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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
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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

Fiesta Tamales

Fiesta Tamales

Fiesta Tamales

I love tamales, but I don't like spending days making them, so I've come up with a simple and delicious tamale recipe. When you taste my flavorful tamales, you will be surprised how great they truly are!—Donna Wilkinson, Lakeside, California

Lemon Barbecued Chicken

Lemon Barbecued Chicken

Lemon Barbecued Chicken

My husband loves chicken, so when we bought our first charcoal grill, we needed a recipe for barbecued chicken. We ended up combining two recipes to come up with this one. We've used it the past 3 or 4 years now and haven't come across any recipe that's better.
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Grilled Pork with Pear Salsa

Grilled Pork with Pear Salsa

Grilled Pork with Pear Salsa

My husband, Dave, and I have been in a dinner group with three other couples for a few years. We often share our recipes. This grilled pork was served by one of the couples, and I decided to "pear" it with this fabulous salsa. —Suzan Ward, Coeur d'Alene, Idaho

Zesty Marinated Pork Chops

Zesty Marinated Pork Chops

Zesty Marinated Pork Chops

“My husband loves pork chops. They're a good source of lean protein and it's easy to change the flavor by using different spices. I created this marinade based on a few I saw in Healthy Cooking.” Jackie Termont - Richmond, Virginia

Coffee Marinated Steak

Coffee Marinated Steak

Coffee Marinated Steak

My dad-a big steak lover—got this recipe form a friend, and now we never eat steak without using this marinade. It makes the meat so juicy and adds a great flavor.

Lamb with Spinach and Onions

Lamb with Spinach and Onions

Lamb with Spinach and Onions

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

Herbed Chicken Quarters

Herbed Chicken Quarters

Herbed Chicken Quarters

We often grill chicken in the summer, and this herbed version is a big hit with our family. We own a cheese and specialty food store called The Boulevard Market in nearby Tecumseh. I frequently host cooking classes at the store and have featured this chicken. Students are sent home with this recipe and always say their families enjoyed it! -Erika Aylward, Clinton, Michigan

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.

Old-Country Sauerbraten

Old-Country Sauerbraten

Old-Country Sauerbraten

This recipe has been a well-guarded secret in my family for generations but I have decided to share it because it is so yummy. It is sure to be a hit in your family as well.—Inge Perreault, Oxford, New Jersey

Citrus & Herb Roasted Turkey Breast

Citrus & Herb Roasted Turkey Breast

Citrus & Herb Roasted Turkey Breast

This recipe will make you love turkey again. Brining with lemon, rosemary and orange juice makes it so moist and flavorful. It's the star attraction at our table. —Fay Moreland, Wichita Falls, TX
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