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After plates are scraped clean, this stellar meal keeps on giving. Use the chicken bones to make your own stock, and freeze the remaining chipotle peppers and sauce for a smoky Sunday chili. — Nancy Brown, Dahinda, Illinois
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Herb-Brined Turkey

Herb-Brined Turkey

Herb-Brined Turkey

For an impressive main course, look here. The moist, flavorful bird will have guests counting the minutes until carving time. — Scott Rugh, Portland, Oregon

Marinated Pork Strips

Marinated Pork Strips

Marinated Pork Strips

Meet the Cook: Especially if you're having company, this is a good recipe. While it looks like you spent time on it, it's actually easy. Married 6 years, we have three little ones. Technically, I'm not working, but I've never worked so hard in my life! -Karen Peterson, Hainesville, Illinois

Coffee-Crusted Prime Rib

Coffee-Crusted Prime Rib

Coffee-Crusted Prime Rib

The secret to this rib roast from the Taste of Home Test Kitchen is in the coffee rub. Allowing the rub to penetrate overnight heightens the flavor.
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Whiskey Sirloin Steak for Two

Whiskey Sirloin Steak for Two

Whiskey Sirloin Steak for Two

Moist, tender and slightly sweet from the marinade, this juicy steak boasts wonderful flavor and oh-so-easy preparation. Serve with potatoes and a green vegetable for a complete meal. Taste of Home Test Kitchen

Herbed Chicken Quarters

Herbed Chicken Quarters

Herbed Chicken Quarters

We often grill chicken in the summer, and this herbed version is a big hit with our family. We own a cheese and specialty food store called The Boulevard Market in nearby Tecumseh. I frequently host cooking classes at the store and have featured this chicken. Students are sent home with this recipe and always say their families enjoyed it! -Erika Aylward, Clinton, Michigan

Peppered Flank Steak

Peppered Flank Steak

Peppered Flank Steak

My mother passed down this recipe to me, and I use it often to make fajitas. The lemon juice and soy sauce give it some zing.

Garden Kabobs

Garden Kabobs

Garden Kabobs

When my garden is at its peak, I like to make this colorful entree. Besides the great flavor, I also enjoy its easy preparation and cleanup.

Pineapple Teriyaki Chicken

Pineapple Teriyaki Chicken

Pineapple Teriyaki Chicken

I like to marinate this moist chicken entree overnight, then pop it on the grill for a breezy taste of the islands that family and friends really go for. —Vicki Roberts, Jacksonville, Florida

Always-Tender Roasted Turkey

Always-Tender Roasted Turkey

Always-Tender Roasted Turkey

For years I prepared my Thanksgiving turkey only to have it turn out dry. That's when I decided to give this recipe a try. Baking the bird in an oven bag keeps it moist and tender...and there's no basting involved.—Shirley Bedzis, San Diego, California

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.

Curried Peanut Chicken

Curried Peanut Chicken

Curried Peanut Chicken

"This is a nice change from traditional grilled items," says Jennifer Myers. The Havertown, Pennsylvania reader sprinkles coconut and currants over a tasty combination of chicken and peppers.
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