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Croissant Breakfast Casserole

Turning croissants and marmalade into a classic overnight casserole makes a wonderful treat for family and guests around the breakfast table. — Joan Hallford, Fort Worth, Texas
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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

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

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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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

Portobello Pockets

Portobello Pockets

Portobello Pockets

“This savory recipe is one of my fall favorites,“ raves Elissa Armbruster in Medford, New Jersey. “It’s quick, easy and so loaded with fresh veggies…no one misses the meat. I vary the produce and spices so I can enjoy it all year!“ MAKE IT EASY. For fuss-free late-autumn hikes or picnics, Elissa bundles up her yummy Portobello Pockets in foil, then takes them along to toss on a hot grill.

Blackberry Nectarine Pie

Blackberry Nectarine Pie

Blackberry Nectarine Pie

Blackberries are a big crop in my area, so I've made this pretty double-fruit pie many times. I can always tell when my husband wants me to make it because he brings home berries that he picked behind his office. —Linda Chinn, Enumclaw, Washington
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Creamy Citrus Sherbet

Creamy Citrus Sherbet

Creamy Citrus Sherbet

This recipe was handwritten in a booklet that came with my family's first refrigerator in the early 1940s. I was very young at the time, but I can still remember the iceman delivering huge blocks of ice. Since finding the booklet among my mother's things, I make this refreshing dessert often. -Maribelle Culver, Grand Rapids, Michigan

Zucchini/Herb Pate

Zucchini/Herb Pate

Zucchini/Herb Pate

Meet the Cook: A friend gave me the recipe for this pate after she'd served it at a formal wedding reception. But I make it most often to spread on crackers at picnics, potlucks and other casual get-togethers. My family - my husband, son and I - live on a small acreage. We all enjoy gardening (I grow my own herbs and vegetables). Hunting for antiques is a frequent activity of ours, too! -Melissa Sullivan, Iuka, Kansas

Dijon Four-Bean Salad

Dijon Four-Bean Salad

Dijon Four-Bean Salad

Karen Riordan of Fern Creek, Kentucky dresses up traditional bean salad with a tangy Dijon mustard vinaigrette. "I'm a busy home-schooling mom, so I love how easy this colorful side dish is to prepare," Karen says. It's also perfect for picnics or potlucks.

Mushroom Sausage Strata

Mushroom Sausage Strata

Mushroom Sausage Strata

This flavorful casserole is a hearty mainstay for our family's Christmas Day brunch menu. Being able to assemble the recipe ahead of time is a real plus! -Julie Sterchi, Jackson, Missouri

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

Salsa Cheesecake

Salsa Cheesecake

Salsa Cheesecake

After receiving this recipe from a friend several years ago, I made it for our family Christmas party. It's now one of our traditional holiday foods. It's a tasty spin on taco dip.

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.

Peppered Squash Relish

Peppered Squash Relish

Peppered Squash Relish

I cook for a local middle school and have been making this relish more than 25 years. Whenever I take it to a dinner or picnic, it is sure to go fast, and I get lots of requests for the recipe. Sometimes I put it into gift baskets with other homemade goodies. —Rose Cole Salem, West Virginia

Cherry Yogurt

Cherry Yogurt

Cherry Yogurt

Serve wholesome granola over this thick, rich yogurt for a quick breakfast. Or layer it in a parfait glass with granola and fruit for something special. It will keep in the refrigerator for the week. Look for 100% cherry juice at the store, since the cocktail blends have added sugar. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen

Marinated Zucchini Salad

Marinated Zucchini Salad

Marinated Zucchini Salad

Meet the Cook: This recipe has been passed down for generations in my family - it helps to use up the late-summer squash from the garden, and it'll keep for several days in the refrigerator. Wherever I take it, I have to take the recipe, too! Now that we're retired (we have one son), my husband and I enjoy being at home with each other, gardening...and trying out plenty of recipes. -Billie Blanton, Kingsport, Tennessee

Toffee Crunch Cheesecake

Toffee Crunch Cheesecake

Toffee Crunch Cheesecake

This rich, creamy cheesecake features chocolate-covered toffee bits in the crust and topping. It's the perfect dessert for any celebration.—Laura Mahaffey, Annapolis, Maryland
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