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    Burger Sliders with Secret Sauce

    1 review

    These sliders are super easy to put together and are always a hit! I love that they are "fast food" without having to go to a restaurant. Take them to a party, make them for dinner or serve them on game day. The meat can also be made ahead of time in preparation for your gathering. —April Lee Wiencek, Chicago, Illinois

    Taco Turkey Meat Loaf

    1 review

    After buying a supersized package of ground turkey, I made this spicy taco turkey meat loaf using what I had...


    Italian Bread Salad with Olives

    This quick and flavorful bread salad always gets rave reviews from my friends and family. This panzanella-style dish is a...


    Peanut Butter Coconut Cookies

    1 review

    These three-ingredient peanut butter coconut cookies are easy to make, so you'll always have time to make a quick batch....


    Martin’s Rhubarb Strudel

    1 review

    Although I have always loved strudel, apple strudel was the only kind I ate for many years. But when my...

    Cheesy Meatball Sliders

    4 reviews

    These sliders are a fun way to serve meatballs at your party without using a slow cooker. Made on mini...


    Chipotle Sweet Potato Salad

    5 reviews

    I love the velvety taste and texture of sweet potatoes. A friend served sweet potatoes cooked with peppers and they...

    Banana Split Cake Bars

    2 reviews

    Summer isn’t summer without a banana split or two, and these fun bars bring that same delicious flavor in potluck-perfect...


    Roasted Strawberry Sheet Cake

    7 reviews

    My Grandma Gigi loved summer berry cakes. Almost any time I’d call her during the warmer months, she’d invite me...


    No-Fry Fried Ice Cream

    This ice cream has a crispy cinnamon coating just like the fried ice cream served at Mexican restaurants, but minus...


    Nacho Wings

    1 review

    Since I love both wings and nachos, I combined them for the perfect pairing! This recipe earned an award in...

    Santa Fe Chicken Pizza Pie

    1 review

    Give your pie a Southwest twist when you slather on the taco sauce and top with black beans, green chilies...


    Rich and Creamy Twice-Baked Potatoes

    1 review

    My mom, Lynda, is a marvelous cook. I’m proud to say she taught me everything she knows, especially during my...


    Green Tomato Salsa

    I came up with this green tomato salsa recipe so I could use up all the fresh tomatoes from my...


    Roasted Potatoes & Onions with Wilted Greens

    I'm usually not a fan of side dishes because I find them boring and bland, but a necessary evil in...


    Zucchini Panzanella Salad

    4 reviews

    I learned how to make panzanella from my friend's grandmother. Once I discovered how to make the perfect vinaigrette, it...

    Summer Salad by the Lake

    4 reviews

    I came up with this recipe to show appreciation to all the teachers at my son’s school. The dish had...


    Cinnamon Rolls in a Snap

    11 reviews

    A friend called one morning to see if I wanted company for coffee. I was going to make biscuits for...


    Game-Day Bourbon-Glazed Caramel Corn

    Here's a grown-up version of a favorite kid’s treat. The bourbon and ginger combination that is so good in cocktails...


    Sausage Spinach Turnovers

    4 reviews

    One Christmas, I gave these tasty meat pies to our neighbors as gifts instead of sweets—they loved them! The handheld...


    Sugar Plum Kringles

    Be generous like Scrooge was as a changed man at the end of Charles Dickens', A Christmas Carol, and share...


    Nuts and Bolts

    2 reviews

    Since I was a child, we've made buckets of this mix each Christmas for everyone. These days, though, I fix...


    Macadamia-Coffee Bean Cookies

    1 review

    Nearly anyone who loves coffee will perk up for this java-infused cookie. What hot beverage would you pair these treats...


    Ham & Swiss Braids

    1 review

    Satisfy hearty appetites with these golden loaves. Each slice is like a hot sandwich packed with ham, broccoli and Swiss...

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    Chocolate Chip Butter Cookies

    21 reviews

    At the downtown Chicago law firm where I work, we often bring in goodies for special occasions. When co-workers hear...


    Chickaritos

    12 reviews

    This recipe is one I created, substituting chicken for beef and omitting the frying, when our son grew fond of...


    Ham Omelet Brunch Roll

    1 review

    For over 30 years we have hosted a New Years Breakfast for family and friends. The main attraction for years...


    Spicy Sweet Chicken Bacon Bites

    I've been serving these for many years. Guests love dipping the bacon-wrapped chicken tidbits into blue cheese salad dressing or...


    Nut Fruit Bark

    Here's a sophisticated version of fruit bark. Dark chocolate turns into a rich mocha flavor with the espresso powder. If...


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    Mini S’mores

    8 reviews

    Combine marshmallow creme, chocolate, graham crackers and more for a summery delight at any time of year. —Stephanie Tewell, Elizabeth,...