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Thanksgiving Recipe Inspiration

Turkey and dressing and pie, oh my!

Brandied Cranberries

Fresh Thanksgiving Sides

Guests will gobble up these updated Thanksgiving sides.

Pear Bran Muffins

Pear Recipes for Breakfast Through Dessert

Serve seasonal pear recipes this fall for breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert.

Apple Caramel Cheesecake Recipe

Awesome Apple Recipes

Find delicious apple recipes using fresh Illinois apples.

Ice Cream

We All Scream For Ice Cream Recipes

July is National Ice Cream Month! Celebrate with some of these cool flavors including Blueberry Ice Cream, Handmade Butter Pecan Ice Cream, Fresh Peach Ice Cream and Watermelon Raspberry Sorbet.

Italian Tomato Salad

Farmers’ Market Side Dish Recipes

Find fresh side dish recipes inspired by farmers’ market ingredients.

Sausage Grilling Tips

Sausage Grilling Tips and Trends

See sausage grilling tips and trends from the owners of Gene’s Sausage Shop in Chicago.

Kale and Kielbasa Soup

Savory Sausage Recipes

Find savory sausage recipes, inspired by Chicago-area sausage makers like Gene’s Sausage Shop.

Fresh Ricotta Salad with Heirloom Tomatoes

Seasonal Summer Recipes From the Farmers’ Market

Find fresh ingredients from your local farmers market for delicious summer recipes.


Spring Into Healthy Eating With Illinois-Grown Veggies

Illinois-grown horseradish and springtime veggies star in this three-course meal.

Strawberry Mozzarella Walnut Salad

Fresh and Fruity Spring Luncheon Recipes

Welcome the season with delicious, nutritious spring luncheon recipes featuring Curried Chicken Salad, Honey-Lime Fruit Salad and Strawberry-Rhubarb Angel Food Cake.

Mixed Green Salad with Snow Peas, Grapes and Feta

Move Over, Iceberg: Fun and Flavorful Spring Salads

Add interest (and nutrition) to your salads with a different type of green. The traditional, common iceberg is making way for the rich, deep greens of kale, arugula, collards and spinach – and here are a few recipes for fun, flavorful salads.

Mary Todd Lincoln White Cake

Presidential Desserts: Celebrate the Season with Recipes Inspired by Lincoln

Celebrate the season with tasty dessert recipes inspired by Illinois’ own Abraham Lincoln.

Squash Recipes

Satisfying Squash Recipes for Fall

Serve delicious squash recipes for fall using varieties like butternut and acorn.


The Perfect Dip: Recipes for Dips and Salsas

Whether preparing for a summer cookout or having friends over for the big game, these dips and salsas are great for big groups — or delicious enough to enjoy on your own. These dips and salsa recipes include Zesty Corn and Black Bean Salsa, Pumpkin Cheesecake Dip, Crab Dip, Spicy Summer Salsa, Baked Pumpkin Cheese Dip and Eggplant and Bell Pepper Dip.

Nancy's Ice Cream Pie

Delightful Dairy Recipes for Summer

Milk, yogurt, and cheese star in summer dairy recipes.

Easter Dinner Recipes

Easter Dinner Recipes

For your Easter dinner menu planning, consider these recipes. From the Coca-Cola Country Ham recipe, to potato salads, vegetables and pies, these recipes will please the whole family.

Asparagus Pizza Blanca

Asparagus Recipes: Ways to Enjoy These Spears of Spring

Celebrate fresh asparagus this spring with delicious and healthy recipes.

Mini Ham and Cheddar Veggie Cups

Ham Recipes for the Holidays

Serve savory sides and snacks for the holidays inspired by a favorite Illinois pork product: ham.

Pumpkin Bread recipe

Pumped for Pumpkin Recipes

Think outside of the pie plate with this nutrient-rich cucurbit. Our recipes include Henrietta’s Pumpkin Bread, Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins, Pumpkin Pancakes and Nancy’s Best Ever Pumpkin Bars.

