
    Friday, December 5 2014 1:00 PM EST2014-12-05 18:00:14 GMT
    This week's Heartland Cook kicks off our 12 Treats of Christmas series. Martha Eftink of Chaffee, Missouri is 90 years young and still making Christmas bright for her family with her Caramel Candy Marshmallows. Martha and her daughters, granddaughters and great-granddaughters meet every year for a bake off and cookie swap to get in the Christmas spirit. Martha leads the way as the go-to goodie maker for this salty-sweet treat that's been a favorite for the Eftink family for many, many years.I...
    This week's Heartland Cook kicks off our 12 Treats of Christmas series. Martha Eftink of Chaffee, Missouri is 90 years young and still making Christmas bright for her family with her Caramel Candy Marshmallows. Martha and her daughters, granddaughters and great-granddaughters meet every year for a bake off and cookie swap to get in the Christmas spirit. Martha leads the way as the go-to goodie maker for this salty-sweet treat that's been a favorite for the Eftink family for many, many years.I...
  • Heartland Cooks 11/21/14 - Grandma Myrtle's Thanksgiving Dressing

    Heartland Cooks 11/21/14 - Grandma Myrtle's Thanksgiving Dressing

    Friday, November 21 2014 9:18 AM EST2014-11-21 14:18:54 GMT
    Friday, November 21 2014 1:00 PM EST2014-11-21 18:00:22 GMT
    There's less than a week to go until Thanksgiving and one family gives us a preview of what will be on their holiday table. Mother Pat Hecht, daughter Shirlene Hecht of Altenburg, Missouri share the family recipe for Grandma Myrtle's Dressing. Myrtle Petzoldt passed away five years ago shortly before Thanksgiving, but her children and grandchildren will always remember spending time with her in the kitchen and enjoying her signature dressing. The mother-daughter duo say Thanksgiving is a time...
    There's less than a week to go until Thanksgiving and one family gives us a preview of what will be on their holiday table. Mother Pat Hecht, daughter Shirlene Hecht of Altenburg, Missouri share the family recipe for Grandma Myrtle's Dressing. Myrtle Petzoldt passed away five years ago shortly before Thanksgiving, but her children and grandchildren will always remember spending time with her in the kitchen and enjoying her signature dressing. The mother-daughter duo say Thanksgiving is a time...
  • Heartland Cooks 11/7/14 – Detective Keith's Cornbread Casserole

    Heartland Cooks 11/7/14 – Detective Keith's Cornbread Casserole

    Friday, November 7 2014 11:45 AM EST2014-11-07 16:45:48 GMT
    Friday, November 7 2014 1:00 PM EST2014-11-07 18:00:20 GMT
    This week's Heartland Cook spends most of her time investigating crime in and around Jackson, Missouri. Detective Megan Keith's job doesn't take a break for the holidays, so she and her fellow officers frequently find themselves spending Thanksgiving in the break room of Jackson Police Department.Detective Keith shares her recipe for Cornbread Casserole, a quick and easy recipe that she released in a cookbook put together by the department as a fundraiser for Relay for Life. “Cooking with Cop...
    This week's Heartland Cook spends most of her time investigating crime in and around Jackson, Missouri. Detective Megan Keith's job doesn't take a break for the holidays, so she and her fellow officers frequently find themselves spending Thanksgiving in the break room of Jackson Police Department.Detective Keith shares her recipe for Cornbread Casserole, a quick and easy recipe that she released in a cookbook put together by the department as a fundraiser for Relay for Life. “Cooking with Cop...
  • Heartland Cooks 10/31/14 - Vincent's Pumpkin Spice Ice "Scream"

    Heartland Cooks 10/31/14 - Vincent's Pumpkin Spice Ice "Scream"

    Friday, October 31 2014 7:30 AM EDT2014-10-31 11:30:32 GMT
    Friday, October 31 2014 3:45 PM EDT2014-10-31 19:45:25 GMT
    No tricks here, this week's Heartland Cook makes his own treats. Eleven-year-old Vincent Klueppel plans to be a ghost this Halloween, but certainly won't be invisible in his mom's kitchen. 
    No tricks here, this week's Heartland Cook makes his own treats. Eleven-year-old Vincent Klueppel plans to be a ghost this Halloween, but certainly won't be invisible in his mom's kitchen. 
  • Heartland Cooks - Christy's Pumpkin Cheesecake Muffins

    Heartland Cooks - Christy's Pumpkin Cheesecake Muffins

    Friday, October 17 2014 11:33 AM EDT2014-10-17 15:33:59 GMT
    Friday, October 17 2014 11:33 AM EDT2014-10-17 15:33:59 GMT
    Christy says her Pumpkin Cheesecake Muffins are perfect for fall; in fact they're her husband's favorite deer stand treat. These muffins combine rich spiced flavors that are sure to put you in the mood for fall fun.
    Christy says her Pumpkin Cheesecake Muffins are perfect for fall; in fact they're her husband's favorite deer stand treat. These muffins combine rich spiced flavors that are sure to put you in the mood for fall fun.
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