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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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• Served with colorful carrots and smooth sour cream gravy, Caraway Pot Roast is so tender and flavorful that no one would guess it’s an “economical” main dish. Violet Beard of Marshall, Illinois shared the recipe.
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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

Pecan Cereal Clusters

Pecan Cereal Clusters

Pecan Cereal Clusters

Featuring crunchy cereal, colorful candies, pecans and loads of peanut butter flavor, these chocolaty bites offer plenty of make-ahead convenience. "They're easy to whip up when you're in a hurry," notes Debbie Zorn from Vidalia, Georgia.

Cherry Ham Sauce

Cherry Ham Sauce

Cherry Ham Sauce

I made this sauce for my family years ago, then the recipe got misplaced in my recipe file. I was making a ham for company and my husband requested the cherry sauce because it was so good. It took a little hunting, but I finally found the recipe and we had this deliciously spiced sauce over ham. —Sue A. Jurack
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Fruited Pistachio Pudding

Fruited Pistachio Pudding

Fruited Pistachio Pudding

Fruited Pistachio Pudding comes from Sue Gronholz of Beaver Dam, Wisconsin. It's a quick dessert with broad appeal and so easy to make, Sue reports.

Bread Pudding for 40

Bread Pudding for 40

Bread Pudding for 40

This homey, comforting dessert is a favorite of Loretta Dressel of Nathrop, Colorado. The texture is neither soggy nor dry, and the lemony sauce drizzled on top is delightful. —Loreta Dressel, Nathrop, Colorado

Fruit Parfaits

Fruit Parfaits

Fruit Parfaits

These parfaits are a refreshing fruity treat, and you can use whatever flavor of gelatin you like. Because it calls for canned fruit, you can rely on it as a tasty dessert anytime of year.—Erlene Cornelius, Spring City, Tennessee

Wild West Wellingtons

Wild West Wellingtons

Wild West Wellingtons

This spicy spin-off of traditional beef Wellington is so attractive that it's perfect for a special occasion. If you like your food extra spicy, choose a hot salsa rather than mild or medium. —Jenni Dise, Phoenix, Arizona

Loaded M&M Oreo Cookie Bars

Loaded M&M Oreo Cookie Bars

Loaded M&M Oreo Cookie Bars

We’re all so busy and pressed for time that I find myself creating recipes that are generally fast to prepare, proving that you don’t have to spend all day in the kitchen to obtain fabulous results. Here’s a favorite of mine that combines crunchy M&M's and gooey chocolate all nestled into a flavorful blondie.—Averie Sunshine, San Diego, California www.averiecooks.com

Veggie Turkey Pizza

Veggie Turkey Pizza

Veggie Turkey Pizza

This is the best pizza I've ever eaten! I sometimes mix walnuts with the pine nuts, but you can use your favorites.—Marina Castle, North Hollywood, California

Pizzeria Burgers

Pizzeria Burgers

Pizzeria Burgers

As the mother of teenagers, I strive to find meals they like but that require little work on my part. I get many requests for these Italian-style hamburgers...I make them monthly. - Amy LaPointe, North Fond du Lac, Wisconsin

Apricot Layer Cake

Apricot Layer Cake

Apricot Layer Cake

"Pssst! Don't tell anyone this tender fruity layer cake starts with a convenient mix!" urges Eureka, Illinois farm woman Molly Knapp.

Golden Apricot Scones

Golden Apricot Scones

Golden Apricot Scones

Besides farming and raising cattle, our family has a home bakery that serves area restaurants and health food stores. We dry lots of local fruit for use in recipes, like these moist golden scones that are so popular with our customers.

Chocolate Almond Crescents

Chocolate Almond Crescents

Chocolate Almond Crescents

If you like chocolate-covered almonds, you’re in for a treat. These buttery, crumbly cookies make a thoughtful holiday gift. —Vicki Raatz, Waterloo, WI

Savory Sausage Stuffing

Savory Sausage Stuffing

Savory Sausage Stuffing

I used to make the same old dressing every year for Thanksgiving. About 10 years ago, I decided to jazz up my recipe by adding pork sausage. Now everyone requests it for all our holiday meals. —Ursula Hernandez, Waltham, Minnesota
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