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For a classic grilled sandwich, this recipe is the best. You can also use your imagination for other fillings, such as a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese, Italian seasoning, chives or even a tiny spoonful of salsa. —Edie DeSpain, Logan, Utah
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Smooth Carrot Soup

Smooth Carrot Soup

Smooth Carrot Soup

Robyn Larabee’s bright and creamy carrot soup is her young son’s very favorite. “He requests it often,” she writes from Lucknow, Ontario. “I like that it’s fast, easy and makes a perfect amount for the two of us when my husband is away at work.”

Warm Bacon Spinach Salad

Warm Bacon Spinach Salad

Warm Bacon Spinach Salad

This was what the Pennsylvania Germans called "wilted salad". It was one of the first recipes I was taught to make. When the dressing is warm, I pour it over the greens and set it aside while I prepare the rest of the meal. The heat wilts the greens, which are still slightly warm when served. -Patty Kile, Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania.

Coconut Parfaits

Coconut Parfaits

Coconut Parfaits

EVERY TIME I serve this simple but elegant dessert to guests, I have to give them the recipe, too. I found this dessert recipe in the early '50s and since then, it has earned a place in my tried-and-true file. I had to make adjustments to prepare it for two people, but it can be easily increased to serve any number. -Merval Harvey, Glennie, Michigan
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Pecan Sweet Potato Casserole

Pecan Sweet Potato Casserole

Pecan Sweet Potato Casserole

Creamy sweet potatoes are treated to a brown-sugar-and-pecan topping in this pared-down casserole. “I like to double the recipe for my company's Thanksgiving potluck,” Tina Browning writes from Lehigh Acres, Florida. “Everyone loves it.”

Gingered Pork and Veggies

Gingered Pork and Veggies

Gingered Pork and Veggies

Tip: Could use 1 tablespoon of diced pimientos instead of red pepper, but add it just before serving. (The reader does this.) Dorothy Bateman of Carver, Massachusetts says she relies on this savory stir-fry when time is short. “It’s wonderful made with a combination of brown and white rice,” adds Dorothy.

Southwestern Burgers

Southwestern Burgers

Southwestern Burgers

“My husband requests these burgers weekly and loves every bite,” notes Tina Green of Albany, Oregon. “I usually make extra dressing and keep it in the refrigerator to use on beef sandwiches or wraps.”

Tarragon Salmon Steaks

Tarragon Salmon Steaks

Tarragon Salmon Steaks

"I used this recipe often when I cooked for the 'Meals on Wheels' program in our hometown," writes Helen Sandsbraaten of Naicam, Saskatchewan. "The salmon is mildly seasoned with lemon and tarragon, and it's quick to make."

Fresh Mushroom Spinach Salad

Fresh Mushroom Spinach Salad

Fresh Mushroom Spinach Salad

I'VE MADE this salad for my husband and me for years. I don't like cooked spinach, so I was looking for an alternative way to prepare this nutritious vegetable. This salad is especially delicious made with fresh spinach from the garden. -Patty Kile, Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania.

Artichoke Ham Fettuccine

Artichoke Ham Fettuccine

Artichoke Ham Fettuccine

“I like fixing dinner when my mom is going to be late coming home from work,” says high-schooler Katie Anderson in Spokane, Washington. “This pasta dish is so different and delicious. Artichokes and ripe olives give it a flavor that’s special.”

Bacon-Mushroom Brussels Sprouts

Bacon-Mushroom Brussels Sprouts

Bacon-Mushroom Brussels Sprouts

I discovered this recipe while watching a cooking show some years ago. The first time I served it, my guests raved and were surprised when I told them it was brussels sprouts. —Tangee Zayas-Thaler Silver Lake, Ohio



Calico Salad for Two

Calico Salad for Two

Calico Salad for Two

MY HUSBAND suggested I share this salad recipe. It's one of his favorites, which I created long ago in a moment of panic. I'd opened the refrigerator to get out the makings for green salad and discovered I had only a couple lettuce leaves. The cottage cheese was a perfect substitute. -Pat Wasing, Houston, Texas

Honey-Peanut Bar Cookies

Honey-Peanut Bar Cookies

Honey-Peanut Bar Cookies

Jim Gales from Glendale, Wisconsin borrows a favorite breakfast cereal as a main ingredient for his small batch of fun, tasty bars. These treats are not sticky, cut well and are ideal to pack.

Mini Pineapple Upside-Down Cake

Mini Pineapple Upside-Down Cake

Mini Pineapple Upside-Down Cake

Edna Hoffman of Hebron, Indiana gives a timely twist for two to this traditional old-fashioned dessert.

Smoked Sausage Scramble

Smoked Sausage Scramble

Smoked Sausage Scramble

"I came up with this recipe one morning when we had smoked sausage leftover from the day before - and my husband loved it," relates Stephanie Leven of Warsaw, Missouri. The combination of spicy sausage, spinach, eggs, potato and cheese makes a hearty morning meal or a satisfying light supper.

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Coconut Kisses

Coconut Kisses

Coconut Kisses

Chewy on the inside and crisp on the outside, these meringue cookies are delicious. They add a light touch to the cookie platter, not only during the holidays but all year round.

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.
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