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For dribble-down-your-chin sweet ribs, start with peaches and barbecue sauce, then add a boost of chili powder, cumin, paprika and cayenne. Keep the napkins coming. — Sue Ryon, Shorewood, Wisconsin
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Sacher Torte Squares

Sacher Torte Squares

Sacher Torte Squares

Sacher torte is a classic Viennese cake that requires several steps. My squares give you an easy way out that still features the classic apricot and chocolate flavors. —Arlene Erlbach, Morton Grove, IL

Quick Mushroom Barley Soup

Quick Mushroom Barley Soup

Quick Mushroom Barley Soup

I surprised my mother with a visit some years ago, and she was preparing this soup when I walked in. It was so wonderful that I asked for the recipe, and I’ve been fixing it ever since. —Edie Irwin, Cornwall, New York

Coconut Kisses

Coconut Kisses

Coconut Kisses

Chewy on the inside and crisp on the outside, these meringue cookies are delicious. They add a light touch to the cookie platter, not only during the holidays but all year round.

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Sausage & Sweet Potato Hash

Sausage & Sweet Potato Hash

Sausage & Sweet Potato Hash

Meat and potatoes make up traditional hash. Our version uses sausage, sweet potatoes and sometimes, a little salsa. Sometimes we have it for dinner, too. —Christy Scott Campbell, Blooming Grove, Texas

Nutty Waffle Sandwiches

Nutty Waffle Sandwiches

Nutty Waffle Sandwiches

You can’t go wrong with peanut butter and Nutella, but the secret here is using really juicy strawberries. Never tried Nutella? Look for the hazelnut-flavored spread near the peanut butter at the grocery store. —Frances Pietsch, Flower Mound, Texas

Reuben Bread Pudding

Reuben Bread Pudding

Reuben Bread Pudding

Our Aunt Renee always brought this casserole to family picnics, and it became so popular that she started making two or three to bring. —Johnna Johnson, Scottsdale, Arizona
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Chicken with Mandarin Salsa

Chicken with Mandarin Salsa

Chicken with Mandarin Salsa

When I have some leftover veggies, I dress the salsa up a little with some diced green onions and bell peppers. If you like a spicier sauce, add cayenne pepper to the skillet. —Aysha Shurman, Ammon, Idaho

Mixed Olive Crostini

Mixed Olive Crostini

Mixed Olive Crostini

“These little toasts are pretty and irresistible—they’re always a big hit. Even though they look like you fussed, the ingredients are probably in your pantry.” —Laurie LaClair, North Richland Hills, Texas

Easy Meatball Stroganoff

Easy Meatball Stroganoff

Easy Meatball Stroganoff

This recipe has fed not only my own family, but many neighborhood kids! They come running when I make this supper. It's one of those things you throw together after work on a busy day because you know it works. —Julie May, Hattiesburg, Mississippi

Pineapple Cranberry Ham

Pineapple Cranberry Ham

Pineapple Cranberry Ham

Tired of the same-old, same-old meals for dinner? Try something new tonight with this dish! A sweet and tangy relish of cranberries and pineapple tops these hearty ham steaks, adding lots of flavor and color. Rita Brower - Exeter, CA

Blackberry Nectarine Pie

Blackberry Nectarine Pie

Blackberry Nectarine Pie

Blackberries are a big crop in my area, so I've made this pretty double-fruit pie many times. I can always tell when my husband wants me to make it because he brings home berries that he picked behind his office. —Linda Chinn, Enumclaw, Washington

Thai Chicken Salad

Thai Chicken Salad

Thai Chicken Salad

Carrie Hickam’s family in San Jose, California can’t seem to get enough of her fresh, colorful stir-fry salad with its spicy-sweet Asian flair. “They ask for it over and over,” she reports. CARRIE’S TIP: “I like to round out this easy dinner with a crusty loaf of sourdough bread.”

Greek Country Salad

Greek Country Salad

Greek Country Salad

“This salad is a summer favorite with everyone and virtually a meal in itself!” —Christine Chinchilla, Hinckley, Illinois



Fruit Compote With Brie

Fruit Compote With Brie

Fruit Compote With Brie

What a special, versatile recipe! “I stir leftover compote into yogurt or serve it over cheesecake, ice cream, blintzes and crepes.” Clara Coulston - Washington Court House, OH

Mushroom Beef Stew

Mushroom Beef Stew

Mushroom Beef Stew

Top this hearty stew with crumbled blue cheese just before serving to add a burst of flavor. Serve some now and store the rest in the freezer for another meal.—Nancy Latulippe, Simcoe, Ontario

Flavorful Southwestern Chili

Flavorful Southwestern Chili

Flavorful Southwestern Chili

“This filling, hearty recipe comes from my grandmother,” writes Jenny Greear from Huntington, West Virginia. “It’s full of flavor, freezes beautifully and makes a complete, last-minute meal. I top it grated cheddar cheese and chopped black olives and serve tortilla chips on the side.” JENNY’S TIP: “If I’m feeding a crowd, I increase the pinto beans to four cans to make the meat go farther.”

Mandarin Pork and Wild Rice

Mandarin Pork and Wild Rice

Mandarin Pork and Wild Rice

Mandarin oranges add a splash of color and citrus flavor to this tasty entree shared by Melanie Gable of Roseville, Michigan. With just a few minutes of prep, it’s a complete meal in a flash.
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