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    Gruyere and Crab Palmiers

    I keep these little bursts of flavor in my freezer so they can be pulled out and popped into the oven whenever needed. Crab, pancetta and Gruyere make a sophisticated, elegant appetizer, and you can make your own variations on the filling. Try chicken and pesto, or a Mediterranean version with spinach and feta. —Grace Voltolina, Westport, Connecticut

    Chocolate Mincemeat Bars

    1 review

    What would the holidays be without mincemeat for dessert? Even people who say they don’t care for the taste will...

    Banana Wheat Bread

    6 reviews

    A subtle banana flavor comes through in this moist whole wheat loaf. Flecked with poppy seeds, the sweet slices are...

    Orange Cranberry Bread

    16 reviews

    These moist loaves are packed with the zesty taste of cranberries and orange peel. I suggest serving slices toasted with...

    Creamy Sour Cream Mashed Potatoes

    4 reviews

    "These nicely seasoned potatoes are so fresh-tasting and creamy that there's no need for extra butter or gravy," writes Natalie...

    Slow-Cooker Butternut Squash Soup

    Much of the work for this soup can be done in advance, and it keeps all day in the slow...

    Spiced Toffee Cookies

    I bake these cookies for family gatherings because my crowd likes cookies thin and chewy with a crispy exterior. The...

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    Mini Sausage Pies

    5 reviews

    The simple ingredients and family-friendly flavor of these little sausage cups make them a go-to dinner favorite. And everyone gets...

    Cherry Pistachio Cookies

    2 reviews

    Dried cherries, crunchy nuts, bits of orange, white chocolate—there's a lot to love in this cookie! It's very different from...

    Mashed Potatoes with a Kick

    3 reviews

    A handful of ingredients, a pot and a bowl are all you need to quickly make a great side that...

    Vanilla-Butter Sugar Cookies

    32 reviews

    These are one of my favorite cookies to bake for Christmas. The dough recipe is versatile and you can use...

    Easy Batter Rolls

    13 reviews

    The first thing my guests ask when they come for dinner is if I'm serving these dinner rolls. The buns...

    Green Bean Casserole Stuffed Mushrooms

    3 reviews

    Green bean casserole is one of our must-haves for Thanksgiving dinner, but it needed updating. This bite-sized version gets fun...

    Cranberry Brie Pinwheels

    10 reviews

    People may wonder when you found the time to make these crisp, flaky pinwheels—but they’re really quite easy to do....

    Texas Garlic Mashed Potatoes

    17 reviews

    These creamy potatoes get their flavor burst from garlic and caramelized onions. Their savory goodness makes any meal better. —Richard...

    Cinnamon Raisin Quick Bread

    44 reviews

    Cinnamon and raisins bring heartwarming flavor to this mildly sweet bread. It's ideal for an on-the-go breakfast or a quick...

    Favorite Cheesy Potatoes

    3 reviews

    My family loves these potatoes. I make a large batch in disposable pans and serve them at all our get-togethers....

    Honey Spice Bread

    25 reviews

    The texture of this bread is almost like a cake, so I usually serve slices of it for dessert. The...

    Mediterranean Pastry Pinwheels

    6 reviews

    These quick appetizers are irresistible. The flavors of sun-dried tomatoes and pesto balance beautifully. —Kristen Heigl, Staten Island, New York

    Scalloped Sweet Corn Casserole

    7 reviews

    This is my Grandma Ostendorf's corn recipe I grew up enjoying. Now a grandmother myself, I still serve this comfy,...

    Cranberry Layer Cake

    66 reviews

    I adapted a Bundt cake recipe to create this layer cake. Cranberries, walnuts and homemade frosting make it taste so...

    Mashed Potato Cups

    25 reviews

    This recipe makes a tasty side dish that's a nice alternative to the standard potatoes or rice. —Jill Hancock, Nashua,...

    After-Christmas Empanadas

    1 review

    Turn your leftovers into tasty empanadas using refrigerated pie pastry. We make these savory pastries and freeze them for a...

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    Turkey Potpies

    85 reviews

    With its golden brown crust and scrumptious filling, these comforting turkey potpies will warm you down to your toes. Because...

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    Turkey Gnocchi Soup

    6 reviews

    While trying to find a creative use for leftover turkey, we decided to add gnocchi instead of noodles. My 8-year-old...

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    Mom’s Buttermilk Biscuits

    10 reviews

    These fluffy biscuits are so tasty slathered with butter or used to mop up every last drop of gravy off...

    Skinny Turkey-Vegetable Soup

    15 reviews

    The blend of flavors and colors in this hearty soup will bring everyone at the table back for more. —Charlotte...

    Meatballs with Cranberry Dipping Sauce

    1 review

    With their cranberry dipping sauce, these no-fuss appetizer meatballs make use of traditional Thanksgiving ingredients, so they're ideal around the...

    Freezer Mashed Potatoes

    9 reviews

    Can you freeze mashed potatoes? You bet you can! I always make these potatoes and give them to my kids...

    Tomato-Basil Pull-Apart Rolls

    1 review

    My nephew helped me create these soft and colorful rolls. He named them “wheelies” because the spiral shapes reminded him...