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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
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Brenda's Baked Beans

Brenda's Baked Beans

Brenda's Baked Beans

When I was a kid, my mom made baked beans all the time. Sometimes we'd turn this side into a main dish by adding sliced hot dogs. —Brenda Brooks, Bowie, MD

Overnight Layered Lettuce Salad

Overnight Layered Lettuce Salad

Overnight Layered Lettuce Salad

This layered salad is a family favorite from a church cookbook I've had for 40 years. The bacon adds a fabulous crunch. —Mary Brehm, Cape Coral, Florida

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
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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

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

Fresh Herb-Brined Turkey

Fresh Herb-Brined Turkey

Fresh Herb-Brined Turkey

Brining a turkey is all about adding moisture for a tender, juicy bird. We flavor our brine with parsley, rosemary and a touch of thyme. —Felicia Saathoff, Vashon, Washington

Crushed Peppermint Cheesecake

Crushed Peppermint Cheesecake

Crushed Peppermint Cheesecake

We’re cheesecake fans. When we first tried peppermint Oreos, we knew they'd make an awesome crust. The minty cool crunch makes our favorite dessert even better. —Jeannie Burkhead, Pequot Lakes, MN

Overnight Pumpkin French Toast Casserole

Overnight Pumpkin French Toast Casserole

Overnight Pumpkin French Toast Casserole

Recipes that don't tie me to the kitchen—that’s what I’m all about. I make this luscious dish the night before breakfast or brunch with guests. —Patricia Harmon, Baden, Pennsylvania

Cool Summertime Oatmeal

Cool Summertime Oatmeal

Cool Summertime Oatmeal

Start this breakfast the night before so you can get a few extra zzzs in the morning. My husband adds coconut to his, and I stir in dried fruit. —June Thomas, Chesterton, Indiana

Rustic Cranberry & Orange Bread

Rustic Cranberry & Orange Bread

Rustic Cranberry & Orange Bread

Don’t forget to dust the top with flour for artisan look! Place the knife blade in a slight angle and make a single confident move. —Megumi Garcia, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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