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You'll love what's cooking in the Land of Lincoln

From: Gwen Mckee

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You'll love what's cooking in the Land of Lincoln

From: Gwen Mckee


From Chicago to Cairo, fifty-nine of the leading cookbooks from the Land of Lincoln have contributed a delicious variety of recipes to create this remarkable collection.

These favorite recipes from cooks all over Illinois capture the state's unique flavors. Included in the more than 400 recipes are such delightful dishes as Chicago-Style Pizza, Mrs. Lincoln's White Cake, Hunker Down Popcorn, Easy Italian Beef, Harry (Caray)'s Chicken Vesuvio, and White Bean Bake.

These recipes are all tried-and-true Midwestern favorites.

Each cookbook in Quail Ridge Press' acclaimed Best of the Best State Cookbook Series contains favorite recipes submitted from the most popular cookbooks published in the state. The cookbooks are contributed by junior leagues, community organizations, popular restaurants, noted chefs, and just plain good cooks. From best-selling favorites to small community treasures, each contributing cookbook is featured in a catalog section that provides a description and ordering information -- a bonanza for anyone who collects cookbooks.Beautiful photographs, interesting facts, original illustrations and delicious recipes capture the special flavor of each state.


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"Love this cookbook. I bought this because I love Chicago but live in Nashville and figured I could try to make some of my favorite foods. It has all the favorite recipes like deep dish pizza, Italian beef, pizza pockets and a huge assortment of dishes I have not had but plan to try. Some recipes are complicated but some are easy I would say this book is more for your mid level cook not a beginner" --Eric Smith


"If you're a fan of the Best of the Best Cookbook series then you owe it to yourself to purchase this cookbook. Illinois has so much to offer the culinary world. Among the popular recipes offered here are Italian Beef, Chicago Deep Dish Pizza, Chicago Style Pizza, and Stormboli. The pizza dough recipes are from scratch and they are to die for. The vegetables section of this book is outstanding. Among the countries adding influence to Illinois styles of cooking are Greece, Italy, Poland, Germany,and Mexico. If you're into American regional cooking then Best of the Best from Illinois: Selected Recipes from Illinois's Favorite cookbooks should be part of your cookbook library." -- The Scoot

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About the Author


Gwen McKee is a publisher with a mission. As the co-founder (with her husband, Barney) and the editor-in-chief of Quail Ridge Press, she has dedicated the past two decades to preserving America's food heritage. Through Quail Ridge Press, Gwen has now accomplished much of this task by creating the 50-volume Best of the Best State Cookbook Series that includes over 20,000 classic recipes. Today Quail Ridge Press is one of the most successful regional publishers, and certainly one of the most thriving publishing houses owned by a woman.

Gwen's interest in preserving "real" American food came naturally. Like most native Southerners, she was influenced by a family immersed in the traditions of Southern cooking and entertaining. Over a period of many years, Gwen collected recipes that were handed down through her family for traditional holidays and reunions.

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Recipe Included with this Cookbook:


