Quest for the Best Regional Cooking

Soups, Chilis, and Stews

White Bean Vegetable Soup
Bean Soup
Midwest Minestrone Soup
Hearty Italian Soup
French Vegetable Beef Soup
Corn Soup
Beside The Point’s Split Pea Soup
Depression Potato Soup
Duchess Potato Soup
Potato Soup
Potato Cheese Soup
Quick Broccoli Soup
Elegant Mushroom Soup
Sweet and Sour Cabbage Soup
Asparagus Soup
Red Pepper Soup
Shaker Tomato Soup
Chicken Curry Soup
Mulligatawny Soup
Chicken Velvet Soup
Salmon Chowder
Onion Bisque
Stormy Weather Chili
Cincinnati Chili
White Chili
Mom Unser’s “Indy” Chili
Venison Stew

Pasta, Rice, Etc.

Stuffed Manicotti
Chicken Lasagna
Rookwood Pottery Pasta Alla Roma
Seafood Fettuccine
Pasta Scampi
Italian Shrimp and Pasta Toss
Greek-Style Shrimp with Pasta
Johnny Marzetti
Spaghetti Pie
Vegetable Pasta Pie
Betty’s Tomato, Basil and Brie Sauce
Roasted Red Pepper Sauce with Pine Nuts
Freezer Tomato Sauce
Ham Casserole
Polish Reuben Casserole
Cowboy Goulash
Harvest Rice
Chicken Spectacular
Chicken with Spanish Rice
Tea Room Chicken
Skillet Chicken Risotta
Cheesy Turkey Bake
Shrimp-Rice Marguerite
Swiss Alpine Quiche
Cheesy Green Onion Quiche
Zucchini Quiche
The Springfield Horseshoe
Almost Pizza
Chicago-Style Pizza


Brett’s Dill Broiled Salmon
Salmon Patties
Salmon Grilled with Red Onion Butter
Red Snapper in Mayonnaise
Lake Erie Potato-Fried Fish
Butter-Herbed Baked Fish
Pan-Fried Halibut à la Sherry
Foil Wrapped Halibut Steaks
Best Grilled Tuna
Thai Crab Cakes with Cilantro-Peanut Sauce
Baked Shrimp
Basil and Garlic Shrimp and Scallops
Sandy’s Spicy Shrimp

Pies and Other Desserts

Frost-on-the-Pumpkin Pie
Paradise Pumpkin Pie
Easiest Apple Pie
Topsy Turvy Pecan Apple Pie
Country Apple Pie with Lemon Glaze
Lemon Cake Pie
Peaches and Cream Pie
Raspberry Cream Cheese Pie
Di’s Ohio Sour Cherry Pie
Rhubarb Cream Pie
Rhubarb Custard Pie
Indiana Sugar Cream Pie
15-Minute Custard Pie
Coconut Macaroon Pie
Iowa Pride Chess Pie
Heavenly Cream Cheese Pie
Walnut Pie
Buckeye Pie
Chocolate Mousse Pie
Chocolate Cream Pie
Blackberry Crisp
Rhubarb Surprise
Million Dollar Dessert
The Grand Finale Grand Trifle
Punch Bowl Cake
Peanut Buster Dessert
Pioneer Bread Pudding
Annie’s Apple Pudding
Creamy Caramel Apples
Cinnamon Candied Apples
Bailey’s Irish Cream Turtle Torte
Chocolate Pâte
Crunchy Ice Cream Dessert

Beverages and Appetizers

Friendship Tea
Orange Smoothie
Cheesecake Kahlúa Milkshake
Bailey’s Nog
Yellow Birds
Bloody Mary Deluxe
Cincinnati Red
Hot Spiced Cider
Blackberry Wine
Tequila-Champagne Punch
Triconas (Hot Cheese Pastries)
Italian Cheese Twists
Fried Mozzarella
Pizza Crackers
Mimi Party Pizzas
Hot Dog Rolls
Artichoke Puffs
Artichoke Bread
Tortilla Temptations
Seafood Appetizers
Hot Crabmeat Puffs
Crab Puffs
Won Ton Quiche
Sausage Stars
Sauerkraut Balls I
Sauerkraut Balls II
Spinach Balls
Spinach Appetizers
Laura’s Marinated Vegetables
Vegetable Frittata
Gazpacho Salsa with Creole Spiced Tortilla Chips
Watermelon Fire and Ice Salsa
Easy Party Dip
Baked Reuben Dip
Mustard Dip
Nutty Cereal Snack
Hidden Valley Ranch Oyster Crackers
Hunker Down Popcorn


