Winning Comfort Food Recipes

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Creamy Cherry Cheesecake

Creamy Cherry Cheesecake

Creamy Cherry Cheesecake

The inspiration for me to find this recipe was my husband. He loves cheesecake but was tired of the dry types. Up here, all the wilderness we could ask for is right outside our back door—everything from wolves to caribou!

Steamed Cranberry Pudding

Steamed Cranberry Pudding

Steamed Cranberry Pudding

One Christmas, my husband—a Navy chaplain for 20 years—had to spend the holiday overseas, away from our two children and me. He asked that I send him this recipe so he could have a taste of home. Steamed Cranberry Pudding has been in my file for more than 30 years. It was passed on by a fellow teacher who was retiring. Her family had long enjoyed it, using their own homemade sorghum molasses as a special ingredient. Chuck and I now live in a log home in a wooded area. We're visited regularly by armadillos, raccoons, wild pigs, deer, bobcats and other creatures. We enjoy watching them—but they make it difficult to establish a compost pile!

Golden Lemon Glazed Cheesecake

Golden Lemon Glazed Cheesecake

Golden Lemon Glazed Cheesecake

At our church, we give seven performances of a Living Christmas Tree every holiday season—then hold an open house after each one, I've served this lemony cheesecake at those gatherings for years, and it's always gotten raves.

Orange and Red Onion Salad

Orange and Red Onion Salad

Orange and Red Onion Salad

It's true—orange and onion really does sound like an unusual combination. But when my husband tasted Orange and Red Onion Salad for the first time, he told me, "This one's worth at least three kisses!" I serve this salad with chicken...it likely would go well with fish, too. Up until a short time ago, we lived in the San Joaquin Valley, where almonds, peaches and other crops thrive. Now—along with our 17-year-old son and 12-year-old daughter—we're settling into our new home in the foothills and getting used to seeing row crops and dairy cows instead.

Raspberry Crumble Coffee Cake

Raspberry Crumble Coffee Cake

Raspberry Crumble Coffee Cake

Don't be "intimidated" by the recipe directions for this coffee cake—it really isn't difficult to make. Try it sometime as a nice brunch item. Don't limit it to that, though...it's also a delicious dessert.

Dutch Spinach Salad

Dutch Spinach Salad

Dutch Spinach Salad

This dressing can also be served hot on wilted lettuce, or adapted for potato salad or coleslaw. My grandmother, mother and aunts made this Pennsylvania Dutch treat, and I'm happy to pass it on for others to enjoy!

Caramel Pecan Rolls

Caramel Pecan Rolls

Caramel Pecan Rolls

These rolls rise nice and high and hold their shape. and the gooey caramel sauce is scrumptious.—Carolyn Buschkamp, Emmetsburg, Iowa

Simple Layered Spinach Salad

Simple Layered Spinach Salad

Simple Layered Spinach Salad

I'm always on the lookout for new spinach salads, and I particularly like this one. It can be prepared ahead of time and it travels well, too!

Italian Shepherd's Pie

Italian Shepherd's Pie

Italian Shepherd's Pie

For a stick-to-your-ribs main dish that's deliciously different, give this pie a try! The Italian sausage goes so well with mashed potatoes, and both get a new twist served in a crust and cut into wedges. My family is always glad to see me preparing this dish. -Cindy Gage, Blair, Nebraska

Contest-Winning Old-Fashioned Pot Roast

Contest-Winning Old-Fashioned Pot Roast

Contest-Winning Old-Fashioned Pot Roast

Every time I fix this recipe for friends, it's asked for - and usually by the husbands! As a new mom (Mike and I are the parents of a 9-month-old son) who works full-time, I also like how easy it is to prepare. It's one of our favorites. Some people I've shared the recipe with have used a beef brisket in place of the regular roast. For a bit different taste, I at times add red wine vinegar. My mom started me cooking young. I made my first from-scratch Thanksgiving dinner at 13. After that, I figured I could tackle about any cooking! -Georgia Edgington, Crystal, Minnesota

Chocolate Coffee Cake

Chocolate Coffee Cake

Chocolate Coffee Cake

My grandmother used to make this coffee cake every year during the holidays. Now I serve it to my family every Christmas morning.—Debbie Keller, Goose Creek, South Carolina
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