  • Apricot Mist Punch
  • Ewing Manor Magnificent Punch
  • Open House Punch
  • Tequila Champagne Punch
  • Sangria
  • Bloody Mary Deluxe
  • Hot Buttered Rum
  • Wassail
  • Johnny Appleseed Shakes
  • Vegetable Frittata
  • Zucchini Appetizers
  • Artichoke Heart Quiche
  • Quesadillas with Morels
  • Spinach Balls
  • Cucumber Canapes
  • Water Chestnut Appetizer
  • Deviled Eggs with Three Fillings
  • Croutons with Three Cheeses and Sun Dried Tomatoes
  • Kay's Best Cheese Spread
  • Potted Herb Cheese
  • Triconas (Hot Cheese Pastries)
  • Smoked Trout Cheesecake
  • Sweet and Sour Red Onions
  • Pumpkin Cheese Ball
  • Creamy Cheeseball
  • Cheese Ball
  • Flaming Cheese #1 (Saganaki)
  • Fried Mozzarella (Mozzarella Fritta)
  • Cheese Puffs
  • Italian Cheese Twists
  • Crunchy Cheese Dip
  • Incredible Vegetable Dip
  • Caramel Dip
  • Shrimp Pizza
  • Tomato Phyllo Pizza
  • Vegetable Pizza
  • Crusty Crab Points
  • Crab Puffs
  • Shrimply Devine
  • Chopped Herring
  • Marinated Shrimp with Orange
  • Appetizer Chicken Wings
  • Fancy Chicken Log
  • Super Barbecue Meat Balls
  • Crescents 'n Sausage Snacks Italiano
  • Hot Dog Rolls
  • Tortilla Temptations
  • Stuffed Grape Leaves (Dolmathes Yalantzi)
  • Chutney Pate
  • Marian's Sweet Pickles from Dill
  • Hunker Down Popcorn
  • Swedish Nuts
  • Hot Rolls
  • Swiss Cheese Bread
  • Corn Fritters
  • Sweet Potato Corn Bread
  • Nutmeg Coffee Bread
  • Caramel Coffee Cake
  • Strawberry Bread
  • Rhubarb Nut Bread
  • Canned Holiday Bread
  • Bourbon Nut Bread
  • Walter's Favorite Date Nut Loaf
  • Banana Chocolate Chip Bread
  • Raised Doughnuts or Rolls
  • Norma's Surprise Breakfast Rolls
  • Raspberry Muffins
  • Mandarin Orange Muffins
  • Cranberry Hazelnut Muffins
  • Kiwi Mango Muffins
  • Maple Bran Muffins
  • Sweet Potato Muffins
  • Blueberry Orange Muffins
  • Pumpkin Creme Muffins
  • Corn Festival Biscuits
  • David Ayres Pancakes
  • Vegetable Pancakes
  • High Rise Apple Pancake
  • Crispy Yeast Waffles
  • Overnight Caramel Toast
  • Overnight Orange French Toast
  • Crustless Quiche
  • Breakfast Pizza
  • Cheese and Onion Bake
  • Cranberry Breakfast Pie
  • Three Tiered Omelet with Wine Sauce
  • Sausage Wrapped Eggs
  • Mexican Cheese Grits
  • Violet Jelly
  • Fried Apples
  • Winter Morning Peaches
  • Hamburger Vegetable Soup
  • White Bean Vegetable Soup
  • White Bean Chili
  • Duchess Potato Soup
  • Dilled Tomato Soup
  • Elegant Mushroom Soup
  • Mushroom Wild Rice Soup
  • Cream of Broccoli Leek Soup
  • Quick Broccoli Soup
  • Broccoli Cheddar Soup
  • Sweet and Sour Cabbage Soup
  • Free Cabbage Soup
  • Hot and Sour Soup
  • Polish Fresh Mushroom Soup
  • Cream of Turnip Soup
  • Asparagus Soup
  • Low Cholesterol Corn Chowder
  • Jack O Lantern Soup
  • Red Pepper Soup
  • Grandma Smith's Clam Chowder
  • Crab Bisque
  • Head-for-the-Border Chicken Soup
  • Chicken Curry Soup
  • Cucumbers in Sour Cream
  • Broccoli and Red Bean Salad
  • Crunchy Broccoli Salad
  • Spinach and Fruit Salad
  • Layered Spinach Salad
  • Bow Tie Spinach Salad
  • Summertime Salad
  • Marinated Salad
  • Pasta Salad
  • Thunder and Lightening
  • Caesar Salad
  • German Potato Salad, Cold (Kar toffelsalat)
  • Thelma's Bed and Breakfast Meals by Request Slaw
  • Lisa's Cabbage Salad
  • Skinny Cole Slaw
  • Beet Root Salad
  • Jackson Salad
  • Mary Kay's Marinated Chicken Rice Salad
  • Chicken Salad
  • Froelich Memorial Home Made Hot Chicken Salad