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Apple Recipes From Breakfast to Dessert

Get to the core of apple recipe ideas, including Traditional Wassail, Golden Apple Oatmeal, Grilled Filled Apples and Apple Dapple Cake.

Apple Facts and Recipes

Apple Facts and Recipes for the Fall Harvest

Celebrate the fall apple harvest with delicious recipes and interesting facts about this all-American fruit.

Sweet corn recipes

Sweet Corn Recipes: We’re All Ears

Learn about corn varieties, storage tips and recipes including Creamy Chili-Lime Creamed Corn, Corn and Blueberry Salad, Grilled Corn, Black Bean and Avocado Salsa, and Potato Corn Chowder.

Orange and Horseradish-Crusted Pork Tenderloin Recipe

Horseradish Recipes

Horseradish provides a pungent punch to a variety of recipes, from mashed potatoes to coleslaw to pork tenderloin.

White Chicken Chili

Slow Cooker Recipes: Slow and Steady Wins the Taste

Slow cookers are made for busy people who would love to have dinner made when they come home. Here are some of our favorite slow cooker recipes.

Maple Pumpkin Spice Popcorn Recipe

Celebrate National Popcorn Poppin’ Month

Many people think popcorn, sweet corn and field corn are on in the same – but they’re not. Learn more about popcorn in celebration of National Popcorn Poppin’ Month in October. These recipes include Espresso Popcorn, Sweet and Hot Popcorn, Caramel Almond Popcorn Clusters, Cranberry-Orange Caramel Popcorn and more.

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By the Sea: Flavorful Seafood Recipes

Whether you’re sticking it on a skewer, a bun, on a plate of pasta, or cooking it on a plank, these flavorful seafood recipes make for a perfect summer dinner. Try your hand at plank cooking with Cedar-Plank Roasted Salmon, substitute that hamburger with a grilled thai tuna patty, and enjoy your delicious shrimp glazed or tossed with pasta.

Mashed Potatoes

Potluck Recipes

Potato salads, deviled eggs, baked beans and more recipes perfect for your next potluck or family reunion.


Autumn Harvest Yields Healthy, Hearty Recipes

Take advantage of the season’s bounty of green, red and orange fruits and vegetables, and you’ll realize benefits beyond simple and fast preparation.


Apples are Star Player in Winning Tailgating Recipes

Our tailgating recipes – including apple-themed variations on pizza, baked beans and fall-themed salad – win with great taste and good health.

Black Walnut Cream Cake

Best Dessert Recipes

From Chocolate Fried Pies to Key Lime Cake, these sweets hit the spot.

Spinach Salad with Rasberry Vinaigrette

Fresh Salad Recipes

Indulge in the fresh tastes of the garden with delicious salads like Napa Cabbage Salad, Zucchini, Corn and Tomato Salad, Mediterranean Orzo Salad, and Spinach Salad with Raspberry Vinaigrette.

Caramelized Pear Tarts

Perfect Pear Recipes

Celebrate this fall-harvested fruit with flavorful recipes for Pear Cranberry Chutney, Arugula and Pear Salad With Pine-Nut Crusted Goat Cheese, French Green Bean Salad With Pears and Parmesan, and Caramelized Pear Tarts.


You’re a Real Peach: The Ripe Fruit Stars in These Fruity Recipes

August is National Peach Month. Celebrate with some vine-ripened facts, baking tips and our favorite peach recipes including Peach-Blackberry Short Cakes, Iced Summer Peaches, Peach Parfait and Bourbon-Peach BBQ Pork Chops

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Cast Iron Recipes

Whether on the stove top, in the oven or over a fire, cooking with cast iron is a farm house tradition with a delicious list of recipes. Classic Fried Catfish, Buffalo Chicken Dip, Broccoli Cheese Cornbread and Harvest Pork Chops are just some of these great dishes.

