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Recipes of the Day

Gran’s Apple Cake

My grandmother occasionally brought over this wonderful cake warm from the oven. The spicy apple flavor combined with the sweet cream cheese frosting made this dessert a treasured recipe. Even though I’ve lightened it up, it’s still a family favorite. —Lauris Conrad, Turlock, California

Favorite Italian Beef Sandwiches

I’m a paramedic/firefighter, and slow-cooked recipes like this one suit my unpredictable schedule. My husband and children and the hungry bunch at the firehouse love these robust sandwiches that have a little zip. —Kris Swihart, Perrysburg, Ohio

Mexican Beans and Rice

On cold or rainy days, this comforting dish really fills the tummy. Sometimes I switch up pinto beans for kidney beans or use white rice instead of brown. Add rolls and a green salad, and it’s dinner! —Lorraine Caland, Shuniah, Ontario

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