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Vegetarian Black Bean Soup

“This chunky soup is chock-full of hearty ingredients like potatoes and black beans,” notes Heather Baldry of Knoxville, Tennessee. “The tasty vegetable broth is a nice change from chicken or beef.”

Vanilla Custard Ice Cream

“When we were growing up on the farm, homemade ice cream was our favorite dessert,” recalls Lucile Proctor of Panguitch, Utah, who now makes it for her own family. Enjoy her recipe “solo” or topped with sauce, fruit or nuts for a spectacular sundae.

Peach Shortcake

With blushing fresh peaches in plentiful supply, Karen Owen of Rising Sun, Indiana thinks this appealing layered dessert can’t be beat. “Brown sugar and ginger give the shortcake its mellow, sweet-spicy flavor,” she notes.

Turtle Sundae Dessert

Bethel Walters of Willow River, Minnesota pledges, “This treat is sure to please children and chocolate lovers of all ages!” A convenient cake mix starts the stellar surprise her six grandchildren endorse.

Chilled Fruit Cups

This refreshing frozen salad is easy to assemble ahead and serve to a group at breakfast – or any time of day. It’s a convenient and colorful addition to a holiday buffet. —Andrea Hawthorne, Mozeman, Montana