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Crisp & Spicy Cucumber Salad

Sweet-hot Asian flavors using rice vinegar, sesame oil and cayenne will light up your taste buds! — Alivia Dockery, Parker, Colorado
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Nanny's Fruitcake Cookies

Nanny's Fruitcake Cookies

Nanny's Fruitcake Cookies

My grandmother always made a holiday fruitcake. I took her recipe and made it a cookie that’s perfect any time with a cup of tea. —Amanda Digges, South Windsor, Connecticut

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

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

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Spiedis

Spiedis

Spiedis

This is our favorite cookout dish, and it's very good served with a salad. This recipe originated here in my hometown in the 1930's. Our meat preference for speidis is venison, but we use others when it's not available.

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

Make-Ahead Lasagna

Make-Ahead Lasagna

Make-Ahead Lasagna

This is an old standby when time's limited and guests are expected for dinner. It's a combination of several easy lasagna recipes I have tried over the years. —Mary Grimm, Williamsburg, Iowa
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German Chocolate Ice Cream

German Chocolate Ice Cream

German Chocolate Ice Cream

I found this recipe years ago and have been taking it to ice cream socials ever since. But you won't want to wait for a get-together to enjoy it. The cool combination of chocolate, coconut and pecans is delicious anytime. -Peggy Key, Grant, Alabama

Chocolate Cookie Cheesecake

Chocolate Cookie Cheesecake

Chocolate Cookie Cheesecake

I used to think cheesecake sounded intimidating, but since I started making them I can’t stop! This simple but special cookie-topped version will make your family feel fussed over. Seconds, anyone? —Rose Yoder, Middlebury, Indiana

Marinated Beef on Buns

Marinated Beef on Buns

Marinated Beef on Buns

"I've modified this recipe over the years, increasing the amount of dipping sauce and and adding fresh garlic, " says Nancy Yarlett of Thornhill, Ontario. "I cooked triple the amount for a huge family reunion, and all of my in-laws asked for the recipe!"

Makeover Cranberry Rolls

Makeover Cranberry Rolls

Makeover Cranberry Rolls

“My boys usually insist I make my cranberry rolls for Christmas morning." These are light and good enough to enjoy any day of the year! Donna Taylor - Portland, Oregon

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 Pork with Pear Salsa

Grilled Pork with Pear Salsa

Grilled Pork with Pear Salsa

My husband, Dave, and I have been in a dinner group with three other couples for a few years. We often share our recipes. The pork was served by one of the couples, and I decided to "pear" it with this fabulous salsa.

Spaghetti Fruit Salad

Spaghetti Fruit Salad

Spaghetti Fruit Salad

My great-aunt gave me the recipe for this rich, fruity salad, which goes especially well with a ham dinner. Before I even tasted it, I knew it would be good. I've never walked away from her kitchen disappointed. —Carolyn Shepherd, O'Neill, Nebraska

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

Grilled Pork Tenderloin Sandwiches

Grilled Pork Tenderloin Sandwiches

Grilled Pork Tenderloin Sandwiches

"I got the recipe for these quick-fixing pork sandwiches from a friend at work years ago. I’m always asked for it when I serve it to someone new." —Geri Bierschbach of Weidman, Michigan

Layered Salad with Walnuts

Layered Salad with Walnuts

Layered Salad with Walnuts

Virginia Miracle SARASOTA, FLORIDA My husband and I retired here in 1983. I love to cook and often make this refreshing layer salad. It looks so pretty in a glass bowl. Our friends really enjoy it, plus I can make it ahead of time.

Icebox Potato Rolls

Icebox Potato Rolls

Icebox Potato Rolls

These melt-away rolls are a family favorite, and we sometimes have more than 20 people around the table. Make the dough in advance and bake when you're ready. —Barb Linnerud, Boiling Springs, South Carolina
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