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Mushroom & Onion Crescents

I knew these stuffed crescents were keepers when my husband ate most of the filling before I could roll it into the dough. I’ve had to get sneaky now when I make them. —Carrie Pommier, Lakeville, Minnesota
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Holiday Salsa

Holiday Salsa

Holiday Salsa

You know it’s an amazing salsa when your guests hover around the serving bowl ’til it’s scraped clean! This boasts fresh cilantro, cranberries and just a hint of heat. —Shelly Pattison, Lubbock, Texas

Fiesta Appetizer

Fiesta Appetizer

Fiesta Appetizer

This dip is always a big hit with men—maybe because of the hearty blend of flavors. It stands up great as a leftover besides...if there's any left over. I was raised on a Montana ranch, and my grandmother taught me to cook when I was 10 years old. My husband and I (we have one married daughter) are retired now. To stay active, I bowl and do crafts. My collection of cookbooks keeps right on growing, too—I started it more than 50 years ago.

Ground Beef Snack Quiches

Ground Beef Snack Quiches

Ground Beef Snack Quiches

My husband, Cory, farms, so supper can sometimes be quite late. A hearty appetizer like these meaty mini quiches is a perfect way to start the meal. They taste super made with ground beef, but I sometimes substitute bacon, ham, ground pork or sausage.
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Party Cheese Balls

Party Cheese Balls

Party Cheese Balls

These tangy cheese balls are guaranteed to spread cheer at your next gathering. The ingredients create a colorful presentation and a savory combination of flavors. As a grandmother who loves to cook, I send many pantry presents off to college.

Steak & Blue Cheese Bruschetta with Onion & Roasted Tomato Jam

Steak & Blue Cheese Bruschetta with Onion & Roasted Tomato Jam

Steak & Blue Cheese Bruschetta with Onion & Roasted Tomato Jam

An appetizer bursting with flavor from bleu cheese, caramelized onion, jam and balsamic vinegar - tasty bites that vanish in a hurry. —Debbie Reid, Clearwater, Florida

Muenster Bread

Muenster Bread

Muenster Bread

My sister and I won blue ribbons in 4-H with this bread many years ago. The recipe makes a beautiful, round golden loaf. With a layer of cheese peeking out of every slice, it's definitely worth the effort. -Melanie Mero, Ida, Michigan

Garden Spring Rolls

Garden Spring Rolls

Garden Spring Rolls

My family loves Asian food and this recipe captures the healthy benefits of the nutritious veggies without any loss of vitamins from cooking. Even kids will gobble up raw veggies if you offer them in the form of a spring roll and give them a dipping sauce. —Terri Merritts, Nashville, Tennessee

Picnic Beans with Dip

Picnic Beans with Dip

Picnic Beans with Dip

Here's a fun way to enjoy fresh-picked beans...with a creamy well-seasoned dip. I first enjoyed it at a friend's house and have made it for several years. Try the dip with other vegetables, too, such as broccoli, celery and carrots. -Martha Bergman, Cleveland Heights, Ohio

Fresh Tomato Basil Pizza

Fresh Tomato Basil Pizza

Fresh Tomato Basil Pizza

I crave this bruschetta-like pizza in spring, when I'm planting tomatoes in our garden. Slices make great appetizers when the tomatoes are ripe. But you can also serve the pizza alongside a grilled entree or as a meatless main course.

Pork with Pineapple Salsa

Pork with Pineapple Salsa

Pork with Pineapple Salsa

Not only odes this easy entree taste awesome, but it's good for you, too. A little brown sugar, ground ginger and Dijon mustard help give the moist tenderloin its incredible flavor, and the tangy salsa can be made in no time. —Nicole Pickett Oro Valley, Arizona

Olive & Roasted Pepper Bruschetta

Olive & Roasted Pepper Bruschetta

Olive & Roasted Pepper Bruschetta

I've tried many versions of bruschetta but think this recipe contains the perfect blend of ingredients. It's super easy, and you can make the topping ahead. —Jennifer Mathis, Hilton Head, South Carolina
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