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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. —Johnie Mae Barber, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

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

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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Roundup Beef Roast

Roundup Beef Roast

Roundup Beef Roast

"I made this roast for my husband's birthday party and everyone loved it," relates Shannon Jones of Trail, British Columbia. Enjoy the juicy roast for one meal and beat the clock another day by using the leftovers in the two recipes that follow.

Best Beef Fajitas

Best Beef Fajitas

Best Beef Fajitas

“My sister, Laurie, served these yummy fajitas on a hot summer night,” Linere Silloway explains from East Charleston, Vermont. “They’re the best I’ve ever tasted.”

Garlic-Lime Pork Chops

Garlic-Lime Pork Chops

Garlic-Lime Pork Chops

Cilantro, lime and hot pepper sauce lend south-of-the-border pizzazz to boneless pork chops in this recipe from Paula Marchesi of Lenhartsville, Pennsylvania. "Pretty enough for company, these chops are tender, juicy and delicious," she says.

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

Jamaican Pork Tenderloin

Jamaican Pork Tenderloin

Jamaican Pork Tenderloin

This recipe is perfect for barbecues and parties! A spicy citrus marinade adds plenty of flavor to the tenderloin overnight. Then you can grill the meat in just minutes the next day. —Rosetta Hockett of Colorado Springs, Colorado

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.

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.

Marinated Pork Strips

Marinated Pork Strips

Marinated Pork Strips

Meet the Cook: Especially if you're having company, this is a good recipe. While it looks like you spent time on it, it's actually easy. Married 6 years, we have three little ones. Technically, I'm not working, but I've never worked so hard in my life! -Karen Peterson, Hainesville, Illinois
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