Cucumbers in Sour Cream
Artichoke Heart Salad
Thunder & Lightning
Summertime Salad
Spaghetti Salad
Corn and Pasta Salad
Baked German Potato Salad
Back Home in Indiana Potato Salad
Deviled Potato Salad
Greek Roasted Potato Salad
Dill Pickle Potato Salad
Sauerkraut Salad
Spinach Salad
Spinach Salad with Bacon and Apple
Spinach and Fruit Salad
Asparagus, Spinach & Turkey Salad
Hot Baked Turkey Salad
Mary Alice’s Hot Chicken Salad
Wong’s Chinese Chicken Salad
Card Club Chicken Salad
Garden Club Salad
Berried Treasure Chicken Salad
Fruit Chicken Salad
Fruited Chicken Salad
Rhubarb Swirl Salad
Jane’s Orange Salad
Pineapple & Mango Salad
Pear and Brie Salad
Taffy Apple Salad
Apple Salad I
Apple Salad II
Golden Raisin Coleslaw
Mild Tomato Aspic Salad
Roasted Beet Salad
Sliced Zucchini Pickles
Idiot Pickles


Italian Beef
Peppery Brisket Roast
Barbeque Brisket
Best Meat in Iowa
Sweet and Sour Pot Roast
Bourbon-Marinated Flank Steak
Easy Swiss Steak
Dad’s Favorite Steak
Pepper Steak
Sirloin Supreme
Newman’s Own Marinated Steak
Glazed Country Steak
Country Fried Steak
Beef Roll-Ups
Italian “Carne Pane” (Meatloaf)
German Meatloaf
Shepherd’s Pie
Swedish Meatballs
Brown Beef over Pasta
Easy Barbecued Hamburger
Grant Wood’s Cabbage Rolls
Beef Stick (Summer Sausage)
Beef or Deer Jerky
Veal Française
Wiener Schnitzel
City Chicken
Grilled Pork Chops
Iowa Chops (Stuffed)
BBQ Pork Chop Casserole
Harvest Barbecued Pork Roast
Pork Cutlets & Sour Cream Sauce
Sweet and Sour Pork with Rice
Apricot Baked Ham
Hot Ham Buns
Ham Loaf I
Ham Loaf II
Mini Ham Loaves
Lamb in Gingered Cranberry Sauce
Brain Sandwiches
Bratwurst Noodle Casserole
Hot Dog!
Country Sausage Gravy


Mocha Torte Cake
Cappuccino-Chocolate Coffee Cake
Mocha and Cherry Cake
Kahlúa Mousse Cake
Easy and Delicious Amaretto Cake
Bourbon Pecan Cake
Wasp’s Nest Cake
Pigout Cake
"Disorderly Conduct" Cake
Red Velvet Cake
Mrs. Lincoln’s White Cake
Bavarian Apple Torte
Apple Dapple Cake
Apple Baba
Carrot-Apple Cake
Orange Carrot Cake
Old-Fashioned Jelly Roll
Friendship Starter
Friendship Extender
Friendship Cake
Aunt Judy’s Italian Cake
Italian Cream Cake
Filled Kugelhopf
Corn Cake
Cola Cake
Tunnelfudge Muffins
Iowa Dirt Cake
Mt. Mama Mudslide Cake
Special Lemon Cake
Sour Cream Lemon Pound Cake
Orange Chiffon Cheesecake
Mon Ami Oreo Cookie Cheesecake
Turtle Cheesecake
White Chocolate Cheesecake

Bread and Breakfast

Swiss Cheese Bread
American Gothic Cheese Loaf
Garlic Bubble Bread
Italian Style Garlic Butter
Ham & Swiss Cheese Biscuits
Sister Lettie’s Buttermilk Biscuits
Cheese Garlic Biscuits
Hoosier Biscuits
Corn Festival Biscuits
Corn Fritters
The Best Cornbread
1990s Melt in Your Mouth Dinner Rolls
Butter Crust Rolls
Refrigerator Rolls
Norma’s Surprise Breakfast Rolls
Christmas Morning Rolls
Overnight Cinnamon Rolls
Shenkli (A Swiss Donut)
Scottish Oat Scones
Sticky Bagels
Mrs. Rockne’s Swedish Coffee Cake
Peach Pudding Coffee Cake
Coffee Cake
Rhubarb Nut Bread
Strawberry Bread
Strawberry Nut Bread with Strawberry Butter
Strawberry Banana Bread
Best Ever Banana Bread
Canned Holiday Bread
Maple Bread
Corn Muffins
Cranberry Hazelnut Muffins
Refrigerator Bran Muffins
Pumpkin Crème Muffins
Ohio Bran ‘n’ Raisin Muffins
Apple-Pumpkin Streusel Muffins
Iowa Corn Pancakes
Pancake Mix
High Rise Apple Pancake
German Apple Pancake
Blueberry Cream Cheese-Stuffed Baked French Toast
Peach French Toast
Crispy Yeast Waffles
Cheese and Onion Bake
Sausage-Wrapped Eggs
Cheese Blintz Casserole
Zesty Cheese Egg Bake
Eggs Benedict Casserole
Winter Morning Peaches
Fried Apples


