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This combines the hearty, spicy flavors of my beloved slow cooker short ribs with my all-time favorite comfort food: fries and gravy. With a little prep in the morning, it's just about ready when I come home from work (plus, the kitchen smells amazing!). —Erin DeWitt, Long Beach, California
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Easy Italian Spinach Salad

Easy Italian Spinach Salad

Easy Italian Spinach Salad

A simple homemade dressing makes this salad a flavorful option for any meal, but it’s ideal with lasagna, spaghetti, manicotti and more. —Cathy Desper, Staunton, Virginia

Basil & Sun-Dried Tomato Crescents

Basil & Sun-Dried Tomato Crescents

Basil & Sun-Dried Tomato Crescents

If your family is anything like mine, you may want to make a double batch of these crescents since they disappear so quickly. This is a low-fuss recipe that's high in flavor and is meant to be shared. —Mara Fletcher, Batesville, Indiana

Mushroom Pastrami Hoagies

Mushroom Pastrami Hoagies

Mushroom Pastrami Hoagies

My husband is a firefighter, so I make easy meals I can deliver to him. He likes pastrami, but ham or roast beef also work for hoagies. —Deanna Eads, Kingman, AZ
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Mexican Drop Biscuits

Mexican Drop Biscuits

Mexican Drop Biscuits

“We love these golden biscuits with big bowls of soup,” Teresa Spencer notes from Wauwatosa, Wisconsin. “The green chilies and taco cheese add extra zip to everyday meals.”

Broccoli Slaw

Broccoli Slaw

Broccoli Slaw

Here's my favorite twist on broccoli salad. It's so easy to make and has an irresistible tangy crunch. —Konny Thomas, Citrus Heights, California

Easy Tamale Pie

Easy Tamale Pie

Easy Tamale Pie

My whole family really enjoys Mexican food. When I'm in a hurry, I make this zippy deep-dish pie. It always satisfies their appetites. —Nancy Roberts, Cave City, Arkansas

S'more Pudgy Pie

S'more Pudgy Pie

S'more Pudgy Pie

"Simply sinful" is how testers described this fresh take on s'mores. —Joanne Surfus, Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin

Apple-Pecan Salad with Honey Vinaigrette

Apple-Pecan Salad with Honey Vinaigrette

Apple-Pecan Salad with Honey Vinaigrette

Sweet-tart apples, like Braeburn or Empire, pair well with Parmesan cheese here. You can also try this salad with a Bartlett or Bosc pear and blue cheese. —Anna Russell, Peterborough, Ontario

Creamy Herb Spread

Creamy Herb Spread

Creamy Herb Spread

This fresh-flavored spread is ideal for chicken, turkey or veggie handhelds. Taste of Home Test Kitchen

Simple Avocado & Tomato Salad

Simple Avocado & Tomato Salad

Simple Avocado & Tomato Salad

For a speedy side, Jennifer serves an avocado salad. “My mother came up with this when she had too many ripe avocados and tomatoes on hand.” —Jennifer Reid, Farmington, Maine

Fiesta Fruit Cups

Fiesta Fruit Cups

Fiesta Fruit Cups

Two types of melon and other fresh fruit combine with peach preserves in this best-of-the-season fruit dish from Karen Ann Bland. The Gove, Kansas reader writes, “These colorful fruit bowls are great to serve for brunch or as a snack.”

Blueberry-Oat Smoothies

Blueberry-Oat Smoothies

Blueberry-Oat Smoothies

This is definitely a "Wow, this is different!" smoothie. I had never thought to put oatmeal in a smoothie before, but after soaking, there is no stiffness to the oats at all! If using fresh blueberries, two or three ice cubes may be added to the blender to make a chillier treat.

Reuben Strata

Reuben Strata

Reuben Strata

Sure, you could turn last night’s corned beef into a Reuben sandwich, but strata is more fun—and just as simple. —Patterson Watkins, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Harvest Vegetable Bake

Harvest Vegetable Bake

Harvest Vegetable Bake

This delicious dish is packed with a large assortment of vegetables. Served with a green salad, it makes an excellent entree.

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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

White Ale Potato Salad

White Ale Potato Salad

White Ale Potato Salad

Take this one outside! My grown-up recipe uses beer instead of mayo, so you don't need to worry about keeping it cool. It's a really popular recipe on my blog, girllikestoeat.com. —Jenny MacBeth, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Broiled Lobster Tail

Broiled Lobster Tail

Broiled Lobster Tail

No matter where you live, these succulent, buttery lobster tails are just a few minutes away. Here in Wisconsin, we use frozen lobster with delicious results, but if you're near the ocean, by all means, use fresh! —Lauren Knoelke, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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