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Comfort Food Recipes

Cozy up with these comfort food recipes, including ideas for breakfast, lunch, dinner, dessert, appetizers, salads, soups and more.

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"I created this quick and easy shake for my mom, who's been diabetic for 30 years," reports Paula Pelis of Rocky Point, New York. "She was tickled pink!"
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Homey Mac & Cheese

Homey Mac & Cheese

Homey Mac & Cheese

I also call this "My Grandson's Mac & Cheese." Zachary has been to Iraq and Afghanistan with both the Marines and Navy, and I've been privileged to make his favorite casserole for him for over 20 years. —Alice Beardsell, Osprey, Florida

Cheesecake Strawberry Ice Cream

Cheesecake Strawberry Ice Cream

Cheesecake Strawberry Ice Cream

The custard-like ice cream is so rich and creamy that it tastes like you fussed for hours. But it's easy to make...and pretty, too. I like to serve it with chocolate fudge sauce. -Irene Yoder Fillmore, New York

Family Favorite Taco Meat Loaf

Family Favorite Taco Meat Loaf

Family Favorite Taco Meat Loaf

Our children think there are three basic food groups—pizza, tacos and burgers! They like to doctor up slices of this specially seasoned meat loaf with their favorite taco toppings. —Diane Essinger, Findlay, Ohio
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Pancake and Waffle Mix

Pancake and Waffle Mix

Pancake and Waffle Mix

"This terrific blend provides the ease of a boxed pancake mix with the homemade goodness of light, fluffy pancakes and waffles made from scratch," says Deb Poitz of Fort Morgan, Colorado. It uses a terrific buttermilk powder (see box below right).

Slow Cooker Tamale Pie

Slow Cooker Tamale Pie

Slow Cooker Tamale Pie

Canned beans and cornbread muffin mix speed up the prep on this crowd-pleasing main dish that’s perfect for busy evenings and carry-in dinners. —Jill Pokrivka, York, Pennsylvania

Coconut-White Chocolate Cheesecake

Coconut-White Chocolate Cheesecake

Coconut-White Chocolate Cheesecake

Friends have suggested over and over that I submit this creation to a magazine because it's so good. For the best texture, make sure not to overmix the batter. —Jamie Harris, Danville, Illinois

Bacon-Broccoli Cheese Ball

Bacon-Broccoli Cheese Ball

Bacon-Broccoli Cheese Ball

Meet the Cook: Needing a quick appetizer one night when dinner was running late, I combined a few leftovers into this easy cheese ball. For variety, you can shape it into a log, or substitute favorite herbs for the pepper. My husband and I are the proud parents of two children, Kenton, 6, and Katie, 4. -Tamara Rickard, Bartlett, Tennessee

Classic Lemon Bars

Classic Lemon Bars

Classic Lemon Bars

These bars are simple enough for no-fuss dinners yet elegant enough for special celebrations. Regardless of when you serve them, I'm sure they'll be a hit at your home.—Melissa Mosness, Loveland, Colorado

Hot Chocolate Souffles

Hot Chocolate Souffles

Hot Chocolate Souffles

These individual chocolate souffles are fudgy and delicious. They look impressive but are easy to make. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen

Peach-Stuffed Pork Chops

Peach-Stuffed Pork Chops

Peach-Stuffed Pork Chops

"The Peach-Stuffed Pork Chops are a delicious change of pace from ordinary fried pork steaks," Dorothy says.

Cassoulet for Today

Cassoulet for Today

Cassoulet for Today

Traditionally cooked for hours, this version of the rustic French cassoulet offers the same homey taste in less time. It’s easy on the wallet, too. —Virginia Anthony, Jacksonville, Florida

Burgundy Beef

Burgundy Beef

Burgundy Beef

On chilly days, it's a pleasure coming home to this savory pot roast bubbling in the slow cooker. The tender beef, vegetables and tasty gravy are mouthwatering over a bed of noodles. —Lora Snyder, Columbus, Massachusetts

Corn Pudding

Corn Pudding

Corn Pudding

The pleasing flavor of this golden corn pudding side dish makes it real comfort food. And because the recipe calls for a packaged corn mix, it’s easy to prepare. —P. Lauren Fay-Neri, Syracuse, New York

Wisconsin Split Pea Soup

Wisconsin Split Pea Soup

Wisconsin Split Pea Soup

Field peas that have been dried (split peas) have been a staple soup ingredient for country cooks for years. One super recipe is Wisconsin Split Pea Soup. The recipe was sent in by field editor Linda Rock (left) of Stratford. "Marjoram, garlic, potatoes and carrots blend nicely with peas in this hearty and economical soup," Linda confirms. "I also plant peas in my garden each year," she says. "They grow so well here that I pick enough to freeze and enjoy all winter."
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