  • Wong's Chinese Chicken Salad
  • Fresh Tuna Salad
  • Salmon Salad
  • Fake Crab Salad
  • Apricot Jell-O Salad
  • Frozen Fruit Salad
  • Spring Parfait Salad
  • Cucumber Mousse
  • Raspberry Pretzel Salad
  • Gooseberry Salad
  • Taffy Apple Salad
  • Pina Colada Salad
  • Thanksgiving Jello Salad
  • Baked Spinach and Ham Frittata
  • Poz Noz (Spinach)
  • Berghoff Creamed Spinach
  • Spinach with Rice (Spanakoryso)
  • Carrots and Cheese
  • Garden Casserole
  • Sauteed Asparagus
  • Crazy Casserole
  • Hundred Dollar Broccoli Casserole
  • Broccoli Souffle Restauranteur
  • Oven Roasted Vegetables
  • Skillet Squash
  • Onion Pie
  • Onion Shortcake
  • Stuffed Tomato with Feta Cheese
  • Swiss Style Green Beans
  • Corn and Tomato Casserole
  • New Salem Corn Casserole
  • Escalloped Corn (Microwave)
  • Fried Cauliflower with Cheese Sauce
  • White Bean Bake
  • Mushrooms in Marjoram Butter
  • Cavoli in Agrodolce (Cabbage in Sweet and Sour Sauce)
  • Holiday Mashed Potatoes
  • Party Potatoes
  • Potatoes Boulangere
  • Golden Parmesan Potatoes
  • Dilled Potatoes
  • Potato Latkes 1 (Pancakes)
  • Sweet Taters and Apples
  • Pasta with Chicken
  • Spaghetti Pie
  • Special Manicotti
  • Cheesy Biscuit Lasagna
  • Mexican Lasagna
  • Barb's Burritos
  • Taco Pie
  • Turkey Lasagna Florentine
  • Alla Panna (Alfredo Sauce)
  • Swiss Chicken Pie
  • Chicken Pecan Quiche
  • Crustless Crab Quiche
  • Mock Spinach Quiche
  • Neapolitan Vegetable Cheesecake
  • Fried Rice
  • Ham and Rice Casserole
  • Chicago Deep Dish Pizza
  • Chicago Style Pizza
  • The Springfield Horseshoe
  • Horseshoes
  • Stroganoff Steak Sandwich
  • Ooh! So! Good! Black Bean Sandwiches
  • Strombolis (Italian Sloppy Joes)
  • Reuben Sandwich Casserole
  • Turkey Mornay
  • Healthy Italian Beefless
  • Open Faced Crab Sandwich
  • Where's the Meat Veggie Burgers
  • The Blimpie Blast
  • Pesto Linguine
  • Betty's Tomato, Basil, and Brie Sauce
  • Lower Fat Pesto
  • Green Tomato Mincemeat
  • Gnocchi
  • Rolled Sole with Broccoli
  • Salmon Patties
  • Salmon Grilled with Red Onion Butter
  • Brett's Dill Broiled Salmon
  • Red Snapper in Mayonnaise (Psari Majoneza)
  • Blackened Red Snapper
  • Fried Catfish
  • Butter Herbed Baked Fish
  • Oven Fried Red Snapper
  • Trout Meniere
  • Foil Wrapped Halibut Steaks
  • Easy Stir Fry
  • Basil Shrimp
  • Baked Shrimp
  • Shrimp in Pernod Sauce
  • Shrimp Creole
  • Herbed Shrimp De Jonghe
  • Crab Casserole
  • Scallop Saute
  • Lobster Newburg
  • Harry's Chicken Vesuvio
  • Chicken Papaya
  • Skillet Chicken Risotto
  • Chicken Morocco
  • Chicken Marsala
  • Rey's Mexican Orange and Pineapple Chicken
  • Broiled Apricot Chicken
  • Chicken Parmigiana
  • Sweet and Sour Baked Chicken
  • Chicken Casserole
  • Hot Chicken Salad
  • Billy's Spicy Fried Chicken Breasts
  • Baked Chicken Souffle
  • Crab Stuffed Chicken Breasts
  • Swiss Chicken
  • Spinach Stuffed Chicken Breasts
  • Aunt Hattie's Dressing
  • Parmesan Chicken
  • Forbidden City Chicken
  • Lincoln Logs
  • Garlic Grilled Chicken
  • Chicken with Red Pepper Salsa
  • Orange Chicken
  • Ratatouille with Chicken and Pesto
  • Chicken Jambalaya
  • Chicken with Rice
  • Pheasant Jubilee
  • Italian Beef
  • Easy Italian Beef
  • Italian Beef 2
  • Italian Steak
  • Thelma's Roast Beef
  • Peppery Brisket Roast
  • Orange Wine Brisket
  • No Peek Stew
  • Country Fried Steak
  • Salisbury Steak Deluxe