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Delicious Desserts

Looking for something to satisfy that sweet tooth? This variety of dessert recipes is sure to sweeten up your kitchen. These recipes include Sour Cream Pound Cake, Carrot Cake Cupcakes, several varieties of chocolate chip cookies and Turtle Brownies. And for more recipes, you’ll find links to our larger sweet collections.

Fair Fare at Home

Fair Fare: Recipes Inspired by the State Fair

There are few things more delicious — and more deep fried — than food at state fairs. Here are some of our favorite fair-inspired recipes.

Breakfast for Supper

Breakfast for Dinner Recipes

Our breakfast for dinner recipes include breakfast pizza, oven-roasted tomatoes and maple brown sugar bacon.

Coffee Cake

Don’t Feel Blue: Recipes Inspired by Summer’s Fresh Blueberries

July is National Blueberry Month because it is the peak of the harvest season. Enjoy this summer berry with these deliciously sweet recipes including Blueberry Buckle Coffee Cake, Blueberry Dump Cake, Fruit Tarts, Panna Cotta, Fresh Berry Pie, Blueberry Swirl Ice Pops and Blueberry Ice Cream

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Top Off Your Dishes With These Spreads and Chutneys

Looking for something to top off your dish? Try one of these delicious spreads, relishes or chutneys to give your dinner an extra boost.

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On the Side: These Vegetable Side Dishes Bring Flavor to the Dinner Table

Whether fresh from the garden or in the middle of winter, nothing helps breathe life into your dinner menu like a few delicious vegetable side dishes. From horseradish mashed potatoes, roasted asparagus and marsala carrots to risotto with peas, fresh corn salad and an Italian squash medley, these dishes bring color and flavor that your family will eat up.


Recipes For Summertime Cookouts and Picnics

Our dietitian-approved summer cookout and picnic recipes highlight Indiana favorites such as sweet corn and watermelon.

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Soups For All Seasons

Whether you’re looking for a recipe to warm up those cold winter days or a dinner idea that will keep you cool on hot summer nights, these hearty soups have something everyone will like. These recipes include Squash and Sausage Soup, Creamy Tomato Basil Soup, Carrot and Ginger Soup, Garden Vegetable Soup, Quick and Easy Turkey Noodle Soup, Gazpacho, Chilled Melon Soup, Lemon Artichoke Soup and more.


Veg Out: Vegetarian Dinner Ideas

No meat? No problem! Here are some of our favorite vegetarian-friendly dinner ideas that are sure to satisfy even the biggest appetites. These recipes include Mediterranean Spinach Quiche, Baked Stuffed Acorn Squash, Stuffed Peppers, Eggplant, Mozzarella and Pesto Gratins and Farmers Market Stir-Fry.


Recipes That Are Perfect For a Picnic

Grab that red and white checkered blanket and head outside. We’ve got a collection of flavorful recipes to fill your picnic basket and satisfy your appetite. From Salmon Caesar Wraps and Toasted Turkey and Brie Sandwiches to Easy Salt Pickles, Watermelon Tomato Salad and a delicious Summer Slaw.


Mother’s Day Meal for Mom

Add a little originality to Mother’s Day by trying your hand at something homemade. Even if concocting something special in the kitchen isn’t exactly your style, we’ve got a few easy recipes on hand to make the process go smoothly.


Farmers Market Recipes

Enjoy the freshness of your local farmers’ fare with a few of these surprisingly easy treats. Recipes include Eggplant, Mozzarella and Pest Gratins, stuffed peppers, gazpacho and a zucchini and corn salad.

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Sweeten Things Up With These Fruity Recipes

Looking for something to satisfy that sweet tooth without leaving you feeling guilty? These recipes treat you to all those sweet, healthy fruits you’ve been eying in the produce section and at your local farmers market. Fruit salads, banana salad, curried fruit and apple bourbon turnovers.


