My dad would always stop the car on the side of the road in Maine and say, "I smell blueberries." He had a pail ready. Then Mom would bake the wild berries in a cornmeal crust to make this homey tart. —Priscilla Gilbert, Indian Harbour Beach, Florida
I am always looking for ways to use our abundant sweet potatoes. This casserole recipe is my own creation that I have made many times. I take it to family potlucks; it never fails to bring compliments! —Kathy Rairigh, Milford, Indiana
This pretty salad is always a hit when I serve it! The recipe came from a cookbook, but I personalized it. Sometimes just a small change in ingredients can create a big difference. —Laura Pounds, Andover, Kansas
French Vanilla Cookie Sticks make a fancy meal finale that couldn’t be quicker to whip up. Start with purchased Pirouette cookies, dip in a rich creamy chocolate and peanut-butter coating, dust with nuts or sprinkles, serve with your favorite after-dinner beverage. You’ll have time left over to savor your evening together.
This tender golden loaf has a mild rosemary and pecan flavor. "A doctor who came to our office regularly made bread for us every year. I wanted the recipe...and he knew it by heart," recalls Naomi Knobloch of Lester, Iowa. "Now I make it to give as gifts and for our hospital fair."
My daughter loves this decadent ice cream and begs me to make it often. Instant coffee adds a wonderfully rich flavor that complements the chocolate-covered pecans and buttery toffee chips. —Jamie Parker, Lubbock, Texas
"Make a pot of coffee or fix a drink, this takes a while! It's worth it though-this recipe is a family favorite and we always get requests for gifts of these chewy caramels."
Darrell Brown, Lincoln, Nebraska
You don’t have to settle for fast food when you’re on the go this holiday season. These sweet muffins are a great snack anytime, and they make a tasty take-along for the busy days leading up to Christmas. —Jeanne Sherry, Putnam Valley, New York
On my quest to find birthday cake ice cream—my favorite flavor—I came up with these easy ice pops. Now, instead of going to the store whenever a craving hits, I just head to my freezer. —Dawn Lopez, Westerly, Rhode Island