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Everyone will know spring is here when you serve these yummy, yellow cheesecake squares. Cool and refreshing, this dessert cuts easily and keeps for several days in the refrigerator. —Patty Auxier, Royalton, Kentucky
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Bagel Bread Pudding with Bourbon Sauce

Bagel Bread Pudding with Bourbon Sauce

Bagel Bread Pudding with Bourbon Sauce

I worked in a health club where bagels arrived daily, so I experimented with leftovers. I wasn’t a bread pudding fan until I tried it with bagels. —Kathy Hawkins, Ingleside, IL

Roasted Banana & Pecan Cheesecake

Roasted Banana & Pecan Cheesecake

Roasted Banana & Pecan Cheesecake

We keep bananas on hand, but with just two of us in the house they ripen faster than we can eat them. That makes them perfect for roasting and baking into this cheesecake with a nutty crust. —Patricia Harmon, Baden, PA

Citrus & Herb Roasted Turkey Breast

Citrus & Herb Roasted Turkey Breast

Citrus & Herb Roasted Turkey Breast

This recipe will make you love turkey again. Brining with lemon, rosemary and orange juice makes it so moist and flavorful. It's the star attraction at our table. —Fay Moreland, Wichita Falls, TX

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Double Chocolate Espresso Cheesecake

Double Chocolate Espresso Cheesecake

Double Chocolate Espresso Cheesecake

Every slice of this creamy cheesecake is a standout. The classic pairing of chocolate and coffee is sure to please partygoers.—Cheryl Perry, Hertford, North Carolina

Honey Whole Wheat Pan Rolls

Honey Whole Wheat Pan Rolls

Honey Whole Wheat Pan Rolls

With their pleasant wheat flavor and a honey of a glaze, these rolls impress my guests. Every time I take them to potluck dinners, I come home with an empty pan. —Nancye Thompson, Paducah, Kentucky

Roasted Fresh Pumpkin Seeds

Roasted Fresh Pumpkin Seeds

Roasted Fresh Pumpkin Seeds

I learned how to roast pumpkin seeds from my mother, who learned it from her mother. Keep an eye on the seeds so they don’t scorch. —Margaret Drye, Plainfield, NH
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Scrumptious Scrambled Salad

Scrumptious Scrambled Salad

Scrumptious Scrambled Salad

This recipe makes a large, very pretty and absolutely delicious salad that always disappears as fast as I make it.—Becky Muldrow, Highlands, Texas

Makeover Pear Cheesecake

Makeover Pear Cheesecake

Makeover Pear Cheesecake

To trim the original recipe, our crew used reduced-fat graham cracker crumbs, less butter in the crust, reduced-fat cream cheese and fat-free milk in the filling.—Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Greendale, Wisconsin

Simple Marinated Ribeyes

Simple Marinated Ribeyes

Simple Marinated Ribeyes

When spring comes to our house, out comes the grill! My husband does a great job cooking these steaks to perfection. They taste so terrific, we often have them once a week.—Sonja Kane, Wendell, North Carolina

Toffee Crunch Cheesecake

Toffee Crunch Cheesecake

Toffee Crunch Cheesecake

This rich, creamy cheesecake features chocolate-covered toffee bits in the crust and topping. It's the perfect dessert for any celebration.—Laura Mahaffey, Annapolis, Maryland

Double-Chocolate Toffee Icebox Cake

Double-Chocolate Toffee Icebox Cake

Double-Chocolate Toffee Icebox Cake

My mother-in-law gave me a cooking lesson when I first got married: "Anything tastes good if you put enough butter, chocolate or cream in it." This cake has two out of three and proves she was right. Sometimes I use chocolate graham crackers and stack up the layers in a 9x9 pan. —Bee Engelhart, Bloomfield Township, Michigan

Teriyaki Turkey Breast

Teriyaki Turkey Breast

Teriyaki Turkey Breast

Marinating this turkey breast overnight gives it great flavor and a juicy tenderness. "This is the best turkey you will ever eat," assures Marvin Hayes from Delano, Minnesota. Leftovers-if there are any-taste terrific in the two delicious dishes that follow.

Peppermint Freezer Pie

Peppermint Freezer Pie

Peppermint Freezer Pie

Refreshing peppermint ice cream plus fudgy chocolate plus fluffy meringue equals the perfect pie for the holidays! Kelli Bucy of Red Oak, Iowa shares this lovely dessert that's become a Christmas tradition. You can make and freeze the pie well in advance.



Fresh Ginger Cranberry Relish

Fresh Ginger Cranberry Relish

Fresh Ginger Cranberry Relish

The reputation of this tasty relish goes way beyond your Thanksgiving dinner plate. It’s great with poultry and pork, and will even perk up a ho-hum deli sandwich on-the-fly. —Melode Weiner, Plymouth, California

Raspberry Cream Cheesecake

Raspberry Cream Cheesecake

Raspberry Cream Cheesecake

This creamy cheesecake pie with a raspberry layer is a light dessert after a heavy meal. —Steve Josserand, Decatur, Illinois

Neapolitan Bars

Neapolitan Bars

Neapolitan Bars

The colors of the season featured in this moist bars, which are layered with cherry and apricot preserves.—Nancy Foust, Stoneboro, Pennsylvania

Spring Morning Casserole

Spring Morning Casserole

Spring Morning Casserole

“My mom gave me this recipe, and it has quickly become my favorite breakfast casserole. I love that it can be made the night before and popped in the oven for a special breakfast.” —Melody Holland, Lebanon, Pennsylvania
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