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This do-ahead casserole has a south-of-the-border flavor. Adjust the chilies and salsa to suit your tastes.
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Basil Bean Salad

Basil Bean Salad

Basil Bean Salad

I had a recipe for three-bean salad and added garbanzo beans for taste and color. It soon became my father and father-in-law's favorite - that made me happy since "the moms" are excellent cooks. Now for picnics, I'm asked to "bring the beans". -Ruth Ann Ramuscak, Merrillville, Indiana

Brazilian-Syle Turkey with Ham

Brazilian-Syle Turkey with Ham

Brazilian-Syle Turkey with Ham

Grilled is a different and fun way to prepare whole turkey. My mom has served this main dish for special occasions, "Christmas in July" and weddings at her home.

Marinated Vegetable Bean Salad

Marinated Vegetable Bean Salad

Marinated Vegetable Bean Salad

Canned beans make this colorful salad hearty...and bottled Italian dressing is an easy and tasty topper.
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Toffee Caramel Ice Cream Pie

Toffee Caramel Ice Cream Pie

Toffee Caramel Ice Cream Pie

This delicious pie is easy to make and so pretty. It comes together in under 30 minutes and since you can make it in advance, it’s ideal for entertaining. --Diane Lombardo, New Castle, Pennsylvania

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."

Peppermint Freezer Pie

Peppermint Freezer Pie

Peppermint Freezer Pie

Refreshing peppermint ice cream plus fudgy chocolate plus fluffy meringue equals the perfect pie for the holidays! Kelli Bucy of Red Oak, Iowa shares this lovely dessert that's become a Christmas tradition. You can make and freeze the pie well in advance.

Walnut-Filled Coffee Cakes

Walnut-Filled Coffee Cakes

Walnut-Filled Coffee Cakes

“At our house, Easter or Christmas morning just would not be the same without these wonderful sugar/cinnamon braids.” They also make lovely gifts.

Tangy Cucumber Gelatin

Tangy Cucumber Gelatin

Tangy Cucumber Gelatin

A friend shared this recipe with me years ago. She had a vegetable garden and always had a good yield of cucumbers. This pleasant, comforting salad is the right amount for one or two. The cucumber and green onions give a nice texture contrast and refreshing crunch. -Bernadeane McWilliam, Decatur, Illinois

Strawberry-Kiwi Jam

Strawberry-Kiwi Jam

Strawberry-Kiwi Jam

"My family always gives jams and jellies as gifts and everyone appreciates it. Strawberries and kiwi make a wonderful combination." Kathy Kittell, Lenexa, Kansas

French Cream with Sugared Grapes

French Cream with Sugared Grapes

French Cream with Sugared Grapes

Looking for a truly elegant finale for your holiday dinner? My dessert will do the trick. It looks so regal surrounded by pretty sugared fruit, and the flavor is divine. A friend gave me this recipe several years ago, and it's been in high demand at my house ever since.

Orange Buttermilk Salad

Orange Buttermilk Salad

Orange Buttermilk Salad

For a deliciously creamy treat, I make this gelatin salad. It is so easy to whip up and I always receive compliments.—Carol Van Sickle, Versailles, Kentucky

Cinnamon-Apple French Toast

Cinnamon-Apple French Toast

Cinnamon-Apple French Toast

Serving this on Christmas morning is a tradition in our home. It's wonderful because I can make it the night before and pop it in the oven while we are opening gifts. —Jill Peterson, Richfield, 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

Raspberry Cream Cheesecake

Raspberry Cream Cheesecake

Raspberry Cream Cheesecake

This creamy cheesecake pie with a raspberry layer is a light dessert after a heavy meal. —Steve Josserand, Decatur, Illinois

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Whiskey Pineapple Chicken

Whiskey Pineapple Chicken

Whiskey Pineapple Chicken

Everyone in my family loves this recipe and its sweet marinade with ginger, pineapple and a splash of whiskey. Want even more intense flavor? Let the chicken marinate for two full days. Wow! —Jodi Taffel, Altadena, California

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
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