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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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    Rib Shack Copycat Mashed Potatoes

    2 reviews

    Idaho is well known for being the potato state–even our license plates say "Famous Potatoes"! This is my version of the scrumptious smashers that are served at a local barbecue joint. Everyone who tries them there begs for the recipe, which the place won't give out, so I made my own copycat version. These can be made ahead and kept warm in the slow cooker. —Trisha Kruse, Eagle, Idaho

    Basil and Cashew Pesto Pizzas

    I grow basil and love making this homemade pesto pizza. Sometimes I make the pesto the day before and spread...


    Seared Scallops with Polenta and Avocado Cream

    This seared scallops with polenta is a really impressive dish. It's beautiful but simple and a wonderful dinner party entree....


    Nutty Kale Pesto Pasta with Caramelized Onion

    My bountiful garden and vegetarian daughter both inspired me to create this nutritious, calcium-rich kale pesto pasta. No one would...


    Creamy Pumpkin Gnocchi

    We had homemade gnocchi frequently while growing up. This creamy pumpkin gnocchi recipe was always my favorite. They do require...

    Garlic Rosemary Pull-Apart Bread

    4 reviews

    This recipe is a different type of pull-apart bread. Eat it by itself, dipped in marinara, or as part of...


    Bacon Pear Salad with Parmesan Dressing

    7 reviews

    This simple salad is an elegant side dish for any menu. With a blend of fresh pears and warm, comforting...

    Five-Cheese Ziti al Forno

    10 reviews

    After having the five-cheese ziti at Olive Garden, I tried to make my own version of it—and I think I...


    Mac ‘n’ Cheese Dinner

    4 reviews

    Don’t settle for ordinary mac and cheese. This version is my kids’ favorite, so I always make a huge pot....


    Open-Faced Frico Egg Sandwich

    1 review

    The layer of melted and crisped cheese—the frico—is what makes this creamy sandwich unique. If you like spicy aoli, add...


    Cheesy Cajun Cornbread Biscotti

    1 review

    This savory cookie is the bestseller at our Christmas cookie bazaar. Everyone requests the tasty biscotti every year. They're simple...

    Parsnip, Pear and Pecan Salad

    1 review

    I didn't try parsnips until I was well into my 40s, but now I can't get enough of them. This...


    Pesto Bean Soup

    This is one of my favorite vegetarian recipes, especially on those cold winter evenings. I make large batches and freeze...


    Three-Cheese Jumbo Shells

    11 reviews

    I love cooking, but I'm not into fancy gourmet foods. I think it's more challenging to make delicious, down-home foods...


    Three-Cheese Souffles

    5 reviews

    No matter when I've made these soufflés, they have always been a success. Although I've never seen the centers start...


    Deb’s Cheese Ball

    Plenty of herbs blend with four kinds of cheese for this scrumptious spread. Using reduced-fat ingredients makes it a little...

    Crab ‘n’ Cheese Spirals

    5 reviews

    These pretty pinwheels are loaded with cheese, imitation crabmeat and black olives. Using refrigerated crescent rolls is so convenient.—Lisa Harke,...


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    Sheet-Pan Chicken Parmesan

    18 reviews

    Saucy chicken, melty mozzarella and crisp-tender broccoli—all in one pan. What could be better? —Becky Hardin, St. Peters, Missouri


    Tender Garlic Cheese Breadsticks

    1 review

    Garlic breadsticks complement so many dishes. These tender ones pair well with Italian dishes, salads and soups. —Ann Volner, Maryville,...


    Pea Risotto with Lemon

    2 reviews

    Lemon adds a refreshing taste to this lovely pea risotto dish that's perfect for spring. —Sue Dannahower, Fort Pierce, Florida


    Parmesan Butternut Squash

    7 reviews

    Butternut squash sprinkled with Parmesan and bread crumbs makes a superb side dish we love to share. Using the microwave...


    Four-Cheese Turkey Pasta Bake

    6 reviews

    Leftover turkey combines with penne and cheeses to make a classic comfort food. The pasta bake works with chicken, shrimp...


    Mushroom Cheese Stromboli

    3 reviews

    "I got the recipe for this hearty crowd-pleaser from a friend," reports field editor Patty Kile of Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania. "We...


    Sausage-Stuffed Shells

    3 reviews

    I wanted to make manicotti one day but was out of the noodles. So I came up with this recipe...

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    Cheesy Hash Brown Casserole

    10 reviews

    Be prepared to make this cheesy hash brown casserole again and again. Creamy and cheesy, it's hard to believe this...


    Homemade Ragu Sauce

    13 reviews

    My family loves homemade spaghetti sauce and this one is a big hit. I always make sure to serve this...


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    Best Ever Mac & Cheese

    10 reviews

    To make this amazing mac, I make a sauce loaded with three different cheeses to toss with the noodles. When...


    Apple Jack Crumb Pie

    2 reviews

    I serve this apple pie at my monthly bridge club meetings, and I always get many compliments. The cheese in...


    Fried Cheese Ravioli

    4 reviews

    Be sure to make enough of these crispy, coated ravioli. They're bound to be the hit of your party. The...


    Cheese Puffs

    6 reviews

    "I found this recipe in one of my mother’s old cookbooks and updated the flavor by adding cayenne and mustard,"...