The Recipe Box

Hosted by Chef Brian O’Malley, Chef-Instructor, Institute for the Culinary Arts at Metropolitan Community College in Omaha

What is that one unique food your family loves to eat? You know, the one that zings your taste buds into orbit and rockets your brainwaves down memory lane when you take a bite. NET Television asked Nebraskans that same question and the result is a brand new cooking show called The Recipe Box.

The culmination of 170 recipe & story entries submitted by the people of Nebraska, The Recipe Box features host Chef Brian O’Malley traveling the state to visit the nine program finalists at home. In their kitchens, O’Malley shares his good humor and culinary expertise while learning how to make each cook’s favorite family food and hear the stories behind them.

Cooks, recipes, and stories featured in The Recipe Box:

  • Jan Dutton's Platte River Pulled Pork (Lincoln) A savory dish that Jan shares with her friends, The Wild Strawberries, during their annual weekend of canoeing the Platte River. Not even rain can dampen the spirits of their twenty-five year tradition.
  • Orlando Afanador's Chicken and Potato Sazonado (Schuyler) A delicious aromatic stew of Puerto Rican tradition, it’s a dish Orlando fondly remembers his mother preparing when he was a boy growing up in New Jersey.
  • Sigrid Wimberly's Worldwide Ginger Snaps (North Platte) When her nephew Jimmy was deployed to Afghanistan, Sigrid turned her kitchen into her own private canteen. Her spicy sweet cookies not only made the journey overseas, they made Jimmy a lot of new friends.
  • Beth Clarke's Leckerli Cookies (Blair) The rediscovery of a family recipe in her grandmother’s cookbook sent Beth on a journey through her family tree where she learned the origins of this marvelous citrus and almond Swiss treat.
  • Lesa Kechley's Dawson’s Apple Caramel Crunch Pie (Nebraska City) After the loss of her daughter Lesa found baking with her grandson, Dawson, became her saving grace. Together, they are building new family traditions while remembering the young mother who loved apples.
  • Anita Miller's Italian Sausage and Peppers (Neleigh) At the annual Santa Lucia Festival, Anita shares memories of eating her Sicilian grandmother’s cooking and growing up in Omaha’s celebrated Italian neighborhood.
  • Angie Jenson's Halupsie (Papillion-La Vista) A campfire meal usually includes hotdogs and hamburgers, but for Angie’s family it meant platefuls of her father’s tasty Germans from Russia dish.
  • Shirley Brunkow Kolaches (Milligan)  If you love kolaches like Shirley’s neighbors love Shirley’s kolaches, then you’ll enjoy seeing how she whips up this time honored family favorite.
  • Jake Nelson's Aebelskivers (Dalton)  The Viking tradition is alive and well in the veins of young Jake Nelson. With a pan of iron and a heart of gold he brandishes his culinary flare like a hot steel sword through butter.

Recipe Box Segments

A savory dish that Jan shares with her friends, The Wild Strawberries, during their annual weekend of canoeing the Platte River.... more››
A delicious aromatic stew of Puerto Rican tradition, it’s a dish Orlando fondly remembers his mother preparing on cold winter... more››
When her nephew Jimmy was deployed to Afghanistan, Sigrid turned her kitchen into her own private North Platte Canteen. Her spicy... more››
The rediscovery of a family recipe in her grandmother’s cookbook sent Beth on a journey through her family tree where she learned... more››
Baking with her grandson, Dawson, became Lesa’s saving grace after the tragic loss of her daughter. Together, Lesa and Dawson are... more››
At the annual Santa Lucia Festival, Anita shares memories of eating her Sicilian grandmother’s cooking and growing up in Omaha’s... more››
A meal around a campfire usually includes hotdogs and hamburgers, but for Angie’s family it meant platefuls of her father’s tasty... more››
If you love kolaches like Shirley’s neighbors love Shirley’s kolaches, then you’ll enjoy seeing how she whips up this time... more››
The Viking tradition is alive and well in the veins of young Jake Nelson. With a pan of iron and a heart of gold, he brandishes... more››