Roasted red peppers and fresh herbs basil, chive and thyme add notes of sweetness, licorice and a hint of peppery finish in ways that will surprise you. Add a drizzle of oil just before serving, and pass the pita chips. —Laura Julian, Amanda, Ohio
When I worked full-time and needed a quick dessert to take to a potluck or a friend's home, this pie was always the answer. You can substitute a graham cracker crust or use another type of fruit pie filling for a change of pace. Even the chilling time is flexible if you're in a big hurry.
Every time I take this strawberry pie to a family dinner, church event or anything else, it disappears quickly. I've even started taking the recipe with me because I'm always asked for it. —Angela Moore, Tollesboro, Kentucky
I love serving this impressive-looking cheesecake with its pretty layers and silky-smooth texture. The combination of orange gelatin, cream cheese and whipped topping is simply irresistible.
-Madonna Faunce, Boise, Idaho
My family loves this creamy make-ahead dessert. Unlike traditional cheesecake, I sprinkle a streusel topping over the filling. It needs to be refrigerated overnight and is well worth the wait. —Misty Wellman, Scottsdale, Arizona
A cheesecake that is deep, dark and decadent earns the right to be called "3D." This version always looks its chocolate best, because the ganache coating blankets any cracks you may experience, as cheesecakes sometimes like to show. —Vanassa Hicks, Flint, Michigan
Jessica Simerly uses convenience items to create this layered crowd-pleaser that features cheesecake, bananas, and chocolate and caramel sauces. "Once you serve this, you'll be asked to prepare it time and again," promises the New Castle, Indiana reader.