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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
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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.

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

Tangy Baked Seven Beans

Tangy Baked Seven Beans

Tangy Baked Seven Beans

Everyone needs a go-to side dish for school events, picnics and potlucks. Here's mine. Freeze leftovers for future outings. —Rod Lundwall, Tooele, Utah

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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.

Pesto Tuna Melts

Pesto Tuna Melts

Pesto Tuna Melts

A tangy Italian twist on tuna salad, this cheesy open-faced sandwich from Nancy Monroe of Statesville, North Carolina is a fuss-free standout. Pair it with a cup of hot soup or chips for a tasty lunch.

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.
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Peasant Soup for One

Peasant Soup for One

Peasant Soup for One

In the mood for soup? There's no need to open a can when it's so easy to simmer up a bowl of this soup. I first has this at a favorite restaurant. When it was removed from the menu, I duplicate it at home using herbs from my garden.—Kay Harris, Armarillo, Texas

Savory Braised Beef

Savory Braised Beef

Savory Braised Beef

FOR the first time in 23 years, I'm again cooking for two. It's quite an adjustment, but I'm getting adept at making the changes. But my husband and I enjoy this delicious dish—with meat, potatoes and vegetables, it's a meal in itself. —Eva Knight Nashua, New Hampshire

Crispy Dijon Chicken

Crispy Dijon Chicken

Crispy Dijon Chicken

"I know you'll relish this doubly delicious dish," writes Ella West of Lake Charles, Louisiana. "Yogurt and mustard give golden oven-baked chicken a tangy taste, while cornflake crumbs provide plenty of crunch."

Marinated Broccoli

Marinated Broccoli

Marinated Broccoli

Edna Hoffman of Hebron, Indiana offers this festive side dish that’s ideal for holiday dinners.

Pineapple Ham Loaves

Pineapple Ham Loaves

Pineapple Ham Loaves

Aleatha Smith of Billings, Montana pairs savory ham with sweet pineapple for a winning combination. Easy to make and delicious to eat, this dish is sure to please!

Smoked Turkey Pasta Salad

Smoked Turkey Pasta Salad

Smoked Turkey Pasta Salad

“I made a large version of this colorful pasta salad for a Super Bowl party, and all my guests loved it. They wanted to know what I put in it to make it taste so good,” Ana Colon writes from Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin.

Cherry Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Cherry Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Cherry Chocolate Chunk Cookies

These rich, fudgy cookies from Trisha Kruse in Eagle, Idaho are chewy and studded with tangy dried cherries. “It’s a good thing the recipe makes only a small batch,” she laughs, “because we eat them all in one night!”



Ham Stuffed Acorn Squash

Ham Stuffed Acorn Squash

Ham Stuffed Acorn Squash

“At the end of the growing season, we always have a few acorn squash remaining," says Laurina Jo Tucker of La Marque, Texas. "I usually bake the squash with butter and honey, but decided to try something more savory and I came up with this.”

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.

Chicken Stuffed Bundles

Chicken Stuffed Bundles

Chicken Stuffed Bundles

THIS RECIPE has been in our family for 40 years! My four kids loved this dish growing up, and it's still their number one request when they come to dinner. My husband's pet name for this is "great wads of dough"...but he eats every bit on his plate. -Kathryn Burris, Mariposa, California

Zucchini Carrrot Couscous

Zucchini Carrrot Couscous

Zucchini Carrrot Couscous

Our test kitchen home economists developed the recipe for this colorful side dish. Sauteed vegetables add texture and crunch to the quick-cooking couscous.
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