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Miniature pies, sweet or savory, are ideal party nibbles. I knew the ever-popular shepherd's pie would be perfect scaled down. I've also made the pies with ground lamb and a teaspoon of dried rosemary.—Suzanne Banfield, BASKING RIDGE, New Jersey
My twin sister and I (we're 18) love to bake together, and this was one of the first yeast breads we tried. Any day becomes a special occasion when these rich buttery twists are on the menu! But plan ahead...the dough needs to rise overnight.
-Charys Rockey, Rochelle, Texas
Knowing my co-workers are willing guinea pigs, I tried this recipe for an office potluck. When I returned from a break, I found a big frilly blue ribbon on my desk with a note from the boss, saying, "You get a blue ribbon for bringing us a 'slice of heaven'!"
-Debbie Emerick, Castle Rock, Colorado
"This is my 'show-off' dessert because it makes a spectacular presentation," says Anneliese Deising of Plymouth, Michigan. "Every time I serve it, my friends rave about this fancy and fun treat. Although it looks like you fussed, the recipe is actually quick and easy."
A TASTE of the tropics is as close as your kitchen, thanks to the delectable dessert here! To complement Michele Crawford's exotic party projects, CT's cooks baked a creamy cheesecake on a coconut crust. Then they covered their confection with a homemade pineapple sauce for fresh fruit flavor. A colorful edible orchid tops off this tempting treat that's a breeze to prepare. Just follow the recipe below!
"I needed a before-dinner snack, so I conjured this up with ingredients that I had at home," remarks Rita Weaver of Lakewood, Washington. "It was enjoyed by all." Rich wedges also would make a nice brunch dish or light lunch alongside a salad.
Gloria Wark has been serving this thick mild-tasting mixture with snack crackers for more than 20 years. "I usually have everything for the simple yet delicious dip on hand, so I can prepare it in a snap and refrigerate if for parties and get-togethers," explains the Houston, Texas cook.
Sandy Shineldecker relies on her microwave to bake this from-scratch cake in less than 15 min. "I'm always looking for recipes that save minutes and money," says the Hart, Michigan reader. "This tasty chocolate cake mix does just that."
"I hope you enjoy this quicker version of carrot cake," comments Ardyce Piehl from her home in Poynette, Wisconsin. To streamline it further, buy shredded carrots from the produce section and use prepared cream cheese frosting instead of homemade.
"I first tried these kabobs when my daughter-in-law made them for my granddaughter's birthday party," writes Norma Wells of Cookson, Oklahoma. "Full of soy sauce, ginger and pineapple flavors, these appetizers are popular when I serve them at get-togethers.