Holidays & Events

It’s time to celebrate! Get inspired to go above-and-beyond with our special recipes for holidays and events that take you from appetizers to dessert.

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    Watermelon Rind Preserves

    1 review

    This is an old-fashioned recipe and a wonderful way to reduce food waste. Watermelon rind preserves are not like traditional preserves that you buy in a grocery store. They are more like candied watermelon pieces in a cinnamon-spiced syrup. The watermelon pieces can be eaten plain or stirred into cakes and cookies, as you would use candied cherries, pineapple or citrus peel. Spoon the sweet syrup over warm buttered biscuits or stir it into hot or iced tea for sweetness. —Peggy Woodward, Shullsburg, Wisconsin

    Clam Stew

    2 reviews

    Every summer my family digs clams on the shores of Block Island, Rhode Island. This dish highlights the fresh sweet...



    Fiesta Corn

    2 reviews

    Corn with tomatoes and jalapenos is one of the first dishes I cooked for my husband. Don’t like heat? Use...


    Matzo Ball Soup

    This traditional matzo ball soup recipe is worth the extra effort. If you prefer, you can add egg noodles instead...

    Chicken Matzo Ball Soup

    4 reviews

    The keys to this amazing chicken matzo ball soup are slow-cooking it and using boxed matzo ball mix. Some people...


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    The Best Marinara Sauce

    1 review

    I developed this marinara sauce recipe with a friend to make the most of a bumper crop of tomatoes. Now...

    Sweet Corn-Tomato Salad

    6 reviews

    I always make this for family events and parties. It reminds me of all the fun barbecues and picnics over...


    The Best Ever Tomato Soup

    18 reviews

    Creamy, rich and bursting with brightness, this tomato soup recipe is the ultimate sidekick to a grilled cheese sandwich. You...


    Whiskey-Brandy Slush

    It may be cold outside, but we like to serve this icy citrus drink for Christmas gatherings at our house....


    One-Pot Bacon Cheeseburger Pasta

    12 reviews

    When the weather's too chilly to grill, I whip up a big pot of this cheesy pasta. Believe it or...

    Traditional Chicken Dumpling Soup

    5 reviews

    This soup with light dumplings always brings positive comments. I like to fix it to take to those who are...


    Sausage Pasta with Vegetables

    6 reviews

    I made this for our pastor one night. He loved it so much we nicknamed it “Jason’s Pasta.” It’s a...


    Garlic Tilapia with Spicy Kale

    We make this main dish and side together, and adjust the heat from the red pepper flakes depending on who's...


    Freezer Sweet Corn

    17 reviews

    People ask me how to freeze corn on the cob because my frozen corn tastes as good as fresh! This...


    Cream Cheese Mashed Potatoes

    8 reviews

    Whenever I serve this easy mash, the bowl is always scraped clean. Before holiday feasts, I make it early and...

    Beef Lentil Soup

    15 reviews

    You can prepare this soup as the main course in a hearty lunch or dinner. On cold winter evenings here...


    Hearty Pasta Fagioli

    25 reviews

    Here's a convenient spin on a classic Italian favorite. Spaghetti sauce and canned broth form the flavorful base. —Cindy Garland,...


    Italian Sausage Vegetable Soup

    1 review

    With spaghetti sauce, noodles and Italian seasonings, this soup tastes like spaghetti! It's so easy, even our preteen daughter can...


    Simple Asparagus Soup

    1 review

    My family and friends love this soup. It's elegant and unusual, but the hardest part of making it is occasional...


    Spicy Sausage Soup with Tortellini

    14 reviews

    This soup is such a family treasure, both my daughters asked for the recipe when they moved out on their...


    Turkey Sausage and Lentil Soup

    1 review

    This recipe was given to me by my son, Chris, and we have it several times during the winter months....


    One-Pot Chilighetti

    14 reviews

    Grab your stockpot for my meal-in-one chili and spaghetti. I’ve got a large family, and this hearty pasta takes care...


    Summer Squash & White Bean Soup

    2 reviews

    I love using summer squash in soups. This dish is hearty as is, but stir in chopped ham for an...


    Autumn Bisque

    3 reviews

    I like cozy comfort soups that taste creamy—without the cream. This one’s full of good stuff like rutabagas, leeks, fresh...

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    Artichoke & Lemon Pasta

    24 reviews

    While sailing in the Mediterranean, we tasted a lemony artichoke pasta. I developed my own version of it that our...


    Easy German Potato Salad

    3 reviews

    This tangy potato salad stirs memories of my grandma, who made it for us. Now my mom makes it with...


    Hearty Ragu Bolognese

    1 review

    My robust ragu combines ground beef, sausage and chicken. Serve it over any type of pasta, or baked or fried...


    Annie’s Original Salsa

    7 reviews

    I spent 5 years working on this recipe. Everyone loves it, and it's one of the few recipes that is...


    Creamy Lentils with Kale Artichoke Saute

    4 reviews

    I've been trying to eat more meatless meals, so I experimented with this hearty saute and served it over brown...


    Spaghetti Meatball Supper

    3 reviews

    It was such a joy to come home and find my mom making spaghetti and meatballs for dinner. This recipe...