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Meet the Cook: My mother-in-law gave me this recipe. It's her very favorite breakfast. We - my husband, our two sons (15 and 12) and I - also enjoy it for a light supper. Especially on a cold day, it's great with warm peach cobbler or bread pudding. -Laurie Fisher, Greeley, Colorado
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Chicken & Dumpling Casserole

Chicken & Dumpling Casserole

Chicken & Dumpling Casserole

This savory casserole is one of my husband's favorites. He loves the fluffy dumplings with plenty of gravy poured over them. The basil adds just the right touch of flavor and makes the whole house smell so good while this dish cooks. —Sue Mackey, Galesburg, 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

Pecan Tassies

Pecan Tassies

Pecan Tassies

These tarts are very good for parties and special occasions. You'll probably want to double the recipe, because they'll disappear in a hurry! —Joy Corie, Ruston, Louisiana
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Pecan Turtles

Pecan Turtles

Pecan Turtles

I made these "turtle-like" concoctions one Christmas for a sweets exchange. My dad saw them on the counter waiting to be boxed up and couldn't believe I made them. He said they looked like they came from a candy shop. That's the best compliment I've ever received. -Carrie Burke Conway, Massachusetts

German Chocolate Brownies

German Chocolate Brownies

German Chocolate Brownies

Even as a young girl, I was always going through recipe books in search of something new to make. That's how I came across these brownies, a favorite for our family reunions and other get-togethers. They capture the rich flavor of a favorite cake with a few easy steps. Broiling the sweet coconut topping makes it goey and good. —Karen Grimes, Stephens City, Virginia

Biscuits and Sausage Gravy

Biscuits and Sausage Gravy

Biscuits and Sausage Gravy

This is an old Southern recipe that I've adapted. It's a classic, hearty breakfast that takes you on a trip to the South every time it's served. —Sue Baker, Jonesboro, Arkansas

Contest-Winning Hearty Hamburger Soup

Contest-Winning Hearty Hamburger Soup

Contest-Winning Hearty Hamburger Soup

At family get-togethers, our children always request this spirit-warming soup along with a fresh loaf of homemade bread and tall glasses of milk. It has robust flavor, plenty of fresh-tasting vegetables and is easy to make. -Barbara Brown, Janesville, Wisconsin

Creamy Tropical Fruit Salad

Creamy Tropical Fruit Salad

Creamy Tropical Fruit Salad

Teri Lindquist of Gurnee, Illinois says: “I needed a speedy salad for a luncheon recently, used what I had available and everyone loved it! Light, fluffy and full of fruit, this salad could double as a healthy dessert. You can also tuck it into the kids’ lunchboxes for a fun school-day treat.”

Minestrone with Turkey

Minestrone with Turkey

Minestrone with Turkey

I remember my mom making this soup; now I make it as often as I can. It's a good way to use up leftover vegetables. Sometimes I add a can of rinsed and drained kidney or garbanzo beans. —Angela Goodman, Kaneohe, Hawaii

Contest-Winning Rhubarb Meringue Pie

Contest-Winning Rhubarb Meringue Pie

Contest-Winning Rhubarb Meringue Pie

My husband’s grandmother was a great cook and didn’t always share her secrets, so we are fortunate to have her recipe for rhubarb cream pie. I added one of my favorite crusts and a never-fail meringue. —Elaine Sampson, Colesburg, Iowa

Hearty Veggie Chicken Casserole

Hearty Veggie Chicken Casserole

Hearty Veggie Chicken Casserole

I found this recipe in a cookbook we received as a wedding gift and altered it to fit my family’s tastes. Now, I always cook enough extra chicken so we can have this casserole the next day. My husband and daughters rush to the table when they know it’s on the menu. –Janet Applin, Gladstone, Michigan
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