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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

Tortellini & Chicken Caesar Salad

Tortellini & Chicken Caesar Salad

Tortellini & Chicken Caesar Salad

My family loved this pasta salad right from the start, so these days I serve it a lot. When grilling season hits, grilled chicken is a special treat here. —Lee Reese, Rolla, Missouri

BLT Wraps

BLT Wraps

BLT Wraps

My mom and I used to make these easy wrap-ups for summer days at the lake with our entire family. These days, we love to bring them to picnics and days in the park. —Jonnah Burks, Brighton, Missouri

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Chocolate Coconut Candies

Chocolate Coconut Candies

Chocolate Coconut Candies

These candies disappear just as fast as I put them out. They're a snap to whip up and make a beautiful presentation on any holiday cookie plate. I mound them high and sprinkle with coconut…then watch them vanish! —Mary Ann Marino, West Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Chocolate Peanut Butter Candy

Chocolate Peanut Butter Candy

Chocolate Peanut Butter Candy

With just 3 ingredients, these scrumptious treats take just moments to whip up and will be enjoyed by kids and adults alike! If you have little ones visiting for the holidays, have them help you with the stirring. Holly Demers sends the recipe from Abbotsford, British Columbia.

Roasted Pork Tenderloin and Vegetables

Roasted Pork Tenderloin and Vegetables

Roasted Pork Tenderloin and Vegetables

There are no complicated steps to follow when preparing this roasted medley of tender pork and veggies. Just season with herbs, then pop in the oven for less than an hour. —Diane Martin, Brown Deer, Wisconsin
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Star-Spangled Fruit Tart

Star-Spangled Fruit Tart

Star-Spangled Fruit Tart

This crispy, creamy dessert is perfect for a Fourth of July celebration! With patriotic colors and a light, fluffy filling, this summery delight will be the hit of your get-together. —Renae Moncur, Burley, Idaho

Blueberry Angel Dessert

Blueberry Angel Dessert

Blueberry Angel Dessert

Make the most of angel food cake, pie filling and whipped topping by creating this light impressive dessert that doesn't keep you in the kitchen for hours. It's the perfect way to end a summer meal. —Carol Johnson, Tyler, Texas

Cranberry-Mustard Pork Loin

Cranberry-Mustard Pork Loin

Cranberry-Mustard Pork Loin

“This dressed-up pork loin is so easy that you only have to spend a few minutes in the morning preparing it,” notes Laura Cook of Wildwood, Missouri. “It’s a family favorite because it is so tasty, and a favorite of mine because it’s so fast and easy!”

Sausage Tortellini Soup

Sausage Tortellini Soup

Sausage Tortellini Soup

Always searching for new and different soup recipes, I came across a similar one in an old church cookbook and changed a few ingredients to suit my family's tastes. Now it's one of our favorites and I always get requests for the recipe. —Heather Persch, Hudsonville, Michigan

Three-Bean Taco Chili

Three-Bean Taco Chili

Three-Bean Taco Chili

This hearty chili is filling, nourishing and tastes like it simmered all day long. Leftover chili freezes well for a later time, so why not make a double recipe? To freeze: Cool remaining chili and transfer to freezer containers. Cover and freeze for up to 3 months. To use frozen chili: Thaw in the refrigerator. Place in a saucepan and heat through. Wanda Lee - Yakima, WA

Chipotle Sliders

Chipotle Sliders

Chipotle Sliders

This recipe has to be the ultimate in a fast-fixing mini burger with simply fabulous flavor! Creamy mayo, cheese and sweet Hawaiian rolls help tame the heat of the chipotle peppers. —Shawn Singleton, Vidor, Texas

Cucumber-Stuffed Cherry Tomatoes

Cucumber-Stuffed Cherry Tomatoes

Cucumber-Stuffed Cherry Tomatoes

This is a wonderful appetizer that you can make ahead. I often triple the recipe because they disappear fast. —Christi Martin, Elko, Nevada

Hash Brown Sausage Bake

Hash Brown Sausage Bake

Hash Brown Sausage Bake

“This is one of my son’s favorites,” Vicky Dempsey says from Louisville, Mississippi. Buttered hash browns form a mouthwatering crust for yummy filling of sausage and cheese. It’s sure to please at breakfast, brunch or even lunch.

Chocolate Swirl Delight

Chocolate Swirl Delight

Chocolate Swirl Delight

“I made a few alterations to a great recipe and ended up with an impressive dessert,” says Lynne Bargar from Saegertown, Pennsylvania. “Everyone loves its light texture and chocolaty flavor.”

Orzo-Stuffed Peppers

Orzo-Stuffed Peppers

Orzo-Stuffed Peppers

Packed with orzo, Italian sausage and summer flavors, these stuffed peppers make a fun, fast-fixing meal. Get colorful with green, orange, red or yellow peppers. Use more or less pepper flakes to adjust the level of heat to your liking! —Kelly Evans, Kalamazoo, Michigan

Quick Beef Vegetable Soup

Quick Beef Vegetable Soup

Quick Beef Vegetable Soup

At the end of a long day, you want to put something quick, warm and substantial on the table for your family. This hefty Beef Vegetable Soup fills the bill and will have you out of the kitchen in no time flat! D. M. Hillock - Hartford, Michigan
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