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Spice Cookies with Pumpkin Dip

My husband and two kids are sure to eat the first dozen of these cookies, warm from the oven, before the next tray is even done. A co-worker gave me the recipe for the pumpkin dip, which everyone loves with the cookies. —Kelly McNeal, Derby, Kansas
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Baked Sesame Pork Tenderloin

Baked Sesame Pork Tenderloin

Baked Sesame Pork Tenderloin

This easy roasted pork appetizer comes from Shirley Kula of San Diego, California. The ginger, soy sauce and sesame seeds give these truly tender tenderloins obvious Asian flair.

Beef Canapes with Cucumber Sauce

Beef Canapes with Cucumber Sauce

Beef Canapes with Cucumber Sauce

A homemade cucumber yogurt sauce complements tender slices of beef in this recipe. Both the meat and sauce are conveniently made in advance. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen

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
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Herbed Cheese Spread

Herbed Cheese Spread

Herbed Cheese Spread

This spread definitely lives up to its name. Flavored with six different herbss, it is one of the best cream cheese spreads I've had.—Laurel Leslie, Sonora, California

Herbed Cheese Rings

Herbed Cheese Rings

Herbed Cheese Rings

This savory cheese loaf is great sliced in thin wedges to go with soup, salads or casseroles. I've served it to large crowds and received many compliments. One year, I gave it to our neighbor for Christmas. -Evelyn Bear, Kingston, Idaho

Zucchini Tomato Salsa

Zucchini Tomato Salsa

Zucchini Tomato Salsa

Wondering what to do with all her garden zucchini, Jennifer Magrey of Sterling, Connecticut came up with this versatile and colorful salsa: “I also serve it on crackers, burgers, chips, baked potatoes or over cream cheese as a spread!”

Crabmeat Appetizer Cheesecake

Crabmeat Appetizer Cheesecake

Crabmeat Appetizer Cheesecake

I found a lobster cheesecake recipe and decided to come up with my own version using crabmeat instead. It tastes great!

Holiday Salsa

Holiday Salsa

Holiday Salsa

You know it’s an amazing salsa when your guests hover around the serving bowl ’til it’s scraped clean! This boasts fresh cilantro, cranberries and just a hint of heat. —Shelly Pattison, Lubbock, Texas

Macaroon Fruit Dip

Macaroon Fruit Dip

Macaroon Fruit Dip

I rely on make-ahead dishes like this when entertaining. Serving the dip in a pineapple shell makes for a pretty presentation. —Jean Forster, Elmhurst, Illinois

Tomato Chili Dip

Tomato Chili Dip

Tomato Chili Dip

"This fresh-tasting dip is excellent for summer barbecues and picnics," relates Rachael Santarsiero of Orange City, Iowa.

Smoked Salmon Cheesecake

Smoked Salmon Cheesecake

Smoked Salmon Cheesecake

"We live on Kodiak Island off the coast of Alaska, and salmon is one of our favorite foods," writes Becky Applebee of Chiniak, Alaska. "This elegant dish was the star attraction at the open house we hosted at my husband's business."
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