Do you like to cook? Are you up for a challenge to get creative in the kitchen? Participate in University of Illinois Extension’s Quarantine Cook-off!

Each week there will be a new challenge. Participants will post a photo under the post each week in the Facebook event to share their creations! New challenges will be posted on Friday and run through the next week.

Share your experience in your post. What was the easiest part of this challenge? What was most difficult? What other ingredients would work in your recipe?

This week’s (Apr 20-26) challenge is SALAD! Must include a plant protein. Add your photos to this post as you create your beautiful salads. Ex: beans, seeds, nuts, lentils, etc.

Let’s get cooking!


Tess Abney was born and raised in the Quad Cities. Her passion for writing and entertainment was apparent at a very young age. Whether it is sharing local events and businesses with readers or sharing her thoughts on life, she finds comfort in the way words can bring people together.