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Chicken Florentine Casserole

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 11:00pm
Creamy and comforting, this chicken and spinach bake is sure to be a hit at dinnertime. The toasty bread crumb topping delivers a bit of a crunch.—Dori Jackson, Gulf Breeze, Florida

Homemade Lunch Treats

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 11:00pm
To have homemade treats ready for my husband’s lunch or a quick snack, I make extra cookies, dessert bars, etc. and keep them in a plastic container in the freezer. When I pack my husband’s lunch, I wrap a few treats straight from the freezer. They defrost by lunchtime and taste fresh all week. —Joye Crist, North Charleston, South Carolina

Lemon Kolaches

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 11:00pm
I love to bake and try new recipes. These soft rolls are a favorite. I like to experiment by adding different flavors to the creamy filling. —Eileen Weitnauer, Aitkin, Minnesota

Orange-Spiced Chicken

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 11:00pm
Five ingredients are all you’ll need for this fast and extremely flavorful marinade. With one taste, it’ll become your most-requested chicken recipe! —Debra Stevens, Lutz, Florida

Marshmallow Creme

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 11:00pm
To easily remove marshmallow creme from a jar, place the jar in a pan of very hot water. Repeat this once or twice, and then spoon out the creme with a wooden spoon. —Mary French, Port Orange, Florida

Sun-Dried Tomato Scalloped Potatoes

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 11:00pm
My family was tired of my traditional scalloped potatoes. So when I came across this recipe featuring a pesto and sun-dried tomato sauce, I knew I had to try it. I'm so glad I did, and so is my family! —Jamie Milligan, Kimberley, British Columbia

Olympic Rings Pizza

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 11:00pm
We celebrated our daughter's birthday (during the last Winter Games) with an Olympics theme party that could be adapted for a 2000 Summer Olympics gathering. The symbolic five rings - made from pepperoni - decorate the yummy homemade pizza. -Therese Judge, Westminster, Maryland

Slow Cooker Dipping Chocolate

Sun, 04/13/2014 - 11:00pm
When I melt bulk chocolate or almond bark to coat candies, fruit or pretzels, I like to use my slow cooker. It keeps the chocolate warm for repeated dips. —C.M. Harris, Walker, Minnesota

Western Beef and Cornmeal Pie

Sun, 04/13/2014 - 11:00pm
With this hearty main dish recipe, the bread is baked right in the casserole. The meal covers all four food groups, and it's a guaranteed family pleaser. —Darlene Alexander, Nekoosa, Wisconsin

Stuffed Turkey Roll

Sun, 04/13/2014 - 11:00pm
When a friend gave me some ground turkey to use up, I looked for an inventive way to prepare it. I found this recipe while scouring through my collection. My family loves it because of the stuffing in the middle. For a variation, I sometimes use cheese on top instead of bacon.—Patricia Eckard, Singers Glen, Virginia

Table Decorations

Sat, 04/12/2014 - 11:00pm
If you're concerned about people spilling on your tablecloths during mealtime, consider using coordinating washable linens and placemats and pretty votive candles.

Sherbet Cream Cake

Sat, 04/12/2014 - 11:00pm
For a show-stopping spring or summer dessert, serve this colorful, refreshing "cake." This recipe takes a little time to prepare, but it's a beautiful and delicious creation. Family members often request it for their birthdays. —Paula Wipf, Arlington, Virginia

Slow-Cooked Beef Brisket

Sat, 04/12/2014 - 11:00pm
When my husband and I were both working full-time, we loved this recipe's 10-hour cook time. The beef brisket tastes so good after simmering all day in the crockpot, and the chili sauce adds a unique touch to the gravy. — Anna Stodolak Volant, Pennsylvania

Serving-Size Ice Cream

Fri, 04/11/2014 - 11:00pm
Here’s a trick I used when my grandchildren were little and visited me often. When I bought ice cream, I’d let it sit in the refrigerator until soft, then I scooped servings into several 6-ounce plastic containers with lids. Having the serving-size portions in the freezer saved time and cut down on the mess when the grandkids wanted ice cream. Plus, it eliminated the “he got more than I did” comments. —Faye Hogenson, Gresham, Oregon

Ravioli with Snap Peas & Mushrooms

Fri, 04/11/2014 - 11:00pm
Topped with the toasty texture and flavor of hazelnuts, this pasta makes an easy, earthy weeknight dinner. I serve it with an herb lettuce salad and white wine. —Charlene Chambers, Ormond Beach, Florida

Swiss Mushroom Chicken

Fri, 04/11/2014 - 11:00pm

Diced Bacon

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 11:00pm
To dice bacon with ease, I cut the uncooked bacon with my kitchen shears and brown as usual.—Sue S., Valatie, New York

Pina Colada Molded Salad

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 11:00pm
An original recipe, my molded gelatin gets a tropical twist from coconut, pineapple, and macadamia nuts. It's a wonderful anytime treat. Now that I'm retired from teaching, I have more time for kitchen experiments. —Carol Gillespie, Chambersburg, Pennsylvania

Down-Home Chicken

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 11:00pm
Tip: This chicken is also delicious with mashed potatoes. Mom served the thick, tangy sauce that coats this tender chicken as a gravy over rice or mashed potatoes. It makes a welcome centerpiece for any meal. —Donna Sasser Hinds, Milwaukie, Oregon