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Midwest Mary

In the Midwest, Bloody Marys garnished with meats, cheeses and veggies are works of art. My beverage has skewers of brats, cheese curds and dill pickles. —Kathryn Conrad, Milwaukee, WI

Strawberry Cheesecake Pie

“This creamy concoction is so refreshing on a hot day and also really easy to assemble,” comments Janis Plourde from Smooth Rock Falls, Ontario. With its appealing look, company will never know how simple it is.

Grilled Pineapple

Fresh pineapple adds an elegant touch to a barbecue when grilled, topped with butter and maple syrup and sprinkled with nuts. — Polly Heer, Cabot, Arkansas

Potato Beef Casserole

This comforting casserole from Sandra Jongs of Abbotsford, British Columbia is a snap to prepare. “To give this meat-and-potatoes meal a flavorful change of pace, I sometimes use cream of chicken soup instead,” she adds.

Banana Cream Pie

Made from our farm-fresh dairy products, this pie was a sensational creamy treat anytime that Mom served it. Her recipe is a real treasure, and I’ve never found one that tastes better! -Bernice Morris, Marshfield, Missouri

Cinnamon-Apple Angel Food Cake

This heavenly dessert is as light as a feather and melts in your mouth. The cinnamon-apple glaze is delightful, and the exquisite flavor and texture prove it’s a true from-scratch dessert! -Marlys Benning, Ackley, Iowa