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Stuffed Sole with Shrimp

If you like stuffed fish, this recipe is the way to go. It's so easy to assemble and cooks in just a few minutes in the microwave, shares Robert Bishop of Lexington, Kentucky. Try it with chicken instead of sole, if you prefer, for a meal that's equally good.
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Ham & Pickle Wraps

Ham & Pickle Wraps

Ham & Pickle Wraps

I decided to try this recipe on my card club, and it was a big success. They loved it. The recipe can be swapped around and changed in so many different ways and always turns out as an awesome appetizer or great-looking centerpiece over a hand of cards.

Favorite Chicken Salad Sandwiches

Favorite Chicken Salad Sandwiches

Favorite Chicken Salad Sandwiches

Whether I make enough for just the two of us or increase the amounts for a social occasion, I always get a request for this recipe. There's a nice mixture of flavors with the pickles and ripe olives, and a good crunch from the celery.

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Strawberry Lemon Shortcake

Strawberry Lemon Shortcake

Strawberry Lemon Shortcake

“Fresh citrus zest brings out the best flavor you’ll ever taste in strawberry shortcake,” Nancy Hooper assures from Glen Burnie, Maryland.

Parmesan Pork Tenderloin

Parmesan Pork Tenderloin

Parmesan Pork Tenderloin

"Being of Danish descent, I'm fond of pork dishes. This is one of my own creations," shares John Hansen of Marstons Mills, Massachusetts. "We've enjoyed this on many occasions-it can be made ahead when you're expecting company."

Macaroni Salad Tomato Cups

Macaroni Salad Tomato Cups

Macaroni Salad Tomato Cups

For a hearty warm-weather meal for two, Evelyn Kennell of Roanoke, Illinois suggests her pasta salad flavored with ham, crunchy celery and a creamy dressing.
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Mini Layered Salad

Mini Layered Salad

Mini Layered Salad

“I received this recipe from my dear aunt 20 years ago,” writes Carmen Edwards from Midland, Texas. “It’s my very favorite make-ahead salad and I’m happy to share it.”

Chili Verde Stew

Chili Verde Stew

Chili Verde Stew

Doris McGuire found other recipes for green chili stew to be too bland, so she created this version at her home in Grants Pass, Oregon. "It makes a great dinner served with corn bread sticks and a simple salad," she writes.

Chicken in Sweet Pepper Sauce

Chicken in Sweet Pepper Sauce

Chicken in Sweet Pepper Sauce

"I learned to prepare this dish from a local chef before I was married, but I've varied it slightly," Jennifer Class of Kirkland, Washington shares. "Served with a green salad and rice or potatoes, it makes a simple but elegant meal for two."

Peach 'n' Pear Crisps

Peach 'n' Pear Crisps

Peach 'n' Pear Crisps

“I have such a sweet tooth that even when I’m trying to cut calories, it’s tough to skip dessert. So I adapted one of my favorite peach pie recipes to make this light, no-crust delight,” writes Susan Wilson from Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Flank Steak Burritos

Flank Steak Burritos

Flank Steak Burritos

Get your protein from these meaty burritos shared by Becky Baird of Salt Lake City, Utah. Black beans, avocado and steak slices team up are nicely seasoned with fresh cilantro, salsa and sour cream. —Rebecca Baird, Salt Lake Cty, Utah

Cheesy Tenderloin Strips

Cheesy Tenderloin Strips

Cheesy Tenderloin Strips

"My mother-in-law originally made this recipe with chicken," says Marjorie Miller of Haven, Kansas. "When I substituted pork and made several other revisions, my family reveled in the results! It's simple to prepare yet delicious."

Chocolate Panini

Chocolate Panini

Chocolate Panini

“I created this sweet treat for my new husband when I was learning to use the panini maker we‘d received as a wedding gift,“ writes Kayla Wilcoxson from her home in Abilene, Texas. “Sometimes I’ll use different fruits...but it always brings me rave reviews!“

Open-Faced Turkey Burgers

Open-Faced Turkey Burgers

Open-Faced Turkey Burgers

Here's a juicy, slightly sweet burger with a savory sauce that will be a hit whether you're fixing it for yourself or for you and a friend. —Barbara Lento, Houston, Pennsylvania

Spicy Mashed Potatoes

Spicy Mashed Potatoes

Spicy Mashed Potatoes

“While cleaning the freezer one day, I uncovered extra filling I had used in an appetizer. I decided to add it to the mashed potatoes for dinner…and it became an immediate favorite,” relates Laurie Balcom of Lynden, Washington.

Fresh Strawberry Smoothies

Fresh Strawberry Smoothies

Fresh Strawberry Smoothies

A tantalizing combination of strawberries and orange juice, this smoothie gets its shake-like texture from low-fat buttermilk. “The recipe also works well with other fresh berries,“ says Helene Rock of Los Altos, California.

Favorite Cream of Cauliflower Soup

Favorite Cream of Cauliflower Soup

Favorite Cream of Cauliflower Soup

Jessica Bellis from Dacono, Colorado advises: "If you wish to make a main dish of this substantial soup, accompany it with a loaf of whole grain bread, sliced cheese or ham, and a basket of tomatoes."
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