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My family likes garlic, so I dreamed up this delicious marinade for our summer fajita dinners. The marinade needs eight hours to work its magic, but it’s even better if the steak marinates overnight. Try it on chicken breasts, too.—Karyn "Kiki" Power, Arlington, Texas
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Simple Marinated Ribeyes

Simple Marinated Ribeyes

Simple Marinated Ribeyes

When spring comes to our house, out comes the grill! My husband does a great job cooking these steaks to perfection. They taste so terrific, we often have them once a week.—Sonja Kane, Wendell, North Carolina

Grilled Pork Tenderloin

Grilled Pork Tenderloin

Grilled Pork Tenderloin

We have a lot of cookouts, and this recipe is a favorite of ours when we're eating outdoors. It's simple to prepare...and simply delicious.

Teriyaki Turkey Breast

Teriyaki Turkey Breast

Teriyaki Turkey Breast

Marinating this turkey breast overnight gives it great flavor and a juicy tenderness. "This is the best turkey you will ever eat," assures Marvin Hayes from Delano, Minnesota. Leftovers-if there are any-taste terrific in the two delicious dishes that follow.
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Herbed Beef Tenderloin

Herbed Beef Tenderloin

Herbed Beef Tenderloin

Cooking on the grill has always been one of my favorite hobbies. This recipe is a popular choice for my family's Sunday dinners or our special birthday dinners. I like to serve tenderloin with baked potatoes and homegrown vegetables.

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.

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.

Herbed Pork and Apples

Herbed Pork and Apples

Herbed Pork and Apples

Whenever I make this dish for friends and family, I'm reminded of the wonderful scent of the Maine orchards where we picked our own apples every fall until we moved to Missouri last year. The aroma of the pork and apples certainly takes the chill out of crisp autumn air. -Louise Keithley, Columbia, Missouri

Overnight Chicken Casserole

Overnight Chicken Casserole

Overnight Chicken Casserole

I don't know where this casserole originated, but the recipe was given to me some 40 years ago. It's my family's all-time favorite. Not only is it a great "company" meal, it's also well-received at potluck dinners.

Flavorful Beef Brisket

Flavorful Beef Brisket

Flavorful Beef Brisket

A memorable part of my wedding day was the supper my mom prepared. This moist fork-tender brisket is a popular entree hearty appetites appreciate.

Coffee-Crusted Prime Rib

Coffee-Crusted Prime Rib

Coffee-Crusted Prime Rib

The secret to this rib roast from the Taste of Home Test Kitchen is in the coffee rub. Allowing the rub to penetrate overnight heightens the flavor.

Always-Tender Roasted Turkey

Always-Tender Roasted Turkey

Always-Tender Roasted Turkey

For years I prepared my Thanksgiving turkey only to have it turn out dry. That's when I decided to give this recipe a try. Baking the bird in an oven bag keeps it moist and tender...and there's no basting involved.—Shirley Bedzis, San Diego, California
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