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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

Elegant Cornish Hens

Wed, 04/09/2014 - 11:00pm
This lovely entree not only looks special, it tastes special, too. Your holiday guests are sure to be impressed.

Making Quick Bread with a Creamed Batter

Wed, 04/09/2014 - 11:00pm
When a quick bread is made with solid fat, like softened butter or shortening, the fat and sugar are first creamed together. Then the eggs, dry ingredients and any liquids are added. This method incorporates air bubbles into the fat, resulting in a cake-like texture. For best results, make sure the butter is softened, not melted. (A knife should be able to glide through the butter.)