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Want a simple and delicious supper? Try these 5-ingredient favorites including pasta, pork, chicken, beef, vegetarian or dessert dishes.

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A ready-made pound cake speeds up preparation, and a marshmallow-cream cheese topping adds a mouthwatering finish to this easy dessert. —Talena Keeler, Siloam Springs, Arkansas
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Cornish Hens

Cornish Hens

Cornish Hens

I LIKE this recipe for Cornish hens because it’s easy to do and a delicious entrée for two. The basting ingredients result in a beautifully browned hen, sealing in the juices so that it is moist, tender and quite flavorful.

Frosty Freezer Pie

Frosty Freezer Pie

Frosty Freezer Pie

"This pretty pie can be whipped up in no time. But it tastes so sweet and creamy people will think you fussed," assures Sue Blow of Lititz, Pennsylvania. "My family likes it best when it's made with orange sherbet. It's especially refreshing on a warm summer day."

Gelatin Fruit Salad

Gelatin Fruit Salad

Gelatin Fruit Salad

"This gorgeous salad is so refreshing and bursting with flavor that you won't think of it as sugar-free," says Eleanor Mielke of Snohomish, Washington. "A diabetic friend shared the recipe."
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Company Carrots

Company Carrots

Company Carrots

These savory dressed-up carrots add color to any meal-and do it with just five ingredients. "Use packaged baby carrots for added convenience," notes Lee Ann Arey of Scarborough, Maine.

Chocolate Almond Pinecones

Chocolate Almond Pinecones

Chocolate Almond Pinecones

Our Test Kitchen suggests this clever way of dressing up any winter dessert. Make these "pinecones" when you have some time, then use—and reuse—them on a variety of desserts...or even on a pretty plate piled with candies.

Spicy Applesauce

Spicy Applesauce

Spicy Applesauce

"We have an apple-picking party every year," mentions Marian Platt of Sequim, Washington. "It's a bushel of fun, and I look forward to cooking a batch of this easy applesauce seasoned with cinnamon, cloves and allspice."

Turkey and Dressing Bake

Turkey and Dressing Bake

Turkey and Dressing Bake

Folks will be amazed that four ingredients can produce such a delicious dinner. You certain to rely on this standby for years to come! Taste of Home Test Kitchen

Ghoulish Fingers

Ghoulish Fingers

Ghoulish Fingers

We serve this fun finger food at our annual Halloween party alongside sandwich rolls and condiments.—Marilee Davieau, Allentown, Pennsylvania

Pear Preserves

Pear Preserves

Pear Preserves

In the fall we would go to our farm and pick pears and apples. Then we'd build a campfire and roast hot dogs. Later we'd all get together and make big batches of these tasty preserves. —Tammy Watkins, Greentop, Missouri

Basil Noodles

Basil Noodles

Basil Noodles

This recipe is our favorite use for our summer crop of basil. We even grow a monster leaf variety of basil just to create this pasta. —Janine M Colasurdo, Chesapeake, Virginia

Apple and Peanut Butter Stackers

Apple and Peanut Butter Stackers

Apple and Peanut Butter Stackers

The best way to get kids interested in cooking and eating right is to let them help. Sliced apple "sandwiches" are one fun way to pique their interest and kitchen creativity. —Shirley Warren, Thiensville, Wisconsin

Raspberry Plum Jam

Raspberry Plum Jam

Raspberry Plum Jam

The thing I like best about this jam is the way the plums stretch the flavor of the raspberries. I make it when plums are in season, and we enjoy it all winter long on toast or homemade bread. For a few years, my husband and I had a small acreage with chickens, rabbits and sheep. Although we now live in town, our hearts still belong in the country! We have six children—three of them grown, two teenagers plus a girl who's 10—and two grandchildren.

Fruity Chicken Tossed Salad

Fruity Chicken Tossed Salad

Fruity Chicken Tossed Salad

Juicy chicken and a medley of sweet fruit jazz up crisp salad greens. Topped with a refreshing poppyseed dressing, this salad tastes too good to be light!

Baked Three-Bean Casserole

Baked Three-Bean Casserole

Baked Three-Bean Casserole

Here's a recipe perfect for large get-togethers because it can be easily doubled for a big crowd!—Darlene Brenden, Salem, Oregon

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Raspberry-Banana Soft Serve

Raspberry-Banana Soft Serve

Raspberry-Banana Soft Serve

When I make this ice cream, I mix and match bananas for their ripeness. Very ripe ones add more banana flavor. Less ripe ones have a fluffier texture. —Melissa Hansen, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Cookies & Cream Truffle Balls

Cookies & Cream Truffle Balls

Cookies & Cream Truffle Balls

For easy truffles, I roll cookies and cream cheese into balls and dunk them in white chocolate. That’s merry and bright in one bite. —Carla Giorgio, New York, New York
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