Garlic Roasted Potatoes
Parmesan Potato Rounds
Potato Latkes I
Farmhouse Potatoes ’n Ham
Holiday Mashed Potatoes
Whipped Mashed Potatoes
My Version of McDonald’s Fries
Lemon Dill Potatoes
Baked Sweet Potatoes and Apricots
Stuffed Sweet Potatoes
Oven-Roasted Vegetables
Garden Casserole
Neapolitan Vegetable Cheesecake
Spiced Red Cabbage
Cabbage Lasagne
Creamed Spinach
Berghoff Creamed Spinach
Skillet Sweet Corn
Easy Corn on the Cob
Corn & Tomato Casserole
Cream Cheese and Corn
Onion Patties
Broccoli Soufflé Restaurateur
Fried Cauliflower with Cheese Sauce
Mushrooms Florentine
Baked Sweet Sauerkraut with Tomatoes and Bacon
Sauerkraut and Sausage
White Bean Bake
Baked Beans with Garlic
Amish-Style Baked Beans
Barbecued Green Beans
Green Beans Italiano
Green Beans with Hot Bacon Dressing
Sue’s Carrot Casserole
Tally Ho Tomato Pudding


Best Roast Chicken
Oven Fried Chicken
Shaker Fried Chicken
Harry’s Chicken Vesuvio
Parmesan Oven-Fried Chicken
Oven-Fried Parmesan Chicken
Chicken Parmigiana
Chicken Nuggets
Orange Chicken
Broiled Apricot Chicken
Chicken Breasts with Red Grapes
Chicken Cordon Bleu
Spinach Stuffed Chicken Breasts
Curry Chicken Delight
Grilled Breast of Chicken with Fresh Basil Tomato Sauce
Chicken with Feta and Tomatoes
Crispy Herb Baked Chicken
Easy Grilled Chicken
Provolone Chicken
Swiss Chicken Bake
Oven-Fried Chicken with Honey Butter Sauce
Crispy Sesame Chicken
Ratatouille with Chicken and Pesto
Easy Chicken à la King
Grandma Ratliff’s Chicken & Dumplings
Chicken Pot Pie with Cornbread Crust
Hash Brown Chicken Casserole
Lincoln Logs
Iowa’s Grilled Turkey Tenderloin
Glazed Turkey Breast
Almond Turkey Casserole
Crock-Pot Dressing

Cookies and Candies

Prized Peanut Butter Crunch Cookie
Crunchy Cookies
Pride of Iowa Cookies
White Chocolate Chunk Cookies
Marie Wallace’s World’s Best Cookies!
Hawthorn Hill Coconut Macaroons
Swedish Jam Shortbread
Double-Chocolate Sugar Cookies
Dutch Handkerchiefs
Lemonade Cookies
Caramel-Filled Chocolate Cookies
Indiana Mud Cookies
Church Windows
Chocolate-Covered Cherry Cookies
Cherry Chip Cookies
Chocolate Chip Pudding Cookies
World’s Best Cookie Bars
Whoopie Pies
Turtle Shells
Indiana Fortune Cookies
Butter Brickle Bars
Chocolate Toffee Crunch Bars
Fabulous Pecan Bars
Crème de Menthe Bars
Chocolate Cherry Bars
Caramel Layer Choco-Squares
Pecan-Caramel Cream Squares
Pumpkin Pie Squares
Sour Cream Apple Squares
Moon Bars
Marshmallow Brownies
Bravo Brownies
Dump Brownies
Peanut Butter Logs
Creamed Pecan Nuts
Nut Cups
Elephant Ears
Homemade Mint Patties
Des Moines Fudge
Pumpkin Fudge
Peanut Brittle
Irene’s Divinity
Creamy Caramels