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My husband and I are always on the lookout for new ways to incorporate Jewish traditions into our interfaith home. Rich with apples, carrots and sweet potato, this sweet and spicy cake is perfect for Rosh Hashana or any fall holiday.—Molly Haendler, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
I prepare sweet potatoes every week for my family, mostly as a side dish. But I've found this vegetable also makes desserts even more delightful. These moist, rich square have a great pecan crunch.Betty Janway, Ruston, Louisiana
Meet the Cook: Since we entertain my family - around 25 people - each December, and I do most of the cooking, I appreciate dishes like this I can prepare ahead of time.
I'm a home economics teacher...my husband is a teacher, too...and now our daughter, who's in her last year of college, is doing her student teaching!
-Judy Trott, Goldsboro, North Carolina
We farm 2,000 acres and raise a few thousand chicken, so I'm often too busy to cook much in the summer. These appetizers are quick and easy, though, and perfect for hot days when you want to eat light. During the winter, when we have more time to entertain, they're also a great hit with guests.
This angel food cake has a completely different texture than the ones made from a mix. A good time to make it is in spring or early summer, when the chickens are laying and there are plenty of eggs. But my family enjoys it anytime, just plain or topped with berries and whipped cream.
A cold glass of refreshing punch really brightens a brunch. It's nice to serve a crisp beverage like this that's more spectacular than plain juice. With bananas, orange juice and lemonade, it can add tropical flair to a winter day.
-Mary Anne McWhirter, Pearland, Texas
I received this recipe along with a set of springform pans from a cousin at my wedding shower 11 years ago. It makes a heavenly cheesecake. My son Tommy has already told me he wants it again for his birthday cake this year.
-Brenda Clifford, Overland Park, Kansas
This light and yummy pineapple dessert looks prettiest when it's garnished with fresh strawberries. I serve this cool dessert at summer picnics or family get-togethers. It's a hit anytime of year!
Diane Bradley, Sparta, Michigan