2/28/14 - Oscar-Worthy Chicken Pot Pie

Our shortcut version of a signature dish served at the Governor's Ball is inspired by the event's official chef, Wolfgang Puck. These individual pot pies are to die for and perfect for any occasion! Serves:

2/21/14 - Stuffed Cabbage Stew

Our Stuffed Cabbage Stew is a classic old-world main dish using a shortcut that fits today's busy lifestyle. It's super easy to make and perfect for dinner any night of the week! Serves: 8 Cooking

3/4/14 - Skillet Mardi Gras Pasta

You don't have to go to The Big Easy to get that jazzy southern flavor you're craving. Just make our Skillet Mardi Gras Pasta, and we can bet your gang'll throw you your own parade right in your kitchen!

3/5/14 - Fresh Apple Turnovers

This Amish-style dessert is just what you need after a long day, and you won't even mind making them because they're super easy. Served by themselves or with a scoop of delicious ice cream, you can't go

3/10/14 - Magical Mac & Cheese

Create a truly unforgettable dinner tonight for your gang with our Magical Mac & Cheese recipe. It's loaded with tons of cheddar and baked to perfection with a crunchy topping. You'll be in heaven after

2/27/14 - Golden Squash Casserole

Around our Test Kitchen, we think everything tastes better with a bit of cheese! Of course, when it comes to lighter recipes, we turn to reduced-fat cheese varieties to add that creamy goodness! That's

3/3/14 - Smoked Sausage Gumbo

We decided to make this classic New Orleans-style dish the old fashioned way and we just know you're gonna love this hot and steamy gumbo. It's like a Mardi Gras parade of flavor in your mouth! Serves:

2/26/14 - Salmon Croquettes

Salmon Croquettes is one of our Test Kitchen's favorite recipes that keeps getting updated with the times. It's a classic but with a bit of a twist! Serves: 4 Cooking Time: 30 min What You'll Need: 2

3/6/14 - Easy Tortellini One Pot

Take a stroll through the frozen food aisle at the supermarket and grab everything you need to make our Easy Tortellini One-Pot. It only takes 20 minutes and it doesn't get much easier than that! Serves:

  Heartland Cooks: Easter Bunny Bait

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: Katy O’Ferrell’s Irish Boxty

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

  Heartland Cooks: Girl Scout Tagalong-stuffed Do-Si-Do brownie cups

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.

Heartland Cooks: Aunt Anna Jean's Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup

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.

Heartland Cooks - French Onion Soup

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: Zac'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!

Heartland Cooks: Love, marriage & Fruitcake

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

Heartland Cooks: Cheryl's Special Cinnamon Rolls

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

Heartland Cooks - Mary Ann's Chocolate Sheet Cake

Everyone likes chocolate cake, but this chocolate sheet cake has been a family favorite for generations.

Heartland Cooks: Wendy's Taco Soup

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

Heartland Cooks: Sarah's Appletime Caramel Apple Cupcakes

September is Appletime in Murphysboro, Illinois. No one is busier leading up to the annual Apple Festival than Sarah Lavender-Brashear.

Heartland Cooks: Emily's Easy Game Day Chili

The weather is turning colder, and Friday nights mean Heartland football.

  Heartland Cooks: Joe's Black Trumpet Mushroom Eclipse Dip

Joe's Black Trumpet Mushroom Eclipse Dip

Heartland Cooks – Michelle’s sweet summer peach crisp

August is National Peach Month, but Michelle Sirles and her family love peaches all year long - especially when they're baked in the family recipe peach crisp.

Heartland Cooks: Shirley K.'s 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: Beaird Family Homemade Ice Cream

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: Damarcus's Spicy Salmon Sushi Roll

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

Heartland Cooks: Shirley Kay's Gooey Butter Cookies

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

Heartland Cooks: Dufek Family Homemade Bread & Cinnamon Rolls

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: Marjorie's Peanut Butter Frosting

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

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

Heartland Cooks: The Original Girl Scout Cookie

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

  Heartland Cooks: Ryan’s 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

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 - Murphysboro "No Fail" Appletime Apple Pie

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)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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