12 Midwestern Food Firsts (and A Couple Of The Region’s Best Recipes)

The other day I was cleaning out my cookbook cabinet trying to make room for a fun, fabulous, and very thick new cookbook that I got for Christmas. So it was time for “out with the old and in with the new” which, as a part-time hoarder, makes my heart race. I hate letting go…
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Learning How To Curl A Humbling Experience!

The Winter Olympics are just two weeks away and I’m as excited as Al Michaels calling the Russian game. When it comes to Olympics, make mine winter, please. The summer games are great, but there’s something about the winter sports. I remember being so inspired by Dorothy Hamill’s figure skating gold in the 1976 Winter…
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Vote For Your Favorite Christmas Cookie!

Thanks to those of you who entered your favorite Christmas cookie in our Great Indoors Christmas cookie contest. The 4 finalists are listed below. All of these cookies look delicious! I’d love to bake any of them this season (and maybe I will). Your vote will determine who walks away with $100 from West Acres…
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Classic Christmas Cut Outs

Classic Christmas Cut-Outs This is a recipe that was handed down from my Grandmother. I remember growing up making these and they were always the first cookies to disappear from the cookie trays that my mother made. And now when I make them the same holds true. Ingredients: 1 cup shortening (I prefer to use…
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Cherry Ding A Lings

Cherry Ding-a-lings 1 pkg refrigerated sugar cookie dough, thawed * 1/2 tsp ginger Filling: 3/4 c finely chopped pecans or walnuts 1/3 c packed brown sugar 2 T maraschino cherry juice one jar maraschino cherries, cut in half (I used 15) Directions: Mix filling ingredients in a bowl and set aside. Put cookie dough and…
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