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Raspberry & White Chocolate Cheesecake

My mom makes this cheesecake a lot because it's so good and really pretty. She calls it a "go-to" recipe. Someday I'll try to make it myself. —Charlotte Roos, Minneapolis, Minnesota
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Coconut-White Chocolate Cheesecake

Coconut-White Chocolate Cheesecake

Coconut-White Chocolate Cheesecake

Friends have suggested over and over that I submit this creation to a magazine because it's so good. For the best texture, make sure not to overmix the batter. —Jamie Harris, Danville, Illinois

Crusty Homemade Bread

Crusty Homemade Bread

Crusty Homemade Bread

Crackling homemade bread makes an average day extraordinary. Enjoy this beautiful loaf as is, or stir in a few favorites like cheese, garlic, herbs and dried fruits. —Megumi Garcia, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Toffee Truffle Cheesecake

Toffee Truffle Cheesecake

Toffee Truffle Cheesecake

I combined two of my favorite cheesecake recipes and added the delicious homemade caramel sauce for a cheesecake that's now my favorite! —Hannah Halstead, Blair, Nebraska

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Garlic-Lime Pork Chops

Garlic-Lime Pork Chops

Garlic-Lime Pork Chops

Cilantro, lime and hot pepper sauce lend south-of-the-border pizzazz to boneless pork chops in this recipe from Paula Marchesi of Lenhartsville, Pennsylvania. "Pretty enough for company, these chops are tender, juicy and delicious," she says.

Layered Salad with Walnuts

Layered Salad with Walnuts

Layered Salad with Walnuts

Virginia Miracle SARASOTA, FLORIDA My husband and I retired here in 1983. I love to cook and often make this refreshing layer salad. It looks so pretty in a glass bowl. Our friends really enjoy it, plus I can make it ahead of time.

Low-Fat Vanilla Ice Cream

Low-Fat Vanilla Ice Cream

Low-Fat Vanilla Ice Cream

Field editor Rebecca Baird of Salt Lake City, Utah shares her recipe for yummy "light" ice cream. It's smooth and creamy with wonderful vanilla flavor.
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Jazzy Gelatin

Jazzy Gelatin

Jazzy Gelatin

Finish things off with a bang with this colorful gelatin garnished with a chorus of fresh grapes. Chock-full of mandarin oranges and crushed pineapple, it's so refreshing that guests won't be able to refrain from seconds.

Easy Overnight Pimiento Potato Salad

Easy Overnight Pimiento Potato Salad

Easy Overnight Pimiento Potato Salad

"A neighbor shared the recipe for this easy overnight salad," reports Dora Ledford of Rockwall, Texas. Tender potatoes and crunchy celery get refreshing flavor from a bottle of Italian dressing.

Strawberry-Kiwi Jam

Strawberry-Kiwi Jam

Strawberry-Kiwi Jam

"My family always gives jams and jellies as gifts and everyone appreciates it. Strawberries and kiwi make a wonderful combination." Kathy Kittell, Lenexa, Kansas

Featherlight Rolls

Featherlight Rolls

Featherlight Rolls

“Aptly named for their featherlight texture, these tender rolls from my Mama-Louise Smart-were a favorite of family and friends alike,” writes Terri Duhon from Bryan, Texas. “They're just as tasty the next day with a slice of cheese on each section of the cloverleaf.”

Ham and Broccoli Strata

Ham and Broccoli Strata

Ham and Broccoli Strata

Entertaining is easy with this homespun strata that features broccoli, ham and cheese. You assemble it the night before you need it, so there's no last-minute fuss.

Always-Tender Roasted Turkey

Always-Tender Roasted Turkey

Always-Tender Roasted Turkey

For years I prepared my Thanksgiving turkey only to have it turn out dry. That's when I decided to give this recipe a try. Baking the bird in an oven bag keeps it moist and tender...and there's no basting involved.—Shirley Bedzis, San Diego, California

Minted Iced Tea Cooler

Minted Iced Tea Cooler

Minted Iced Tea Cooler

"This cool rose-colored tea quenches your thirst in the most delightful way," commented Debbie Terenzini-Wilkerson of Lusby, Maryland. "It's a pleasant blend of fruit and mint flavors. It's very easy to make, but more special than traditional iced tea."

Portobello Pockets

Portobello Pockets

Portobello Pockets

“This savory recipe is one of my fall favorites,“ raves Elissa Armbruster in Medford, New Jersey. “It’s quick, easy and so loaded with fresh veggies…no one misses the meat. I vary the produce and spices so I can enjoy it all year!“ MAKE IT EASY. For fuss-free late-autumn hikes or picnics, Elissa bundles up her yummy Portobello Pockets in foil, then takes them along to toss on a hot grill.

Pretty Stuffed Spring Peas

Pretty Stuffed Spring Peas

Pretty Stuffed Spring Peas

These stuffed peas are the perfect way to welcome spring and sail right through summer. I serve them on a platter surrounded by juicy strawberries. —Phyllis Cooper, Yarmouth Port, Massachusetts

Makeover Lemon Custard Ice Cream

Makeover Lemon Custard Ice Cream

Makeover Lemon Custard Ice Cream

You'll love this fantastic light ice cream that matches the wonderful, yet heavier original in taste and texture. We think it'll quickly become a staple for your family. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen

Italian Subs

Italian Subs

Italian Subs

Olive lovers are sure to rejoice over this stacked sandwich! Delores Christner from Spooner, Wisconsin marinates stuffed and ripe olives in white wine vinegar and garlic before using them to flavor these speedy salami, ham and provolone subs.
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