this week's most popular recipes

Finding a good recipe is a little like discovering a hidden treasure - when the right ingredients come together in a delicious breakfast, lunch, or dinner recipe, you want to hold on to the magic. Cooking, after all, is a skill most of us use every day, and the value of a quick and easy recipe that tastes good can't be overstated. When you're looking for a recipe -- regardless of cuisine -- take the time to read the ingredients and techniques thoroughly, so you know what you're getting into before you fire up the stove. A good recipe won't just deliver a delicious dish; it will give you a mini lesson about how to cook. As you begin to collect good recipes, your options for weekly menus will increase. Whether you're looking for a healthy fruit smoothies or crisp, golden brown fried chicken, has the recipe you're looking for. Keep the best of them and build a collection -- soon you'll find yourself with an tasty arsenal of meals that make your entire family happy

Beef and Bean Taco Casserole

Old El Paso

Your family will dig into a hot-from-the-oven casserole that combines tasty taco ingredients in one dish.

Total: 50 mins

Beef Stroganoff


Always a family favorite, this classic dish of quickly sauteed beef and onion in a creamy mushroom sauce is perfect over hot cooked noodles.

Total: 35 mins

Crunchy Fish Sticks with Tartar Sauce

Food & Wine

Michael Schlow of Radius in Boston uses potato flakes from a box in place of bread crumbs to form a supercrispy crust for cod fillets. Grace Parisi dredges cod strips in flour and potato flakes to create crunchy fish sticks, which she serves with a chunky sun-dried-tomato tartar sauce.

Total: 30 mins

Steamed Mussels with Marinara & Spicy Soppressata

Fine Cooking Magazine

This dish gets better the deeper you get into the bowl. You'll definitely want to serve this with some good crusty bread to dunk into the broth and scoop up the bits of sausage left behind. You can find soppressata in the supermarket's cheese case or hanging near the deli case.

Total: 1 hr

Creme Brulee French Toast

Better Homes and Gardens

Shrimp Piccata

Better Homes and Gardens

Lemon, garlic, and white wine characterize this exceptionally easy, but oh-so-elegant, entree.

Total: 30 mins

Pineapple Cooler

Better Homes and Gardens

To dress up a pitcher of this simple beverage, freeze edible flowers and mint sprigs in ice cubes. Serve each glassful with a Fruit Swizzle Stick.

Total: 15 mins

Mexican Quiche

Better Homes and Gardens

This one-serving Mexican-style quiche has a tortilla crust and south-of-the-border fiiings.

Creamy Green Beans and Pasta

Better Homes and Gardens

Creamy yogurt-mustard sauce tossed with green beans, bow-tie pasta, and pancetta make up this quick-to-fix pasta dish.

Total: 40 mins

Chocolate-Hazelnut Cookies

Better Homes and Gardens

Loaded with chocolate and topped with a white chocolate drizzle, this cookie is ultra yummy.

Farmer's Casserole

Better Homes and Gardens

This hearty meat, potato, egg, and cheese dish is a delicious choice for breakfast or dinner. Just alter your side dishes accordingly.

One-Handed Fried Pies

Better Homes and Gardens

These tidy fruit-filled pastry packets are terrific for any day snacking or dessert. Make ahead and simply reheat for a warm and toasty treat.

Scallops with Dill Sauce

Better Homes and Gardens

Have dinner on the table in no time with this easy grill recipe. Paprika adds a zesty flavor to the scallops.

Eight-Layer Casserole

Better Homes and Gardens

Follow the make ahead directions to get a head start on dinner with this great beef and cheese noodle casserole recipe.

Total: 30 mins

Apple Kuchen

Better Homes and Gardens

Homemade kuchen is such a rare treat these days that this rich apple-filled version will take guests by surprise. Feel free to use your favorite variety of apple in the coffeecake. For even more unique flavor, combine apple varieties.

Chiles Rellenos Casserole

Better Homes and Gardens

The poblano chiles and cotija cheese in this rich and creamy Mexican-style casserole earn a gold star for authenticity. If you cannot locate them in your neighborhood supermarket, look for poblanos (a dark green chile that resembles green peppers) and cotija (a salty white cheese) in any Hispanic grocery store.

Fried Onion Rings

Family Circle

Set out a plate of these crispy appetizers and watch them disappear. The beer batter nicely coats the onion and fries to a lovely shade of golden brown.

Herbed Egg-Potato Bake

Midwest Living

Add hash brown potatoes, fresh herbs, and mushrooms to a basic egg casserole to create this hearty breakfast dish.

Slow Cooker German-Style Beef Roast

Midwest Living

Tangy beef, flavored with red wine, dill pickles and mustard, will make any fan of German food raise a glass and say Prost! Serve the pot roast over tender noodles or spaetzle, tiny egg noodles available at specialty or European supermarkets.

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