Secret Ingredient

Sugary Coffee Cake

A great way to sweeten any coffee cake is to dust some confectioners’ sugar on top. A little bit goes a long way. —Gladys Guba, Utica, New York

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Summer Squash Breakfast Bake

I often make a summer squash bake for brunch. I add some chopped peppers for variety and extra color and to spark the flavor of the zucchini and crookneck squash. Try jalapeno, sweet red or green…

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Super Morning Cereal

For years, Wini L.’s family in Julian, California has made oatmeal using cran-raspberry juice instead of water. “We love this super morning cereal,” Wini remarks.

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Super Side Dishes

“To greatly enhance my baked beans, I lay a strip of bacon and two bay leaves on top of the beans while they bake,” relates Shannan H. of Charlotte, North Carolina.

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Super Soups

“To make a delicious, hearty meal out of canned tomato or vegetable soup, I dilute the concentrate with V8 vegetable juice instead of water,” explains Esther T. of Portales, New Mexico. “Then I…

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Super Spareribs

“When I bake spareribs, I add apricot preserves and a little honey to my favorite barbecue sauce and brush over the meat,” says Geri Lesch, New Port Richey, Florida. “It’s tangy and delicious!”

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Super Stuffing

“When I make stuffing from a mix, I substitute canned apricot nectar for about half of the liquid called for,” says Rebecca Horvath of Indian Trail, North Carolina. “It gives the stuffing a…

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Sure-Fire Roast Beef

Following an old family recipe, Cindi B. of Lynden, Washington ensures a tasty beef roast by sprinkling on a bit of Worcestershire sauce, some chopped onion and a bay leaf.

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Surprising Use for Nutmeg

Linda H. of San Diego, California gives her meat loaf comforting flavor by adding 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg per pound of ground beef.

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Sweet Dough

Vaunda Box of American Fork, Utah relates, “I used to work in the kitchen of a school cafeteria, and my supervisor taught me to add just a little vanilla to sweet roll dough. It adds interest to…

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