Healthy Ways to Start Your Day

Everyone loves a country breakfast, but we’ve found some breakfast recipes packed with flavor, not fat. These recipes include Breakfast Strata with Spinach and Swiss Cheese, Low-Fat Hashbrown Casserole and Slow-Cooked Scrambled Egg Beaters.


The Meat of the Matter: Dinner Recipes Your Family Will Love

Looking for a dinner idea that your entire family will enjoy? These recipes compliment that chicken, pork and steak you’ve got sitting in your refrigerator just waiting to be cooked. These recipes include Glazed Pork Medallions with Asparagus, Grilled Thai Beef Burgers, Ginger-Soy Flank Steak, Mushroom and Beef Kabobs, Cilantro Lime Chicken and Ribbon Meat Loaf.

Oven-baked Mini Reubens

March Madness Munchies: Recipes Perfect for Tailgating and Game Watching

Settle in for some serious hoops with these easy snacks. These recipes include Buffalo Chicken Dip, Oven-Baked Mini Reubens, Crab Dip and Double Chocolate Nut Clusters.


Impress Your Guests With These Easy Appetizers

Entertaining guests? Impress them before dinner even hits the table with these simple recipes that are bursting with flavors. Go Southern with Fried Green Tomatoes, spice it up with Chili Cheese Rolls or enjoy a delicious twist on a classic with Mini BBTs.

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Put the New Dietary Guidelines Into Practice

We have new advice for eating healthy. Once every five years, the U.S. government prepares new guidelines for a healthy lifestyle. The newly released 2010 Dietary Guidelines ask Americans to slash their salt intake, eat a more plant-based diet and increase physical activity.


Nutritious Baking and Breakfast Recipes to Warm Your Winter

Our recipes for Almond Shortbread Thumbprint Cookies, Oven Baked Apple Walnut Pancakes and Chocolate Fruit and Nut Clusters are fun to make and nutritious too.


Four Ways To Use Turkey Leftovers

Even when the holidays are over, your fridge may still be filled with the remainder of that huge turkey. But your delicious holiday leftovers do not have to go to waste; in fact, you can create fun, tasty dishes that are a far cry from a simple sandwich.

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Cold Weather Treats

When the temperatures drop, curl up by the fire with family and friends and enjoy these delicious snacks. Recipes include Espresso Popcorn, Caramel Corn, Hot Spiced Tea, Apple Gingerbread and Peppermint Fudge.


Wonderful Winter Recipes

Winter recipes from casseroles to soups invite home cooks to cozy up with a warm meal.

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Homemade Food Gifts are a Treat to Give and Receive

From kneading the silky dough to watching it rise before your eyes, making yeast breads – like those at Hodgson Mill – can be a satisfying experience.

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Soak Up These Marinades and Glazes

Whether preparing a turkey for Thanksgiving or a ham for dinner any night of the week, these marinades and glazes are sure to add flavor and moisture to your favorite meats. For ham try the Bourbon Ham Glaze, Honey-Apricot Glaze or Horseradish Glaze. And for turkey the Marinade Mama Mia is bursting with flavors.

Parmesan crusted chicken breasts with bacon-wrapped green bean bundles and classic rice pilaf for quick-fix meals.

Quick and Easy Dinner Recipes

Pull out this clip-and-cook meal of Parmesan-crusted chicken breasts, green bean bundles and lemon-thyme rice pilaf for a speedy weeknight dinner.

Picnic recipes

Perfect Recipes for a Summer Picnic

When the temperature warms and the flowers are in full bloom, there’s no better way to enjoy the summer than by dining al fresco.

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Spring Brunch Recipes

Gather your friends for a colorful spring brunch.


Ingredients That Taste Like Summer

’Tis the season for juicy red tomatoes straight from the vine, homegrown squash and zucchini, and all those other mouth-watering fresh veggies and fruits your green thumb – or your neighborhood farmers’ market – provides.

Roasted Chicken and Butternut Squash Soup Recipes

Warm Up With These Winter Recipes

Winter-weather recipes made from Illinois produce to warm your soul and stomach.