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Compote of Fruit

Compote of Fruit

Compote of Fruit

"This different and refreshing combination of fruits is a welcome side dish my husband, Jim, and I enjoy with breakfast or lunch," says Genise Krause from Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin. "The light dressing lets the goodness of the fruit come through."

Cheesy Tenderloin Strips

Cheesy Tenderloin Strips

Cheesy Tenderloin Strips

"My mother-in-law originally made this recipe with chicken," says Marjorie Miller of Haven, Kansas. "When I substituted pork and made several other revisions, my family reveled in the results! It's simple to prepare yet delicious."

Steak 'n' Fries Salad

Steak 'n' Fries Salad

Steak 'n' Fries Salad

“This is a very popular dish at restaurants in central Pennsylvania,” Nancy Collins notes from Clearfield.
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Sweetheart Steaks

Sweetheart Steaks

Sweetheart Steaks

I created this recipe when I was planning a steak dinner and wanted a barbecue sauce to go with it. Try the sauce on pork and chicken. —Dolores Jensen, Arnold, Missouri

Sausage-Stuffed Squash

Sausage-Stuffed Squash

Sausage-Stuffed Squash

SERVED WITH buttered noodles and some fruit, this delicious, satisfying "meal in one" is easy to prepare. The green of the squash remains true to color through the cooking process, so it's pretty on the plate. It's a favorite when I'm cooking for just the two of us. —Linda Gaido New Brighton, Pennsylvania

Corn 'n' Celery Saute

Corn 'n' Celery Saute

Corn 'n' Celery Saute

Phyllis Groves of Ukiah, California, says, “This light but different vegetable combination goes well with almost any main dish.”

Peach-Stuffed Pork Chops

Peach-Stuffed Pork Chops

Peach-Stuffed Pork Chops

"The Peach-Stuffed Pork Chops are a delicious change of pace from ordinary fried pork steaks," Dorothy says.

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

Peachy Blueberry Cobblers

Peachy Blueberry Cobblers

Peachy Blueberry Cobblers

"We love the combination of fruit as well as the ease of preparation for this dessert," shares Carmen Edwards of Midland, Texas. "Sometimes I double the recipe and serve it to guests. Everyone is always happy when they arrive at my house to find these comforting cobblers waiting for them."

Grilled Cheese with Turkey

Grilled Cheese with Turkey

Grilled Cheese with Turkey

“This is my favorite sandwich,” says Teresa Stephens from Dexter, New York. “I make it once a week.” Melted cheese and mayonnaise give this tasty sandwich loads of comforting appeal. Yum!



Pumpkin Streusel Custard

Pumpkin Streusel Custard

Pumpkin Streusel Custard

This is a delectable dessert for chilly fall and winter days. The streusel topping complements the smooth, spicy custard to perfection. I adjusted a dessert recipe in my files to come up with this two-serving version. -Maxine Smith, Owanka, South Dakota

BLT in a Bowl

BLT in a Bowl

BLT in a Bowl

Velma Jenness of Marcus, Iowa created this hearty pasta medley that’s sure to become a staple.

Sour Cream Meatballs

Sour Cream Meatballs

Sour Cream Meatballs

You’ll enjoy these tender meatballs draped in a creamy mushroom gravy. “I came across this recipe about 20 years ago at a church function,” says Darlene Komant of Ardrossan, Alberta.

Old-Fashioned Coleslaw

Old-Fashioned Coleslaw

Old-Fashioned Coleslaw

My sister-in-law gave me this recipe over 50 years ago and it's still a hit at potluck dinners. I made it for company once, and they came by the next day with a large head of cabbage, hoping to exchange it for the recipe. -Joyce LeMonds, Castle Rock, Washington

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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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