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    Cinnamon-Basil Ice Cream

    I started experimenting with herbal ice creams when I was teaching classes at our local college. Not only were the ice creams popular with my students, but my family loved them as well! One of our favorites is made with a variety of basil called cinnamon basil; however, unless you grow the variety yourself, it can be rather difficult to find. I decided to try to re-create the flavor, and this delicious basil ice cream recipe is the result! —Sue Gronholz, Beaver Dam, Wisconsin

    London Fog Ice Cream

    2 reviews

    I took one of my favorite coffee shop beverages and turned it into this elegant London fog ice cream. For...


    Bacon Corn Pancakes

    1 review

    Pancakes are always tops in my book. But stir in bacon and corn, and they become the best breakfast-for-dinner option....


    Gruyere and Crab Palmiers

    I keep these little bursts of flavor in my freezer so they can be pulled out and popped into the...


    Pressure-Cooker Black-Eyed Peas with Ham

    1 review

    Here's a regional favorite I grew to love after moving to the South, pressure-cooker black-eyed peas. You'll never want to...

    Pressure Cooker Burgundy Beef

    2 reviews

    When my adult children come for dinner, this is the recipe I turn to first. They all just love it!...


    Beef Wellington Fried Wontons

    3 reviews

    These tasty appetizers scale down classic beef Wellington to an ideal party size. They feel fancy and fun! —Dianne Phillips,...

    Gam’s Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream

    My grandmother's homemade ice cream is good on its own, but it's also fantastic as a base for fun flavors...


    Make-Ahead Eggs Benedict Toast Cups

    2 reviews

    When I was growing up, we had a family tradition of having eggs Benedict with champagne and orange juice for...


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    Pumpkin Pie Ice Cream with Salted Caramel Sauce

    Truthfully, I want those cozy flavors of Thanksgiving throughout the year. This ice cream has just the right balance of...


    Spiced Pumpkin Ice Cream

    Ice cream lovers can't get enough of this creamy, rich ice cream that boasts lots of delish pumpkin flavor. —Molly...

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    Whiskey-Brandy Slush

    It may be cold outside, but we like to serve this icy citrus drink for Christmas gatherings at our house....


    Grasshopper Pie

    12 reviews

    I only need six ingredients to whip up this fluffy and refreshing grasshopper pie. I usually make two of the...


    Berry-Filled Butter Ribbons

    Tangy boysenberry is an unusual for a cookie, but it goes well with chocolate. I change the sprinkles and even...


    Apricot Pineapple Jam

    3 reviews

    Dried apricots, crushed pineapple and grapefruit juice create a memorable jam. The juice is what makes the jam taste so...


    Three-Cheese Souffles

    5 reviews

    No matter when I've made these soufflés, they have always been a success. Although I've never seen the centers start...

    Breakfast Sausage Bread

    7 reviews

    Any time we take this savory, satisfying bread to a potluck, it goes over very well. We never bring any...


    Fudge-Topped Brownies

    6 reviews

    If you love brownies and fudge, why not combine the two? Mix up a pan of these exquisite brownies for...


    Frozen Mocha Torte

    2 reviews

    For an easy, make-ahead dessert that's elegant and luscious, try this recipe. The perfect blend of mocha and chocolate is...


    Caramel Marshmallow Buttons

    3 reviews

    Kids of all ages dive into these sweet fluffy treats. The chewy marshmallow, gooey caramel and crisp coating set off...


    Chocolate Cinnamon Mud Balls

    1 review

    A friend's mother who knows I love to cook shared this recipe. These delicious candies won a blue ribbon at...


    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...


    No-Fuss Truffles

    You'll need only three ingredients to make these fluffy chocolate bites. The quick, creamy confections get a pretty look when...


    Holiday Pecan Logs

    9 reviews

    Meet the Cook: For 50 years, I've turned to this beloved recipe to make candy to give away at Christmas....

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    Jeweled Thumbprints

    3 reviews

    When I moved here from Malta more than 20 years ago, a kind neighbor lady took me under her wing...


    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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    Apple Coffee Cake

    22 reviews

    Tart sour cream flavors this moist apple cinnamon coffee cake covered with brown sugar and crunchy nuts. The yield is...


    Crustless Quiche Bake

    3 reviews

    Chock-full of veggies, cheese, bacon, eggs and a touch of sherry, this yummy recipe would be great served with fresh...


    Maine Potato Candy

    8 reviews

    Years ago, folks in Maine ate potatoes daily and used leftovers in bread, doughnuts and other dishes. This potato candy...


    Favorite Cheesy Potatoes

    2 reviews

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