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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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Roasted Carrots & Fennel

Roasted Carrots & Fennel

Roasted Carrots & Fennel

Turns out that carrots with fennel, red onion and lemon is an addictive flavor combination. I usually add more carrots—as many as the pan will hold. —Lily Julow, Lawrenceville, Georgia

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.

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Tangy Potato Salad for Two

Tangy Potato Salad for Two

Tangy Potato Salad for Two

Ruth Towle of Belmont, New Hampshire downsized her own recipe to come up with this creamy picnic favorite that serves just two. "My sister visits often and this is one of our favorite dishes, served with green beans and chicken," Ruth relates.

Creamy Potato Salad for Two

Creamy Potato Salad for Two

Creamy Potato Salad for Two

"This potato salad is quick and versatile," confirms Caron Osberg of Urbandale, Iowa. Her downsized version of the classic has a creamy dressing and gets a pleasant crunch from chopped carrots and celery.

BASED ON: Barbecued Pot Roast

BASED ON: Barbecued Pot Roast

BASED ON: Barbecued Pot Roast

In New Oxford, Pennsylvania, Emma Nye relies on her mother's pot roast recipe when company is coming. But when she merely wants to enjoy the savory sensation with her husband, she can turn to this downsized version.
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Sausage Quesadillas

Sausage Quesadillas

Sausage Quesadillas

When Ruth Lee of Troy, Ontario needed a quick dish, she came up with this tempting entree stuffed with sausage and veggies.

Apricot-Stuffed Pork Tenderloin

Apricot-Stuffed Pork Tenderloin

Apricot-Stuffed Pork Tenderloin

“The cheese in this festive dish adds a nutty flavor and creamy texture,” writes Agnes Ward from Stratford, Ontario. “This is definitely an entree two will enjoy—I know we do.”

Fettuccine with Bacon-Clam Sauce

Fettuccine with Bacon-Clam Sauce

Fettuccine with Bacon-Clam Sauce

Clams, garlic, bacon and Parmesan cheese flavor this hearty pasta dish from Darlene Hicks. “It's been a favorite for years,” she writes from her home in Arcata, California. “A side salad and garlic bread complete the meal.”

Poached Pears in Almond Sauce

Poached Pears in Almond Sauce

Poached Pears in Almond Sauce

Lillian Julow likes to serve these luscious pears whenever she is celebrating a memorable occasion. "They always make a pretty addition to a special dinner for two," she writes from her home in Lawrenceville, Georgia.

Stuffed Potatoes with Cheese

Stuffed Potatoes with Cheese

Stuffed Potatoes with Cheese

Cottage cheese is the "secret" ingredient in this creamy side dish. "I make two potatoes, one for dinner and one for lunch the next day," notes Janet English, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Radish Cucumber Salad

Radish Cucumber Salad

Radish Cucumber Salad

I put this salad together with vegetables I had left in my garden. My family liked it so well, I started bringing it to community suppers and was often asked for the recipe. It's a refreshing side dish for any meat entree. -Mildred Sherrer, Bay City , Texas

Cheesy Souffles

Cheesy Souffles

Cheesy Souffles

Great for brunch, light late-night supper for two or as a versatile side dish, these melt-in-your-mouth souffles are flavorful, fluffy and fun. Thanks to Lynn McAllister in Mt. Ulla, North Carolina for the quick and easy recipe!



Waldorf Salad with Dates

Waldorf Salad with Dates

Waldorf Salad with Dates

“For extra taste and texture, I added dates to the original recipe for this popular salad,” writes Mary Kirner of Aurora, Illinois. “The combination is a nice fit for autumn meals.”

Breakfast Potatoes

Breakfast Potatoes

Breakfast Potatoes

These cheesy, hearty potatoes are a super morning side dish. Because they take no time to fix, I prepare them often for me and my husband. They go great with just about any type of entree.—Judy Dupree, Thief River Falls, Minnesota

Wagon Wheel Breakfast Pie

Wagon Wheel Breakfast Pie

Wagon Wheel Breakfast Pie

This cute eye-opener is loaded with flavor. “The recipe originally came from a military magazine,” relates Sandra Hough of Hampton, Virginia. “I’ve prepared it several times and it’s quite popular, especially with kids.”

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.”
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