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Unstuffed Pork Chops

This is comfort food at its finest. The savory flavors of sage and onion in the stuffing infuse the chops while they bake and the pork come out tender and moist.
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Ham & Pickle Wraps

Ham & Pickle Wraps

Ham & Pickle Wraps

I decided to try this recipe on my card club, and it was a big success. They loved it. The recipe can be swapped around and changed in so many different ways and always turns out as an awesome appetizer or great-looking centerpiece over a hand of cards.

Favorite Chicken Salad Sandwiches

Favorite Chicken Salad Sandwiches

Favorite Chicken Salad Sandwiches

Whether I make enough for just the two of us or increase the amounts for a social occasion, I always get a request for this recipe. There's a nice mixture of flavors with the pickles and ripe olives, and a good crunch from the celery.

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Lettuce with Buttermilk Dressing for 2

Lettuce with Buttermilk Dressing for 2

Lettuce with Buttermilk Dressing for 2

Just five ingredients are all you’ll need for this simple, yet tasty salad with a sweet homemade dressing. Jean Morgan of Roscoe, Illinois shares the recipe.

Maple & Blue Cheese Steak

Maple & Blue Cheese Steak

Maple & Blue Cheese Steak

This is a wonderful, cheesy recipe that melts in your mouth, says Susan Jerrott, Bedford, Nova Scotia. I love this traditional Canadian meal. It certainly has a special feel; the sauce is a fantastic complement to steak.

Peach 'n' Pear Crisps

Peach 'n' Pear Crisps

Peach 'n' Pear Crisps

“I have such a sweet tooth that even when I’m trying to cut calories, it’s tough to skip dessert. So I adapted one of my favorite peach pie recipes to make this light, no-crust delight,” writes Susan Wilson from Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
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Basic Braised Lamb Shanks

Basic Braised Lamb Shanks

Basic Braised Lamb Shanks

A FRIEND shared this recipe with me many years ago. My son-in-law loves these lamb shanks as part of a hearty meal with baked potatoes, a hot vegetable and fresh fruit salad. Of course, I include mint jelly on the side. -Jeanne McNamara, Camillus, New York

Sesame Steamed Zucchini

Sesame Steamed Zucchini

Sesame Steamed Zucchini

Here’s a super-simple way to dress up zucchini from Wanda Penton of Franklinton, Louisiana. Asian flavor and sesame seed crunch make this side dish a treat to eat! Tip Idea: Yellow summer squash could be substituted for some of the zucchini.

Pork Chops with Tomatoes and Peppers

Pork Chops with Tomatoes and Peppers

Pork Chops with Tomatoes and Peppers

My mother created delicious dishes based on whatever was in the refrigerator or on the shelf. This recipe is one she tried and kept, and it became our traditional Sunday dinner. She increased the ingredients proportionately to the number of people she invited after church...usually all the aunts, uncles and cousins. -Esther Lux, Lead, South Dakota

Lemony Chicken Noodle Soup

Lemony Chicken Noodle Soup

Lemony Chicken Noodle Soup

"This isn't Grandma's chicken soup, but it is comforting," assures Bill Hilbrich from St. Cloud, Minnesota. "The lemon juice gives this easy soup enough zip to make it interesting."

Cherry Delight Dessert

Cherry Delight Dessert

Cherry Delight Dessert

This smooth and creamy cheesecake-like treat is light, sweet and pretty, too. Convenience products make it quick and easy to prepare. “My husband also likes this dessert when I substitute blueberry pie filling,” notes Lanae Powell of McPherson, Kansas.

Macaroni Salad Tomato Cups

Macaroni Salad Tomato Cups

Macaroni Salad Tomato Cups

For a hearty warm-weather meal for two, Evelyn Kennell of Roanoke, Illinois suggests her pasta salad flavored with ham, crunchy celery and a creamy dressing.

Sausage Potato Skillet

Sausage Potato Skillet

Sausage Potato Skillet

DURING my childhood, I lived in an Italian neighborhood in New Jersey. Since both my parents were working, I went home for lunch with my Italian girlfriend. Lunch was always the same - sausage, fried potatoes, green peppers and onions - but I could never get enough of my favorite meal. -Amelia Bordas, Springfield, Virginia

Zippy Carrots

Zippy Carrots

Zippy Carrots

THIS RECIPE originally didn't call for green pepper, but when I was making it one time, I noticed some in the refrigerator and decided to add it. It gave a little extra zip, so I've kept it a part of the recipe. This makes ordinary carrots special and adds nice color to a meal. -Mina Dyck, Boissevain, Manitoba

Mexican Green Salad

Mexican Green Salad

Mexican Green Salad

“I was experimenting with Mexican-type dressings when I came up with this recipe,” recalls Betty Palmer from Paradise, California. “You can add chili beans or refried beans to make this salad more filling.”

Smoked Turkey Pasta Salad

Smoked Turkey Pasta Salad

Smoked Turkey Pasta Salad

“I made a large version of this colorful pasta salad for a Super Bowl party, and all my guests loved it. They wanted to know what I put in it to make it taste so good,” Ana Colon writes from Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin.

Autumn Dessert

Autumn Dessert

Autumn Dessert

THIS instant dessert satisfies my sweet tooth in about 10 minutes! There's no crust to prepare and no need to use the oven. It's just right for two, so there are no leftovers to tempt me later. I was inspired to create this recipe to make a very simple dish and to save time. -Lanny Lightner, Denver, Colorado
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