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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    Minestrone-Style Shrimp Salad

    This shrimp salad is the perfect dish to serve as a small dinner for two. It's very light and refreshing. —Roxanne Chan, Albany, California

    Thai Salad with Peanut Dressing

    This Thai salad is very fresh and flavorful. The peanut garnish adds a satisfying crunch. —James Schend, Taste of Home...


    How to Make the Best Lobster Bisque

    Our homemade lobster bisque recipe is every bit as good as a restaurant's. It's luscious and creamy, with a rich...


    Crab and Asparagus Soup

    14 reviews

    I get rave reviews from family and friends whenever I make this soup, but the biggest compliment was when my...


    48 Easy Side Salads That Go With Any Meal

    These simple side salad recipes are the perfect co-star for any main dish. Add a splash of color to dinner...

    Thai Chicken and Orange Salad

    2 reviews

    A creamy peanut butter dressing provides a Thai twist to this main dish chicken salad. You if you have leftover...


    Marinated Tenderloin and Avocado on Baguette Toasts

    There’s never any waste with tenderloin (and leftovers are rare). You can really dress it up by substituting baguette toppings...

    Anniversary Chowder

    2 reviews

    WE celebrated our 35th wedding anniversary with dinner at a lovely pre-Revolutionary War restaurant in Pennsylvania, where I enjoyed a...


    Honey Pecan & Goat Cheese Salad

    2 reviews

    I once made this salad for my wife and son—who loves goat cheese—while our homemade pizza was baking. One of...


    Spinach Gorgonzola Salad

    You can serve the vinaigrette warm if you prefer—before drizzling over the salad, heat it in the microwave on high...


    Switchman Sandwiches

    I re-created my favorite dish from a unique restaurant in Ramona, California, that was housed in the original town telephone...

    Pear-Walnut Tea Sandwiches

    1 review

    These satisfying tea sandwiches boast crunchy walnuts, chopped pear and deli chicken. Use white, pumpernickel and rye bread for variety....


    Red-Hot Candy Fluff

    1 review

    "A friend at work gave me the recipe for this fluffy pink pineapple salad a few years ago, and I've...


    Cranberry Gelatin Squares

    7 reviews

    This festive gelatin treat from Lucile Cline of Wichita, Kansas is full of cranberries, pineapple and pecans. It's a great...


    Herbed Tomato Cucumber Salad

    —Liane Davenport, Greensboro, North Carolina


    Pineapple Fruit Boat

    Served in a pineapple shell, this fancy salad goes together surprisingly quickly with a handful of ingredients. It's an impressive...

    Layered Spinach & Orange Salad

    A simple homemade vinaigrette coats this colorful salad sprinkled with mandarin oranges and shavings of Parmesan cheese. If you like...


    Roasted Red Peppers Soup

    12 reviews

    If you like cream of tomato soup, try making it with purchased roasted red peppers. Using jarred roasted red peppers...


    Balsamic Asiago Salad

    1 review

    You can toss this tasty Balsamic Asiago Salad together in 10 minutes flat. Simply drizzle bottled dressing over the colorful...


    Blue Cheese Salad with Onion and Pear

    1 review

    This pretty and flavorful salad with a contrast of texture is refreshing and versatile…a nice accompaniment to a variety of...


    Greens with Pears and Blue Cheese

    1 review

    Fresh greens, pear slices, crumbled Gorgonzola cheese, crunchy walnts and a creamy citrus dressing make this healthy salad from Leanne...


    Chili in a Bread Bowl

    1 review

    For a simple, speedy recipe, this chili has the rich flavor of one that has simmered a lot longer. Set...


    Red-Hot Molded Hearts

    This cool salad gets a bit of "warmth" from melted cinnamon candies. Stirred into strawberry gelatin, the applesauce picks up...


    Blue Cheese Spinach Salad

    Perk up simple spinach with bacon, cheese and lively dressing that Myra Innes of Auburn, Kansas created. "The lemon juice...

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    Sweetheart Jell-O Salad

    1 review

    My cousin served this tasty salad to my family at a memorable Sunday dinner many years ago. I've added this...


    Low-Fat Blue Cheese Dressing

    You'll never miss the fat in full-flavored Low-Fat Blue Cheese Dressing, assures Tracey Baysinger of Salem, Missouri. "The recipe is...


    Holiday Pasta Toss

    Don't limit your preparation of pasta salad to summertime. Your family will find it a refreshing dish in winter as...


    Red Pepper Tomato Soup

    Vine-ripened plum tomatoes punched up with peppers, garlic and rice wine vinegar make this smooth soup from Irvine, California’s Jane...


    Strawberry, Onion and Romaine Salad

    The combination of strawberries, onions and a raspberry based dressing may seem odd, but it is delicious and different. This...


    Summertime Raspberry Salad

    Barbara Lopshire of Holland, Michigan adjusted her mother-in-law’s fruity and refresing recipe to her and husband Cory's tastes.