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Chocolate Berry Freeze

Chocolate Berry Freeze

Chocolate Berry Freeze

This lovely make-ahead cake tastes as good as it looks. Rich, creamy and decadent, it’s perfect for company! Thanks to Lisa Ruehlow of Blaine, Minnesota for the recipe.

Tart 'n' Tangy Vegetables

Tart 'n' Tangy Vegetables

Tart 'n' Tangy Vegetables

We have a long growing season here, so we find many ways to use fresh vegetables from our garden. This is a Southern favorite in my family that is both easy and flavorful.

Fruit-Filled Raspberry Ring

Fruit-Filled Raspberry Ring

Fruit-Filled Raspberry Ring

People love this fruity gelatin ring that gets extra flavor from an ambrosia-like mixture in the center. I've been bringing it to potlucks, buffets and showers for 20 years. While it looks like you fussed, it's easy to make the night before a special occasion. -Janice Steinmetz, Somers, Connecticut
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Brioche

Brioche

Brioche

At 10 o'clock each morning, it's coffee time at our house. Friends, neighbors and relatives stop by just to see what's baking in my oven. These rolls always satisfy.

Two-Grain Yeast Rolls

Two-Grain Yeast Rolls

Two-Grain Yeast Rolls

Our weekly menu features these homemade oatmeal-potato rolls at least once. Depending on the meal, I may sprinkle them with cinnamon and brown sugar or brush on garlic butter. The possibilities are endless.

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

Zesty Marinated Pork Chops

Zesty Marinated Pork Chops

Zesty Marinated Pork Chops

“My husband loves pork chops. They're a good source of lean protein and it's easy to change the flavor by using different spices. I created this marinade based on a few I saw in Healthy Cooking.” Jackie Termont - Richmond, Virginia

Cranberry Pear Chutney

Cranberry Pear Chutney

Cranberry Pear Chutney

My husband, Jack, is a diabetic who likes to round out a meal with this lovely sauce. The ingredients in this sugar-free treat give it a natural sweetness.—Carol Bricker, Tempe, Arizona

Raisin Bread & Sausage Morning Casserole

Raisin Bread & Sausage Morning Casserole

Raisin Bread & Sausage Morning Casserole

When we used to have Sunday breakfasts with my grandparents, my mom often made this for grandpa because he enjoyed it so much. Pork sausage and cinnamon bread taste surprisingly good together. —Carolyn Levan, Dixon, Illinois

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.



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. —Cecilia Grondin, Grand Falls, New Brunswick

Lemon and Herb Fryers

Lemon and Herb Fryers

Lemon and Herb Fryers

With its slight hint of lemon and variety of herbs, this chicken disappears quickly. I'm not sure where this originated, but I've passed it onto countless friends.

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!

Watermelon Bombe

Watermelon Bombe

Watermelon Bombe

Says Mary Ann Dell of Phoenixville, Pennsylvania: “I can’t count the times I’ve made this wonderful dessert. It’s a favorite at our summer barbecues. People think you really fussed, but it couldn’t be easier—and there are never any leftovers!”

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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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