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Grilling is a wonderful way to prepare lamb. The marinade and on-the-side onion sauce enhance the meat's naturally terrific taste.
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Curried Three-Bean Salad

Curried Three-Bean Salad

Curried Three-Bean Salad

Cumin and curry powder give this chilled three-bean salad terrific zip. "I get a lot of compliments on it," says Howie Wiener, Spring Hill, Florida. Not only does it come together quickly, but at 70 cents a serving, it's economical, too.

Honey Whole Wheat Pan Rolls

Honey Whole Wheat Pan Rolls

Honey Whole Wheat Pan Rolls

With their pleasant wheat flavor and a honey of a glaze, these rolls impress my guests. Every time I take them to potluck dinners, I come home with an empty pan. —Nancye Thompson, Paducah, Kentucky

Summertime Barbecue Sauce

Summertime Barbecue Sauce

Summertime Barbecue Sauce

When my daughter was seven, she would come home from school and eat this sauce by the spoonfuls. Company loves it, too, on pork chops or ribs. Every time I make it, someone asks for the recipe! —Diane C Shipley, Mentor, Ohio
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Fruit-Filled Raspberry Ring

Fruit-Filled Raspberry Ring

Fruit-Filled Raspberry Ring

People love this fruity gelatin ring that gets extra flavor from an ambrosia-like mixture in the center. I've been bringing it to potlucks, buffets and showers for 20 years. While it looks like you fussed, it's easy to make the night before a special occasion. -Janice Steinmetz, Somers, Connecticut

Peppermint Cheesecake

Peppermint Cheesecake

Peppermint Cheesecake

People are thrilled when they see me coming with this rich, smooth cheesecake—it's always a crowd pleaser. Not only does it look sensational, but it is so scrumptious. —Carrie Price, Ottawa, Illinois

Festive Ice Ring

Festive Ice Ring

Festive Ice Ring

Use this colorful, fruit-filled ice ring from our Test Kitchen to keep your favorite punch cold during a holiday party.

Frosty Lemon Pie

Frosty Lemon Pie

Frosty Lemon Pie

Meet the Cook: This pie is a nice light and refreshing finish to a summer picnic or patio supper. I like that it can be made ahead. Married for 35 years, I've always enjoyed cooking. We have two grown sons and three small granddaughters. -Judith Wilke, Dousman, Wisconsin

Dugout Hot Dogs

Dugout Hot Dogs

Dugout Hot Dogs

What do folks eat at a ball game? Hot dogs, of course! For our baseball theme party, I jazzed them up with an easy homemade barbecue sauce and a tangy relish that's become a family tradition. I make up a supply when our garden's booming with zucchini.—Sue Gronholz, Beaver Dam, Wisconsin

Spicy Lamb Curry

Spicy Lamb Curry

Spicy Lamb Curry

I've tweaked this curry over the years using a blend of aromatic spices. Fenugreek seeds can be found in specialty spice stores and are common in Middle Eastern curries and chutneys, but you can leave them out of this recipe if you desire. —Janis Kracht, Windsor, New York

Featherlight Rolls

Featherlight Rolls

Featherlight Rolls

“Aptly named for their featherlight texture, these tender rolls from my Mama-Louise Smart-were a favorite of family and friends alike,” writes Terri Duhon from Bryan, Texas. “They're just as tasty the next day with a slice of cheese on each section of the cloverleaf.”

Easy Festive Fruit Salad

Easy Festive Fruit Salad

Easy Festive Fruit Salad

As colorful as the leaves on the autumn trees, this fruit salad disappears fast down to the last spoonful. The light dressing doesn't hide the refreshing flavors of the fruit. Pecans add crunch and the rich flavor of the harvest season. -Julianne Johnson, Grove City, Minnesota

Zucchini/Herb Pate

Zucchini/Herb Pate

Zucchini/Herb Pate

Meet the Cook: A friend gave me the recipe for this pate after she'd served it at a formal wedding reception. But I make it most often to spread on crackers at picnics, potlucks and other casual get-togethers. My family - my husband, son and I - live on a small acreage. We all enjoy gardening (I grow my own herbs and vegetables). Hunting for antiques is a frequent activity of ours, too! -Melissa Sullivan, Iuka, Kansas

Herbed Cheese Rings

Herbed Cheese Rings

Herbed Cheese Rings

This savory cheese loaf is great sliced in thin wedges to go with soup, salads or casseroles. I've served it to large crowds and received many compliments. One year, I gave it to our neighbor for Christmas. -Evelyn Bear, Kingston, Idaho

Colorful Ham Strata

Colorful Ham Strata

Colorful Ham Strata

Marilou's make-ahead breakfast bake is a cinch, particularly when leftover ham is used. Chock-full of peppers, onions and cheese, the eye-opener makes an ideal contribution to brunch buffets and is a great way to start the day.

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Cranberry-Apple French Toast

Cranberry-Apple French Toast

Cranberry-Apple French Toast

My husband's breakfast club at work raves about this make-ahead French toast. Pop it in the oven in the morning to get your day off to a sweet, bubbly start.

Toffee-Peach Ice Cream Pie

Toffee-Peach Ice Cream Pie

Toffee-Peach Ice Cream Pie

A sugar cone and brickle crust, fresh peaches and ice cream—you can't go wrong! Top with hot caramel for a delectable frozen treat. —Kim Ciepluch, Kenosha, Wisconsin

Lisa's All-Day Sugar & Salt Pork Roast

Lisa's All-Day Sugar & Salt Pork Roast

Lisa's All-Day Sugar & Salt Pork Roast

My family loves this tender, juicy roast, so we eat it a lot. The salty crust is so delicious mixed into the pulled pork. —Lisa Allen, Joppa, Alabama
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