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My daughter and I have cranked out dozens of homemade crescent rolls. It’s a real team effort. I cut the dough into pie-shaped wedges; she rolls. —Irene Yeh, Mequon, Wisconsin
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Scrumptious Scrambled Salad

Scrumptious Scrambled Salad

Scrumptious Scrambled Salad

This recipe makes a large, very pretty and absolutely delicious salad that always disappears as fast as I make it.—Becky Muldrow, Highlands, Texas

Vegetable Salad Medley

Vegetable Salad Medley

Vegetable Salad Medley

I like to take this salad to potlucks because it feeds a lot of people, and it's so easy to make. It's best when made a day ahead so the flavors can blend.

Danish Crispies

Danish Crispies

Danish Crispies

These crispy treats are like a bread, but more like a cookie! They're a tasty and delicious addition to a breakfast or bunch with coffee. —Martha Nelson, Zumbrota, Minnesota
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Minted Iced Tea Cooler

Minted Iced Tea Cooler

Minted Iced Tea Cooler

"This cool rose-colored tea quenches your thirst in the most delightful way," commented Debbie Terenzini-Wilkerson of Lusby, Maryland. "It's a pleasant blend of fruit and mint flavors. It's very easy to make, but more special than traditional iced tea."

Gingerbread Teddy Bears

Gingerbread Teddy Bears

Gingerbread Teddy Bears

These cookies have been a Christmas tradition in my family since I was a little girl. The big bears are so soft and chewy that we can hardly wait until they come out of the oven!—Elizabeth Manzanares, Gloucester, Virginia

Mocha Cheesecake

Mocha Cheesecake

Mocha Cheesecake

I've relied on this dessert many times when company comes calling, and it's never let me down. It's simple to make, which is a big plus.

Marinated Teriyaki Flank Steak

Marinated Teriyaki Flank Steak

Marinated Teriyaki Flank Steak

Warm days are the perfect time to get out the grill. And this tender grilled steak and marinade of teriyaki, ginger and orange from Sandi Poznanski of St. Howard Beach, New York makes a refreshing main course.

Not-Fried Ice Cream Cake

Not-Fried Ice Cream Cake

Not-Fried Ice Cream Cake

We created this ice cream cake to mimic the popular dessert in many Mexican restaurants without the deep frying. It’s a no-fuss treat that feeds a crowd. Plus, it’s conveniently made ahead. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Cashew Baklava

Cashew Baklava

Cashew Baklava

I always wanted to make Baklava, but it seemed like so much work. The son of my neighbor's friend showed us both how to make it...it's really quite easy and so delicious. I like to mix up the nuts in the filling and use walnut, cashews or pecans.—Lorraine Caland, Thunder Bay, Ontario

Pork Roast with Mango Salsa

Pork Roast with Mango Salsa

Pork Roast with Mango Salsa

"When my son and his wife were married in our backyard, I served this special roast at the rehearsal dinner," writes B.J. Wall from Lanexa, Virginia. "It can be prepared on the grill or in the oven, but grilling enhances the flavors. The fruit salsa perfectly complements the pork's tasty herbal rub."

Spaghetti with Homemade Turkey Sausage

Spaghetti with Homemade Turkey Sausage

Spaghetti with Homemade Turkey Sausage

This speedy and hearty dish is quite tasty. You get the rich flavor by allowing the turkey and spices to blend overnight. Don't skip this step!—Shirley Goodson, West Allis, Wisconsin

Jazzy Gelatin

Jazzy Gelatin

Jazzy Gelatin

Finish things off with a bang with this colorful gelatin garnished with a chorus of fresh grapes. Chock-full of mandarin oranges and crushed pineapple, it's so refreshing that guests won't be able to refrain from seconds. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Overnight Oatmeal

Overnight Oatmeal

Overnight Oatmeal

Start this breakfast the night before so you can get a few extra zzzs in the morning. My husband adds coconut to his, and I stir in dried fruit. —June Thomas, Chesterton, Indiana

Spring Morning Casserole

Spring Morning Casserole

Spring Morning Casserole

“My mom gave me this recipe, and it has quickly become my favorite breakfast casserole. I love that it can be made the night before and popped in the oven for a special breakfast.” —Melody Holland, Lebanon, Pennsylvania
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