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Snackin' Granola

Snackin' Granola

Snackin' Granola

Granola's a popular treat with children, and this one couldn't be easier to prepare. I flavor it with lots of tasty good-for-you ingredients. It's perfect to send in bag lunches or to serve after school. I've also used it as an "in-the-car" treat when we take family vacations. —Marlene Mohr, Cincinnati, Ohio

Dilly Pretzels

Dilly Pretzels

Dilly Pretzels

This savory snack shapes up in mere minutes...and disappears just as quickly, assures Sharon Skildum of Maple Grove, Minnesota. "My family agrees that you can't eat just one," she grins. "That's okay, though—making more is just a matter of coating purchased pretzels with spices. Our children are always happy to help!"—Sharon Skildum, Maple Grove, Minnesota

Nuts and Bolts

Nuts and Bolts

Nuts and Bolts

Since I was a child, we've made buckets of this mix each Christmas for everyone. These days, though, I fix it for just about any occasion.—TaNauna Bunch, Grand Centre, Alberta

Grilled Cheese Loaf

Grilled Cheese Loaf

Grilled Cheese Loaf

Meet the Cook: Generally, I serve this with steaks and salads. The loaf's so quick to make, in fact, I often grill two of them. I have always loved to bake...especially anything chocolate! My husband and our children - a boy 12 and a girl 9 - are eager taste-testers for me. Plus I'm a cook for our local schools. -Debbi Baker, Green Springs, Ohio

Fried Garlic Toast

Fried Garlic Toast

Fried Garlic Toast

I serve this fast toast with many meals and as a snack. For a change, sprinkle on onion powder instead of the garlic powder or use a favorite herb seasoning.—Leah Carrell, Quitman, Texas

Popcorn Nut Crunch

Popcorn Nut Crunch

Popcorn Nut Crunch

Meet the Cook: Our brood - five children from 16 to 23 - says it's not Christmas here until I make this. I usually double the recipe so I can put some in tins or baskets for hostess gifts when we're invited out. As long as it's kept in a dry place, Popcorn Nut Crunch will last - up to 3 weeks if you seal it in a tin. -Midge Stolte, Blackfalds, Alberta

Cheesy Artichoke Dip

Cheesy Artichoke Dip

Cheesy Artichoke Dip

"I first tasted this warm, well-flavored dip at our daughter's house—and immediately asked for the recipe," relates Ramona Larson, a homemaker from Andover, Minnesota. Since then, she's served it herself at family gatherings. "Everyone who tries it comes back for more," she reports. If you'd like, you can place the dip in a hollowed-out-artichoke, just like our kitchen crafters did. Or keep it in the dish you bake it in—either way, it'll heat up any setting.

Noodle Nibblers

Noodle Nibblers

Noodle Nibblers

For a tasty alternative to plain old potato chips, try the crunchy snack Lee Denney of Cushing, Oklahoma created from pasta. "The spices and cheese that coat the fried noodles give them a terrific flavor," she assures. "We love to eat them with soup, sandwiches or in between meals."

Asparagus Snack Squares

Asparagus Snack Squares

Asparagus Snack Squares

We have asparagus almost every day during the short Midwest growing season. This quick pizza-like dish is great for a luncheon or a light dinner, or as an appetizer. For variety, you can saute half a pound of sliced fresh mushrooms with the onion and garlic. —Judy Wagner, Chicago, Illinois

Taco Dip Platter

Taco Dip Platter

Taco Dip Platter

To make this zesty appetizer, you simply layer beans, salsa, cheese and other taco-like ingredients onto a platter, reveals Marieann Johansen of Desert Hot Springs, California "I like to call it a 'walking dip', because you can scoop some on a plate with a few tortilla chips, then take it with you as you stroll around and talk with guests," she shares.—Marieann Johansen, Desert Hot Springs, California

Pineapple Boat with Fluffy Fruit Dip

Pineapple Boat with Fluffy Fruit Dip

Pineapple Boat with Fluffy Fruit Dip

At the root of this appetizer is a boatload of sweet, citrusy flavor. Children will find the carved pineapple appealing and be eager to dig into the delicious dip inside with fresh-cut chunks of summer fruit. "Adults also find the fruit dip delightful," comments Katie Adams from Red Oak, Texas. "I often treat myself to a batch when melons are in season."—Katie Adams, Red Oak, Texas
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