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Rainbow Layer Cake

Rainbow Layer Cake

Rainbow Layer Cake

Fruity gelatin helps create the rainbow effect for this pretty cake. Lemon frosting is a nice and springy finishing touch. —Dawn Shackelford, Fort Worth, Texas

Ham & Chicken Rolls

Ham & Chicken Rolls

Ham & Chicken Rolls

My family is so crazy about these rolls, we serve them at dinner, snack time, cocktail parties—even breakfast. You can make them a day in advance and refrigerate until needed. —Evelyn Stocks, Winterville, North Carolina

Meat Loaf with Chili Sauce

Meat Loaf with Chili Sauce

Meat Loaf with Chili Sauce

I used to serve this meatloaf in my cafe—everyone asked for it. And it's definitely requested at home, too. —Robert Cox, Las Cruces, NM

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Cherry Peach Cobbler

Cherry Peach Cobbler

Cherry Peach Cobbler

There’s no pitting cherries and peeling peaches when you’re throwing together this quick cobbler. It uses convenient canned fruit and purchased pie filling. Sandra Pierce of North Bonneville, Washington shared the recipe.

Shrimp & Avocado Salads

Shrimp & Avocado Salads

Shrimp & Avocado Salads

This gorgeous salad has such authentic flavor, you’ll think you’re sitting at a beachside cantina in Acapulco. Heidi Hall — North St. Paul, Minnesota

Lemon Snowdrops

Lemon Snowdrops

Lemon Snowdrops

I save my snowdrop cookies for special occasions. The crunchy, buttery sandwich cookie has a puckery lemon filling. —Bernice Martinoni, Petaluma, CA

Cinnamon Snack Mix

Cinnamon Snack Mix

Cinnamon Snack Mix

The pleasant sweetness of this crisp, munchable mixture will surprise you. "I've taken it to my children's schools for parties or as a special treat," writes Donna Scully of Newark, Delaware. "I've also packaged it in bow-topped tins for special gifts."

Easy Lemon Ice

Easy Lemon Ice

Easy Lemon Ice

Kathleen takes advantage of convenient pantry items to dress up Lemon Ice. "I concocted this refreshing dessert when I wanted to turn plain lemon ice into something more satisfying. "The raspberry preserves and chocolate syrup reduce the prep time to almost nothing," Kathleen notes. "A sprinkling of slivered almonds makes it even better," she assures.

Tender Garlic Green Beans

Tender Garlic Green Beans

Tender Garlic Green Beans

Margaret Wagner Allen dresses up garden-fresh green beans in minutes, thanks to this easy microwave recipe. "The tender beans are delicious served with baked ham or grilled salmon," she writes from Abingdon, Virginia.

Fluffy Lemon Pie

Fluffy Lemon Pie

Fluffy Lemon Pie

“This pie takes minutes to prepare and is the perfect light dessert," writes Carolyn Bauers from Norfolk, Virginia. "I make it often since my husband loves it and we both need to watch our fat and cholesterol intake. My son, who's diabetic, just loves the tangy, lemon flavor.”

Orange Roughy Italiano

Orange Roughy Italiano

Orange Roughy Italiano

“I’m not a big fan of fish unless it’s fried,“ confides Sherry Fletcher from Highland, Illinois. “But this recipe is so simple and good that it’s become a favorite! It’s also low in fat and packed with vitamin-rich veggies and Italian flavor.“

Chocolate-Pecan Sticky Buns

Chocolate-Pecan Sticky Buns

Chocolate-Pecan Sticky Buns

You won’t believe how delicious this super-easy, 4-ingredient recipe is! Sent from Tamara Logan of Oak Ridge, Tennessee, these rolls have surprise chocolate kisses inside that guests will love.

Chili Cheese Corn

Chili Cheese Corn

Chili Cheese Corn

“I got this yummy corn recipe from a co-worker more than 10 years ago,” writes Nadene Melton from Euless, Texas. “It’s so easy and tasty that it’s become a favorite in our family—especially for holidays or special meals. I’ve had many requests for the recipe.” TIP: To turn Nadene’s creamy side dish into a convenient meal, simply add cooked chicken, beef or shrimp. Serve with a leafy tossed salad and crusty loaf of bread.

Freezer Cucumber Pickles

Freezer Cucumber Pickles

Freezer Cucumber Pickles

When I first started to make these crunchy and satisfying pickles, I wasn't sure if freezing cucumbers would actually work. To my surprise, they come out perfect! Now I make enough to take them to picnics or give as gifts to friends and neighbors. —Connie Goense, Pembroke Pine, Florida

Mushroom Cheeseburgers

Mushroom Cheeseburgers

Mushroom Cheeseburgers

Instead of topping juicy cheeseburgers with sauteed mushrooms, include some savory 'shrooms in the meat mixture for a new twist! Folks will be pleasantly surprised with these deluxe sandwiches...bite after bite.

Ginger Broccoli Stir-Fry

Ginger Broccoli Stir-Fry

Ginger Broccoli Stir-Fry

Are you looking for an appetizing way to enhance a nutritious vegetable? Try this eye-catching stir-fry from Marie Rossey of Creston, Ohio. The broccoli keeps its bright color and crispness, while ginger and soy sauce help to spice it up nicely.

Cherry-Stuffed Pork Loin

Cherry-Stuffed Pork Loin

Cherry-Stuffed Pork Loin

One of my best recipes is this pork loin, with its moist and tasty stuffing.—Jim Korzenowski, Fennville, Michigan
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