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Chipotle-Lime Chicken Thighs

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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Grilled Ginger Pork Tenderloin

Grilled Ginger Pork Tenderloin

Grilled Ginger Pork Tenderloin

Michelle Sanders of Fraser Lake, British Columbia says that this pork tenderloin is absolutely delicious and great for entertaining. Why? The quick prep is done ahead of time, and the grilling is so simple. "This dish is fool-proof!” she adds.

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.

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.
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Spicy Lamb Curry

Spicy Lamb Curry

Spicy Lamb Curry

This is a fantastic curry that I've tweaked over the years using a blend of aromatic spices. Fenugreek seeds can be found in specialty spice stores and are common in Middle Eastern curries and chutneys, but you can leave them out of this recipe. —Janis Kracht, Windsor, New York

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

Spaghetti with Homemade Turkey Sausage

Spaghetti with Homemade Turkey Sausage

Spaghetti with Homemade Turkey Sausage

This speedy and hearty dish is quite tasty. You get the rich flavor by allowing the turkey and spices to blend overnight. Don't skip this step!—Shirley Goodson, West Allis, Wisconsin

Garlic-Lime Pork Chops

Garlic-Lime Pork Chops

Garlic-Lime Pork Chops

Cilantro, lime and hot pepper sauce lend south-of-the-border pizzazz to boneless pork chops in this recipe from Paula Marchesi of Lenhartsville, Pennsylvania. "Pretty enough for company, these chops are tender, juicy and delicious," she says.

Steak Pinwheels

Steak Pinwheels

Steak Pinwheels

This yummy, elegant-looking entree is easy to make but it looks like you fussed. You can prepare it in adavance, too.

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.

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!

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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