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Slow Cooker Sweet Potato Soup

I love that I can top this creamy soup with anything my heart desires, which means I can eat it several days in a row without ever having to have it the same way twice. You can substitute fresh onions and celery in this recipe if you prefer, but using …

Slow Cooker Pear Butter

This is a tasty spread for toast, muffins, biscuits or any of your favorite breads. It is easy to make and has a rich pear flavor with hints of cinnamon, star anise and lemon. —Geraldine Saucier, Albuquerque, New Mexico

Sweet Carrots

Here’s a flavorful way to dress up carrots without a lot of fuss. Simply steam the good-for-you veggies, then season with butter, brown sugar, vinegar and a sprinkling of chives. The carrots are not only colorful, but they taste good, too.

Chili-Spiced Chicken Breasts

Spicing up dinnertime at her house in Lockney, Texas is a snap for Stacy Nutt when she bakes this zippy chicken dish. The mix of chili powder, jalapeno and cayenne pepper perks up the poultry perfectly. “I serve it over couscous—tiny pasta grains. But you could also use rice, other …

Hearty Brown Quick Bread

“Not only is this bread high in fiber and low in fat, but it’s moist, rich, delicious and filling,” assures Susan Lane of Waukesha, Wisconsin. Sweet plump raisins and crunchy pecans make this whole wheat loaf an instant favorite.

Bacon ‘n’ Veggie Pasta

“When the weather turns chilly, our daughter, who is an inventive cook, transforms her favorite cold pasta salad into this warm, hearty side dish,” notes Muriel Hollenbeck of Sedalia, Colorado. “I love recipes like this one that bring compliments and don’t keep me in the kitchen too long.”

Lemon Chiffon Dessert

“This light fluffy treat was a hit when I shared it at a club meeting I hosted,” notes Darlene Inman of Waynoka, Oklahoma. “My diabetic sister-in-law gave me the recipe.”

Chili Spiced Popcorn

“For munching anytime, this savory snack is a fun alternative to popcorn with lots of salt and butter,” relates Mildred Davis from Hagerstown, Maryland. “It gets nice zip from a coating of chili powder, garlic powder and Parmesan cheese.”

Herb-Crusted Bread

Minced onion and garlic plus a sprinkling of dill help perk up the flavor in this wholesome rustic-looking loaf. “The dough mixes up easily in a bread machine,” comments Becky Steinberger of Denmark, Wisconsin. “I like to serve this crusty bread alongside soup, pasta and saucy tomato dishes.”

German Rye Bread

“We like this homemade rye so much that I seldom buy bread anymore,” writes May Ann Bonk of New Berlin, Wisconsin. “For the past 10 years, I’ve made this bread for our church bake sales and it always goes quickly.”

Savory Lemon Limas

Lima beans get a lemony lift with this treatment from Cathy Attig of Jacobus, Pennsylvania. “If you are a lima ban lover like I am, this recipe just makes them even more delicious,” she affirms. “If you simple tolerate the beans, like my husband does, you might actually fine these …

Light Three-Bean Casserole

“This recipe came from a family reunion of mostly Mennonites. It is over 30 years old,” Jane Bone shares from Cape Coral, Florida. “You can choose different beans, according to your family’s tastes, but keep the pork and beans as a base. I often take a big pot of these …

Coconut Kisses

Chewy on the inside and crisp on the outside, these meringue cookies are delicious. They add a light touch to the cookie platter, not only during the holidays but all year round.

Pickled Brussels Sprouts

This year, when I asked my brother what he wanted for his 31st birthday, he answered, “pickled Brussels sprouts.” I had never even tasted a pickled Brussels sprout before. It’s hard for me to say “no” to my younger brother, so he got his wish and thought the Brussels sprouts …

Savory Blueberry-Onion Jam

My aunt made this every year, now I make it and my daughter does too. Everyone loves it on hot dogs, meatloaf and even scrambled eggs. I even caught my mother eating a spoonful just because!—Pat Dazis, Charlotte, North Carolina

Roasted Beet Jam

My spicy jam is a recipe from my Russian grandmother, who had no written recipes and who gave few jars of the jam as gifts. I recreated the recipe from memory and think of her each time I prepare it. If you want to increase the yield, it’s easy to …

Pear & Pine Nut Conserve

This easy conserve pairs perfectly with grilled or roasted meats, or it’s great as a flavorful topping for warm toast or pound cake. Sweet and savory…eating it is like taking my taste buds on a quick trip to Tuscany! —Shannon Kohn, Simpsonville, South Carolina

Apple-Walnut Maple Conserve

Versatile and delicious, this conserve reminds me of a warm cozy kitchen; you’ll love every bite. I warm the conserve and pour it over vanilla ice cream as a dessert, and it’s great as a topping over French toast, biscuits or even pork roast. Be sure to make more than …

Jerk-Spiced Mango Pineapple Chutney

I grew up eating mango, pineapple and spicy food, so enjoy the combination of these flavors. I try to make this chutney during the summer when the fruit is most flavorful and affordable. It’s fine to adjust the spiciness according to your liking. You can serve this with any meat, …

Curried Chicken Meatball Wraps

My strategy to get picky kids to eat healthy: Letting everyone assemble their dinner at the table. We love these easy meatball wraps, topped with crunchy veggies and peanuts, sweet raisins, and a creamy dollop of yogurt.—Jennifer Beckman, Falls Church, Virginia

Blueberry Cream Pops

Blueberries and cream are such a fun after-school snack. Make it in the morning so the pops are ready to go when the kids come in the door. —Cindy Reams, Philipsburg, Pennsylvania