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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
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Apple Dumpling Pull-Apart Bread

Apple Dumpling Pull-Apart Bread

Apple Dumpling Pull-Apart Bread

I converted a basic sweet dough into this incredible, apple-filled pull-apart loaf. The results are anything but basic. It takes time, but I guarantee it's worth it. You can choose one of the sauces, but using both is twice as tasty.—Gina Nistico, Milwaukee, WI

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."

Apple-Cranberry Relish

Apple-Cranberry Relish

Apple-Cranberry Relish

This fresh ruby-colored relish is sweet and tangy, and the apples and celery give it a terrific crunch. At our house, it's a holiday menu mainstay since it's so pleasant with poultry and pork. —Edith McFarland, Willits, California
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Gingerbread Teddy Bears

Gingerbread Teddy Bears

Gingerbread Teddy Bears

These cookies have been a Christmas tradition in my family since I was a little girl. The big bears are so soft and chewy that we can hardly wait until they come out of the oven!—Elizabeth Manzanares, Gloucester, Virginia

Holiday Ribbon Gelatin

Holiday Ribbon Gelatin

Holiday Ribbon Gelatin

Layers of red and green make this festive salad a favorite during the Christmas season. Kids are sure to find it fun to eat, and adults will enjoy the combination of sweet-tart flavors. —Jenny Hughson, Mitchell, Nebraska

Dugout Hot Dogs

Dugout Hot Dogs

Dugout Hot Dogs

What do folks eat at a ball game? Hot dogs, of course! For our baseball theme party, I jazzed them up with an easy homemade barbecue sauce and a tangy relish that's become a family tradition. I make up a supply when our garden's booming with zucchini.—Sue Gronholz, Beaver Dam, Wisconsin

Nine-Layer Salad

Nine-Layer Salad

Nine-Layer Salad

Creamy and crunchy, this delightful dish is loaded with popular salad ingredients such as green pepper, green onions, frozen peas and bacon. It’s a colorful accompaniment to Mom’s spaghetti. —Anne Halfhill, Worthington, Ohio

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

Pork Roast with Mango Salsa

Pork Roast with Mango Salsa

Pork Roast with Mango Salsa

"When my son and his wife were married in our backyard, I served this special roast at the rehearsal dinner," writes B.J. Wall from Lanexa, Virginia. "It can be prepared on the grill or in the oven, but grilling enhances the flavors. The fruit salsa perfectly complements the pork's tasty herbal rub."

Grape and Cabbage Salad

Grape and Cabbage Salad

Grape and Cabbage Salad

This is a recipe I created using the grapes grown in our state. The flavor and texture brings many compliments, and its combination of color adds to its appeal.



Lovely Lemon Cheesecake

Lovely Lemon Cheesecake

Lovely Lemon Cheesecake

Watch for the oohs and ahs when you present this luxurious cheesecake. The lemon flavor gives it a bright and tangy flair. —Margaret Allen, Abingdon, Virginia

Italian Pineapple Trifle

Italian Pineapple Trifle

Italian Pineapple Trifle

My grandmother made this rich, tempting trifle every year for our family’s Christmas Eve celebrations. Now I make it to carry on her special tradition. It’s an easy, delicious no-bake dessert everyone will love.

Popcorn Candy Cake

Popcorn Candy Cake

Popcorn Candy Cake

This fun cake's made of popcorn. It's sweetened with gumdrops and miniature marshmallows, so kids loves it!—Roberta Uhl, Summerville, Oregon

Quick Gazpacho

Quick Gazpacho

Quick Gazpacho

Gazpacho is common fare here in the Southwest, and its variations are numerous. This one is simple, inexpensive, healthful and delicious. It works well as an appetizer, brunch dish or accompaniment to any meat entree. I prefer to make the tomato base the night before, but I've also made it early in the morning for serving with that night's supper.

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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

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

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.
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