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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

    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...


    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...


    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....


    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...

    Delicious Pumpkin Bread

    77 reviews

    An enticing aroma wafts through my house when this tender cake-like pumpkin bread is in the oven. I bake extra...


    Orange Cranberry Bread

    15 reviews

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

    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,...


    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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    Mini Sausage Pies

    4 reviews

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


    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

    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...


    Winter Fruit Macaroons

    3 reviews

    Coconut macaroons with sweetened condensed milk instead of egg whites are my version of a recipe my mom loved. All...


    Spiced Toffee Cookies

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


    Walnut Zucchini Muffins

    31 reviews

    Shredded zucchini adds makes these walnutty muffins extra tender. If you have lots of zucchini in summer as many of...


    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...

    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...


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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...


    Pecan Tassies

    17 reviews

    These tarts are very good for parties and special occasions. You'll probably want to double the recipe, because they'll disappear...


    Pumpkin Lasagna

    60 reviews

    I especially like this comforting fall dish because it's vegetarian. Even friends who aren't big fans of pumpkin are surprised...


    Gingersnap Pumpkin Cake

    14 reviews

    It just so happened that on the first day that really felt like fall, we were getting together with friends....


    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...


    Pumpkin-Spice Sugar Cookies

    2 reviews

    I've been making these quick and easy cookies for over 20 years. They're the first to go at our annual...


    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...

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    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...


    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...


    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...


    Butternut Squash and Carrot Soup

    2 reviews

    I got this golden soup recipe from a friend. Sometimes I add a few slices of red pepper to change...


    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...


    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...