  • Ground Beef and Rice Casserole
  • Beef and Wild Rice Casserole
  • Lumpies
  • Italian Spaghetti and Meatballs
  • German Meatballs with Red Cabbage
  • Gingery Meat Balls
  • Beef Stoganoff
  • Shish Kabobs
  • Tenderloin Chasseur
  • Beef and Potato Casserole
  • Mini Pork Medallions
  • Pork Medallions in Tarragon Sauce
  • Wild Rice and Pork Chop Casserole
  • Stuffed Pork Chops
  • Pork Chops with Stuffing and Apples
  • Apple Glazed Pork Kebabs
  • The Jackpot
  • Italian Pork Chops
  • Dan's Sweet and Sour Pork
  • Bean Chalupa
  • Casuia
  • Ham Pastries
  • Lamb in Gingered Cranberry Sauce
  • Roast Lamb
  • Polenta and Rabbit
  • Blueberry Pound Cake
  • Buttery Pound Cake
  • Apple Dapple Cake
  • Fresh Apple Cake with Penuche Frosting
  • Pumpkin Pie Cake
  • West Salem Moravian Sugar Cake
  • Kahlua White Russian Cake
  • Aunt Judy's Italian Cake
  • Mrs. Lincoln's White Cake
  • Thresher's Spice Cake
  • Red Velvet Cake
  • Country Line Dance White Chocolate Cake
  • Cherry Delight
  • Plum Kuchen
  • Athens Pecan Cake
  • White Turtle Cake
  • Turtle Cake
  • Earthquake Cake
  • Pecan Praline Cake
  • Ice Cream Torte
  • Ice Cream Cake
  • Tunnelfudge Muffins
  • White Chocolate Cheesecake
  • Cheesecake
  • Creamy Baked Cheesecake
  • Moon Cake
  • Dirt Cups
  • Creme De Menthe Bars
  • Meringue Raspberry Bars
  • Chocolate Marshmallow Bar
  • Oh' Henry Bars
  • Rich Mint Brownies
  • Frosterrific Brownies
  • Pecan Squares
  • Cherry Bars
  • Chocolate Cherry Bars
  • Peach Meringue Bars
  • Peanut Butter Cookies
  • Cherry Chip Cookies
  • Lemon Drop Cookies
  • Cashew Drops
  • Crunchy Cookies
  • French Macaroons
  • Mary Lincoln's Sugar Cookies for Grand Levee
  • Mother's Icebox Cookies
  • Lebkuchen
  • Scottish Shortbread
  • Swedish Cream Wafers
  • Meltaways
  • Chocolate Delicious
  • Whoopee Cookies with Filling
  • Cuckoo Cookies
  • S'Morsels
  • Chocolate Cashew Fudge
  • Foolproof Chocolate Fudge
  • Holiday Jiffy Fudge
  • Old Fashioned Fudge
  • Irene's Divinity
  • Chocolate Truffles
  • Creamed Pecan Nuts
  • Strawberry Rhubarb Pie
  • No Roll Pie Crust
  • Frozen Strawberry Margarita Pie
  • Fresh Gooseberry Pie
  • Cream Cheese Pecan Pie
  • Honey Crunch Pecan Pie
  • Topsy Turvy Pecan Apple Pie
  • Butterscotch Pie
  • Frost-on-the-Pumpkin Pie
  • Marvelous Mocha Pie
  • Chocolate Turtle Pie
  • Grasshopper Pie
  • Mud Pie
  • Scintillating Lemon Pie
  • Partridge in a Pear Tree Pie
  • Cherries in Snow
  • Apple Strudel
  • Peaches and Cream
  • Toffee Meringue Dessert
  • Peach Crisp with Maple Sauce
  • Cherry Clafoutis
  • Chuck's Crim Puffs
  • Blueberry Dessert
  • Spumoni (Luxurious Ice Cream Whip)
  • Sweetheart Pizza
  • Chocolate Dumplings
  • "Do Not Cook the Noodles" Kugel
  • Angel Food Orange Delight
  • Luscious Lady
  • Million Dollar Dessert
  • Coffee Mallow
  • Persimmon Pudding
  • Layered Banana Pudding
  • Chocolate Dessert Baskets
  • Baked Pineapple
  • Banana Boats
  • Lindsay's Frosty White Grapes
  • Buttermilk Pie Crust
  • Creamy Caramel Apples
  • A Brief Biography of Abraham Lincoln
  • Blackhawk
  • Buckingham Fountain
  • Chicago Water Tower
  • Garden of the Gods
  • Grant Park
  • Illinois River
  • John Deere
  • Lincoln's Tomb
  • New Salem State Historic Site
  • Peoria
  • Relief Society
  • Second City
  • Starved Rock State Park
  • Villa Katherine
  • Willis Tower
  • Wrigley Field
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