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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.
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Cherry Almond Pull-Apart Bread

Cherry Almond Pull-Apart Bread

Cherry Almond Pull-Apart Bread

I recommend these rolls as a sweet treat for Christmas or Easter morning, or whenever you have overnight guests. When my son and son-in-law visit, they devour them almost before they hit the table. They're so yummy, gooey and good.

Pear-Stuffed French Vanilla Toast

Pear-Stuffed French Vanilla Toast

Pear-Stuffed French Vanilla Toast

My handyman, who is originally from Nicaragua, shared this classic breakfast dish his mother use to prepare. He says he makes it frequently for his children and they clean their plates!—Gail Borczyk, Boca Raton, Florida

Robust Marinated Steak

Robust Marinated Steak

Robust Marinated Steak

"Any time is a good time to fire up the grill and toss on a steak that has soaked up this great marinade," notes Betty Ann Ewert of Arlington, Minnesota. "One of our stock car racing buddies came up with the recipe, and we use it often."
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Caramel-Pecan Pumpkin Pull-Aparts

Caramel-Pecan Pumpkin Pull-Aparts

Caramel-Pecan Pumpkin Pull-Aparts

We love sticky buns made with my husband's angel biscuit dough, caramel and pecans. For a twist, try apple butter or applesauce instead of the pumpkin. —Carolyn Kumpe, El Dorado, California

Overnight Vegetable Salad

Overnight Vegetable Salad

Overnight Vegetable Salad

My friend Anne, whom I first met in sixth grade, gave me this recipe. Whenever I'm invited to a potluck and a salad is needed, I make a double batch. There are seldom any leftovers! This is also my favorite recipe to share.

Walnut-Filled Coffee Cakes

Walnut-Filled Coffee Cakes

Walnut-Filled Coffee Cakes

“At our house, Easter or Christmas morning just would not be the same without these wonderful sugar/cinnamon braids.” They also make lovely gifts.

Macaroon Fruit Dip

Macaroon Fruit Dip

Macaroon Fruit Dip

I rely on make-ahead dishes like this when entertaining. Serving the dip in a pineapple shell makes for a pretty presentation. —Jean Forster, Elmhurst, Illinois

Drummer Boy Cake

Drummer Boy Cake

Drummer Boy Cake

Looking for an impressive finale to your holiday dinner? This spectacular dessert, drummed up by our Test Kitchen, features a sweet-tart cranberry topping paired with a tangy orange cake and filling.

Walnut Apple Cider Salad

Walnut Apple Cider Salad

Walnut Apple Cider Salad

This cool, refreshing salad with crunchy nuts and apples makes me think of my mother and Thanksgiving. Mom prepared it each year for that holiday since apples were plentiful. She served it in a beautiful cut-glass bowl that belonged to my grandmother. -Jeannette Mack, Rushville, New York

Peppery Vegetable Salad

Peppery Vegetable Salad

Peppery Vegetable Salad

I've had to find some great recipes to use all the harvest our large garden produces every year, including this colorful combination. It's loaded with crunch and well-seasoned flavor. —Andrea Sheatz, Knox, Pennsylvania



Zucchini Tomato Salsa

Zucchini Tomato Salsa

Zucchini Tomato Salsa

Wondering what to do with all her garden zucchini, Jennifer Magrey of Sterling, Connecticut came up with this versatile and colorful salsa: “I also serve it on crackers, burgers, chips, baked potatoes or over cream cheese as a spread!”

Baked Sesame Pork Tenderloin

Baked Sesame Pork Tenderloin

Baked Sesame Pork Tenderloin

This easy roasted pork appetizer comes from Shirley Kula of San Diego, California. The ginger, soy sauce and sesame seeds give these truly tender tenderloins obvious Asian flair.

Perky Parsleyed Tomatoes

Perky Parsleyed Tomatoes

Perky Parsleyed Tomatoes

"I was given this delightful recipe many years ago by my mother with a notation, 'Oh, so good!'", says Marie Melchert from Las Vegas, Nevada. "You can make it ahead, and it is so attractive."

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.

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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.

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

Mediterranean Veggie Brunch Puff

Mediterranean Veggie Brunch Puff

Mediterranean Veggie Brunch Puff

I make breakfast casseroles with whatever I have, like spinach, sweet red pepper and cheddar. With this puff, we like a burst of flavor from Greek vinaigrette. —Angela Robinson, Findlay, Ohio
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