One way to my family's heart is through great-tasting food. Luckily, I've learned to take a few shortcuts to get there. This no-bake pie is a good example. Using canned pie filling and a prepared crust gets me out of the kitchen quickly.
This pie is one I frequently make for bake sales at our church. I can hardly ever set it down on the sale table without someone picking it right up and saying, "Mark this one sold!" —Cindy Zarnstorff, Anchorage, Alaska
“I got this recipe from my sister years ago and like to fix it when times are rushed," says Donna Rear of Red Deer, Alberta. "It’s fancy enough for the most special occasions but so easy to prepare with ingredients I always have on hand. Try varying the juices and fruits.”
This is such an easy pie to make, you will be able to prepare it in no time at all. It is even fancy enough to serve to guests and they will be so impressed!—Taste of Home Cooking School, Greendale, Wisconsin
I've made this recipe by toasting the bread on a grill at cookouts, but any way I serve it, I never have any leftovers. The bruschetta is sweet instead of savory as is often expected, and visitors enjoy that change. -Patricia Nieh of Portola Valley, California
"We have three young children, so we always have fruit juices on hand to experiment with when making smoothies," writes Shonna Thibodeau. The Fort Huachuca, Arizona reader turns cherry juice, fruit and yogurt into this colorful family favorite.
"I've been making this recipe for years," writes Mindee Myers of Lincoln, Nebraska. "Whenever my family has a summer get-together, everyone requests it. The nectarines and berries look beautiful together...and the topping is the perfect accent."
Guests are sure to be dazzled by this super-moist dessert from our Test Kitchen that’s ideal for special occasions. A rich orange cream filling is spread between the cake layers for a luscious look and taste.
This recipe is a hit with kids of all ages. When I'm in a hurry, store-bought cupcakes work fine. And while I prefer homemade whipped cream, purchased whipped topping is an easy option.—Edith Ruth Muldoon, Baldwin, New York
With pineapples, raspberries and bananas, these yogurt treats from Adell Meyer are a bright and cheerful morning side dish. The Madison, Wisconsin reader whips them up in no time for before-or-after-school snacks.
Our Test Kitchen bundles together a tasty blend of garden flavors with sweet and hot accents. Wrapped in lettuce leaves, these hand-held treats are a delightful change of pace—especially for those on a low-carb diet.
My sisters and I especially enjoyed Mom's cool tangy side dish, which looks so lovely on the table. The pineapple and raspberries are a delectable duo, and pecans add a hearty crunch.
-Nancy Duty, Jacksonville, Florida
WITH a family of six children, it seems I'm always cooking and on the lookout for variety in menus and special treats to surprise them. This recipe was given to me by a co-worker. The flavor compliment of the raspberry to the chocolate is very pleasing.