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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

    Air-Fryer French Toast Cups with Raspberries

    These air-fryer French toast cups make any morning special. I made this recipe for my mom last Mother's Day, and...


    Fresh Strawberry Syrup

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


    Easy Poached Salmon

    In 46 years of marriage, we had never tasted salmon until a friend told me about poaching it in a...


    Festive Meringue Christmas Trees

    4 reviews

    These meringues are eye-catching on the dessert table at a holiday party, and they taste heavenly! Look no further for...

    Layered Citrus Cake

    I slightly simplified my mother-in-law's orange cake recipe to come up with this tall, beautiful version. Orange juice and lemon...


    Tangerine Cream Roulade

    Now you can make those heavenly cake rolls seen in Chinese bakeries at home! Our refreshing recipe features bright citrus...

    Cherry Cordial Cake Balls

    2 reviews

    Brandy and coffee add mild flavor to these scrumptious cherry cake balls. —Susan Westerfield, Albuquerque, New Mexico


    Coconut Dream Cake

    My friends and family love this beautiful cake. I keep it refrigerated before serving to keep it moist and sweet....


    New York Cheesecake with Shortbread Crust

    2 reviews

    Light, creamy and smooth, this traditional New York cheesecake will melt in your mouth. I rely on a tender change-of-pace...


    Lady Baltimore Cake

    4 reviews

    I first made this cake for my fathers' birthday and now it is the only cake that he requests. This...

    Mom’s White Lasagna

    13 reviews

    My mom made this lasagna for special occasions, such as birthdays. When she passed, I inherited her cookbooks—tucked inside one...


    Kahlua Truffles

    1 review

    I discovered this recipe tucked away in a box of my mother's things. It's such a sweet way to remember...


    Apple & Apricot Stuffing

    I found my stuffing recipe in a magazine years ago and made a few tweaks. I took out the pork...


    Caramel Candy Bars

    3 reviews

    You’ll love these delicious, buttery bars. They’re so rich that a small portion may be enough to satisfy your sweet...


    Chocolate Angel Cake

    26 reviews

    When I was married in 1944, I could barely boil water. My dear mother-in-law taught me her specialty—making the lightest...

    Parsnip Potato Gratin

    4 reviews

    Parsnips don't get much space in the produce section. But their subtle sweetness makes them worth the hunt.—Kerry Dingwall, Ponte...


    Lemon Custard Ice Cream

    6 reviews

    I found this recipe several years ago and make it whenever I have the opportunity. One thing I like about...


    Chocolate Party Cake

    This no-bake refrigerated cake, featuring angel food cake and chocolate, was my grandma's recipe. It has been on our Christmas...


    Molasses-Pecan Sticky Buns

    4 reviews

    As much as I like making yeast breads, I enjoy watching others enjoying my baking even more. These soft, tender...


    Very Chocolate Torte with Raspberry Cream

    3 reviews

    Here's a way to take a simple cake mix and make it look spectacular! The filling and frosting are really...


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    Lemony Yogurt Cream Pie

    I developed this recipe when my sister gave me a box of lemons from her tree. The addition of yogurt...


    Contest-Winning Mocha Fondue

    At our friends’ 25th anniversary celebration, several couples had fun concocting this chocolate fondue. With fresh fruit, marshmallows, pretzels and...


    Vanilla Bean Cheesecake with Chocolate Ganache

    2 reviews

    This recipe is the most recent cheesecake I gave to my mother for her birthday, and we all just loved...

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    Incredible Coconut Cake

    95 reviews

    I found this coconut cake recipe in a newspaper many years ago and modified it to suit my taste. This...


    Special Raspberry Torte

    1 review

    With raspberry preserves, a burst of lemon and a homemade buttercream frosting, this berry-topped cake always gets rave reviews. It’s...


    Makeover Lemon Custard Ice Cream

    1 review

    You'll love this fantastic light ice cream that matches the wonderful, yet heavier original in taste and texture. We think...


    Flourless Dark Chocolate Cake

    36 reviews

    Here’s a simple cake that’s rich, elegant and over-the-top chocolaty. For finishing touches, add powdered sugar, cocoa or liqueur-flavored whipped...


    White Chocolate Coconut Cake

    29 reviews

    This eye-catching cake is my own creation. The white "snowball" look makes it the perfect choice for a holiday celebration....


    Cupcake Cookie Pops

    1 review

    Take sugar cookie dough to a whole new level. Using purchased refrigerated dough allows more time for the fun stuff...