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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
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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

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

Overnight Layered Lettuce Salad

Overnight Layered Lettuce Salad

Overnight Layered Lettuce Salad

This layered salad is a family favorite from a church cookbook I've had for 40 years. The bacon adds a fabulous crunch. —Mary Brehm, Cape Coral, Florida

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Old-Country Sauerbraten

Old-Country Sauerbraten

Old-Country Sauerbraten

This recipe has been a well-guarded secret in my family for generations but I have decided to share it because it is so yummy. It is sure to be a hit in your family as well.—Inge Perreault, Oxford, New Jersey

Crabmeat Appetizer Cheesecake

Crabmeat Appetizer Cheesecake

Crabmeat Appetizer Cheesecake

I found a lobster cheesecake recipe and decided to come up with my own version using crabmeat instead. It tastes great!

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.
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Peach-Blueberry French Toast

Peach-Blueberry French Toast

Peach-Blueberry French Toast

Our most-requested dish, this golden brown custard is stuffed with fresh peaches and blueberries. The toast has a crunchy outer crust and soft custard center. My own caramel sauce provides a sinful start to the day.

Ricotta Nut Torte

Ricotta Nut Torte

Ricotta Nut Torte

This pretty layered Italian cake is called cassata. It takes some time to prepare this eye-catching dessert but it conveniently chills overnight.—Karen Albert, Prineville, Oregon

Sweetheart Brownie Sundae

Sweetheart Brownie Sundae

Sweetheart Brownie Sundae

I MAKE this special treat for my family whenever there's a birthday or anniversary. Even without a special occasion, it caps any meal with a festive flair. I especially like to prepare the brownies in a heart shape for Valentine's Day and garnish them with berries. -Dottie Miller, Jonesborough, Tennessee

Overnight Salad

Overnight Salad

Overnight Salad

A co-worker shared this recipe with me several years ago. It's never failed to be a hit when I serve it at a brunch or take it to a picnic or potluck. An added advantage is the fact you make it the day before - one less thing to worry about if you're entertaining or need to bring a "dish to pass" somewhere.

Black-Eyed Pea Salad

Black-Eyed Pea Salad

Black-Eyed Pea Salad

Each time I take this dish to a church supper, I get many, many requests to share the recipe. My family has enjoyed this tasty salad for years, and it works very well alongside ham, brisket or chicken. It is inexpensive to make, and the red onion rings add a nice touch of color to a meal. The real beauty of this salad is that it can be made well ahead of time.

Pickled Carrots

Pickled Carrots

Pickled Carrots

The trick to pickled carrots is cooking them just long enough to retain a harvest-fresh "snap." These tangy treats are terrific for perking up a buffet table or relish tray or serving alongside a hearty sandwich.

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.

Apricot Swirl Cheesecake

Apricot Swirl Cheesecake

Apricot Swirl Cheesecake

I've always loved to cook and try new dishes. But there are just some recipes—like this fancy cheesecake—that I turn to time after time. This is a favorite of family and friends. —Ardyth Voss, Rosholt, South Dakota

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

Cottage Butterhorns

Cottage Butterhorns

Cottage Butterhorns

Start the dough for these attractive crescents the night before, and you’ll have rich, flaky golden rolls the next morning to enjoy with your coffee. A sweet drizzle makes the buttery rolls hard to resist.—Mary Schmittinger, Colgate, Wisconsin

Easy Festive Fruit Salad

Easy Festive Fruit Salad

Easy Festive Fruit Salad

As colorful as the leaves on the autumn trees, this fruit salad disappears fast down to the last spoonful. The light dressing doesn't hide the refreshing flavors of the fruit. Pecans add crunch and the rich flavor of the harvest season. -Julianne Johnson, Grove City, Minnesota
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