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It's so convenient to mix up this old-fashioned breakfast treat the night before and bake it fresh the morning you serve it. We like the cake's light texture and nutty brown sugar topping spiced with cinnamon and nutmeg. -Patricia Throlson, Clear Lake, Minnesota.
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Cheesecake Diamonds

Cheesecake Diamonds

Cheesecake Diamonds

Here's a simple recipe that's good to have when guests are coming over. I found it in an old cookbook.

Curried Peanut Chicken

Curried Peanut Chicken

Curried Peanut Chicken

"This is a nice change from traditional grilled items," says Jennifer Myers. The Havertown, Pennsylvania reader sprinkles coconut and currants over a tasty combination of chicken and peppers.

Cashew Baklava

Cashew Baklava

Cashew Baklava

I always wanted to make Baklava, but it seemed like so much work. The son of my neighbor's friend showed us both how to make it...it's really quite easy and so delicious. I like to mix up the nuts in the filling and use walnut, cashews or pecans.—Lorraine Caland, Thunder Bay, Ontario
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Party Mint Patties

Party Mint Patties

Party Mint Patties

These easy-to-make mint candies are perfect for any occasion throughout the year. Simply tint the dough the appropriate color. Friends and family will gobble these up in a jiffy! —Mrs. William Yoder, Bloomfield, Iowa

Frozen Berry Fluff

Frozen Berry Fluff

Frozen Berry Fluff

"My family loves this cool, refreshing dessert no matter what flavor pie filling I use," Donetta Brunner of Savanna, Illinois comments, "but I must admit raspberry is their favorite."

Glass Bowl Salad

Glass Bowl Salad

Glass Bowl Salad

Crisp, refreshing ingredients topped with a creamy dressing and crumbled bacon assured there'd be no leftovers when this salad bowl made its way around the table. -Anne Heinonen, Howell, Michigan

Chocolate Eclair Delight

Chocolate Eclair Delight

Chocolate Eclair Delight

It's amazing how the layers of this eclair torte soften overnight into a cake-like texture. Just before serving dessert, I like to dust the top with cocoa. —Agnes Ward, Stratford, Ontario

Tangy Cucumber Gelatin

Tangy Cucumber Gelatin

Tangy Cucumber Gelatin

A friend shared this recipe with me years ago. She had a vegetable garden and always had a good yield of cucumbers. This pleasant, comforting salad is the right amount for one or two. The cucumber and green onions give a nice texture contrast and refreshing crunch. -Bernadeane McWilliam, Decatur, Illinois

Zesty Breakfast Burritos

Zesty Breakfast Burritos

Zesty Breakfast Burritos

My husband grew up in Mexico and prefers his food extra spicy. Special seasonings added to ordinary ground pork give a little life to standard sausage and eggs.

Marinated Italian Salad

Marinated Italian Salad

Marinated Italian Salad

This is a perfect salad for potlucks and other occasions year-round. In winter, the ingredients are available when many other vegetables aren’t in season…and in summer, it’s a worry-free picnic food since it doesn’t have a mayonnaise-based dressing.

Pickled Mushrooms

Pickled Mushrooms

Pickled Mushrooms

As a salad or appetizer, these tangy mushrooms are a welcome addition to any meal or party buffet table. It doesn't take long for a whole bowlful to be devoured. I love to cook with fresh mushrooms - a crop our state is well known for. -Sandra Johnson, Tioga, Pennsylvania

Carrot Ice Cream Pie

Carrot Ice Cream Pie

Carrot Ice Cream Pie

This refreshing dessert tastes a little bit like orange sherbet. I make several pies at a time and keep them on hand in the freezer. My guests are always surprised to learn they're eating carrots!—Bethel Anderson, St. James, Minnesota

Two-Grain Yeast Rolls

Two-Grain Yeast Rolls

Two-Grain Yeast Rolls

Our weekly menu features these homemade oatmeal-potato rolls at least once. Depending on the meal, I may sprinkle them with cinnamon and brown sugar or brush on garlic butter. The possibilities are endless.

Creamy Cranberry Apple Salad

Creamy Cranberry Apple Salad

Creamy Cranberry Apple Salad

For over 30 years, this recipe has been a holiday tradition in my family. With marshmallows, cranberries, apples and grapes, it has a sweet-tart flavor and comforting creaminess that appeals to all ages.

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Cranberry-Apple French Toast

Cranberry-Apple French Toast

Cranberry-Apple French Toast

My husband's breakfast club at work raves about this make-ahead French toast. Pop it in the oven in the morning to get your day off to a sweet, bubbly start.

Lisa's All-Day Sugar & Salt Pork Roast

Lisa's All-Day Sugar & Salt Pork Roast

Lisa's All-Day Sugar & Salt Pork Roast

My family loves this tender, juicy roast, so we eat it a lot. The salty crust is so delicious mixed into the pulled pork. —Lisa Allen, Joppa, Alabama

Best Ever Crescent Rolls

Best Ever Crescent Rolls

Best Ever Crescent Rolls

My daughter and I have cranked out dozens of homemade crescent rolls. It’s a real team effort. I cut the dough into pie-shaped wedges; she rolls. —Irene Yeh, Mequon, Wisconsin
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