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Homemade Chicken Cordon Bleu

This is a great, fast dinner for two, and the leftovers are just as tasty. It's easy to fix and makes an elegant entree.
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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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Cool Corn Salad

Cool Corn Salad

Cool Corn Salad

A tangy dressing drapes the veggies in this vibrant salad from Sheli Jo McMahon of Menomonie, Wisconsin. “Although the recipe has quite a few ingredients, it’s simple to make,” she says. “It’s great for summer cookouts.”

Layered Reuben Casserole

Layered Reuben Casserole

Layered Reuben Casserole

Traditional Reuben taste-but without the bread. Sauerkraut fans will love this hearty, layered casserole shared by Agnes Golian of Garfield Heights, Ohio. TIP: Round out this meal for two with dinner rolls and a light fruit dessert.

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 Gainesville, Florida.
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Freezer Mashed Potatoes

Freezer Mashed Potatoes

Freezer Mashed Potatoes

If you’ve ever reheated leftover mashed potatoes and been disappointed with the result, you’ll welcome this recipe from Jessie Fortune of Pocahontas, Arkansas. “There’s just my husband Joel and me, so I like to make these potatoes ahead and use as I need them…without the dirty pans and all the fuss of mashing them,” says Jessie. The oven-baked mashed potatoes keep their flavor and creamy texture even after reheating, so you won’t feel like you’re serving leftovers. Although the recipe cal

Pork Skillet

Pork Skillet

Pork Skillet

This pork casserole is a perfect mix of sweet and tart, and is quite an unusual use of rhubarb. I enjoy rhubarb but I'm not a dessert person, so I like to use it for more than pies and cobblers. —Jeanie Castor, Decatur, Illinois

Twice-Baked Ham Sweet Potatoes

Twice-Baked Ham Sweet Potatoes

Twice-Baked Ham Sweet Potatoes

"I like this dish so much, I sometimes make it with deli ham when I don't have leftover baked ham," says Lorraine Menard, Omaha, Nebraska.

Strawberry-Rhubarb Crumble

Strawberry-Rhubarb Crumble

Strawberry-Rhubarb Crumble

“I'm a 14 year-old with Celiac Disease. It's hard to find desserts I can eat, so I created this healthy and gluten-free recipe,” says Mikhala Stutzman of Granger, Iowa. “Splenda adds sweetness without calories in this great, low-calorie dessert anyone can enjoy!”

Apple Raisin Pie

Apple Raisin Pie

Apple Raisin Pie

Whenever I serve this pie, someone at the table usually asks for a second piece. It has old-fashioned goodness and a delicious, crunchy topping.

Super Veggie Tossed Salad

Super Veggie Tossed Salad

Super Veggie Tossed Salad

This crunchy vegetable salad is perfect on a hot summer's day. I like to cut the vegetables earlier in the day, then chill them so they are nice and crisp. Just before serving, all that is left to do is drizzle with the salad dressing.—LaDonna Reed, Ponca City, Oklahoma

Chocolate Mint Pudding

Chocolate Mint Pudding

Chocolate Mint Pudding

Our Test Kitchen came up with this creamy, lactose-free dessert that could also be used in a parfait, as a filling or as a dip for fruit or pound cake. You'll love the rich chocolaty-mint flavor. TIP: If you don't care for mint, leave out the extract. For a more mousse-like dessert, stir in some non-dairy topping.

Lemon-Studded Artichokes

Lemon-Studded Artichokes

Lemon-Studded Artichokes

For a change-of-pace side dish or appetizer, microwave some artichokes. Lorraine Galazyk of South Surrey, British Columbia flavors them with lemon slices and garlic butter, which is great for dipping.

Blue Cheese Dip

Blue Cheese Dip

Blue Cheese Dip

Our Test Kitchen shares this tasty dip with blue cheese and pecans. It’s excellent with assorted vegetables or sliced apples and pears.

Individual Flans

Individual Flans

Individual Flans

Long-time empty nester Lee Bremson of Kansas City, Missouri says she’s always on the lookout for special desserts sized for two. “This rich, comforting custard is smooth, easy and just right for my husband and me!”
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