Reminders of how to safely cook your Thanksgiving turkey

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

2/21/14 - Stuffed Cabbage Stew

3/4/14 - Skillet Mardi Gras Pasta

3/5/14 - Fresh Apple Turnovers

3/10/14 - Magical Mac & Cheese

Continued Coverage

2/27/14 - Golden Squash Casserole

3/3/14 - Smoked Sausage Gumbo

2/26/14 - Salmon Croquettes

3/6/14 - Easy Tortellini One Pot

  Heartland Cooks: Easter Bunny Bait

Heartland Cooks: Katy O’Ferrell’s Irish Boxty

  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

Heartland Cooks: Cheryl's Special Cinnamon Rolls

Heartland Cooks - Mary Ann's Chocolate Sheet Cake

  Heartland Cooks: Wendy's Taco Soup

Heartland Cooks: Sarah's Appletime Caramel Apple Cupcakes

Heartland Cooks: Emily's Easy Game Day Chili

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.

Heartland Cooks - Grant's Low-Carb Breakfast Hash

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

Heartland Cooks: Lorrie's 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 - Zac's Spicy Jambalaya

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

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

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

  Heartland Cooks: A.J.'s Venison Chili

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

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

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: SEMO District Fair Ziggy Burger

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

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

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 - Gavin's Very Berry Pops

Six-year-old Gavin York is getting an early start in the kitchen. He is set to enter first grade and he's excited about having an after school snack that he makes himself. Gavin loves his Very Berry Pops. He points out that the cool summer treat is very healthy. Gavin makes his Very Berry Pops with fresh fruit, Greek yogurt and local honey.

  Heartland Cooks: Julie's Hawaiian Bread Dip

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

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

  Heartland Cooks: Julie’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.

  Heartland Cooks: Campfire Chicken Pot Pie

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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: Robert's Macaroni & Meatballs

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

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: Ryan Eftink's Smoked Meatloaf

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 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

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

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

Heartland Cooks - Big Game Recipes

You and your friends have huddled up for the Big Game and you're ready to tackle some snacks. If you're hosting a football party this Sunday or attending a potluck, try these simple, yet tasty treats that will score you a touchdown.

Big Game Recipes - Neil’s Buffalo Chicken Dip

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

  Big Game Recipes – Pigskin Pizza Puffs

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.