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I used to sell several lines of kitchenware through home parties. This blueberry poundcake recipe came from the hostess at one of those parties. It's been a favorite ever since! —Juanita Miller, Arnett, Oklahoma
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
“These seasoned nuts are so good, it’s hard to stop eating them,” reports Jean Voan of Shepherd, Texas. “I made them for gift baskets and got many compliments. They are perfect for the holidays but delicious to munch anytime.” TIP: Package a batch in a festive tin to give as a hostess gift.
"Our family grows lots of pumpkins, but I have to put dibs on some or the children will carve every one!" exclaims Margaret Slocum of Ridgefield, Washington. "I like to use them - or convenient canned pumpkin - in this moist cake."
This eye-catching dessert is guaranteed to delight holiday dinner guests. Chocolate lovers will lick their lips over the yummy cocoa cake, mocha filling and frosting. For a festive touch, I garnish the log with marzipan holly leaves and berries.
—Jenny Hughson, Mitchell, Nebraska
Meet the Cook: When I was a girl, this was my family's favorite Sunday cake. Since I'm "nuts" about nuts, I added the pecans. It became our youngsters' favorite as well.
My husband and I have four grown children and seven grandchildren.
-Arlene Grenz, Linton, North Dakota
Convenience items such as store-bought angel food cake, frozen strawberries and instant pudding mix make preparing this refrigerated delight as simple as can be. I whip up this refreshing strawberry dessert all year round. It's particularly attractive when served in a glass dish. —Sherri Daniels, Clark, South Dakota
Lemon pie filling lends a splash of citrus flavor to convenient cake mix, and a rich cream cheese frosting gives it sweetness. My family likes this cake cold, so I cut it into squares and freeze before serving.
—Alyce Dubisar, North Bend, Oregon