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    Quinoa, Fresh Fig and Honey-Balsamic Parfait

    This quinoa yogurt parfait is special to me because of its wholesome ingredients. Quinoa is gluten-free, which is good for those who have food allergies, like my daughter. And I love fresh ripe figs when they are in season. Enjoy this for breakfast or dessert. —Dawn Hutchins, St. Johns, Florida

    Creamy Spinach Mushroom Soup

    This spinach mushroom soup is the perfect accompaniment to any buffet. It can even be made ahead, then warmed and...


    Fresh Strawberry Syrup

    One summer our garden yielded 80 quarts of strawberries! A good portion of that was preserved as strawberry syrup. We...


    Apricot Dessert Bruschetta

    3 reviews

    Years ago, my mother took a trip to Italy, and this recipe reminds her of the sun-kissed fruits from the...


    Roasted Asparagus Risotto

    1 review

    This recipe's wow factor makes it perfect for special occasions. To save time, the asparagus and prosciutto can be roasting...

    Caramel Chex Mix

    2 reviews

    This wonderfully crunchy snack is loaded with cereal, pretzels and nuts—and coated with a not-too-sweet brown sugar mixture. Package this...


    Pink Peppercorn and Sake Ice Cream

    There's plenty of sake flavor in this rich ice cream studded with peppercorns. You'll get an interesting pop of heat...

    Crab and Asparagus Soup

    14 reviews

    I get rave reviews from family and friends whenever I make this soup, but the biggest compliment was when my...


    Orange-Glazed Meatballs

    I love the sweet orange marmalade paired with the zip of a jalapeno in this sweet-sour glaze. —Bonnie Stallings, Martinsburg,...


    Barbecue and Beer Meatballs

    2 reviews

    This simple meatball recipe relies on time-saving ingredients like frozen meatballs and barbecue sauce. It's the perfect last-minute appetizer! —Taste...


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    Semisweet Chocolate Mousse

    23 reviews

    A friend shared this rich velvety chocolate mousse recipe with me. I love to cook and have tons of recipes,...

    Chocolate Caramel Thumbprints

    26 reviews

    Covered in chopped nuts and drizzled with chocolate, these cookies are delicious and pretty, too. Everybody looks forward to munching...


    Truffle Cherries

    4 reviews

    Chocolate is popular at our house, especially during the holidays, so these double chocolate gems never last long! —Anne Drouin,...


    Gingerbread Truffles

    I never received compliments on my baking until I brought my gingerbread truffles to a party. Every Christmas, family, friends...


    Peppermint White Hot Chocolate

    My soothing white hot chocolate is a great warm-up after a wintry day spent sledding or ice skating. Or include...


    Crackling Hot Cocoa

    1 review

    This hot chocolate recipe is more than a warm-you-up—it's rich and thick decadence in a mug. —Cyndi Nistico, Palm Island,...

    Duck a l’Orange

    1 review

    My Mother-in-law prepared this duck for the holidays and special occasions. My husband loves duck, so I prepare this entree...


    Cheesy Pizza Fondue

    2 reviews

    While I was growing up, I would sit for hours reading cookbooks from cover to cover. I've carried that love...


    Simple Lemon Parsley Potatoes

    5 reviews

    For a simply delicious side dish, I often prepare these potatoes. I like the fact that there are few ingredients...


    Favorite Mint Hot Chocolate

    This is one of my husband's favorite winter drinks. I love the minty, chocolaty recipe because it's like Christmas in...


    Mulled Wine

    5 reviews

    This mulled wine is soothing and satisfying with a delightful blend of spices warmed to perfection. Refrigerating the wine mixture...


    Butternut Squash and Roasted Pepper Soup

    2 reviews

    This sweet and savory soup is special to me because it has the warm creamy feeling of home and just...


    Bacon and Cheddar Whipped Potatoes

    Bacon and cheese are an easy way to add zest to mashed potatoes. These go so well with practically any...


    Herbed Garlic Mashed Potatoes

    I call these the best mashed potatoes ever! The first time I made them was for Thanksgiving a few years...

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    Burnt Custard

    4 reviews

    The recipe for this smooth-as-silk custard came from a local restaurant years ago. With its broiled topping it looks pretty...


    Peppermint Swirl Fudge

    14 reviews

    Indulge in candy-shop flavor with these rich swirled squares. For Christmasy color, I add crushed peppermint candies and red food...


    Southern Pecan Candy

    1 review

    Unlike traditional pralines, this recipe is spread in a pan, then cut into squares. It is loaded with pecans and...


    Deep-Fried Mac & Cheese Shells

    1 review

    I created this deep-fried mac and cheese recipe for my husband. He describes this recipe as "unbelievably delicious" because of...


    Mocha Eggnog

    9 reviews

    This chocolaty twist on traditional eggnog will spread good cheer at your Christmas or New Year's celebration. My family makes...


    Ginger-Grapefruit Fizz

    1 review

    Sometimes it's hard to find a special, non-alcoholic beverage for parties that isn't a punch. That's why I love this...