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"My husband and I prefer our food a little spicier than our children, so one evening I baked plain chicken for the kids and created this dish for us," Jan Cooper relates from Troy, Alabama. "My husband liked it so well that it is now a regular menu item at our house."
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Cornish Hens with Rice Stuffing

Cornish Hens with Rice Stuffing

Cornish Hens with Rice Stuffing

I came across this recipe a few years ago around Thanksgiving. The golden, juicy hens and festive rice stuffing make a memorable feast for two. Best of all, we're not eating leftovers for days on end.—Kathy Meyer, Kenosha, Wisconsin

Steaks with French Onion Sauce

Steaks with French Onion Sauce

Steaks with French Onion Sauce

Enjoy the taste of your favorite soup with a knife and fork! French onion soup gets “beefed” up in this unique main dish. A slice of toasted French bread fits right in. —Vicky Carlson of Shreveport, Louisiana

Flank Steak Burritos

Flank Steak Burritos

Flank Steak Burritos

Get your protein from these meaty burritos shared by Becky Baird of Salt Lake City, Utah. Black beans, avocado and steak slices team up are nicely seasoned with fresh cilantro, salsa and sour cream. —Rebecca Baird, Salt Lake Cty, Utah
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Chinese Pepper Steak

Chinese Pepper Steak

Chinese Pepper Steak

My husband enjoys Chinese food, and he's my test kitchen judge. Thus far, there aren't many dishes he doesn't care for. Early in our marriage, I tried not to serve some of the common dishes I grew up with and have become more creative with cooking. —Shirley Claggett Melfort, Saskatchewan

Garlic Bread Salad

Garlic Bread Salad

Garlic Bread Salad

Talk about an on-the-go bite or easy-to-fix side dish! When time’s at a premium, try this fresh and fabulous salad you can eat with your hands. It’s a longtime lunch specialty of Maria McMartin in Burlington, Wisconsin.

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

Breakfast Potatoes

Breakfast Potatoes

Breakfast Potatoes

These cheesy potatoes are a super morning side dish. I prepare them often for my husband and myself. They go great with just about any breakfast main dish. —Judy Dupree, Thief River Falls, Minnesota

Pineapple Mallow Cream

Pineapple Mallow Cream

Pineapple Mallow Cream

"This fruit fluff is yummy and great for anyone who likes pineapple," assures Katie Anderson. In Spokane, Washington, she whips up the refreshing treat using only for ingredients. Prepare it ahead of time and let it chill during dinner for a delightful dessert.

Portobellos Parmesano

Portobellos Parmesano

Portobellos Parmesano

Our Test Kitchen home economists came up with this easy-to-fix meatless entree. Fontina cheese and marinara sauce give a real Italian flavor to this satisfying twist on eggplant Parmesan.

Citrus-Melon Sorbet

Citrus-Melon Sorbet

Citrus-Melon Sorbet

This refreshing dish can be made with many different kinds of fruit. My mom used to make this all the time during the summer. —Patricia Hancock, Hawthorne, New Jersey

Mediterranean Pizzas

Mediterranean Pizzas

Mediterranean Pizzas

This versatile recipe can be whipped up at a moment's notice with on-hand ingredients. It's so easy that kids will enjoy helping prepare it, too. —Jennifer Andrzejewski, Grizzly Flats, California

Orange Almond Cake

Orange Almond Cake

Orange Almond Cake

"This flourless cake has become a favorite at our house," Maryalice Wood writes from Langley, British Columbia. "Now, those with wheat allergies don't have to pass on dessert. The orange and clove flavor is wonderful."

Vegetable Ramekins

Vegetable Ramekins

Vegetable Ramekins

Says Dona Alsover of Upland, California, “Our children and grandchildren live far away, so my husband, Jim, and I frequently plan a quiet dinner by candlelight. We have Vegetable Ramekins often since we can pull fresh things from our garden all year. It is a colorful and delicious side dish.”

Chili Sausage Supper

Chili Sausage Supper

Chili Sausage Supper

The pork sausage in this savory dish offers plenty of flavor, and the chili powder adds a little kick. “It’s a nice supper that’s very easy to prepare,” says Phillis Moore of Excelsior Springs, Missouri.

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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.
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