Make-Ahead Recipes

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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
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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

Creole Shrimp & Crab Cheesecake

Creole Shrimp & Crab Cheesecake

Creole Shrimp & Crab Cheesecake

We live on the beach and love to eat seafood. A stay-at-home mom, I also love to experiment in the kitchen. I came up with this savory spread as a special appetizer.—Christy Hughes, Sunset Beach, North Carolina

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

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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."

Grilled Cordon-Bleu Pork Chops

Grilled Cordon-Bleu Pork Chops

Grilled Cordon-Bleu Pork Chops

Perfect for a backyard barbecue or an afternoon tailgate, these cheesy chops from Marcia Obenhaus of Princeton, Illinois will hit the spot at any time and any place!

Angler's Gelatin Delight

Angler's Gelatin Delight

Angler's Gelatin Delight

Get in the swim with this refreshing cucumber-lime molded salad, a hit at my theme party! Any fish or shell-shaped mold would work well for this salad, but if you don't have one, you can improvise with common pan shapes as shown. —Martha Conaway, Pataskala, Ohio
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Cherry Cream Torte

Cherry Cream Torte

Cherry Cream Torte

When you set this gorgeous dessert on the table, your guests will sing your praises. You're the only one who has to know how simple it is to prepare. -Mary Anne McWhirter, Pearland, Texas

Mint Chocolate Chip Pie

Mint Chocolate Chip Pie

Mint Chocolate Chip Pie

You'll need only three ingredients to fix this refreshing make-ahead dessert that features a cool combination of mint and chocolate. "When time is short, it's so handy to pull this no-fuss pie out of the freezer for company," notes Dolores Scofield of West Shokan, New York.

Toffee Caramel Ice Cream Pie

Toffee Caramel Ice Cream Pie

Toffee Caramel Ice Cream Pie

This delicious pie is easy to make and so pretty. It comes together in under 30 minutes and since you can make it in advance, it’s ideal for entertaining. --Diane Lombardo, New Castle, Pennsylvania

Pork Chops with Orange Sauce

Pork Chops with Orange Sauce

Pork Chops with Orange Sauce

Tangy orange flavors the marinade and sweet sauce that dress up these tender and juicy chops. Add mashed potatoes or rice and a simple side salad for a fuss-free supper. Mary Chandler - Grand Tower, Illinois

Rich Chocolate Mousse Cheesecake

Rich Chocolate Mousse Cheesecake

Rich Chocolate Mousse Cheesecake

As if cheesecake wasn't enough of an indulgence, this version also features irresistible chocolate mousse. It's a delightful, do-ahead dessert for special occasions.—Julie Dunsworth, Oviedo, Florida

Pennsylvania Dutch Coleslaw

Pennsylvania Dutch Coleslaw

Pennsylvania Dutch Coleslaw

My mother used to make this salad on holidays. With all the cabbage that is grown here in the Northwest, the recipe is a real natural for us!

Pineapple Teriyaki Chicken

Pineapple Teriyaki Chicken

Pineapple Teriyaki Chicken

I like to marinate this moist chicken entree overnight, then pop it on the grill for a breezy taste of the islands that family and friends really go for. —Vicki Roberts, Jacksonville, Florida

Almond Pistachio Baklava

Almond Pistachio Baklava

Almond Pistachio Baklava

I discovered this traditional recipe at a Greek cultural event and often get requests for it. The original version called for walnuts, but I substituted almonds and pistachios with yummy results.

Icebox Vegetable Salad

Icebox Vegetable Salad

Icebox Vegetable Salad

Our neighbors of 36 years have annual potluck dinners and, believe me, it's hard to come up with a new dish to pass! When I served this salad, my neighbors savored every bite.

Evelyn's Sour Cream Twists

Evelyn's Sour Cream Twists

Evelyn's Sour Cream Twists

"Evelyn" is my mother-in-law, who always keeps some of these terrific flaky twists in her freezer to serve in a pinch. They go quickly around our house— especially during the holidays.

Strudel Sticks

Strudel Sticks

Strudel Sticks

"I like to prepare these pretty fruit- and coconut-filled pastries ahead and freeze them until needed," relates Louise Holmes of Winchester, Tennessee.
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