“I keep the ingredients for this wonderful cheese spread on hand so that I can assemble it any time,” notes Patricia Kitts of Dickinson, Texas. “The combination with jalapenos, cream cheese and pecans is always a hit at parties.”
Karen Smeltzer of Greendale, Wisconsin relies on a box of quick bread mix to hurry along this moist coffee cake. An easy powdered sugar glaze drizzled on top helps balance the tartness of the cranberries.
This meal couldn’t make dinnertime simpler! Not only is Kielbasa Bow Tie Skillet a real crowd-pleaser, it comes together in just one pan. It freezes and reheats beautifully, too, so you’ll want to fix extras for a fast entree later. “My daughters are picky eaters,” says Lori Daniels of Beverly, West Virginia, “but this reminds them of macaroni and cheese. I toss in their favorite veggies and they gobble it up!”
This recipe is definitely a must-try. Crescent roll dough is wrapped around creamy turkey filling to form cute bundles. I usually double the recipe so I have extra for lunch the next day. —Lydia Garrod, Tacoma, Washington
It's a challenge to find imaginative ways to use leftovers, especially for turkey after Thanksgiving. Here's a favorite of mine that you can easily make ahead for another dinner option. Prepare the recipe as directed, then transfer to a casserole dish and freeze up to three months. —Patricia Kile, Nokomis, Florida
“This recipe proves you don’t have to sacrifice good taste when you need something fast,” reports Bobby Taylor of Michigan City, Indiana. The nutritious stir-fry features tender shrimp, fresh spinach and a package of convenient frozen vegetables.
Here's a quick, airy dessert so versatile, you can whip it up for almost any season or holiday-just by varying the colors of gelatin you use. We filled this seasonal parfait with all the colors of the falling leaves. Pretty presentation for an autumn party! —Joyce Thompson, Bellingham, Washington
This zesty chicken dish from Margaret Allen of Abingdon, Virginia comes together in a flash. But it's so saucy and delicious, it's certainly good enough for company, and perfect for those busy weeknights. —Margaret Allen, Abingdon, Virginia
Kimberly Wagner of Castle Rock, Colorado added shrimp to a simple, easy primavera, and the result was a timely and fabulous dinner bursting with flavor in every bite. Kimberly's Pasta Primavera with Shrimp capitalizes on summer's bounty with five different types of fresh vegetables in a dish that's perfect for special summer occasions.