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This is the best meat sauce I’ve ever tried. It’s economical, timely and absolutely delicious. I often prepare batches for new moms because it can be kept in the freezer for future meals. Try it with ground chicken instead of beef, if you prefer. –Adalia Schweitzer, Hamilton, Ontario
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Asian Green Beans

Asian Green Beans

Asian Green Beans

Harriet Stichter of Milford, Indiana brings us this easy no-stress side dish. These versatile beans will enhance any main course.

Maple-Dijon Chicken

Maple-Dijon Chicken

Maple-Dijon Chicken

Eating dinner as a family every night is really important to us, and this recipe is one that we all love. It's our favorite skillet chicken dish. —Courtney Stultz, Weir, Kansas

Daughter's Apple Crisp

Daughter's Apple Crisp

Daughter's Apple Crisp

My mom’s apple crisp is the best in all of Texas, honest! I tweaked it slightly, though, and now I spend less time in the kitchen and more time catching up with my spry 92-year-young mother. —Joan Hallford, North Richland Hills, Texas
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Steaks with Mushroom Cream Sauce

Steaks with Mushroom Cream Sauce

Steaks with Mushroom Cream Sauce

A versatile sauce tops these sirloin steaks and enhances their beefy flavor. “It would also taste great over grilled chicken or pork.” LaDonna Reed - Ponca City, OK

Layered Taco Salad

Layered Taco Salad

Layered Taco Salad

I invented this taco salad to make my kids happy. Make it with ground beef, ground turkey or ground chicken and it's equally good. —Betty Nickels, Tampa, Florida

Raspberry Pecan Chicken Salad

Raspberry Pecan Chicken Salad

Raspberry Pecan Chicken Salad

I gave this sweet-savory chicken salad a little zip with Chinese five-spice powder, which tastes a bit like pumpkin pie spice. Sprinkle some on roasted carrots for an awesome meal. —Lisa Renshaw, Kansas City, Missouri

Lemon Meringue Floats

Lemon Meringue Floats

Lemon Meringue Floats

I actually dreamed of this float idea one night, and woke up knowing I needed to make it. Thank you, Mr. Sandman! —Cindy Reams, Philipsburg, Pennsylvania

Chocolate Rum Fondue

Chocolate Rum Fondue

Chocolate Rum Fondue

Who needs a fancy fondue restaurant when you can whip up a chocolate sensation like this in just 10 minutes? You'll love the hint of rum flavor. —Angie Samples, Maysville, Georgia

Supper Sandwiches

Supper Sandwiches

Supper Sandwiches

Summertime…and all suppers should be as easy as these hefty and flavorful hand-held sandwiches. Sent in by Esther Danielson of Lake Arrowhead, California, they’re sure to be a hit with all ages! TIP: For variety, a tad more sophistication or just easier eating, serve these scrumptious sandwiches open-faced.

Chorizo & Egg Breakfast Ring

Chorizo & Egg Breakfast Ring

Chorizo & Egg Breakfast Ring

People go crazy when I bring this loaded crescent ring to parties. I can bake it at home and take it anywhere. Of course, everyone's happy when we have it for dinner, too! —Frances Blackwelder, Grand Junction, Colorado

Blueberry Chicken Salad

Blueberry Chicken Salad

Blueberry Chicken Salad

On weekday mornings, I whip up this fun chicken and blueberry combination in minutes to take for lunch. It also works as a nice, light salad for a summer supper, and it’s a cinch to double it for a shower or potluck. —Kari Caven, Coeur d'Alene, ID

Christmas Gingerbread Trifle

Christmas Gingerbread Trifle

Christmas Gingerbread Trifle

Trifle desserts make eye-catching centerpieces. I garnish mine using candy canes and red and green M&M's. Think of the merry possibilities as a kid-friendly project. —Cheryl Tompkins, Kingsville, MO

Blueberry Banana Smoothies

Blueberry Banana Smoothies

Blueberry Banana Smoothies

“We often make smoothies to use up bananas that are past the point of eating them fresh. This combination is a favorite.” Lisa DeMarsh — Mt. Solon, Virginia

Maple-Glazed Long Johns

Maple-Glazed Long Johns

Maple-Glazed Long Johns

“This is a very old recipe from my aunt that I revamped to use my bread machine,” writes Peggy Burdick of Burlington, Michigan. The pastries are deep-fried, then glazed with a simple maple frosting. “They’re very good for coffee breaks,” she notes.

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Apple-White Cheddar Grilled Cheese

Apple-White Cheddar Grilled Cheese

Apple-White Cheddar Grilled Cheese

On rainy days when we need comfort food in a hurry, I toast sandwiches of cinnamon raisin bread with white cheddar, apple and red onion. They also taste great made with olive oil and vegan cheese! —Kathy Patalsky, New York, New York

Maple-Dijon Chicken

Maple-Dijon Chicken

Maple-Dijon Chicken

Eating dinner as a family every night is really important to us, and this recipe is one that we all love. It's our favorite skillet chicken dish. —Courtney Stultz, Weir, Kansas

Greek Fish Bake

Greek Fish Bake

Greek Fish Bake

As a military spouse living overseas, I got the chance to try many styles of cooking. Here's a Mediterranean-inspired recipe that we still love today. —Stacey Boyd, Springfield, Virginia
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