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Comfort Food Recipes

Cozy up with these comfort food recipes, including ideas for breakfast, lunch, dinner, dessert, appetizers, salads, soups and more.

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To make a dairy-free dessert, I created chocolate peanutty bars. My kids and their friends gobble them up. I talk about it on my blog, joyfulscribblings.com. —Dawn Pasco, Overland Park, Kansas
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Cape Cod Blueberry Pie

Cape Cod Blueberry Pie

Cape Cod Blueberry Pie

We Northeasterners have been baking this pie since the 18th century. Settlers would’ve used little wild blueberries and topped it with cream. I do, too. —Nancy OConnell, Biddeford, Maine

Chicken-Fried Steak & Gravy

Chicken-Fried Steak & Gravy

Chicken-Fried Steak & Gravy

As a child, my grandmother taught me Texas-style chicken fried steak. I taught my daughters, and when my granddaughters are bigger, I’ll show them, too. —Donna Cater, Fort Ann, New York

Slow Cooker Turkey Pesto Lasagna

Slow Cooker Turkey Pesto Lasagna

Slow Cooker Turkey Pesto Lasagna

My cheesy, noodle-y lasagna makes any slow-cooker skeptic a believer. It's easy to prep while my kids nap, and dinner's ready when their dad walks in the door at night. We bring more pesto and marinara to the table for our resident sauce lovers. —Blair Lonergan, Rochelle, VA

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Chocolate-Caramel Topped Cheesecake

Chocolate-Caramel Topped Cheesecake

Chocolate-Caramel Topped Cheesecake

We serve this dessert at our house on special occasions. The topping on the cheesecake tastes like turtle candy.

Coconut Fruitcake

Coconut Fruitcake

Coconut Fruitcake

We live in a little community of 27—if everyone's home! A neighbor game this recipe when we first moved here, saying it dated back to the 1800"s and everybody in the area made it. I soon discovered why when I took a taste...and I'm not a fruit cake fan! My husband, who's the inventor of a three-point bale mover, and I have a grown son. I'm a crafter and collector.

Tangy Glazed Meatballs

Tangy Glazed Meatballs

Tangy Glazed Meatballs

The slightly sweet sauce on these meatballs has such a great zing to it. Use a little more or less hot sauce depending on what you're in the mood for. —John Slivon, Milton, Florida
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Swirled Spice Loaves

Swirled Spice Loaves

Swirled Spice Loaves

Pumpkin pie spice and molasses season these two down-home loaves from Nancy Zimmerman. "The tender marbled slices taste as great as they look," she write from her home in Cape May Court, New Jersey. "The lovely loaves sell well at bake sales, too."

Easy Freezer Pickles

Easy Freezer Pickles

Easy Freezer Pickles

Relates Lucile Johnson of Red Oak, Iowa, "These crisp, no-cook pickle slices are so simple to fix."

Baked Banana Boats

Baked Banana Boats

Baked Banana Boats

Kids can make their own banana boats with custom toppings. We use different berries and honey or peanut butter instead of chocolate chips. They're also good topped with crushed graham crackers or granola—whatever your family likes. —Rebekah Viers, Taylors, South Carolina

Dinosaur Eggs

Dinosaur Eggs

Dinosaur Eggs

The mold I'd used to make Jell-O treats at Easter inspired me to include these unusual fun green "dinosaur eggs" on the party lunch menu. Instant pudding and cinnamon give the eggs a creamy look with speckles. —Robin Werner, Brush Prairie, Washington

Pineapple Carrot Cake

Pineapple Carrot Cake

Pineapple Carrot Cake

"This moist cake with cream cheese frosting is the best I've ever eaten," writes Jeanette McKenna of Vero Beach, Florida. "It's so simple, too, because it uses two jars of baby food instead of fresh carrots that need to be grated."

Landmark Hot Chocolate

Landmark Hot Chocolate

Landmark Hot Chocolate

With or without a nip of rum, my hot chocolate recipe has been a Wisconsin winter warmer for years. When the toboggan hills are calling, I skip the whipped cream and take a thermos to go. It’s always a hit and it ensures nobody is left out in the cold! —Mark Phillips, Bayfield, Wisconsin

Whipped Carrot Salad

Whipped Carrot Salad

Whipped Carrot Salad

"Carrots and pineapple give this fluffy gelatin salad its refreshing taste," says Jean Smith of Crossville, Tennessee. "A friend gave me the recipe. I serve this side dish often, whether I'm entertaining guests or my family. Lovely and light, it's perfect with almost any menu."

Surprise Cookie Pops

Surprise Cookie Pops

Surprise Cookie Pops

You will only need two ingredients—and some Popsicle sticks—to make this fun dessert. Store-bought dough and candy bars combine for a dozen sweet treats that will have your kids reaching for more.—Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Greendale, Wisconsin

No-Bake Cherry Dessert

No-Bake Cherry Dessert

No-Bake Cherry Dessert

“I adapted this recipe from one given to me by my first best friend, Sandy, in 1966,” said Judy Harris of McRae, Georgia. “I often made it for my children and now when they come home for a visit, they still love it. I shared this recipe with a local restaurant owner and he tweaked it for his menu.”

Four-Fruit Salad

Four-Fruit Salad

Four-Fruit Salad

Almost any type of fruit will work in this recipe. The first time I made it, I just used the fruits I had on hand in my refrigerator.

Venison Pot Roast with Vegetables

Venison Pot Roast with Vegetables

Venison Pot Roast with Vegetables

"This hearty dish has tender meat and wonderful seasonings," relates Debbie Phillips of Pittsburg, Texas. "Game is plentiful around our home, and my family could eat this satisfying meal weekly."
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