With crowd-pleasing fruits like apples, bananas and grapes plus crunchy pecans, this wonderful salad doesn't last long on potluck buffets. I never bring home leftovers - just an empty bowl.
-Bernice Morris, Marshfield, Missouri
Chocolate lovers will go crazy over these cookiesthey have four kinds of chocolate! "When friends ask me to make 'those' cookies, I know they mean this recipe," says Rebecca Jendry of Spring Branch, Texas. "One of these will keep you going until mealtime."
"Chocolate and orange go together deliciously in these moist fudgy brownies," notes Rosella Peters from Gull Lake, Saskatchewan. Pecans add crunch while orange peel sprinkled on the frosting lends the finishing touch.
True to its name, this mild chocolate brownie is covered by a cloud of light fluffy frosting. The recipe has earned raves at over table. My husband, a pastor, and I have three young daughters who like to cook as much as I do.
"My mother had surgery a few years back in spring, so my two sisters and I were challenged to prepare dishes like this that would keep well and still taste great as leftovers," recalls Nicole LeCroy of Nashville, Tennessee.
"Mom got her appetite back when she tried this cool and crunch asparagus that gets a flavor boost from soy sauce. It's a nice accompaniment to chicken, roast beef or ham."
Soft candy orange slices are a refreshing addition to these crispy vanilla chip cookies from Britt Strain, Idaho Falls, Idaho. To quickly cut the orange candy, use scissors, rinsing the blades with cold water occasionally to reduce sticking.
When I want to serve a treat that's pretty and delicious, I make this scrumptious cake. Dotted with chocolate chips and topped with caramel icing, pecans and a chocolate drizzle, it's absolutely irresistible!
-Michele VanDewerker, Roseboom, New York
You'll only need a total of six ingredientsthree for the refreshing citrus dressing and three for the colorful salad. You can replace the pecans in the salad with walnuts or almonds to better suit your tastes.Elissa Armbruster, Medford, New Jersey
I'm expected to bring these wonderful treats to our family picnic each year. Their sweet apricot filling and delicate meringue topping make them everyone's favorite. I wouldn't dream of hosting a get-together without serving these bars.
-Krissy Fossmeyer, Huntley, Illinois