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Roasted Vegetable Lasagna

From Better Homes and Gardens

Roasted Vegetable Lasagna

Starker's Bacon and Cheese Curd Burger

From Midwest Living

You can find the bacon and cheese inside these hamburgers instead of on top. Adults and kids love these flavorful burgers. Serve them at your next outdoor gathering. This recipe comes from Starker's Restaurant in Kansas City.

Starker's Bacon and Cheese Curd Burger

Bloody Marys

From Better Homes and Gardens

Be adventurous and change the standard celery garnish in this brunch cocktail. Opt for green olives on toothpicks, small pickles, or even a strip of beef jerky.

Bloody Marys

Multigrain Apple Streusel Muffins

From Midwest Living

Multigrain Apple Streusel Muffins

Mini Italian Beef Sandwiches with Pepperoncini Slaw

From Midwest Living

These little beef sandwiches make a great appetizer for a party. And you can put them together in just 20 minutes.

Mini Italian Beef Sandwiches with Pepperoncini Slaw

Grandma's Potato Salad

From Midwest Living

Radishes add crunch and color to this slightly sweet, old-fashioned picnic staple.

Grandma's Potato Salad

Caramelized Onion-Blue Cheese Dip

From Better Homes and Gardens

Caramelized Onion-Blue Cheese Dip

White Surprise Chili

From Midwest Living

This main dish, which looks like navy bean soup, is actually a mild chicken chili.

White Surprise Chili

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 meatless main dish.

Chipotle Black Bean Chili

Beefy Chili Dogs

From Midwest Living

Here's a dinner kids and moms love! Kids for the flavor, moms because the franks and meaty filling cook together. If it's party or potluck fare, everything can sit for up to one hour on the low-heat setting.

Beefy Chili Dogs

Hot Spinach Artichoke Dip

From Midwest Living

This creamy appetizer dip is made with three types of cheese. Bake it in a casserole dish, then tote the dish to a party along with a bag of pita chips.

Hot Spinach Artichoke Dip

Garlic Shrimp Dip

From Midwest Living

Garlic Shrimp Dip

Quinoa Salad with Dried Apricots & Baby Spinach

From EatingWell

This spicy salad with little jewels of dried apricot in the mix would be welcome at lunch or a simple weekday dinner. You can prepare the salad and dressing ahead of time.

Quinoa Salad with Dried Apricots & Baby Spinach

Caramelized Onion Breakfast Casserole

From Better Homes and Gardens

This make-ahead brunch casserole is flavor-packed with fresh broccoli, gooey cheese, and sweet caramelized onions.

Caramelized Onion Breakfast Casserole

Deep-Dish Mexican Meat Loaf Pie

From Better Homes and Gardens

Deep-Dish Mexican Meat Loaf Pie

Blueberry Cream Treats

From Midwest Living

Sour cream and brown sugar make the simple fruit topper in this dessert.

Blueberry Cream Treats

Sweet & Sour Meatball Sliders

From Family Circle

Sweet & Sour Meatball Sliders

Spicy Chicken and Star Fruit for 6

From Better Homes and Gardens

This barbecue recipe is a match made in heaven. Celestial star fruit (also called carambola) is a striking addition to this chicken dish, an Italian-Indian mix.

Spicy Chicken and Star Fruit for 6

Creamy Scalloped Potatoes

From Midwest Living

This layered cheesy potato side dish is always a favorite at family dinners.

Creamy Scalloped Potatoes

Blueberry Ice Cream Pie

From Better Homes and Gardens

From the crust up, this amazing blueberry pie is like nothing you've tasted before. Sweet almonds, tangy crme fraiche, and bright lemon zest all lend their signature notes. When buying blueberries, choose those that are firm, uniform in size and indigo blue with a silvery frost; discard any berries that are moldy or shriveled.

Blueberry Ice Cream Pie

Caramelized Salmon Skewers

From Better Homes and Gardens

Caramelized Salmon Skewers

Skillet Peaches a la Mode

From Better Homes and Gardens

This recipe uses summer's favorite fresh peaches, blueberries, and raspberries topped with a sugared pastry. Your kids will enjoy helping you cut a variety of fun shapes from the rolled pie dough.

Skillet Peaches a la Mode

Creamy Potato Casserole

From Better Homes and Gardens

Gruyere cheese brings a nutty, earthy flavor to this rich and creamy ham and potato casserole recipe.

Creamy Potato Casserole

Pumpkin Pound Cake

From Better Homes and Gardens

Richer and more colorful than typical pumpkin cakes, more flavorful than pound cakes, and lighter than fruitcakes, this Thanksgiving or Christmas recipe will become a seasonal favorite.

Pumpkin Pound Cake

Tangy Chicken Salad

From Heart-Healthy Living

Using a lean cooked chicken breast and light mayonnaise helps make this great-tasting salad a heart-healthy meal.

Tangy Chicken Salad

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