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Florentine Lasagna

From Better Homes and Gardens

This Italian specialty recipe features a delicious blend of Italian sausage, spinach, mozzarella, and ricotta cheeses.

Florentine Lasagna

Florentine Lasagna

From Midwest Living

Florentine Lasagna

Potato-Thyme Frittata

From Midwest Living

This flavorful frittata can be a simple brunch or weeknight supper dish; if you don't have fresh thyme, just substitute dried. The recipe comes from Urban Roots Farm in Springfield, Missouri.

Potato-Thyme Frittata

Sara's Mom's Spinach Quiche

From Midwest Living

This easy breakfast pie, packed with nutrient-rich spinach, isn¿t overly eggy like some quiches. The recipe comes from Carol Reimer of Brownsburg, Indiana.

Sara's Mom's Spinach Quiche

Apple Pumpkin Sunflower Bread

From Midwest Living

We packed a bushel of fall flavor into this homey loaf: pumpkin, apple, nuts and spices. A generous half-cup of boiled cider adds unmistakably fruity zing, but you can substitute any apple-flavor liquid. You can make boiled cider yourself using the recipe on our site, or purchase it at specialty food stores or online.

Apple Pumpkin Sunflower Bread

Chicken with Skillet Gravy

From Better Homes and Gardens

Your family will think you spent all day preparing this simple breaded chicken and gravy main-dish recipe. For a fast side, round out the meal with packaged mashed potatoes.

Chicken with Skillet Gravy

White Surprise Chili

From Midwest Living

This high-protein main dish looks like navy bean soup but is actually a mild chicken chili.

White Surprise Chili

Vegetable-Pork Oven Stew

From Midwest Living

Potatoes, green beans, corn and onions fill this chunky stew. A long, slow simmer in the oven makes the pork tender.

Vegetable-Pork Oven Stew

Great Lakes Salmon Chowder

From Midwest Living

Asparagus slices add color, and the dill and lemon zest add fresh flavor to salmon that¿s packed with protein and heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids.

Great Lakes Salmon Chowder

Cream of Any-Vegetable Soup

From Midwest Living

Simmering for hours is so Sunday afternoon! On weeknights, whip up this easy and nutritious soup using whatever veggies you have on hand. The recipe is designed to serve two people but multiplies easily.

Cream of Any-Vegetable Soup

Snickerdoodle Pie

From Better Homes and Gardens

Try this classic recipe combination of cake baked into a pie shell. This standard variation is often called a "funny cake."

Snickerdoodle Pie

Triple-Citrus Pound Cake

From Better Homes and Gardens

Triple-Citrus Pound Cake

Chicken and Shrimp Jambalaya

From Midwest Living

Cajun seasoning adds loads of flavor to this low-calorie Southern-style recipe. Generous amounts of lean proteins and brown rice keep it healthy and super filling.

Chicken and Shrimp Jambalaya

Slow Cooking Chicken Cacciatore

From Better Homes and Gardens

Slow Cooking Chicken Cacciatore

Chicken Cacciatore

From Midwest Living

Serve this Italian dish over fettuccine noodles for a well-rounded dinner.

Chicken Cacciatore

Chipotle Black Bean Chili

From Midwest Living

We used ground beef, jarred salsa, beans, and potatoes to make this soup extra satisfying. Omit the meat to create a hearty vegetarian dish.

Chipotle Black Bean Chili

Spiced Chocolate-Pistachio Cookies

From Midwest Living

Spiced Chocolate-Pistachio Cookies

Pistachio Cranberry Icebox Cookies

From Midwest Living

Pistachio Cranberry Icebox Cookies

Quadruple Ginger Cookies

From Midwest Living

To make ginger juice, Patty Erd of the Spice House in Evanston, Illinois, squishes coarsely chopped fresh ginger in a clean garlic press.

Quadruple Ginger Cookies

Chocolate Waffle Turtle Cookies

From Midwest Living

These cookies are made in a waffle iron, then are topped with a chocolate glaze and pecans to form a rich dessert. This recipe comes from the Triangle Ranch B&B in South Dakota.

Chocolate Waffle Turtle Cookies

Shortcut German-Chocolate Cake

From Midwest Living

Coconut, pecans and caramel make a sweet sauce for a twist on German chocolate cake.

Shortcut German-Chocolate Cake

Mocha Panna Cotta

From Midwest Living

Chicago pastry chef Gale Gand tops panna cotta with salted caramel.

Mocha Panna Cotta

Chocolate Crepes with Nutmeg Vanilla Sauce

From Midwest Living

These elegant thin dessert pancakes are topped with a creamy custard sauce. Garnish with whipped cream and chocolate curls.

Chocolate Crepes with Nutmeg Vanilla Sauce

Chocolate Mocha Gooey Butter Cake

From Midwest Living

We used a cake mix to make the crust for this creamy chocolate dessert from the former Chocolate Cafe and Coffee House in Missouri. It makes 24 bars so it's perfect for a potluck or office party.

Chocolate Mocha Gooey Butter Cake

Pioneer Wedding Stack Cake

From Midwest Living

This wonderfully moist and generously spiced six-layer cake is a showy spin on humble applesauce cake.

Pioneer Wedding Stack Cake

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